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

—Cyril Connolly, 1944

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

—Boethius, c. 520

Just to fill the hour—that is happiness.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

One is never as unhappy as one thinks, nor as happy as one hopes.

—La Rochefoucauld, 1664

Where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

—George Santayana, c. 1905

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

—Edward Young, 1741

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

—Willa Cather, 1918

O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.

—William Shakespeare, c. 1599

All those who suffer in the world do so because of their desire for their own happiness.

—Shantideva, c. 750

Human happiness never remains long in the same place.

—Herodotus, c. 430 BC

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

—George Eliot, 1844

Happiness (as the mathematicians might say) lies on a curve, and we approach it only by asymptote.

—Christopher Morley, 1919

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

—Jane Austen, 1814