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Happiness ain't a thing in itself --it's only a contrast with something that ain't pleasant. And so, as soon as the novelty is over and the force of the contrast dulled, it ain't happiness any longer, and you have to get something fresh.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

George Santayana (1863-1952) American philosopher and poet.

Happiness is not a possession to be prized. It is a quality of thought, a state of mind.

Dame Daphme du Maurier (1907-1989) British novelist and playwright.

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

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

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, novelist and dramatist.


Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918) French poet, writer and art critic.

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

Albert Camus (1913-1960) French novelist, essayist and dramatist.

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 novelist, essayist and dramatist.

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 politician and orator.

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

Wayne Dyer (1940-?) American psychotherapist, author and lecturer.