The purpose of government is to enable the people of a nation to live in safety and happiness. Government exists for the interests of the governed, not for the governors.
Happiness seems to require a modicum of external prosperity.
All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.
Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.
A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.
Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness.
I think the thing to do is to enjoy the ride while you're on it.
It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophies. My brain and my heart are my temples; my philosophy is kindness.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.
To be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.
Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.
You don't have to be famous. You just have to make your mother and father proud of you.