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Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

Some men may be more fortunate than others
As chance has it; but no one's happy--no one.


It seemed to her that certain portions of the earth must produce happiness -- as though it were a plant native only to those soils and doomed to languish elsewhere. Why couldn't she be leaning over the balcony of some Swiss chalet? Or nursing her melancholy in a cottage in Scotland, with a husband clad in a long black velvet coat and wearing soft leather shoes, a high-crowned hat and fancy cuffs?


There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.

ALEXANDRE DUMAS, The Count of Monte Cristo

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


Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.

LEO TOLSTOY, War and Peace

An unhappy person can never make others happy.


You don't pick your times for feeling good, any more than you do for the other.

STEPHEN KING, Pet Sematary

That is the secret of happiness and virtue--liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

Call no man happy till he is dead.

AESCHYLUS, Agamemnon

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

VICTOR HUGO, Les Misérables

He who best enjoys each passing day is truly blest.

EURIPIDES, The Bacchae

Man is created for happiness ... happiness is within him, in the satisfaction of simple human needs, and ... all unhappiness arises not from privation but from superfluity.

LEO TOLSTOY, War and Peace

Actual happiness always looks pretty squalid in comparison with the over-compensations for misery. And, of course, stability isn't nearly so spectacular as instability. And being contented has none of the glamour of a good fight against misfortune, none of the picturesqueness of a struggle with temptation, or a fatal overthrow by passion or doubt. Happiness is never grand.

ALDOUS HUXLEY, Brave New World

Behind all present happiness is concealed a fear for the future.

ALEXANDRE DUMAS, The Three Musketeers

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.

AYN RAND, Atlas Shrugged

When we said that men are 'endowed with certain inalienable rights, among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,' we did not pause to define 'happiness.' That is the unexpressed quality in our quest.


Hate always sells well, but for repeat trade and the long pull happiness is sounder merchandise.

ROBERT A. HEINLEIN, Stranger in a Strange Land

Happiness was a term of hypocrisy used to bluff other people.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

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