Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
You not to give way prematurely either to joy of grief. Happen what will, all is well if one only keeps one’s health; for happiness subsists—solely in the imagination.
Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.
Who would dare speak the word “happiness” in these tortured times? Yet millions today continue to seek happiness. These years have been for them only a prolonged postponement, at the end of which they hope to find that the possibility for happiness has been renewed. Who could blame them? And who could say that they are wrong? What would justice be without the chance for happiness? What purpose would freedom serve, if we had to live in misery?
What can I do with my happiness? How can I keep it, conceal it, bury it where I may never lose it? I want to kneel as it falls over me like rain, gather it up with lace and silk, and press it over myself again.
We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one.
To make a prairie it takes a clover and one bee,
One clover, and a bee,
The revery alone will do,
If bees are few.
To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.
There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.
There are some individuals who have too strong a craving, a will, and a nostalgia for happiness ever to reach it. They always retain a bitter and passionate aftertaste, and that’s the best they can hope for.