Happiness and Misery
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I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.
What makes old age so sad is not that our joys but our hopes cease.
Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering.
A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.
Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you will cease to be so.
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.
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.
The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.
Life is short. Live it up.
Do not scorn the person who is perpetually happy. He does know something you don't.
I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty.
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.
Learn from the past. Look to the future. Live in the present.
Expect everything, and anything seems nothing. Expect nothing, and anything seems everything.
It is by fighting and triumphing over the enemies of the Buddha that we ourselves become Buddhas.