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The more people I meet the happier I become.

Waiting for Godot
It is not our level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes lie within our power, so that a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him.

Cancer Ward
Satiety depends not at all on how much we eat, but on how we eat. It's the same with happiness, the very same...happiness doesn't depend on how many external blessings we have snatched from life. It depends only on our attitude toward them. There's a saying about it in the Taoist ethic: 'Whoever is capable of contentment will always be satisfied.

The First Circle
A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy.

Cancer Ward
Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.

Nicholas Nickleby
States of profound happiness, like all other forms of intoxication, are apt to befuddle the wits; intense enjoyment of the present always makes one forget the past.

Beware of Pity
Happiness would prevail where trees were planted.

The World of Yesterday
Is it possible that even happy moments of pleasure never stand up to a rigorous examination? Possible.

The Story of a New Name
Basing our happiness on our ability to control everything is futile.

First Things First: To Live, To Love, To Learn, To Leave a Legacy (1994)
Too excited to be genuinely happy.

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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."