We are seldom happy with what we

We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN, TPV

We act as though comfort and luxury

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.  ~Charles Kingsley

Man is fond of counting his troubles

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys.  If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.  ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

Happiness is always a by product it probably

Happiness is always a by-product.  It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular.  But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.  ~Robertson Davies

To be obliged to beg our daily

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.  ~Charles Caleb Colton

Happiness is a matter of ones most

Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.  ~Iris Murdoch

We cannot be happy if we expect

We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity.  Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.  ~Thomas Merton, 1955No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton, ch7: Being and Doing, p127; quoteinvestigator.com/2011/12/18/happiness-balance

As people spin faster and in the

As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.  ~Andrew DelbancoLNW

If you observe a really happy man

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.  He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.  He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.  ~W. Beran Wolfe

Give a man health and course to

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Often people attempt to live their lives

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.  ~Margaret Young

Happiness cannot be traveled to owned earned

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.  ~Denis Waitley

Most of us believe in trying to

Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve.  ~Robert S. Lynd

The essence of philosophy is that a

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.  ~Epictetus

Every now and then when the world

Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight…
~Hazelmarie ‘Mattie’ Elliott, A Breath of Heavenapr2009mail

This is my 34depressed stance34 when youre

This is my "depressed stance."  When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand.  The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better.  If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this.  ~Charles M. Schulz

A happy thought is like a seed

A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap.  ~Miriam Muhammadcontest winner Sept 2009, twitter.com/flawlessmi/status/4316343357

If there were in the world today

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.  ~Bertrand Russell

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"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.  ~A.A. Milne

If you ever find happiness by hunting

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.  ~Josh Billings

The fact is always obvious much too

The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.  ~J.D. Salinger

My advice to you is not inquire

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.  ~Thornton Wilder

The happiness of most people is not

The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.  ~Ernest Dimnet

There can be no happiness if the

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.  ~Freya Stark, The Journey’s Echo

To be without some of the things

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.  ~Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

Now and then its good to pause

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.comwas under name of Guilaume Apollinaire, per RB “The following are, word-for-word, original items I wrote for National Enquirer in 1984. They are today attributed to other writers, but I should like, if I may, to ‘borrow’ them back. April 2010