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True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Joseph Addison The Spectator, March 17, 1911

Very little is needed to make a happy life.
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Meditations

The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it.
- Al Batt in National Enquirer

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.
- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Physiologie du Gout, 1825

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
- Rita Mae Brown

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
- George Burns

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
- William Cowper

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.
- Immanuel Hermann Fichte

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
- Gustave Flaubert

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
- Anatole France

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
- Robert Frost

Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination.
- Roy M. Goodman

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
- Kin Hubbard

Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
- Victor Hugo Les Miserables

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

When you reliquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.
- Nicole Kidman in The Scotsman

Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.
- Lao-tsze

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
- Oscar Levant

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
- Christopher Morley

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
- James Oppenheim

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
- Ayn Rand

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
- J.D. Salinger

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
- Albert Schweitzer

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
- Publilius Syrus Maxims

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
- Henry David Thoreau Journal, January 21, 1838

Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself...True happiness is born of self-reliance.
- Unknown The Laws of Manu

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