„Happiness is not a feeling, it is a choice. To be happy, one must choose to be happy, not respond to a circumstance that now controls your happiness.“

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„We call “happiness” a certain set of circumstances that makes joy possible. But we call joy that state of mind and emotions that needs nothing to feel happy.“

—  André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951
Pretexts: Reflections on Literature and Morality (1964), “An Unprejudiced Mind,” p. 326

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„I feel that I've had a happy life, not a very useful life, but a happy one.“

—  Hartley Shawcross, Baron Shawcross British politician 1902 - 2003
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„I feel happy — deep down. May you be happy too.“

—  Katherine Mansfield New Zealand author 1888 - 1923
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Learn to contemn light,
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—  John Dowland English Renaissance composer, lutenist, and singer 1563 - 1626
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„Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1950s, Context: The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows: 1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. 2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light. 3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed. 4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavour to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory. 5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found. 6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you. 7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric. 8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent that in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter. 9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it. 10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool's paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness. "A Liberal Decalogue" http://www.panarchy.org/russell/decalogue.1951.html, from "The Best Answer to Fanaticism: Liberalism", New York Times Magazine (16/December/1951); later printed in The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell (1969), vol. 3: 1944-1967, pp. 71-2

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„Sir, if you are as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland, you are a happy man indeed.“

—  James Buchanan American politician, 15th President of the United States (in office from 1857 to 1861) 1791 - 1868
Said to Abraham Lincoln on the ride back from Lincoln's inauguration as president (4 March 1861); as quoted in James Buchanan (2004) by Jean H. Baker, Pg 140; This or slightly paraphrased variants or abbreviated versions have also been been reported as having been said before the inauguration: Sir, if you are as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning [home], you are a happy man indeed. If you are as happy entering the presidency as I am in leaving it, then you are truly a happy man. As quoted in Presidential Leadership : Rating the Best and the Worst in the White House (2004) edited by James Taranto and Leonard Leo Earlier variant: Some knave or fool got up a lie from the whole cloth and it was telegraphed over the country that I was about to purchase or had purchased a place somewhere else and would not return to Wheatland. If my successor should be as happy in entering the White House as I shall feel on returning to Wheatland he will indeed be a happy man. I am just now in my own mind chalking out the course of my last message. In it, should Providence continue his blessing, I shall have nothing to record but uninterrupted success for my country. The trouble about the slavery question would all have been avoided, had the Country submitted to the decision of the Supreme Court delivered two or three days after my inaugural. Letter to William Carpenter (13 September 1860); as published in Historical Papers and Addresses of the Lancaster County Historical Society.

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„The Best way to express one's gratitude to the Divine is to feel simply happy.“

—  The Mother spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo 1878 - 1973
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