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





Know what you want to do, hold the thought firmly, and do every day what should be done, and every sunset will see you that much nearer the goal.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


Life without absorbing occupation is hell.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


The mintage of wisdom is to know that rest is rust, and that real life is love, laughter, and work.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


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


Kin Hubbard (1868-1930, American humorist, journalist)


Happiness is the overcoming of not unknown obstacles toward a known goal.


L. Ron Hubbard (1911-, American author, philosopher, founder of Scientology)


Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.


Victor Hugo (1802-1885, French poet, dramatist, novelist)


It is an aspect of all happiness to suppose that we deserve it.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Misery is almost always the result of thinking.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


The secret of happiness and prosperity in this world, as in the world to come, lies in thinking of the welfare of others first, and not taking one's self too seriously.


J. Kindleberger


I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


When we devote ourselves to the strict and unsparing performance of duty, then happiness comes of itself.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.


David Hume (1711-1776, Scottish philosopher, historian)


Human happiness seems to consist in three ingredients; action, pleasure and indolence. And though these ingredients ought to be mixed in different proportions, according to the disposition of the person, yet no one ingredient can be entirely wanting without destroying in some measure the relish of the whole composition. composition.


David Hume (1711-1776, Scottish philosopher, historian)


Happiness is something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


The happy people are those who are producing something.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


Few rich men own their own property. Their property owns them.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Few rich men own their own property. Their property owns them.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Happiness is not a reward -- it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment -- it is a result.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


Those who seek happiness miss it, and those who discuss it, lack it.


Holbrook Jackson


Your readiest desire is your path to joy... even if it destroys you.


Holbrook Jackson


Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The attitude of unhappiness is not only painful, it is mean and ugly. What can be more base and unworthy than the pining, puling, mumping mood, no matter by what outward ills it may have been engendered? What is more injurious to others? What less helpful as a way out of the difficulty? It but fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it, and increases the total evil of the situation. At all costs, then, we ought to reduce the sway of that mood; we ought to scout it in ourselves and others, and never show it tolerance.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.


Sir James Jeans (1877-1946, British scientist, astronomer royal)


A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.


Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826, American President (3rd))


Let your boat of life be light, packed only with what you need -- a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and to love you, a cat, a dog, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink, for thirst is a dangerous thing.


Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927, British humorous writer, novelist, playwright)


Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in stranger's gardens.


Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857, British humorist, playwright)


Sir, that all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected, and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an additional weight of calumny will be super added.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


There is certainly no greater happiness than to be able to look back on a life usefully and virtuously employed, to trace our own progress in existence by such tokens as excite neither shame nor sorrow.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found; and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


If you can't be happy where you are, it's a cinch you can't be happy where you ain't.


Charles "Tremendous" Jones (American motivational speaker, author)


True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.


Ben Jonson (1573-1637, British dramatist, poet)


Happy is the man who can do only one thing; in doing it, he fulfills his destiny.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Without duty, life is soft and boneless.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


No sooner is it a little calmer with me than it is almost too calm, as though I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy


Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German philosopher)


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


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


My happiness derives from knowing the people I love are happy.


Holly Ketchel


Happiness is experienced when your life gives you what you are willing to accept.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


People who postpone happiness are like children who try chasing rainbows in an effort to find the pot of gold at the rainbow's end.... Your life will never be fulfilled until you are happy here and now.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


We always have enough to be happy if we are enjoying what we do have -- and not worrying about what we don't have.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


If an Arab in the desert were suddenly to discover a spring in his tent, and so would always be able to have water in abundance, how fortunate he would consider himself; so too, when a man who... is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


Listen to the cry of a woman in labor at the hour of giving birth --look at the dying man's struggle at his last extremity, and then tell me whether something that begins and ends thus could be intended for enjoyment.


Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855, Danish philosopher, writer)


I'm fulfilled in what I do... I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes -- the finer things of life -- would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.


Coretta Scott King


We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


The habit of being uniformly considerate toward others will bring increased happiness to you.


Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953, American author)


If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.


Don Knuth


We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.


Frederick Koenig


Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.


Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970, American writer, critic, naturalist)


Happiness is the longing for repetition.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.


Rabbi Harold S. Kushner


All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


The most exquisite pleasure is giving pleasure to others.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


We seek our happiness outside ourselves, and in the opinion of men we know to be flatterers, insincere, unjust, full of envy, caprice and prejudice.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


A man's happiness or unhappiness depends as much on his temperament as on his destiny.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


The happiness or unhappiness of men depends no less on their dispositions as it does on fortune.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


We are never so happy or so unhappy as we think.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


If people are suffering, then they must look within themselves.... Happiness is not something ready-made Subject: Happiness can give you. It comes from your own actions.


The Dalai Lama


Let us savor the swift delights of the most beautiful of our days!


Alphonse De Lamartine (1790-1869, French poet, statesman, historian)


We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


We cannot be contented because we are happy, and we cannot be happy because we are contented.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.


Lao-Tzu (BC 600-?, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism)


The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.


Doug Larson


In the Orient people believed that the basis of all disease was unhappiness. Thus to make a patient happy again was to restore him to health.


Donald Law


Happiness is a by-product of what we share with others.


Douglas M. Lawson


I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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Be it jewel or toy, not the prize gives the joy, but the striving to win the prize.


Owen Meredith (1831-1891, British politician, poet)


Many search for happiness as we look for a hat we wear on our heads.


Nikolaus Lenus


I am happy and content because I think I am.


Alain-Rene Lesage


Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and softly sits on your shoulder.


Richard L. Lessor


It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable."


Sir Roger L'Estrange


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


Oscar Levant (1906-1972, American pianist, actor)


Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.


Samuel Levenson


God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


Do not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make you happy; but, my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


Happiness is to take up the struggle in the midst of the raging storm, not to pluck the lute in the moonlight or recite poetry among the blossoms.


Ding Ling


I believe half the unhappiness in life comes from people being afraid to go straight at things.


William J. Locke


Happiness, to some, is elation; to others it is mere stagnation.


Amy Lowell (1874-1925, American poet, critic)


Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.


Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913, British statesman, banker, naturalist)


Suspicion of happiness is in our blood.


E. V. Lucas (1868-1938, British journalist, essayist)


The happy think a lifetime short, but to the unhappy one night can be an eternity.


Lucian (c.117-c.180, Syrian rhetorician)


Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.


Martin Luther (1483-1546, German leader of the protestant reformation)


Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.


Norman MacEwan


Happiness will never be any greater than the idea we have of it.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


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