You shall not, for the sake of one individual, change the meaning of principle and integrity, nor endeavour to persuade yourself or me, that selfishness is prudence, and insensibility of danger, security for happiness.
Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly.[Лови минуты счастия, заставляй себя любить, влюбляйся сам! Только это одно есть настоящее на свете – остальное всё вздор.]
It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
A mathematical formula for happiness: Reality divided by Expectations.There were two ways to be happy:improve your reality or lower your expectations.
You make the mistake of thinking you have to choose, that you have to do what you want, that there are conditions for happiness. What matters – all that matters, really – is the will to happiness, a kind of enormous, everpresent consciousness. The rest – women, art, suecess – is nothing but excuses. A canvas waiting for our embroideries.
Why not seize the pleasure at once? — How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
The goal towards which the pleasure principle impels us – of becoming happy – is not attainable: yet we may not – nay, cannot – give up the efforts to come nearer to realization of it by some means or other.
The fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.