Happiness and Misery
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He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.
The surest way of severely upsetting yourself for hours is by continuing to consider what concerns you most for a single moment too long.
Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.
Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.
Trouble is part of your life -- if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused.
Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.
If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.
Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you will cease to be so.
A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.
Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.
It is not the bad times on which we should dwell, it is only poison to the mind and soul. We shall rise up after we fall, and continue to go on -- dwelling on the good, high-spirited times of our lives.
Expect everything, and anything seems nothing. Expect nothing, and anything seems everything.
Learn from the past. Look to the future. Live in the present.
If I could drop dead right now, I'd be the happiest man alive.