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What Legendary Writers Say About Happiness

(The photo: Collete, the legendary and scandalous figure of the Belle Époque, “the greatest French prose writer of the 20th century” as she reflected on her life from girlhood to her present. She lived 1873-1954 See her comment below.)

Four Splendid Truths

  • First: To be happier, you have to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.
  • Second: One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy; One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.
  • Third: The days are long, but the years are short.
  • Fourth: You’re not happy unless you think you’re happy.

What Started Me Thinking

  • “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Mark Twain
  • “There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.” Robert Louis Stevenson
  • “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42
  • “Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.” Simone Weil
  • “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” Colette
  • “It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light.” G. K. Chesterton
  • “A man’s first care should be to avoid the reproaches of his own heart.” Joseph Addison
  • “Best is good. Better is best.” Lisa Grunwald
  • “Order is Heaven’s first law.” Alexander Pope

Happiness Theories I Reject

  • Flaubert: “To be stupid, and selfish, and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness; though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.”
  • Vauvenargues: “There are men who are happy without knowing it.”
  • Eric Hoffer: “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”
  • Sartre: “Hell is other people.”
  • Willa Cather: “One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them…”
  • Alexander Smith: “We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.”
  • John Stuart Mill: “Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.”

Which quotes do you like? Which do you think are wrong? Do you have any favorite quotes on happiness? Please comment below

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