Mạn Đàm về
Chữ và Ngĩa
(Chê Lan Viên)
in the Fog
(Che Lan Vien)
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"I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's
face it, friends make life a lot more fun."
"I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who
have sought and found how to serve."
"I don't think that... one gets a flash of happiness once, and never again; it is there within you, and it will come as certainly as death..."
"I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it."
"I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them."
"I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive."
"I know well that happiness is in little things. The source of happiness is within us. I wish you all the joy of being happy!"
"I'm fulfilled in what I do... I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes - the finer things of life - would make you
happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense."
"I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."
"If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has
"If frugality were established in the state, and if our expenses were laid out to meet needs rather than superfluities of life,
there might be fewer wants, and even fewer pleasures, but infinitely more happiness."
"If happiness could be bought, few of us could pay the price."
"If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most
basic kind of peace work."
"If my heart can become pure and simple, like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this."
"If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time."
"If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness
of others, we could have paradise in a few years."
"If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires."
"If we only wanted to be happy it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is almost always difficult,
since we think them happier than they are."
"If you can't be happy where you are, it's a cinch you can't be happy where you ain't."
"If you cannot renounce the world the genius of happiness will never salute you."
"If you establish serenity and happiness inside yourself, you provide the world with a solid base of peace. If you do not give
yourself peace, how can you share it with others? If you do not begin your peace work with yourself, where will you go to begin it?"
"If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it as the old woman did her lost spectacles. Safe on her own nose
all the time."
"If you obey all the rules you miss all the fun."
"If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing Double
Dahlias in his garden."
"If you pursue happiness you never find it."
"If you want happiness for an hour - take a nap. If you want happiness for a day - go fishing. If you want happiness for a month
- get married. If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else."
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."
"If you want to be happy for a year, plant a garden; If you want to be happy for life, plant a tree."
"In order to have great happiness, you have to have great pain and unhappiness-otherwise how would you know when you're happy?"
"Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible."
"It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while."
"It is kind of happiness to know to what extent we may be unhappy."
"It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness."
"It is not doing the thing we like, but liking the thing we have to do that makes life happy."
"It is not God's will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy."
"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."
"It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone that can make anyone happy or miserable."
"It is possible to live in peace."
"It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; property and wealth have both failed."
"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."
"It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that
a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self."
"It may be that true happiness lies in the conviction that one has irremediably lost happiness. Then we can begin to move through
life without hope or fear, capable of finally enjoying all the small pleasures, which are the most lasting."
"It's never too late to have a happy childhood."
"It's not easy finding happiness in ourselves and it's not possible to find it elsewhere."
"Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy."
"Joy comes from using your potential."
"Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness- happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you're lucky. Joy is a light
that fills you with hope and faith and love."
"Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life."
"Keep your face in the sunshine and you can't see the shadows."
"Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will
"Let a man overcome anger by kindness, evil by good. Victory breeds hatred, for the conquered is unhappy. Never in the world does
hatred cease by hatred; hatred ceases by love."
"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
"Life at its noblest leaves mere happiness far behind; and indeed cannot endure it. Happiness is not the object of life: life has
no object: it is an end in itself; and courage consists in the readiness to sacrifice happiness for an intenser quality of life."
"Life is a precious gift. Don't waste it being unhappy, dissatisfied, or anything less than you can be."
"Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you
don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything."
"Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness."
"Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a
different manifestation of the same thing."
"Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved."
"Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing golf, happiness can be learned."
"Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change."
"Mankind is interdependent, and the happiness of each depends upon the happiness of all, and it is this lesson that humanity has
to learn today as the first and the last lesson."
"Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful.
So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date."
"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through
fidelity to a worthy purpose."
"Many search for happiness as we look for a hat we wear on our heads."
"Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come."
"Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness."
"Men expect that religion should cost them no pains, that happiness should drop into their laps without any design and endeavor on
their part, and that, after they have done what they please while they live, God should snatch them up to heaven when they die. But though the
commandments of God be not grievous, yet it is fit to let men know that they are not thus easy."
"Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more
he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one."
"Most of us experience happiness when we are enjoying life and feeling free, enjoying the process and products of our creative and
intellectual processes, enjoying the ecstasy of transcendent oneness with the universe."
"Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
"Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition."
"Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy."
"My happiness derives from knowing the people I love are happy."
"Next to temperance, a quiet conscience, a cheerful mind and active habits, I place early rising as a means of health and happiness."
"No burden is so heavy for a man to bear as a succession of happy days."
"No joy can equal the joy of serving others."
"No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy."
"No man is happy who does not think himself so."
"No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right."
"No medicine cures what happiness cannot."
"No one can find inner peace except by working, not in a self-centered way, but for the whole human family."
"Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy."
"Not what you have, but what you see; Not what you see, but what you choose; Not what seems fair, but what is true; Not what you dream, but what you do; Not what you take, but what you give; Not as you pray, but as you live. These are the things that mar or bless The sum of human happiness."
"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself."
"Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."
"Of all the things which wisdom provides to make us entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship."
"Of mortals there is no one who is happy. If wealth flows in upon one, one may be perhaps Luckier than one's neighbor, but still
"Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they
will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first
be who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what you want."
"Often the greatest enemy of present happiness is past happiness too well remembered."
"On life's journey faith is nourishment, virtuous deeds are a shelter, wisdom is the light by day and right mindfulness is the
protection by night. If a man lives a pure life, nothing can destroy him."
"One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person."
"One must never look for happiness: one meets it by the way..."
"Only happy people can learn. Only happy people can teach. Our religion should put a sparkle in our eyes and a tone in our voice,
and a spring in our step that bears witness of our faith and confidence in the goodness of God."
"Our happiness in this world depends on the affections we are able to inspire."
"People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be."
"People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Jut because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten
"People who never achieve happiness are the ones who complain whenever they're awake, and whenever they're asleep, they are
thinking about what to complain about tomorrow."
"Philosophers should consider the fact that the greatest happiness principle can easily be made an excuse for a benevolent
dictatorship. We should replace it by a more modest and more realistic principle - the principle that the fight against avoidable misery should be
a recognized aim of public policy, while the increase of happiness should be left, in the main, to private initiative."
"Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil - or else an absolute ignorance."
"Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world
outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you
cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."
"Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination."
"Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their
"Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of unhappiness."
"Seek your happiness in the happiness of all."
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
"Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it."
"Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get."
* My Favorite Quotes on Happiness and Inner Peace - Part 1 / 3
* My Favorite Quotes on Happiness and Inner Peace - Part 2 / 3
* My Favorite Quotes on Happiness and Inner Peace - Part 3 / 3