There should be happiness from the beginning of the life. It has little value if you get it at the end of your life.
The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.
(Jeremy Bentham : 1748-1832)
For all the happiness mankind can gain
Is not in pleasure, but in rest from pain.
Oh happiness! Our being's end and aim!
Good, pleasure, ease, content! Whate’er thy name :
That something still which prompts th' eternal sigh,
For which we bear to live, or dare to die
(Alexander Pope : 1688-1744)
... All men have dreams,
I have had mine; but none of them came true.
They were vanity. Sometimes I think
The happiness of man lies in pursuing,
Not in possessing; for things possessed
Lose half their value.
(Longfellow : Michael Angelo)
If you wish to be happy for a day
- kill a pig.
If you wish to be happy for a week
- take a wife.
If you wish to be happy all your life
- cultivate a garden.
(A Chinese saying)
The happiness of a rich man ought not to consist in the good things that he has, but in the use he can make of them.
If we only wished to be happy, it would be easy.
But we wish to be happier than other people which is always difficult.
Because we think them happier than they are.
(Charles De Montesquieu : 1689-1755)
We shall leave in ways we believed
Impossible in our youth
A little tired, but in the end
Not unhappy to have lived.
(Dom Moraes : Never at Home - Autobiography)
Many intelligent people equate happiness with fun.
But they have nothing in common.
Fun is what we experience during an act.
Happiness is what we experience after an act and is therefore a more abiding emotion.
If fun is happiness, then pain must be unhappiness. But, often, things that lead to happiness involve some pain.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself and not upon other men and has adopted the very best plan for living happily.
(Plato : 428 – 348 BC)
The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Just for today, do not worry
Just for today, be filled with gratitude
Just for today, devote yourself to your work
Just for today, be kind to people
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer
Pray these words to your heart
Chant these words with your mouth.
Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!
An honest man feels that he must pay Heaven for every hour of happiness with a good spell of hard unselfish work to make others happy. We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
(George Bernard Shaw : Candila)