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Quotations about happiness, being happy, and finding happiness

Aristotle – The good of man is the active exercise. . .

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AristotleThe good of man is the active exercise of his soul’s faculties In conformity with excellence or virtue . . . Moreover this activity must occupy a complete lifetime; for one swallow does not make spring, nor does one fine day; arid similarly one day or a brief period of happiness does not make a man supremely blessed and happy.

Aristotle   (384 BC-322 BC)

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Anne Frank – Earning happiness

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Anne FrankEarning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.

Anne Frank   (1929–1945)

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Samuel Taylor Coleridge – Pleasure, most often delusive

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Pleasure, most often delusive, may be born of delusion. Pleasure, herself a sorceress, may pitch her tents on enchanted ground. But happiness (or, to use a more accurate and comprehensive term, solid well-being) can be built on virtue alone, and must of necessity have truth for its foundation.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge   (1772-1834)

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Samuel Johnson – Equal happiness is not true

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Samuel JohnsonThat 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)

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Evelyn Waugh – Limbo is the place to be

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Limbo is the place. In Limbo one has natural happiness without the beatific vision; no harps; no communal order, but wine and conversation and imperfect, various humanity. Limbo for the unbaptized, for the pious heathen, the sincere skeptic.

Evelyn Waugh   (1903-1966)

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Lysander Spooner – Vices are simply the errors. . .

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Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.

Lysander Spooner  

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William Penn – Combining frugality with liberality

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William PennFrugality is good if Liberality be joined with it. The first leaving off superfluous expenses; the last bestowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begins covetousness; the last without the first begins prodigality: both together make an excellent temper. Happy the place where ever that is found. Were it universal, we should be cured of two extremes, want and excess: and the one would supply the other, and so bring both nearer to a mean; the just degree of earthly happiness

William Penn   (1644-1718)

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Carl Jung – There are as many nights as days

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Carl JungThere are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course. 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.

Carl Jung   (1875-1961)

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Helen Keller – When one door of happiness closes

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Helen KellerWhen one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

Helen Keller   (1880-1968)

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