Thursday, May 6, 2010

Global Wisdom about Happiness

"Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you." -- Nathaniel Hawthorne

"Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length." -- Robert Frost

"A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness." -- Bernard de Fontenelle

"Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another." -- Ambrose Bierce

"If you want to be happy, practice compassion." -- Dalai Lama

"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years." -- Bertrand Russell

"People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy." -- Anton Chekhov

"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?" -- Albert Camus

"All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming - a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness." -- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

"Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve." -- Robert S. Lynd

"Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised." -- G.K. Chesteron

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