Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
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- True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
- Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- If we hope for what we are not likely to possess, we act and think in vain, and make life a greater dream and shadow than it really is.
- The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
- Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.
- Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.