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I love a hand that meets my own with a grasp that causes some sensation.

+ Samuel Osgood +

Love is much like a wild rose, beautiful and calm, but willing to draw blood in its defense.

+ Mark Overby +

If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love.

+ Ovid +

No woman marries for money; they are all clever enough, before marrying a millionaire, to fall in love with him first.

+ Cesare Pavese +

Love cures people -- both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.

+ Karl A. Menninger +

Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do; Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does.

+ Edna St. Vincent Millay +

Love talked about is easily turned aside, but love demonstrated is irresistible.

+ Stan Mooneyham +

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

+ George Moore +

Love never reasons, but profusely gives; it gives like a thoughtless prodigal its all, and then trembles least it has done to little.

+ Hannah More +

I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money. No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.

+ Mother Teresa +

No love is entirely without worth, even when the frivolous calls to the frivolous and the base to the base.

+ Iris Murdoch +

Love is a friendship caught on fire.

+ Northern Exposure +

Speak low if you speak love.

+ Don Pedro +

Love laughs at locksmiths.

+ Proverb +

He that plants trees loves others besides himself.

+ English Proverb +

In love, there is always one who kisses and one who offers the cheek.

+ French Proverb +

He who is not impatient is not in love.

+ Italian Proverb +

Love is like the measles, all the worse when it comes late.

+ Mary Roberts Rhinehart +

Love is what is left in a relationship after all the selfishness is taken out.

+ Nick Richardson +

A woman who could always love would never grow old; and the love of mother and wife would often give or preserve many charms if it were not too often combined with parental and conjugal anger. There remains in the face of women who are naturally serene and peaceful, and of those rendered so by religion, an after-spring, and later an after-summer, the reflex of their most beautiful bloom.

+ Jean Paul Richter +

Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.

+ Jean Jacques Rousseau +

Sure I love Goldie. How could you not love Goldie? Everyone loves Goldie. I love her, and I hope our love will continue, but I don't want to give an I-love-Goldie-Hawn interview.

+ Kurt Russell +

Every little girl knows about love. It is only her capacity to suffer because of it that increases.

+ Francoise Sagan +

There is only one happiness in life -- to love and to be loved.

+ George Sand +

It is the privilege of those who fear love to murder those who do not fear it!

+ May Sarton +

Everything comes to us from others. To Be is to belong to someone.

+ Jean Paul Satre +

Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood-red flower, with the color of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it.

+ Olive Schreiner +

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.

+ Erich Segal +

If you wish to be loved; Love!

+ Seneca +

I believe love produces a certain flowering of the whole personality which nothing else can achieve.

+ Ivan Sergeevich +

Love and stoplights can be cruel.

+ Sesame Street +

Love sought is good, but given unsought is better.

+ William Shakespeare +

To say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.

+ William Shakespeare +

Loving can cost a lot but not loving always costs more, and those who fear to love often find that want of love is an emptiness that robs the joy from life.

+ Merle Shan +

All fair in love and war.

+ Francis Edward Smedley +

Love is not a matter of counting the years -- it's making the years count.

+ Wolfman Jack Smith +

When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this very violent motion, and is called love.

+ Socrates +

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life; that word is love.

+ Sophocles +

What will not woman, gentle woman dare; when strong affection stirs her spirit up?

+ Robert Southey +

Love wholeheartedly, be surprised, give thanks and praise then you will discover the fullness of your life.

+ David Steindl-Rast +

To fall in love is easy, even to remain in it is not difficult; our human loneliness is cause enough. But is a hard quest worth making to find a comrade through whose steady presence one becomes steadily the person one desires to be.

+ Anna Strong +

To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.

+ Karen Sunde +

A life without love in it is like a heap of ashes upon a deserted hearth, with the fire dead, the laughter stilled and the light extinguished.

+ Frank Tebbets +

Love is the only gold.

+ Lord Alfred Tennyson +

True love grows by sacrifice and the more thoroughly the soul rejects natural satisfaction the stronger and more detached its tenderness becomes.

+ St. Theresa of Lisieux +

Love must be as much a light, as it is a flame.

+ Henry David Thoreau +

To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.

+ Thomas Traherne +

Love is everything. It is the key to life, and its influences are those that move the world.

+ Ralph Waldo Trine +

Listen! Encourage. Say something. Do something. Be yourself. Love

+ Rev. Dale Turner +

I define love for our purpose as the passion of one being for another in the hope of being loved in return.

+ Source Unknown +

If love is shelter, I'm going to walk in the rain.

+ Source Unknown +

If you had it all to do over, would you fall in love with yourself again?

+ Source Unknown +

Live for love. Without love, you don't live.

+ Source Unknown +

Love may be blind, but it can sure find its way around in the dark!

+ Source Unknown +

Once you have learned to love, You will have learned to live.

+ Source Unknown +

True love means two seeds grow separately until they join in Matrimony forever.

+ Source Unknown +

Without His love I can do nothing, with His love there is nothing I cannot do.

+ Source Unknown +

An affair wants to spill, to share its glory with the world. No act is so private it does not seek applause.

+ John Updike +

But I always think that the best way to know God is to love many things.

+ Vincent Van Gogh +

Love's pure silver flame gives each innermost spirit invisible warmth.

+ A Haiku Verse +

I've only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.

+ Sid Vicious +

We were two and had but one heart between us.

+ François de Montcorbier Villon +

Love is the same as like except you feel sexier.

+ Judith Viorst +

A man in love is like a clipped coupon -- it's time to cash in.

+ Mae West +

My tears of love are a waste of time if I turn away

+ Kim Wilde +

Yet each man kills the thing he loves from all let this be heard some does it with a bitter look some with a flattering word the coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword.

+ Oscar Wilde +

Love is not only something you feel. It's something you do.

+ David Wilkerson +

It is at the edge of a petal that love waits.

+ William Carlos Williams +

My wife heard me say I love you a thousand times, but she never once heard me say sorry

+ Bruce Willis +

Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.

+ Sandy Wilson +

The object of love is to serve, not to win.

+ Woodrow Wilson +

A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears.

+ Woodrow Wyatt +

People who are sensible about love are incapable of it.

+ Douglas Yates +

A pity beyond all telling is hid in the heart of love.

+ William Butler Yeats +

You can't buy love, but you can pay heavily for it.

+ Henny Youngman +

When you interact with another, an illusion is part of this dynamic. This illusion allows each soul to perceive what it needs to understands in order to heal.



But that intimacy of mutual embarrassment, in which each feels that the other is feeling something, having once existed, its effect is not to be done away with.

+ George Eliot +

I hated her now with a hatred more fatal than indifference because it was the other side of love.


One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.

+ Jean De La Bruyère +

One who has not only the four S's, which are required in every good lover, but even the whole alphabet; as for example... Agreeable, Bountiful, Constant, Dutiful, Easy, Faithful, Gallant, Honorable, Ingenious, Kind, Loyal, Mild, Noble, Officious, Prudent, Quiet, Rich, Secret, True, Valiant, Wise; the X indeed, is too harsh a letter to agree with him, but he is Young and Zealous.

+ Miguel De Cervantes +

My God, these folks don't know how to love -- that's why they love so easily.

+ D. H. Lawrence +

Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.

+ William Shakespeare +

No one worth possessing can be quite possessed.

+ Sara Teasdale +

You are my lover and I am your mistress and kingdoms and empires and governments have tottered and succumbed before now to that mighty combination.

+ Violet Trefusis +

Mistresses are like books; if you pore upon them too much, they doze you and make you unfit for company; but if used discreetly, you are the fitter for conversation by em.


In treat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. [Ruth 1:16]

+ Bible +

Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon.

+ Samuel Butler +

We are all the President's men.

+ Henry Kissinger +

Loyalty binds me.

+ Motto +

Birds of a feather flock together.

+ Proverb +

Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living.

+ Josiah Royce +

If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

+ Oscar Wilde +

Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice.



To say the word Romanticism is to say modern art -- that is, intimacy, spirituality, color, aspiration towards the infinite, expressed by every means available to the arts.

+ Charles Baudelaire +

The essence of romantic love is that wonderful beginning, after which sadness and impossibility may become the rule.

+ Anita Brookner +

She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than the ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes.

+ Oliver Goldsmith +

And what's romance? Usually, a nice little tale where you have everything As You Like It, where rain never wets your jacket and gnats never bite your nose and it's always daisy-time.

+ D. H. Lawrence +

The concept of romantic love affords a means of emotional manipulation which the male is free to exploit, since love is the only circumstance in which the female is (ideologically) pardoned for sexual activity.

+ Kate Millet +

What's the difference between the music of my generation and today s. Our songs were about Love and Romance, today's music is chiefly about sex; which I might add gets a little boring.

+ David A. Vigilanti +

Men always want to be a woman's first love. Women have a more subtle instinct: What they like is to be a man's last romance.


Negation is the mind's first freedom, yet a negative habit is fruitful only so long as we exert ourselves to overcome it, adapt it to our needs; once acquired it can imprison us.

+ E. M. Cioran +

To be no part of any body, is to be nothing.

+ John Donne +

We keep going back, stronger, not weaker, because we will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful there is no other way.

+ Earl G. Graves +

Oh, great reviews are the worst. They mislead you more than the bad ones, because they only fuel your ego. Then you only want another one, like potato chips or something, and the best thing you get is fat and bloated. I'd rather just refuse, thanks


Revenge is a kind of wild justice, which the more a man's nature runs to, the more ought law to weed it out.

+ Francis Bacon +

Something of vengeance I had tasted for the first time; as aromatic wine it seemed, on swallowing, warm and racy: its after-flavor, metallic and corroding, gave me a sensation as if I had been poisoned.

+ Charlotte Bronte +

Just vengeance does not call for punishment.

+ Pierre Corneille +

An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind.

+ Mahatma Gandhi +

One good act of vengeance deserves another.

+ John Jefferson +

Don't get mad, get even.

+ Robert F. Kennedy +

That old law about "an eye for an eye" leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.

+ Martin Luther King Jr. +

She [Eleanor Roosevelt] got even in a way that was almost cruel. She forgave them.

+ Ralph McGill +

And, re-assembling our afflicted powers, consult how we may henceforth most offend.

+ John Milton +

Surviving well is your finest revenge.

+ Morgan Nito +

Revenge is often like biting a dog because the dog bit you.

+ Austin O'Malley +

Revenge converts a little right into a great wrong.

+ German Proverb +

Revenge is the naked idol of the worship of a semi-barbarous age.

+ Percy Bysshe Shelley +

The best revenge is massive success.

+ Frank Sinatra +

Revenge has no more quenching effect on emotions than salt water has on thirst.

+ Walter Weckler +

Success is the sweetest revenge.



The easiest kind of relationship is with ten thousand people, the hardest is with one.

+ Joan Baez +

For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship.

+ Warren Beatty +

The key to any good relationship, on-screen and off, is communication, respect, and I guess you have to like the way the other person smells -- and he smelled real nice.

+ Sandra Bullock +

My attachment has neither the blindness of the beginning, nor the microscopic accuracy of the close of such liaisons.

+ Lord Byron +

In the mythic schema of all relations between men and women, man proposes, and woman is disposed of.

+ Angela Carter +

The most important ingredient we put into any relationship is not what we say or what we do, but what we are. And if our words and our actions come from superficial human relations techniques (the Personality Ethic) rather than from our own inner core (the Character Ethic), others will sense that duplicity. We simply won't be able to create and sustain the foundation necessary for effective interdependence.

+ Stephen R. Covey +

Surely there must be some way to find a husband or, for that matter, merely an escort, without sacrificing one's privacy, self-respect, and interior decorating scheme. For example, men could be imported from the developing countries, many parts of which are suffering from a man excess, at least in relation to local food supply.

+ Barbara Ehrenreich +

I know for me the subject of how to be in a relationship is precious and complicated and challenging. It wouldn't be right to make it look too easy. [On her approach to Mad About You]

+ Helen Hunt +

If we are a metaphor of the universe, the human couple is the metaphor par excellence, the point of intersection of all forces and the seed of all forms. The couple is time recaptured, the return to the time before time.

+ Octavio Paz +

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands.

+ Alexandria Penney +

It is the things in common that make relationships enjoyable, bit it is the little differences that make them interesting.

+ Todd Ruthman +

When you're in a relationship, you're always surrounded by a ring of circumstances... joined together by a wedding ring, or in a boxing ring.

+ Bob Seger +

If you're in a relationship and you want to make it work, you have to be a little selfless at times.

+ Montel Williams +

Assumptions are the termites of relationships.


Remorse is virtue's root; its fair increase are fruits of innocence and blessedness.

+ William C. Bryant +

To be left alone, and face to face with my own crime, had been just retribution.

+ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow +

Remorse: beholding heaven and feeling hell.

+ George Moore +

Remorse is the pain of sin.


To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.

+ Eric Hoffer +

Resentment is weak and lowers your self-esteem


If we devote our time disparaging the products of our business rivals, we hurt business generally, reduce confidence, and increase discontent.

+ Edward N. Hurley +

Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.

+ John Ruskin +



There are two great rules of life; the one general and the other particular. The first is that everyone can, in the end, get what he wants, if he only tries. That is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the rule.

+ Samuel Butler +

I don't go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.

+ Princess of Wales Diana +

The first rule to tinkering is to save all the parts.

+ Paul Erlich +

If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.

+ Katharine Hepburn +

There are no exceptions to the rule that everybody likes to be an exception to the rule.

+ Charles Osgood +

Absolutely speaking, Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you is by no means a golden rule, but the best of current silver. An honest man would have but little occasion for it. It is golden not to have any rule at all in such a case.

+ Henry David Thoreau +

When everything else fails read the instructions.


Reject hatred without hating.

+ Mary Baker Eddy +

Hatred is self-punishment. Hatred it the coward's revenge for being intimidated.

+ Hosea Ballou +

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.

+ Buddha +

I have always hated that damn James Bond. I'd like to kill him.

+ Sean Connery +

Hatred -- The anger of the weak.

+ Alphonse Daudet +

Love blinds us to faults, but hatred blinds us to virtues.

+ Iba Ezra +

Hatred can be overcome only by love.

+ Mahatma Gandhi +

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

+ Andre Gide +

Chivalry is the most delicate form of contempt.

+ Albert Guerard +

If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.

+ Hermann Hesse +

Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life.

+ Eric Hoffer +

When our hatred is violent, it sinks us even beneath those we hate.

+ Francois De La Rochefoucauld +

You know that when I hate you, it is because I love you to a point of passion that unhinges my soul.

+ Julie De Lespinasse +

People hate me because I am a multifaceted, talented, wealthy, internationally famous genius.

+ Jerry Lewis +

A man who lives, not by what he loves but what he hates, is a sick man.

+ Archibald Macleish +

We never get to love by hate, least of all by self-hatred.

+ Basil W. Maturin +

Hate can only flourish where love is absent.

+ William C. Menninger +

I have tried -- not always successful -- to remember this lesson: Even people I dislike have a piece of God. My task is to move the junk out of the way so that I can find it.

+ Robert P. O'Brien +

To be angry is to revenge the faults of others on ourselves.

+ Alexander Pope +

Hatred of enemies is easier and more intense than love of friends. But from men who are more anxious to injure opponents than to benefit the world at large no great good is to be expected.

+ Bertrand Russell +

He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing.

+ Sallust +

No one can be despised by another until he has learned to despise himself.

+ Seneca +

Wisely, and slow. They stumble that run fast.

+ William Shakespeare +

Hatred is the coward's revenge for being intimidated.

+ George Bernard Shaw +

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

+ Socrates +

Take care that no one hates you justly.

+ Publilius Syrus +

Hate is such a luxurious emotion, it can only be spent on one we love.

+ Bob Udkoff +

Hatred is a boomerang which is sure to hit you harder than the one at whom you throw it.

+ Source Unknown +

Anyone can hate. It costs to love.



True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.

+ Joseph Addison +

Happiness is a positive cash flow.

+ Fred Adler +

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

+ Guillaume Apollinaire +

Happiness is a sort of action.

+ Aristotle +

The really happy man never laughs -- seldom -- though he may smile. He does not need to laugh, for laughter, like weeping is a relief of mental tension -- and the happy are not over strung.

+ Prof. F. A. P. Aveling +

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.

+ Mildred Barthel +

When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention.

+ Edward Frederic Benson +

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

+ Ingrid Bergman +

The world's literature and folklore are full of stories that point out how futile it can be to seek happiness. Rather, happiness is a blessing that comes to you as you go along; a treasure that you incidentally find.

+ Louis Binstock +

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.

+ Hugo Black +

The truth is that all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.

+ Smiley Blanton +

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world. Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.

+ Tom Bodett +

We all want to be happy, and we're all going to die. You might say those are the only two unchallengeably true facts that apply to every human being on this planet.

+ William Boyd +

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!

+ Amanda Bradley +

Happiness comes more from loving than being loved; and often when our affection seems wounded it is only our vanity bleeding. To love, and to be hurt often, and to love again -- this is the brave and happy life.

+ J.E Buckrose +

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.

+ Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton +

The secret of happiness is something to do.

+ John Burroughs +

To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin.

+ Lord Byron +

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 +

Did you ever see an unhappy horse? Did you ever see bird that had the blues? One reason why birds and horses are not unhappy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.

+ Dale Carnegie +

In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness-otherwise how would you know when you're happy?

+ Leslie Caron +

The creed of a true saint is to make the best of life, and to make the most of it.

+ Edwin Hubbel Chapin +

Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.

+ Deepak Chopra +

We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.

+ Marcus T. Cicero +

Happiness is a hard thing because it is achieved only by making others happy.

+ Stuart Cloete +

Be happy or die.

+ Rob Cohen +

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.

+ Hugh Downs +

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.

+ Alexandre Dumas +

To fill the hour -- that is happiness.

+ Ralph Waldo Emerson +

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

+ Epictetus +

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

+ Epicurus +

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 +

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

+ Joseph Farrall +

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

+ William Feather +

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

+ Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle +

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

+ John Fountain. +

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 +

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

+ Theodosia Garrison +

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

+ Harold S. Geneen +

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 +

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 +

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

+ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe +

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 +

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

+ Roy Goodman +

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 +

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

+ Graham Greene +

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower-Author Unknown People need your love the most when they appear to deserve it the least.

+ John Harrigan +

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 +

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 +

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

+ Burton Hills +

Happiness requires problems…

+ H. L. Hollingworth +

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

+ Doug Horton +

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

+ Vernon Howard +

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

+ Victor Hugo +

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

+ Robert Green Ingersoll +

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

+ Sir James Jeans +

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

+ Samuel Johnson +

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 +

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

+ Carl Jung +

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

+ Immanuel Kant +

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

+ Holly Ketchel +

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'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 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 +

No thoroughly occupied man was ever yet very miserable.

+ Letitia Elizabeth Landon +

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

+ Walter Savage Landor +

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.

+ Rose Wilder Lane +

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

+ Lao-Tzu +

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 +

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

+ Nikolaus Lenus +

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

+ Lucian +

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

+ Og Mandino +

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

+ Don Marquis +

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

+ Daphne Du Maurier +

Happiness is the light on the water. The water is cold and dark and deep.

+ William Maxwell +

Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.

+ Bernard Meltzer +

Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.

+ Dan Millman +

If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier that other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.

+ Charles De Montesquieu +

No burden is so heavy for a man to bear as a succession of happy days.

+ Max Muller +

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonizing preoccupation with self.

+ Iris Murdoch +

Most of us experience happiness when we are enjoying life and feeling free, enjoying the process and products of our creative and intellectual processes, enjoying the ecstasy of transcendent oneness with the universe.

+ James Muriel +

What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement.

+ Fay B. Nash +

Happiness adds and multiplies, as we divide it with others.

+ A. Nielsen +

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness

+ George Orwell +

Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.

+ Gretta Brooker Palmer +

As happy a man as any in the world, for the whole world seems to smile upon me!

+ Samuel Pepys +

Happiness doesn't come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.

+ Wilferd A. Peterson +

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts. Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good company, good conversation, are the happiest people in the world. And they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness in others.

+ William Lyon Phelps +

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.

+ Plutarch +

Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.

+ Jane Porter +

Our happiness in this world depends on the affections we are able to inspire.

+ Duchess Prazlin +

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

+ Marcel Proust +

If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree.

+ English Proverb +

If you cannot renounce the world the genius of happiness will never salute you.

+ Prutz +

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

+ Agnes Repplier +

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

+ Jim Rohn +

The journey to happiness involves finding the courage to go down into ourselves and take responsibility for what's there: all of it.

+ Richard Rohr +

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.

+ Eleanor Roosevelt +

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.

+ Franklin D. Roosevelt +

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.

+ Theodore I. Rubin +

Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition.

+ Arthur Rubinstein +

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.

+ Bertrand Russell +

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 +

Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.

+ Marquis De Sade +

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

+ Antoine De Saint-Exupery +

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

+ Rabbi H. Schachtel +

Joy comes from using your potential.

+ Will Schultz +

Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life.

+ George Bernard Shaw +

If you pursue happiness you never find it.

+ C(harles) P(ercy) Snow +

Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned.

+ Boris Sokoloff +

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.

+ Palmer Sondreal +

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

+ Charles Haddon Spurgeon +

Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.

+ John Stossel +

Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.

+ J. August Strindberg +

The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick.

+ Anne Sophie Swetchine +

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

+ Thomas Szasz +

Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps without any design and endeavor on their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though the commandments of God be not grievous, yet it is fit to let men know that they are not thus easy.

+ John Tillotson +

You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.

+ Thomas Traherne +

There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one: keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

+ Mark Twain +

Happiness is good for the body but sorrow strengthens the spirit.

+ Source Unknown +

It is kind of happiness to know to what extent we may be unhappy.

+ Source Unknown +

Next to temperance, a quiet conscience, a cheerful mind and active habits, I place early rising as a means of health and happiness.

+ Source Unknown +

The thing that counts most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right companion.

+ Source Unknown +


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