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After what we can say you can be sure the happy heart will make the happy day.

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Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903) English philosopher, biologist and sociologist.

Happiness is a perpetual possession of being well deceived.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.


A lifetime of happiness? No man alive could bear it; it would be hell on earth.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life slowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) British logician and philosopher.

We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.

François de La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680) French writer.