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





Those who face that which is actually before them, unburdened by the past, undistracted by the future, these are they who live, who make the best use of their lives; these are those who have found the secret of contentment.


Alban Goodier


O Lord! Unhappy is the man whom man can make unhappy.


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


The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.


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


To fill the hour, and leave no crevice... that is happiness.


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


The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.


Epicurus (c.341-270 BC, Greek philosopher)


It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.


Epicurus (c.341-270 BC, Greek philosopher)


It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.


Desiderius Erasmus (c.1466-1536, Dutch humanist)


Here I am, where I ought to be.


Louise Erdrich


Farms and in castles, in homes, studies, and cloisters -- where sensible people manage to live relatively lusty and decent lives, as moral as they must be, as free as they may be, and as masterly as they can be. If we only knew it, this elusive arrangement is happiness.


Erik H. Erikson (1902-1992, German-born American psychoanalyst)


How base a thing it is when a man will struggle with necessity! We have to die.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Enjoy your happiness while you have it; and while you have it, do not too closely scrutinize its foundation.


Joseph Farrall


One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.


William Feather (1888-19, American writer, businessman)


If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us so live as to deserve happiness.


Johann G. Fichte (1762-1814, German philosopher)


To be happy is not the purpose of our being rather it is to deserve happiness.


Johann G. Fichte (1762-1814, German philosopher)


Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


When shall we live if not now?


M. F. K. Fisher


It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness, of course, is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuous intoxicating party. Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are making a difference for good in the world.


Ernest A. Fitzgerald (American minister)


To complain that life has no joys while there is a single creature whom we can relieve by our bounty, assist by our counsels or enliven by our presence, is... just as rational as to die of thirst with the cup in our hands.


Thomas Fitzosborne


Happiness is the cheapest thing in the world when we buy it for someone else.


Paul Flemming


It's never too late -- never too late to start over, never too late to be happy.


Jane Fonda (1937-, American screen actor)


Death accompanies us at every step and enables us to use those moments when life smiles at us to feel more deeply the sweetness of life. The more certain the end, the more tempting the minute.


Theodore Fontane


A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.


Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle (1657-1757, Scientist, man of letter)


Money, or even power, can never yield happiness unless it be accompanied by the goodwill of others.


B.C. Forbes


When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying, "Wow, this is it. I guess I'm happy. I've got a home that I love. A career that I love. I'm even feeling more and more at peace with myself." If there's something else to happiness, let me know. I'm ambitious for that, too.


Harrison Ford (1942-, American actor)


Happy were men if they but understood There is no safety but in doing good


John Fountain


What we call happiness is what we do not know.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Whoever is happy will make others happy too.


Anne Frank (1929-1945, German Jewish refugee, diarist)


It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.


Viktor Frankel


Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You'd have to catch up with it yourself.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


There are two ways of being happy: we must either diminish our wants or augment our means -- either may do -- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Losing the future is the best thing that ever happened to me.


Marilyn French (1929-, American author, critic)


One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be "happy" is not included in the plan of "Creation."


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


He is happy that knoweth not himself to be otherwise.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


He's one of those Christmas Eve guys. There are people like that... every day in their lives is Christmas Eve.


Joe Garagiola


True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


The hardest habit of all to break is the terrible habit of happiness.


Theodosia Garrison (1874-1944, American poet, author)


Do you want my one-word secret of happiness -- It's growth -- mental, financial, you name it.


Harold S. Geneen (1910-1977, American accountant, industrialist)


A homer a day will boost my pay.


Josh Gibson


In order to be utterly happy the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past, which I often did not fully enjoy because I was comparing them with other moments of the future.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


Sadness is a state of sin.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


To win one's joy through struggle is better than to yield to melancholy.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


There's a hope for every woe, and a balm for every pain, but the first joys of our heart come never back again!


Robert Gilfillan (1798-1850, Scottish poet)


Happiness... is not a destination: it is a manner of traveling. Happiness is not an end in itself. It is a by-product of working, playing, loving and living.


Haim Ginott


A person is never happy till their vague strivings has itself marked out its proper limitations.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


A reasonable man needs only to practice moderation to find happiness.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Even the lowliest, provided he is whole, can be happy, and in his own way, perfect.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The highest happiness of man is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The man who is born with a talent which he was meant to use finds his greatest happiness in using it.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life, there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness.


Oliver Goldsmith (1728-1774, Anglo-Irish author, poet, playwright)


Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.


Roy Goodman


Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.


Maxim Gorky (1868-1936, Russian novelist)


For who is pleased with himself.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Happiness... she loves, to see men at work. She loves sweat, weariness, self sacrifice. She will be found not in places but lurking in cornfields and factories; and hovering over littered desks; she crowns the unconscious head of the busy child.


David Grayson (1870-1946, American journalist and writer)


He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness -- the sense that is where we really belong.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil -- or else an absolute ignorance.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.


Dick Gregory (1932-, American comedian)


All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.


John Gunther


I'm happier... I guess I made up my mind to be that way.


Merle Haggard


Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.


Richard Halloway


The happiest life is that which consistently exercises and educates what is best in us.


Philip G. Hamerton


Looking repeatedly into the past, you do not necessarily become fascinated with your own life, but rather with the phenomenon of memory.


Patricia Hampl


Happiness is the legitimate fruitage of love and service.


Arthur S. Hardy


Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.


John Harrigan


Seldom can the heart be lonely, If it seeks a lonelier still; Self-forgetting, seeking only emptier cups of love to fill.


Frances Ridley Havergal


Family life is the source of the greatest human happiness.


Robert J. Havighurst


Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us on a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Look up, laugh loud, talk big, keep the color in your cheek and the fire in your eye, adorn your person, maintain your health, your beauty and your animal spirits.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


We must be doing something to be happy.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


If you were happy every day of your life you wouldn't be a human being, you'd be a game show host.


Gabriel Heatter (1890-1972, American journalist)


Happiness lies in being privileged to work hard for long hours in doing whatever you think is worth doing. One man may find happiness in supporting a wife and children. Another may find it in robbing banks. Still another may labor mightily for years in pursuing pure research with no discernible result. Note the individual and subjective nature of each case. No two are alike and there is no reason to expect them to be. Each man or woman must find for himself or herself that occupation in which hard work and long hours make him or her happy. Contrariwise, if you are looking for shorter hours and longer vacations and early retirement, you are in the wrong job. Perhaps you need to take up bank robbing. Or geeking in a sideshow. Or even politics.


Robert Heinlein (1907-1988, American science fiction writer)


It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish.


Robert Henri (1865-1929, American realist painter)


The pursuit of happiness... is the greatest feat man has to accomplish.


Robert Henri (1865-1929, American realist painter)


Unhappiness is not knowing what we want, and killing ourselves to get it.


Don Herold


Happiness is a how, not a what: a talent, not an object


Hermann Hesse (1877-1962, German-born Swiss novelist, poet)


The loss of wealth is loss of dirt, as sages in all times assert; The happy man's without a shirt.


John Heywood (1497-1580, British dramatist, proverb collection)


Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.


Burton Hills


The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Happiness requires problems…


H. L. Hollingworth


A happy life is made up of little things: a gift sent, a letter written, a call made, a recommendation given, transportation provided, a cake made, a book lent, a check sent.


Carol Holmes


Realize life as an end in itself. Functioning is all there is.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.


Bob Hope (1903-2003, American comedian, actor)


And may I live the remainder of my life... for myself; may there be plenty of books and many years' store of the fruits of the earth!


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past.


Doug Horton


It's not a question of happiness, it's a requirement. Consider the alternative.


Doug Horton


To buy happiness is to sell soul.


Doug Horton


You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.


Vernon Howard (1935-1992, American author, speaker)


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