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Comment#  ·   Fair (402 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To live a perfect life, you must ask nothing, give nothing, and expect nothing.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery and Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (258 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (281 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (296 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by Anja Klein

Live each day as if it were the last day of your life, because so far, it is.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (813 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Living well is the best revenge.

George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (959 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999 by S. Gilmary Beagle

Comment#  ·   Fair (288 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Nostalgia is the realization that things weren't as unbearable as they seemed at the time.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (897 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by Mindy Romero

Don't do whatever you like -- like whatever you do.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery and Work and Recreation

Comment#  ·   Fair (858 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Even the the most tempting rose has thorns.

Tristan Eggener, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (962 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Everyone smiles in the same language.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (305 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery and Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (335 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Here's to your love, health, and wealth -- and time to enjoy each.

Unknown, (Spanish proverb), in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (286 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you wish you be like someone else, you waste the person you are.

Unknown, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (528 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

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.

Anaïs Nin, in Happiness and Misery and Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·   Fair (1375 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.

George Orwell, 1984, in Happiness and Misery

1984 (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (443 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.

Blaise Pascal, in Happiness and Misery and Love and Hate

Comment#  ·   Fair (920 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.

Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, in Happiness and Misery

Pooh's Little Instruction Book (hardcover)

Comment#  ·   Fair (336 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.

Jean Paul Richter, in Happiness and Misery and Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (186 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

Eleanor Roosevelt, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (197 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Man is only happy as he finds a work worth doing, and does it well.

E. Merrill Root, in Happiness and Misery and Work and Recreation

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