I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite.
Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.
If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.
Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.
Anything you're good at contributes to happiness
The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible
A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live
Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race
If you wish to be happy yourself, you must resign yourself to seeing others also happy
Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly
The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
In order to be happy we require all kinds of supports to our self-esteem. We are human beings, therefore human beings are the purpose of god's creation
For over two thousand years it has been the custom among earnest moralists to decry happiness as something degraded and unworthy