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Here are more quotes about happiness from some world-famous personalities, including Mahatma Gandhi.


Ludwig Wittgenstein

Ludwig Wittgenstein
I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

Comment: [From Wikipedia: Ludwig Wittgenstein (April 26, 1889 – April 29, 1951) was an Austrian philosopher who worked primarily in the foundations of logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. His influence has been wide-ranging and he is generally regarded as one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers.]
When it came to happiness, perhaps his left-brain academic leanings caused him to miss the boat, so to speak.

Margaret Bonnano (author)
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.

Comment: This is actually quite a profound comment. I could expand on it and say not even on a “day to day basis”, but rather on a moment to moment basis.

Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas K. Gandhi
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

Comment: This is another way of saying one should be in one’s own personal integrity if happiness is t be experienced. One must be true to oneself. “The truth shall set you free.”

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Nathaniel Hawthorne
Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Comment: I wish I had the poetic flair of some of these writers. This is, indeed, exactly what happens when one sits to experience what I call Conscious Mental Rest – where you allow your mind to disengage from active thinking for about 20 minutes at a time, and just allow the butterfly of happiness to settle on you. With CMR, it is more of allowing the inner happiness to have some breating space to come out and be experienced.

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Pearl S Buck

Pearl S. Buck
Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Comment: I’d love to know the context in which this statement was made. From my own perspective, growth and expansion are the essence of life and creativity. Life and creativity are expressions of the seed of happiness within. Boredom is not in harmony with growth, expansion and creativity, and therefore brings with it the lack of happiness. Creativity, on the other hand, brings the experience of happiness and joy. That is why musicians, painters, craftsmen and other creative people experience happiness while in the act of creating.

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Peyton Conway March

Peyton Conway March
There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.

Comment: Oops! I suspect that March has the cart before the horse here. Happiness, freedom and peace of mind come first, and not “by giving them to someone else.” When one experiences happiness, freedom and peace of mind, then that is how one is. And what one is, is what one takes and gives to another. And when one is overflowing with these experiences, then spontaneously we give the vibration or essence of that experience to others. And that, in turn, adds to our own experience of happiness and freedom and peace of mind. Authentic happiness and freedom come from inside us. And when it comes to the surface as experience, it expands to our environment, and that includes other beings.

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