We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
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Kurt Vonnegut (2009). “Mother Night: A Novel”, p.5, Dial Press
“To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.”
~ William Blake ‘Auguries of Innocence’ (c. 1803)
For the first time, the first, I laid my heart open to the benign indifference to the universe. To feel it so like myself, indeed so brotherly, made me realize that I’d been happy, and that I was happy still.
~ Albert Camus
“Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”
~ Immanuel Kant, Philosopher – B: April 22, 1724 – D: February 12, 1804
Immanuel Kant, Philosopher – B. April 22, 1724 – D. February 12, 1804
“The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.”
~ Bertrand Russell
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
-Aeschylus 525 BC – 456 BC
Ancient Greek Dramatist
“The Four Conditions of Happiness: Life in the open air, Love for another being, Freedom from ambition, Creation” ~Albert Camus
“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
“A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.”
“No road to happiness or sorrow… Find them in yourself.”
– Chinese Proverb
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
– Mohandas Gandhi
I’ve never missed a gig yet. Music makes people happy, and that’s why I go on doing it – I like to see everybody smile.
– Buddy Guy
“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”
– Bertrand Russell
Happiness is the morning’s first cup of coffee.
-Don @ A Pondering Mind
“Happiness is a simple thing: you are happy when you are not trying to be happy. ”
– Zen saying
“Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.”
– Victor Hugo
“Be kind whenever possible.
It is always possible.”
– Dalai Lama
Seek not happiness
too greedily, and be
not fearful of
The secret of happiness, you
see, is not found in seeking
more, but in developing the
capacity to enjoy less.
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. “
Letting go gives us freedom,
and freedom is the only
condition for happiness. If, in
our heart, we still cling to
anything – anger, anxiety, or
possessions – we cannot be free.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Happiness is not something ready made.
It comes from your own actions.
July 6, 1935
Whoever is happy will make others happy too. — Anne Frank
People are here for the sake of other people–for those upon whose smile and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.
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