| Hold him alone truly fortunate who has ended his life in happy well-being.|
|Twas a jolly old pedagogue, long ago,|
Tall and slender, and sallow and dry;
His form was bent, and his gait was slow,
His long thin hair was white as snow,
But a wonderful twinkle shone in his eye.
And he sang every night as he went to bed,
Let us be happy down here below;
The living should live, though the dead be dead,
Said the jolly old pedagogue long ago.
George ArnoldThe Jolly Old Pedagogue.
| Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.|
Hosea BallouMS. Sermons.
| To have been happy, madame, adds to calamity.|
Beaumont and FletcherThe Fair Maid of the Inn. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 250.
|La massima felicita divisa nel maggior numero.|
The greatest happiness of the greatest number.
BeccariaTrattato dei Delitti e delle Pene (Treatise of Crimes and of Punishment). Introd. (1764).
| Priestly was the first (unless it was Beccaria) who taught my lips to pronounce this sacred truththat the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.|
BenthamVol. X. P. 142.
| Quid enim est melius quam memoria recte factorum, et libertate contentum negligere humana?|
What can be happier than for a man, conscious of virtuous acts, and content with liberty, to despise all human affairs?
Brutusto Cicero. Ciceros Letters. I. 16. 9.
|Oh, Mirth and Innocence! Oh, Milk and Water!|
Ye happy mixtures of more happy days!
ByronBeppo. St. 80.
| * * * all who joy would win|
Must share it,Happiness was born a twin.
ByronDon Juan. Canto II. St. 172.
| There comes|
For ever something between us and what
We deem our happiness.
ByronSardanapalus. Act I. Sc. 2.
|Quid datur a divis felici optatius hora?|
What is there given by the gods more desirable than a happy hour?
CatullusCarmina. LXII. 30.
|The message from the hedge-leaves,|
Heed it, whoso thou art;
Under lowly eaves
Lives the happy heart.
John Vance CheneyThe Hedge-birds Message.
|In animi securitate vitam beatam ponimus.|
We think a happy life consists in tranquillity of mind.
CiceroDe Natura Deorum. I. 20.
|Le bonheur semble fait pour être partagé.|
Happiness seems made to be shared.
CorneilleNotes par Rochefoucauld.
|If solid happiness we prize,|
Within our breast this jewel lies,
And they are fools who roam;
The world has nothing to bestow,
From our own selves our bliss must flow,
And that dear hut,our home.
Nathaniel CottonThe Fireside.
Thus happiness depends, as Nature shows,
Less on exterior things than most suppose.
CowperTable Talk. L. 246.
|Domestic Happiness, thou only bliss|
Of Paradise that hast survived the Fall!
CowperTask. Bk. III. L. 41.
|Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others,|
And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though twere his own.
|Das beste Glück, des Lebens schönste Kraft|
The highest happiness, the purest joys of life, wear out at last.
GoetheIphigenia auf Tauris. IV. 5. 9.
|Still to ourselves in every place consignd,|
Our own felicity to make or find.
GoldsmithThe Traveller. L. 431.
| Now happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature: it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.|
GoodThe Book of Nature. Series III. Lecture VII.
|The loss of wealth is loss of dirt,|
As sages in all times assert;
The happy mans without a shirt.
John HeywoodBe Merry Friends.
|And there is evn a happiness|
That makes the heart afraid.
HoodOde to Melancholy.
|Fuge magna, licet sub paupere tecto|
Reges et regum vita procurrere amicos.
Avoid greatness; in a cottage there may be more real happiness than kings or their favorites enjoy.
HoraceEpistles. I. 10. 32.
|Non possidentem multa vocaveris|
Recte beatum; rectius occupat
Nomen beati, qui Deorum
Muneribus sapienter uti,
Duramque callet pauperiem pati,
Pejusque leto flagitium timet.
You will not rightly call him a happy man who possesses much; he more rightly earns the name of happy who is skilled in wisely using the gifts of the gods, and in suffering hard poverty, and who fears disgrace as worse than death.
HoraceCarmina. IX. Bk. 4. 9. 45.
| That Action is best which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions misery.|
Frances HutchesonInquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue. (1725). Treatise II. Sec. 3. An Inquiry concerning Moral Good and Evil.
|Upon the road to Romany|
Its stay, friend, stay!
Theres lots o love and lots o time
To linger on the way;
Poppies for the twilight,
Roses for the noon,
Its happy goes as lucky goes,
To Romany in June.
Wallace IrwinFrom Romany to Rome.
| Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life. (1766).
| Ducimus autem|
Hos quoque felices, qui ferre incommoda vitæ,
Nec jactare jugum vita didicere magistra.
We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by them.
JuvenalSatires. XII. 20.
| On nest jamais si heureux, ni si malheureux, quon se limagine.|
We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.
| A sound Mind in a sound Body, is a short but full description of a happy State in this World.|
LockeThoughts Concerning Education.
| To be strong|
Is to be happy!
LongfellowChristus. The Golden Legend. Pt. II. L. 731.
| The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.|
LongfellowKavanagh. Ch. XIII.
|Happiness, to some elation;|
Is to others, mere stagnation.
|Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it,|
We are happy now because God wills it.
LowellThe Vision of Sir Launfal. Prelude to Pt. I. L. 61.
|Sive ad felices vadam post funera campos,|
Seu ferar ardentem rapidi Phlegethontis ad undam,
Nec sine te felix ero, nec tecum miser unquam.
Heaven would not be Heaven were thy soul not with mine, nor would Hell be Hell were our souls together.
Baptista MantuanusEclogue. III. 108.
| Neminem, dum adhuc viveret, beatum dici debere arbitrabatur.|
He (Solon) considered that no one ought to be called happy as long as he was alive.
Valerius Maximus. Bk. VII. 2. Ext. 2. Same in Sophoclesdipus Rex. End. HerodotusClio. 32. Solon to Cræsus. Repeated by Cræsus to Cyrus when on his funeral pyre, thus obtaining his pardon.
|And feel that I am happier than I know.|
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. VIII. L. 282.
|No eye to watch and no tongue to wound us,|
All earth forgot, and all heaven around us.
MooreCome oer the Sea.
|The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;|
The wise grows it under his feet.
James OppenheimThe Wise.
| Dicique beatus|
Ante obitum nemo supremaque funera debet.
Before he is dead and buried no one ought to be called happy.
OvidMetamorphoses. Bk. III. 136.
| Thus we never live, but we hope to live; and always disposing ourselves to be happy, it is inevitable that we never become so.|
Blaise PascalThoughts. Ch. V. Sec. I.
| Said Scopas of Thessaly, But we rich men count our felicity and happiness to lie in these superfluities, and not in those necessary things.|
PlutarchMorals. Vol. II. Of the Love of Wealth.
|Oh happiness! our beings end and aim!|
Good, Pleasure, Ease, Content! whateer thy name;
That something still which prompts th eternal sigh,
For which we bear to live, or dare to die.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 1.
|Fixd to no spot is Happiness sincere;|
Tis nowhere to be found, or evrywhere;
Tis never to be bought, but always free.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 15.
|Heaven to mankind impartial we confess,|
If all are equal in their happiness;
But mutual wants this happiness increase,
All natures difference keeps all natures peace.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. IV. L. 53.
| Le bonheur des méchants comme un torrent sécoule.|
The happiness of the wicked flows away as a torrent.
RacineAthalie. II. 7.
| Happiness lies in the consciousness we have of it, and by no means in the way the future keeps its promises.|
George SandHandsome Lawrence. Ch. III.
|Des Menschen Wille, das ist sein Glück.|
The will of a man is his happiness.
SchillerWallensteins Lager. VII. 25.
|O mother, mother, what is bliss?|
O mother, what is bale?
Without my William what were heaven,
Or with him what were hell?
Scott. Trans. of a ballad of Bürgers.
| Non potest quisquam beate degere, qui se tantum intuetur, qui omnia ad utilitates suas convertit; alteri vivas oportet, si vis tibi vivere.|
No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage. Thou must live for another, if thou wishest to live for thyself.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. XLVIII.
| But, O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another mans eyes!|
As You Like It. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 47.
| Would I were with him, wheresomeer he is, either in heaven or in hell.|
Henry V. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 6.
|Ye seek for happinessalas, the day!|
Ye find it not in luxury nor in gold,
Nor in the fame, nor in the envied sway
For which, O willing slaves to Custom old,
Severe taskmistress! ye your hearts have sold.
ShelleyRevolt of Islam. Canto XI. St. 17.
|Magnificent spectacle of human happiness.|
Sydney SmithAmerica. Edinburgh Review, July, 1824.
| Mankind are always happier for having been happy; so that if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.|
Sydney SmithLecture on Benevolent Affections.
|Be happy, but be happy through piety.|
Madame de StaëlCorinne. Bk. XX. Ch. III.
|Wealth I ask not, hope nor love,|
Nor a friend to know me;
All I ask, the heavens above,
And the road below me.
|O terque quaterque beati.|
O thrice, four times happy they!
Vergil-Æneid. I. 94.
|For it stirs the blood in an old mans heart;|
And makes his pulses fly,
To catch the thrill of a happy voice,
And the light of a pleasant eye.
N. P. WillisSaturday Afternoon. St. 1.
|True happiness is to no spot confined.|
If you preserve a firm and constant mind,
Tis here, tis everywhere.
John Huddlestone WynneHistory of Ireland.
|Were charmd with distant views of happiness,|
But near approaches make the prospect less.
Thos. YaldenAgainst Enjoyment. L. 23.
|True happiness neer entered at an eye;|
True happiness resides in things unseen.
YoungNight Thoughts. Night VIII. L. 1,021.