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I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.

Margaret Thatcher (1925-?) British statewoman.

Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers and are famous preservers of youthful looks.

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) British novelist.

The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.

The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.

Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.


To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.

The voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our spontaneous be lost, is to sit up cheerfully, and act and speak as if cheerfulness wee already there. To feel brave, act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end, and courage will very likely replace fear. If we act as if from some better feeling, the bad feeling soon folds its tent like an Arab and silently steals away

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

A cheerful face is nearly as good for an invalid as healthy weather.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.

Thomas Fuller (1608-1661) British clergyman and author.