Whatever the apparent cause of any riots may be, the real one is always want of happiness.

—Thomas Paine, 1792

There is no happiness like that of a young couple in a little house they have built themselves in a place of beauty and solitude.

—Annie Proulx, 2008

Seize from every moment its unique novelty, and do not prepare your joys.

—André Gide, 1897

I take it as a prime cause of the present confusion of society that it is too sickly and too doubtful to use pleasure frankly as a test of value.

—Rebecca West, 1939

One has to spend so many years in learning how to be happy.

—George Eliot, 1844

The right to the pursuit of happiness is nothing else than the right to disillusionment phrased in another way.

—Aldous Huxley, 1956

There is only one honest impulse at the bottom of puritanism, and that is the impulse to punish the man with a superior capacity for happiness.

—H.L. Mencken, 1920

In every ill turn of fortune, the most unhappy sort of unfortunate man is the one who has been happy.

—Boethius, c. 520

Happiness is no laughing matter.

—Richard Whately, 1843

I had rather be in a state of misery and envied for my supposed happiness than in a state of happiness and pitied for my supposed misery.

—Elizabeth Inchbald, 1793

Just to fill the hour—that is happiness.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Happiness is not something you can catch and lock up in a vault like wealth. Happiness is nothing but everyday living seen through a veil.

—Zora Neale Hurston, 1939

One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats.

—Iris Murdoch, 1978