The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have.
Talent is always conscious of its own abundance, and does not object to sharing.
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.
The structure of life I have described in buildings - the structure which I believe to be objective - is deeply and inextricably connected with the human person, and with the innermost nature of human feeling.
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
All good music resembles something. Good music stirs by its mysterious resemblance to the objects and feelings which motivated it.
The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
Everybody is so talented nowadays that the only people I care to honor as deserving real distinction are those who remain in obscurity.
Devote each day to the object then in time and every evening will find something done.
Peace and abstinence from European interferences are our objects, and so will continue while the present order of things in America remain uninterrupted.
The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
In every part and corner of our life, to lose oneself is to be gainer; to forget oneself is to be happy.
Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.
I'm happy for people who want to get married. It's not my thing.
Call no man happy till he is dead.
Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.
I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer. A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young... he killed himself in the prime of his life.
Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.