On Happiness

Some views seem to contradict…

by Robert Frost

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length

by Amrose Bierce

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.

by Mark Twain

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.

by Nathanial Hawthorne

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

by A.A. Milne

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.

by James Oppenheim (no relation)

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

Oppenheim’s quote highlights a dichotomy, rather than a solution to happiness. Some might believe in a nomadic lifestyle to find their fortunes in areas of abundance while minimizing risks of drought and hardship, whereas others believe in tilling the soil and building security around the land where they plant roots. The two are opposed in many ways, but I am not sure one will ever provide a perfect solution to risk.

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