Just to fill the hour—that is happiness.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Happiness is no laughing matter.

—Richard Whately, 1843

Happiness, whether in business or private life, leaves very little trace in history.

—Fernand Braudel, 1979

When one has a famishing thirst for happiness, one is apt to gulp down diversions wherever they are offered.

—Alice Hegan Rice, 1917

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

—Iris Murdoch, 1978

A multitude of small delights constitute happiness.

—Charles Baudelaire, 1897

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

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do.

—William James, 1902

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

—Boethius, c. 520

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

—George Eliot, 1844

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

—Edward Young, 1741

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

—Shantideva, c. 750