Doing good to others is not a duty, it is a joy, for it increases our own health and happiness.
Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.
Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.
But by the same logic as men become just through the possession of justice, or wise through the possession of wisdom, so those who possess divinity necessary become divine. Each happy individual is therefore divine. While only God is so by nature, as many as you like may become so by participation.
Happiness is not fame or riches or heroic virtues, but a state that will inspire posterity to think in reflecting upon our life, that it was the life they would wish to live.
Misfortune and happiness don’t exists, they are created by man.
The cultivation of the intellect is man’s highest good and purest happiness.
True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence
upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to
rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so
wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within
our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be,
without wishing for what he has not.
For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day; and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.
Happy the man, and happy he alone, he who can call today his own: he who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.
The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist in amusement. If Eudaimonia, or happiness, is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence; and this will be that of the best thing in us.