I divide all readers into two classes: those who read to remember and those who read to forget.
Those who decide to use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, good books, good pictures, good plays, good company, good conversation - what are they? They are the happiest people in the world.
If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care the happiest, individual would not be either a man or a woman it; it would be, I think a cow.
The principle of happiness should be like the principle of virtue: it should not be dependent of things, but be a part of personality [and character].
Why is it that so many people are afraid to admit they are happy?
The kind of happiness that stays with you is the happiness that springs from inward thoughts and emotions.
Real happiness is not dependent on external things.
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