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Be happy — if you’re not even happy, what’s so…

Be happy -- if you're not even happy, what's so good about surviving?

Be happy — if you’re not even happy, what’s so good about surviving?

Because children grow up, we think a child’s pu…

Because children grow up, we think a child's purpose is to grow up. But a child's purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn't disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don't value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life's bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it's been sung? The dance when it's been danced? It's only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature's highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we're expected! But there is no such place, that's why it's called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can't arrange our own happiness, it's a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.

Because children grow up, we think a child’s purpose is to grow up. But a child’s purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn’t disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole…

Miss Fairlie laughed with a ready good-humour, …

Miss Fairlie laughed with a ready good-humour, which broke out as brightly as if it had been part of the sunshine above us…

Miss Fairlie laughed with a ready good-humour, which broke out as brightly as if it had been part of the sunshine above us…

Happiness is so nonsynonymous with joy or pleas…

Happiness is so nonsynonymous with joy or pleasure that it is not infrequently sought and felt in grief and deprivation.

Happiness is so nonsynonymous with joy or pleasure that it is not infrequently sought and felt in grief and deprivation.

We thought everything would be forgotten, but I…

We thought everything would be forgotten, but I still remember yourclaws running down my back.I wonder if you still think about us,the way I do.How our legs would crash into each other in the middle of the night, and how we endedup creating the moon in the confines of our beds.

We thought everything would be forgotten, but I still remember yourclaws running down my back.I wonder if you still think about us,the way I do.How our legs would crash into each other in the middle…

We live in a community of people not so that we…

We live in a community of people not so that we can suppress and dominate eachother or make each other miserable but so that we can better and more reliably satisfy all life's healthy needs.

We live in a community of people not so that we can suppress and dominate eachother or make each other miserable but so that we can better and more reliably satisfy all life’s healthy needs.

These men are worth your tears. You are not wor…

These men are worth your tears. You are not worth their merriment.

These men are worth your tears. You are not worth their merriment.

Happiness doesn’t come from doing what we like …

Happiness doesn't come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.

Happiness doesn’t come from doing what we like to do but from liking what we have to do.

You must keep looking on the bright side, becau…

You must keep looking on the bright side, because you won't find anything in the dark.

You must keep looking on the bright side, because you won’t find anything in the dark.

It’s more important to be free than to be happy…

It's more important to be free than to be happy.

It’s more important to be free than to be happy.

It is more important to be free than to be happ…

It is more important to be free than to be happy.

It is more important to be free than to be happy.

When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of at…

When you're unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly like themselves, they don't think about themselves very much. Your unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwellin' on himself and start payin' attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence.

When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. And you get to take yourself oh so very seriously. Your truly happy people, which is to say, your people who truly…

Often, moreover, it is…that aspect of our bei…

Often, moreover, it is...that aspect of our being that society finds eccentric, ridiculous, or disagreeable, that holds our sweet waters, our secret well of happiness, the key to our equanimity in malevolent climes.

Often, moreover, it is…that aspect of our being that society finds eccentric, ridiculous, or disagreeable, that holds our sweet waters, our secret well of happiness, the key to our equanimity in malevolent climes.

When you’ve succeeded, you’d say:’Indeed I’d to…

When you've succeeded, you'd say:'Indeed I'd to go through those hell before fit into all of this happiness.

When you’ve succeeded, you’d say:’Indeed I’d to go through those hell before fit into all of this happiness.

Health, wealth, happiness,live long and always …

Health, wealth, happiness,live long and always prosper,have families and also friends,let them be lasting in me forever.

Health, wealth, happiness,live long and always prosper,have families and also friends,let them be lasting in me forever.

Happiness earned, not given.

Happiness earned, not given.

Happiness earned, not given.

Smartass Disciple: Master, what is the secret r…

Smartass Disciple: Master, what is the secret recipe of your happiness?Master of Stupidity: If I tell you, there is nobody left to be made fun of.

Smartass Disciple: Master, what is the secret recipe of your happiness?Master of Stupidity: If I tell you, there is nobody left to be made fun of.

We never realize just how many other lives we c…

We never realize just how many other lives we can help when their paths cross our own.

We never realize just how many other lives we can help when their paths cross our own.

Always forgive, but never forget, else you will…

Always forgive, but never forget, else you will be a prisoner of your own hatred, and doomed to repeat your mistakes forever.

Always forgive, but never forget, else you will be a prisoner of your own hatred, and doomed to repeat your mistakes forever.

Try and make people happy, and you will make th…

Try and make people happy, and you will make the world a better place.

Try and make people happy, and you will make the world a better place.

It’s really simple: Try to make people happy.

It's really simple: Try to make people happy.

It’s really simple: Try to make people happy.

Always try to be joyful and proactively benign …

Always try to be joyful and proactively benign to the people. By doing so everyday, people have no control at all over my mood.

Always try to be joyful and proactively benign to the people. By doing so everyday, people have no control at all over my mood.

The good news is that I believe every woman who…

The good news is that I believe every woman who wants to can find a great partner. You're just going to need to get rid of the idea that marriage will make you happy. It won't. Once the initial high wears off, you'll just be you, except with twice as much laundry. Because ultimately, marriage is not about getting something -- it's about giving it. Strangely, men understand this more than we do. Probably because for them marriage involves sacrificing their most treasured possession -- a free-agent penis -- and for us, it's the culmination of a princess fantasy so universal, it built Disneyland.

The good news is that I believe every woman who wants to can find a great partner. You’re just going to need to get rid of the idea that marriage will make you happy. It…

You do the right thing even if it makes you fee…

You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.

You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.

Until ‘you’ FULLY embrace who ‘you are’, no amo…

Until 'you' FULLY embrace who 'you are', no amount of money, no person or external things will EVER make you happy or bring you peace.

Until ‘you’ FULLY embrace who ‘you are’, no amount of money, no person or external things will EVER make you happy or bring you peace.

It’s not strength, it’s PERCEPTION that makes y…

It's not strength, it's PERCEPTION that makes you stronger. If you change how you SEE it, you'll change how you FEEL about it.

It’s not strength, it’s PERCEPTION that makes you stronger. If you change how you SEE it, you’ll change how you FEEL about it.

The invisible people knew that happiness is not…

The invisible people knew that happiness is not the natural state of mankind, and is never achieved from the outside in.

The invisible people knew that happiness is not the natural state of mankind, and is never achieved from the outside in.

‘I’m happy,’ David said. ‘All the time. It’s am…

'I'm happy,' David said. 'All the time. It's amazing. I think of you and I want to smile. Do I make you want to smile?' 'No,' Alec said, and kissed him. David could feel the curve of his mouth against his own.

‘I’m happy,’ David said. ‘All the time. It’s amazing. I think of you and I want to smile. Do I make you want to smile?’ ‘No,’ Alec said, and kissed him. David could feel the…

She felt an enveloping happiness to be alive, a…

She felt an enveloping happiness to be alive, a joy made stronger by the certainty that someday it would all come to an end. Afterward she felt a little foolish, and never spoke to anyone about it. Now, however, she knows she wasn't being foolish. She realizes that for no particular reason she stumbled into the core of what it is to be human. It's a rare gift to under stand that you life is wondrous, and that it won't last forever.

She felt an enveloping happiness to be alive, a joy made stronger by the certainty that someday it would all come to an end. Afterward she felt a little foolish, and never spoke to anyone…

If you start each day happy and treat people wi…

If you start each day happy and treat people with more kindness, it determines the way you live your day. It's all about your choices!

If you start each day happy and treat people with more kindness, it determines the way you live your day. It’s all about your choices!

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