- January 10th, 2010
It's a quotation sensation!
"Happiness seems to require a modicum of external prosperity." - Aristotle.
"Those who have easy, cheerful attitudes tend to be happier than those with less pleasant temperaments regardless of monkey, 'making it' or success." - Dr. Joyce Brothers.
"Money, or even power, can never yield happiness unless it be accompanied by the goodwill of others." - B.C. Forbes.
"The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring." - F.H. Bradley.
"Few rich men own their own property. Their property owns them." - Robert G. Ingersoll.
"Let him that would be happy for a day, go to the barber; for a week, marry a bride; for a month, buy him a new horse; for a year, build him a new house; for all his lifetime, be an honest man." - Anonymous.
"Who will present pleasure refrain, shall in time to come the more pleasure obtain." - Anonymous.
"A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live." - Bertrand Russell.
"It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is a state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious." - Zeno.
"To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy." - Henri Frederic Amiel.
"Suspicion of happiness is in our blood." - E.V. Lucas.
"Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same." - Helen Keller.
"My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate." - Thornton Wilder.
"Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition." - Arthur Rubinstein.
"Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you will cease to be so." - John Stuart Mill.
"Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure." - Bertrand Russel.
"Steady as a clock, busy as a bee, and cheerful as a cricket." - Martha Washington.
"I'm not happy, I'm cheerful. There's a difference. A happy women has no cares at all. A cheerful woman has cares but has learned how to deal with them." - Beverly Sills.
"The clearest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness." - Michel de Montaigne.
"Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of man in strong health as color to his cheek; and whenever there is habitual gloom there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor or erring habits of life." - John Ruskin.
"Time is compressed like the first I close on my knee... I hold inside it the clues and solutions and the power for what I must do now." - Margaret Atwood.
"The major job was getting people to understand that they had something within their power that they could use." - Ella Baker.
"Each moment in time we have it all even when we think we don't." - Melody Beattie.
"Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is." - Maxim Gorky.
"Content is not happiness. An oyster may be contented. Happiness is compounded of richer elements." - Christian Bovee.
"He is happy that knoweth not himself to be otherwise." - Thomas Fuller.
"The man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of a life." - Euripedes.
"Change is an easy panacea. It takes character to stay in one place and be happy there." - Elzabeth Clarke Dunn.
"Such is the state of life that none are happy but by the anticipation of change. The change itself is nothing; when we have made it the next wish is to change again." - Samuel Johnson.
"Life delights in life." - William Blake.
"The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." - Henry David Thoreau.
"If you have arthritis, calmly say, I was always complaining about the ruts in the raod until I realized that the ruts are the road." - Anonymous.
"'Okay, I have arthritis, and this is the way arthritis is.' Take pain as it comes and you can better master it." - Charles Clifford Peale.
"It is right it should be so, / Man was made for joy and woe; / And when this we rightly know, / Through the world we safely go." - William Blake.
"Anyone who propose to do good must not expect people to roll stones out of his way, but must accept his lot calmly, even if they roll a few more upon it." - Albert Schweitzer.
"Ask not that events should happen as you will, but let your will be that events should happen as they do, and you shall have peace." - Epictetus.
"The survival of the fittest is the ageless law of nature, but the fittest are rarely the strong. The fittest are those endowed with the qualifications for adaption, the ability to accept the inevitable and conform to the unavoidable, to harmonize with existing or changing conditions." - Dave E. Smalley.
"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances." - Aristotle.
"He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances." - David Hume.
"Life is ten percent what you make it, and ninety percent how you take it." - Irving Berlin.
"To exist is to adapt, and if one could not adapt, one died, and made room for those who could." - Louis L'Amour.
"Happy the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers." - Johann von Goethe.
"Real life is, to most men, a perpetual compromise between the ideal and the possible." - Bertrand Russell.
"People are lucky and unlucky according to the ratio between what they get and what they have been led to expect." - Samuel Butler.
"He who cannot do what he wants must make do with what he can." - Terence.
"No traveler e'er reached that blest abode who found not thorns and briers in his road." - William Cowper.
"The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds." - Will Durant.
"It is a common observation that those who dwell continually upon their expectations are apt to become oblivious to the requirements of their actual situations." - Charles Sanders Pierce.
"A hero is a man who does what he can." - Romain Rolland.
"Life's under no obligation to give us what we expect." - Margaret Mitchell.
"Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"Better bend than break." - Scottish proverb.
"The secret of success is to be in harmony with existences, to be always calm, to let each wave of life wash us a little farther up the shore." - Cyril Connolly.
"There is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will." - Epictetus.
"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it emotionally." - Flannery O'Connor.
"Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst." - Lin Yutang.
"If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understand that we do not know enough to be pessimistic." - Hazel Henderson.
"We cannot change anything unless we accept it." - Carl Jung.
"Acceptance of what has happened is the first step to overcoming the consequence of any misfortune." - William James.
"Almost any event will put on a new face when received with cheerful acceptances." - Henry S. Haskins.
"No matter how much you feed a wolf, he will always return to the forest." - Russian proverb.
"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?" - Jeremiah 13:23.
"How we remember, what we remember, and why we remember form the most personal map of our individuality." - Christina Baldwin.
"Reconciliation is more beautiful than victory." - Violeta Barrios de Chamorro.
"The stupid neither forgive nor forget; the naive forgive and forget; the wise forgive, but do not forget." - Thomas Szasz.
"People are more than the worst thing they have ever done in their lives." - Helen Prejean.
"The secret of forgiving everything is to understand nothing." - George Bernard Shaw.
"Speak not against anyone whose burden you have not weighed yourself." - Marion Zimmer Bradley.
"Nothing's easier than believing we understand experiences we've never had." - Gwen Bristow.
"The heart has always the pardoning power." - Anne-Sophie Swetchine.
"Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is again made clean." - Dag Hammarskjold.
"Forgiveness is all-powerful. Forgiveness heals all ills." - Catherine Ponder.
"Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace." - Buddha.
"I can have peace of mind only when I forgive rather than judge." - Gerald Jampolsky.
"The forgiving state of mind is a magnetic power for attracting good." - Catherine Ponder.
"Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans!" - Robert E. Lee.
"Her breasts and arms ached with the beauty of her own forgiveness." - Meridel Le Sueuer.
"Life is an adventure in forgiveness." - Norman Cousins.
"The cut worm forgives the plow." - William Blake.
"Forgiveness is the highest and most difficult of all moral lessons." - Joseph Jacobs.
"When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows, and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive." - Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons." - Ruth Ann Schabacker.
"We can be thankful to a friend for a few acres or a little money; and yet for the freedom and command of the whole earth, and for the great benefits of our being, our life, health, and reason, we look upon ourselves as under no obligation." - Marcus Annaeus Seneca.
"When something does not insist on being noticed, when we aren't grabbed by the collar or struck on the skull by a presence or an event, we take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude." - Cynthia Ozick.
"Why do some people always see beautiful skies and grass and lovely flowers and incredible human beings, while others are heard-pressed to find anything or any place that is beautiful?" - Leo Buscaglia.
"Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold." - Maurice Setter.
"If you could all your assets, you always show a profit." - Robert Quillen.
"Too happy would you be, did ye but know your own advantages!" - Virgil.
"Much unhappiness results from our inability to remember the nice things that happen to us." - W.N. Rieger.
"If we go down into ourselves, we find that we possess exactly what we desire." - Simone Weil.
"Health is a blessing that money cannot buy." - Izaak Walton.
"Happiness lies, first of all, in health." - George William Curtis.
"A sound mind in a sound body is a short but full description of a happy state in this world." - John Locke.
"Health is the vital principle of bliss." - James Thomson.
"If you can't be thankful for what you receive, be thankful for what you escape." - Anonymous.
"A prudent man will think more important what fate has conceded to him, than what it has denied." - Baltasar Gracian.
"It is better to be looked over than overlooked." - Mae West.
"Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting." - Elizabeth Asquith Bibesco.
"He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has." - Epictetus.
"Enjoy the successes that you have, and don't be too hard on yourself when you don't do well. Too many times we beat up on ourselves. Just relax and enjoy it." - Patty Sheehan.
"Do not spoil what you have by despairing what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things only hoped for." - Epicurus.
"It ain't so much trouble to get rich as it is to tell when we have got rich." - Josh Billings.
"What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want." - Mignon McLaughlin.
"No man can be satisfied with his attainment, although we may be satisfied with his circumstances." - Frank Swinnerton.
"Life is a progress from want to want, not from enjoyment to enjoyment." - Samuel Johnson.
"Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving." - W.T. Purkiser.
"The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but the thankful heart will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings." - Henry Ward Beecher.
"Thanksgiving is a sure index of spiritual health." - Maurice Dametz.
"If the only prayer you say in your whole lofe is 'Thank you,' that would suffice." - Meister Eckhart.
"Who does not thank for little will not thank for much." - Estonian proverb.