1. I submit that the whole hectic scrample after happiness is an evil as certainly as is the scramble after money or fame or success. (A.W. Tozer)
2. I never met a happy individual who was not committed to a job or cause outside himself. Because such people have a mission in life, they are not self-centred and introspective. For them happiness is the by-product of work and duty. (Abraham Maslow)
3. Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)
4. The grand essentials of happiness in this life are something to do, someone to love, and something to hope for. (Joseph Addison)
5. I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them. (John Stuart Mill)
6. The art of happiness, like that of bicycling, should be learned as early as possible. The balance, the unconscious poise, the effortless adjustment, do not come naturally to those who have never known them in childhood. (Margaret Kennedy)
7. Happy while unforgiven? – a terrible happiness! (McCheyne)
8. Happiness is like your shadow. Run after it and you will never catch it, but keep your face to the sun and it will follow you.
9. The earth does not contain one inhabitant whose life is perfectly happy. Is there a stream whose waters are always clear? It is God only who is happy, completely and unchangeably. (Basil)
10. Happiness is the art of making a bouquet of those flowers within reach. (Bob Goddard)
If you wish to be happy for one hour—get drunk;
If you wish to be happy for three days—get married;
If you wish to be happy for eight days—kill your pig and eat it;
If you wish to be happy for ever—become a gardener.
(Old Chinese Proverb)