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Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact.

—Bertrand Russell, 1930

That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.

—Willa Cather, 1918

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

Just to fill the hour—that is happiness.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

—Jane Austen, 1814

The happiness of society is the end of government.

—John Adams, 1776

How sad a sight is human happiness to those whose thoughts can pierce beyond an hour!

—Edward Young, 1741

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

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

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion if we want to be happy.

—Cyril Connolly, 1944

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

—Iris Murdoch, 1978

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

—Thomas Paine, 1792

There is no greater disaster than not to know contentment.

—Laozi, c. 550 BC