Great Throughts Treasury

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Søren Kierkegaard, fully Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

An eternal happiness is a security for which there is no longer any market value in the speculative nineteenth century; at the very most it may be used by the gentlemen of the clerical profession to swindle rural innocents.

Character | Eternal | Security | Happiness | Value |

Garrison Keillor, fully Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.

Character | Man | Right | Wise | Happiness |

Garrison Keillor, fully Gary Edward "Garrison" Keillor

Your success and happiness lie in you. External conditions are the accidents of life. The great enduring realities are love and service. Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Resolve to keep happy and your joy in you shall form an invincible host against difficulty.

Character | Difficulty | Happy | Intelligence | Joy | Life | Life | Love | Purpose | Purpose | Service | Success | Happiness |

Walter Savage Landor

Goodness does not more certainly make men happy, than happiness makes them good. We must distinguish between felicity and prosperity; for prosperity leads often to ambition, and ambition to disappointment; the course is then over, the wheel turns round but once; while the reaction of goodness and happiness is perpetual.

Ambition | Character | Distinguish | Good | Happy | Men | Prosperity | Ambition | Happiness |

John Lubbock, fully Sir John Lubbock, 1st Baron Avebury

The world would be both better and brighter if we would dwell on the duty of happiness, as well as on the happiness of duty.

Better | Character | Duty | World | Happiness |

James Mackintosh, fully Sir James Mackintosh

Selfishness is a vice utterly at variance with the happiness of him who harbors it, and as such, condemned by self-love.

Character | Love | Self | Selfishness | Self-love | Happiness | Vice |

John Locke

Men’s happiness or misery is most part of their own making.

Character | Men | Happiness |

Samuel David Luzzatto, aka by acronym of SHaDaL or SHeDaL

Science does not make us happy; the highest morality alone is capable of conferring true happiness upon us.

Character | Happy | Morality | Science | Happiness |

Johann Kaspar Lavater

Happy the heart to whom God has given enough strength and courage to suffer for Him, to find happiness in simplicity and the happiness of others.

Character | Courage | Enough | God | Happy | Heart | Simplicity | Strength | God | Happiness |

John Locke

What is it that determines the Will in regard to our Actions?... we shall find, that we being capable but of one determination of the will to one action at once, the present uneasiness, that we are under, does naturally determine the will, in order to that happiness which we all aim at in all our actions: For as much as whilst we are under any uneasiness, we cannot apprehend ourselves happy, or in the way to it... And therefore that, which of course determines the choice of our will to the next action, will always be the removing of pain, as long as we have any left, as the first and necessary step towards happiness.

Action | Character | Choice | Determination | Happy | Order | Pain | Present | Regard | Will | Happiness |

Robert J. McCracken, D.D.

The most infectiously joyous men and women are those who forget themselves in thinking about others and serving others. Happiness comes not by deliberately courting and wooing it but by giving oneself in self-effacing surrender to great values.

Character | Giving | Men | Self | Surrender | Thinking | Happiness |

Nicomachus of Gerasa NULL

If we crave for the goal that is worthy and fitting for man, namely, happiness of life - and this is accomplished by philosophy alone and by nothing else, and philosophy, as I said, means for us desire for wisdom, and wisdom the science of truth in things, and of things some are properly so called, others merely share the name - it is reasonable and most necessary to distinguish and systematize the accidental qualities of things.

Character | Desire | Distinguish | Life | Life | Man | Means | Nothing | Philosophy | Qualities | Science | Truth | Wisdom | Happiness |

Baron de Montesquieu, fully Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de La Brède et de Montesquieu

Men in excess of happiness or misery are equally inclined to severity. Witness conquerors and monks! It is mediocrity alone, and a mixture of prosperous and adverse fortune that inspire us with lenity and pity.

Character | Excess | Fortune | Mediocrity | Men | Pity | Witness | Happiness |

George E. Mathieu

A man may lose his strength; he may lose his money; he may lose every earthly thing which he possesses. Yet he may still attain and control his happiness if it stems from service to others.

Character | Control | Man | Money | Service | Strength | Happiness |

Martha Pingel

As nothing great has ever been achieved without enthusiasm, so happiness or peace of mind cannot be achieved without sharing oneself with others, serving those in need, whether materially or spiritually.

Character | Enthusiasm | Mind | Need | Nothing | Peace | Happiness |

Anna Maria Porter

The habit of dissipating every serious thought by a succession of agreeable sensations is as fatal to happiness as to virtue; for when amusement is uniformly substituted for objects of moral and mental interest, we lose all that elevates our enjoyments above the scale of childish pleasures.

Character | Habit | Thought | Virtue | Virtue | Happiness | Thought |