An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lie happiness.


Frank Gelett Burgess (1866-1951, American writer, humorist)


Few persons realize how much of their happiness, such as it is, is dependent upon their work.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


Happiness comes most to persons who seek it least, and think least about it. It is not an object to be sought, it is a state to be induced. It must follow and not lead. It must overtake you, and not you overtake it.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


The secret of happiness is something to do.


John Burroughs (1837-1921, American naturalist, author)


Happiness and love are just a choice away.


Leo Buscaglia (1924-1998, American expert on love, lecturer, author)


To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin.


Lord Byron (1788-1824, British poet)


Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.


Norman Douglas (1868-1952, British author)


But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a person and life they lead.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Blessed is he who has found his work; let him ask no other blessedness. He has a work, a life purpose. Get your happiness out of your work or you will never know what real happiness is.... Even in the meanest sorts of labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


But the whim we have of happiness is somewhat thus. By certain valuations, and averages, of our own striking, we come upon some sort of average terrestrial lot; this we fancy belongs to us by nature, and of indefeasible rights. It is simple payment of our wages, of our deserts; requires neither thanks nor complaint. Foolish soul! What act of legislature was there that thou shouldst be happy? A little while ago thou hadst no right to be at all.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


The secret of happiness is renunciation.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness -- otherwise how would you know when you're happy?


Leslie Caron


Take the time to come home to yourself everyday.


Robin Casarjean


First health, then wealth, then pleasure, and do not owe anything to anybody.


Catherine The Great


The greatest comfort of my old age, and that which gives me the highest satisfaction, is the pleasing remembrance of the many benefits and friendly offices I have done to others.


Marcus Cato


Service to a just cause rewards the worker with more real happiness and satisfaction than any other venture of life.


Carrie Chapman Catt


Never believe straight off in a man's unhappiness. Ask him if he can still sleep. If the answer's "yes," all's well. That is enough.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it.


Edwin Hubbel Chapin (1814-1880, American author, clergyman)


Pleasure is a reciprocal; no one feels it who does not at the same time give it. To be pleased, one must please.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalized.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul, but his life.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


No man can be merry unless he is serious.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.


Deepak Chopra (1946-, East-Indian-American doctor, author, lecturer)

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Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.


Chuang Tzu (c 369 BC-286 BC, Chinese philosopher)


A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.


James Freeman Clarke (1810-1888, American minister, theologian)


We must not seek happiness in peace, but in conflict.


Paul Claudel


Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.


Stuart Cloete


The greatest joy of life is to love and be loved.


R.D. Clyde


Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.


William Cobbett (1762-1835, British journalist, reformer)


Be happy or die.


Rob Cohen


Be happy or die.


Rob Cohen


Be happy. It's one way of being wise.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meandering, but leads none of us by the same route


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


The man of pleasure, by a vain attempt to be more happy than any man can be, is often more miserable than most men.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


If you let your happiness become completely tied on your relationships, then your happiness will fluctuate as your relationships do.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


The way of a superior man is three-fold: Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


We often put more concern in convincing others that we are happy than we do in endeavoring to be so ourselves.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Happiness lies in the fulfillment of the spirit through the body.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


The secret of happiness is to be in harmony with existence, to be always calm, always lucid, always willing "to be joined to the universe without being more conscious of it than an idiot," to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


Happiness, happiness... the flavor is with you -- with you alone, and you can make it as intoxicating as you please.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


Happiness seems made to be shared.


Pierre Corneille (1606-1684, French dramatist)


Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


Happiness is not something you get, but something you do.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


To make a man happy, fill his hands with work, his heart with affection, his mind with purpose, his memory with useful knowledge, his future with hope, and his stomach with food.


Frederick E. Crane


Happiness lies first of all in health.


George William Curtis (1824-1892, American journalist)


Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.


Dalai Lama (1935-, Tibetan religious leader)


If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.


Dalai Lama (1935-, Tibetan religious leader)


Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.


Robertson Davies (1913-1995, Canadian novelist, journalist)


Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.


Democritus (c.460-370 BC, Greek philosopher)


If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.


Taisen Deshimaru


Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situation of experience its own full and unique meaning.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day without suspecting our abode until we drive away.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


The mere sense of living is joy enough.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


Gaiety -- a quality of ordinary men. Genius always presupposes some disorder in the machine.


Denis Diderot (1713-1784, French philosopher)


The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.


Ernest Dimnet (1866-1954, French clergyman)


I don't think that... one gets a flash of happiness once, and never again; it is there within you, and it will come as certainly as death.


Isak Dinesen (1885-1962, American author)


The key to lifelong happiness. Find something you’re passionate about and then find a way to get paid for it.


Jim Donovan (American motivational speaker and business consultant)

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Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


We are all happy, if we only knew it.


Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881, Russian novelist)


Taking time to live is taking time to appreciate simple silence as better than any kind of talk, or watching a flower, or watching a guy wash the windows on a skyscraper and wondering what he is thinking.


Gersi Douchan


A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.


Hugh Downs (1921-, American television host)


The little things are infinitely the most important.


Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930, British author, "Sherlock Holmes")


Happiness consists in giving, and in serving others.


Henry Drummond (1786-1860, British banker, politician, religious leader)


There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.


Henry Drummond (1786-1860, British banker, politician, religious leader)


Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.


Alexandre (the Younger) Dumas (1824-1895, French writer)


And that was victory. The freedom to sprawl loosely upon a city street, heat his coffee and eat a can of beans... with no enemy bullets forcing him to toss the can aside while diving behind another wall for momentary survival.


David Douglas Duncan


The happiest people I know are those who have learned to live beyond their own special interests by discovering the rewards that come from giving of themselves.


Winfield C. Dunn


It's never too late to have a happy childhood.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.


Henry Van Dyke (1852--1933, American protestant clergyman and writer)


To be glad of life, because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars; to be satisfied with your possessions, but not contented with yourself until you have made the best of them; to despise nothing in the world except falsehood and meanness, and to fear nothing except cowardice; to be governed by your admirations rather than by your disgusts; to covet nothing that is your neighbor's except his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners; to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends, and every day of Christ; and to spend as much time as you can, with body and with spirit, these are little guideposts on the footpath to peace.


Henry Van Dyke (1852--1933, American protestant clergyman and writer)


One must never look for happiness: one meets it by the way.


Isabelle Eberhardt


If I were to suggest a general rule for happiness, I would say "Work a little harder; Work a little longer; Work!"


Frederick Hudson Ecker (American business executive)


If this world affords true happiness, it is to be found in a home where love and confidence increase with the years, where the necessities of life come without severe strain, where luxuries enter only after their cost has been carefully considered.


Newton Edward A.


The formula for complete happiness is to be very busy.


Newton Edward A.


Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from a Heaven, at our very door


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


Seek happiness for its own sake, and you will not find it; seek for duty, and happiness will follow as the shadow comes with the sunshine.


Tryon Edwards (1809-1894, American theologian)


Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly, and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.... Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world.


Max Ehrmann


Happiness is the highest level of success.


D. Elder


The best way to secure future happiness is to be as happy as is rightfully possible today.


Charles W. Eliot


The years seem to rush by now, and I think of death as a fast approaching end of a journey-double and treble reason for loving as well as working while it is day.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people.


Anwar El-Sadat


A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


That man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of a life.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


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