If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy;
but we want to be happier than other people,
and that is almost always difficult,
since we think them happier than they are.
~ Charles De Secondat, Baron De Montesquieu ~
Thousands of candles can be lighted
from a single candle,
and the life of the candle
will not be shortened.
Happiness never decreases
by being shared.
~ Buddha ~
It is in everybody’s interest
to do what leads to happiness
and avoid that which leads to suffering.
And because, as we have seen,
our interests are inextricably linked,
we are compelled to accept ethics
as the indispensable interface
between my desire to be happy
~ His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, 1999 ~
Whatever Else You Do
by Max Ehrmann
Whatever else you do or forbear,
impose upon yourself the task of happiness;
and now and then abandon yourself
to the joy of laughter.
And however much you condemn
the evil in the world, remember that the
world is not all evil; that somewhere
children are at play, as you yourself in the
old days; that women still find joy
in the stalwart hearts of men;
And that men, treading with restless feet
their many paths, may yet find refuge
from the storms of the world in the cheerful
house of love.
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come
as a result of getting something we don’t have,
but rather of recognizing and appreciating
what we do have.
~ Friedrich Koenig ~