Happiness, love, life

Quotations: Happiness, love, life

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.
— Mary Wollstonecraft, English feminist and writer (1759-1797)

Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness; on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit, followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming thus at something else, they find happiness by the way.
— John Stuart Mill, 19th-century English philosopher and economist

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.
— John Stuart Mill, 19th-century English philosopher and economist

I have found that if you love life, life will love you back.
— Arthur Rubinstein, Polish-American classical pianist (1887-1982)

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.
— Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-American mystic and author (1925-2000)

All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it’s truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy.
— Dennis Prager, American radio host and author (b. 1948)

Don’t worry. Be happy.
— Meher Baba, Indian spiritual leader (1894-1969), quote popularized in a song by Bobby McFerrin, 20th-century American songwriter and performer

Be happy. Talk happiness. Happiness calls out responsive gladness in others. There is enough sadness in the world without yours…. never doubt the excellence and permanence of what is yet to be. Join the great company of those who make the barren places of life fruitful with kindness…. Your success and happiness lie in you…. The great enduring realities are love and service…. Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
— Helen Keller, American social activist, public speaker and author (1880-1968)

Since the things we do determine the character of life, no blessed person can become unhappy. For he will never do those things which are hateful and petty.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.)

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third president (1743-1826), in letter to A. L. C. Destutt de Tracy, 1811

People of superior refinement and of active disposition identify happiness with honour; for this is roughly speaking, the end of political life.
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher (384-322 B.C.), from the Nichomachean Ethics

To describe happiness is to diminish it.
— Henri Stendahl (Marie-Henri Beyle), French novelist (1783-1842)

I believe… that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another.
— Thomas Jefferson, American Founding Father and third president (1743-1826), in a letter to John Adams, 1816

Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
— Count Leo Tolstoy, Russian novelist (1828-1910), from Anna Karenina

If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
— Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu, French jurist and political philosopher (1689-1755)

Nine requisites for contented living: Health enough to make work a pleasure. Wealth enough to support your needs. Strength to battle with difficulties and overcome them. Grace enough to confess your sins and forsake them. Patience enough to toil until some good is accomplished. Charity enough to see some good in your neighbor. Love enough to move you to be useful to others. Faith enough to make real the things of God. Hope enough to remove all anxious fears concerning the future.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, dramatist and scientist (1749-1832)