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Dictionary of New Epigrams

Happiness

The continual happiness of a sage is made possible by his habit of relishing everything.

A happy person experiences many happy hours and few unhappy ones.

The happiness of most people isn’t ruined by disasters, but by bad habits.

To avoid unhappiness, cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of your influence.

Happiness is found in the active pursuit of worthwhile goals, and contentment is found in the sustained achieving of them.

Happy people are those producing something that helps them achieve a worthwhile goal.

A man is happy when he has a worthwhile goal and the resources to pursue it.

Doing a multitude of small tasks often will bring you more happiness than doing a few big ones occasionally.

Learn to seek out and enjoy the little things—there are so many of them, and enjoy the big ones as they randomly happen—there are so few of them.

The easiest way to soften your few personal problems is to ease other people’s multitudes of problems.

A delicate pleasure is had when giving pleasure to others, but it takes a mature personality to know how to practice this simple activity.

You will find some happiness if you can find a way to help anyone live better.

A normal man needs only to seek moderation to find happiness.

Unhappiness is felt in the difference between our expectations and our accomplishments; between what we want and what we get.

No one can live happily who regards himself alone, and who attempts to turn everything to his own advantage. You must live for another if you wish to live for yourself. (and for humanity if you have a sage like desire.)

When people are unhappy they can’t see their options, but when they are happy their mind is more flexible and they can see their options and exploit them.

Happiness and unhappiness are alike in that the more we practice them the more skilled we get at living that way.

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