Doing good to others is not a duty, it is a joy, for it increases our own health and happiness.

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Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.

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God has entrusted me with myself. No man is free who is not master of himself. A man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. The world turns aside to let any man pass who knows where he is going.

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How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself.

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One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.

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The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.

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Youth is a blossom whose fruit is love; happy is he who plucks it after watching it slowly ripen.

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And this, too, affords no small occasion for anxieties – if you are
bent on assuming a pose and never reveal yourself to anyone frankly, in
the fashion of many who live a false life that is all made up for show;
for it is torturous to be constantly watching oneself and be fearful of
being caught out of our usual role. And we are never free from concern if
we think that every time anyone looks at us he is always taking-our
measure; for many things happen that strip off our pretence against our
will, and, though all this attention to self is successful, yet the life
of those who live under a mask cannot be happy and without anxiety. But
how much pleasure there is in simplicity that is pure, in itself
unadorned, and veils no part of its character! Yet even such a life as this
does run some risk of scorn, if everything lies open to everybody; for there
are those who disdain whatever has become too familiar. But neither does
virtue run any risk of being despised when she is brought close to the eyes,
and it is better to be scorned by reason of simplicity than tortured by perpetual
pretence.

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Happiness is a quality of the soul…not a function of one’s material circumstances.

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Luckier than one’s neighbor, but still not happy.

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That mortal is a fool who, prospering, thinks his life has any strong foundation; since our fortune’s course of action is the reeling way a madman takes, and no one person is ever happy all the time.

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Therefore, while our eyes wait to see the destined final day, we must call no one happy who is of mortal race, until he has crossed life’s border, free from pain.

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