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It is in his pleasure that a man really lives; it is from his leisure that he constructs the true fabric of self.

It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is the state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious.

It is necessary to the happiness of man, that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

It is nonsense to speak of 'higher' and 'lower' pleasures. To a hungry man it is, rightly, more important that he eat than that he philosophize.

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

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

It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes are within our power, so that a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him.

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own narrow pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness, such as goes along with true greatness, by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves; and this sort of happiness often brings so much pain with it, that we can only tell it from pain by its being what we would choose before everything else, because our souls see it is good.

It is only by expressing all that is inside that purer and purer streams come.

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.

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.

It is the very pursuit of happiness that thwarts happiness.

It is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life.

It is wrong to assume that men of immense wealth are always happy. See quote detail

It isn't our position, but our disposition, that makes us happy.

It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish.

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.

It's what you do that makes your soul, not the other way around.

Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with a man's outward circumstance ... a man living in the lap of luxury can be wretched, and a man in the depths of poverty can overflow with joy.


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