Where Do You Find Happiness?

I have always felt that people should spend more time looking around for simple things to bring them happiness. It seems to me that most people are too negative.  Negativity is laziness. It requires almost no effort to find something to be unhappy about. But sometimes you have to look really hard for happiness. In that vain here are a bunch of quotes on delight for some inspiration on where to find it.

Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.
– Alexander Smith, 1830 – 1867

When you look up at the sky, you have a feeling of unity, which delights you and makes you giddy.
– Ferdinand Hodler, 1853 – 1918

To me travel is a triple delight: anticipation, performance, and recollection.
– Ilka Chase, 1900 – 1978

To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child’s delight added to your own – this is happiness.
– John Boynton Priestley, 1894 – 1984

What we don’t need to know for achievement, we need to know for our pleasure. Knowing how things work is the basis for appreciation, and is thus a source of civilized delight.
– William Safire, 1929 – 2009

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?
– Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1890 – 1995

There is in this world no real delight (excepting those of sensuality), but exchange of ideas in conversation.
– Samuel Johnson, 1709 – 1784

Man’s Best Friend

Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.

Walter Scott, 1771 – 1832

My dogs always know what is up with me and what is down with me. I have had them lay their furry heads right where I hurt, because they always know, and the pain eased up. I have also had my heart rate and respiration lowered by my faithful companions.  I cannot imagine living without at least one dog in my life.

T. E. Lawrence Quotes

All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are the dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible. This I did.

It is difficult to keep quiet when everything is being done wrong, but the less you lose your temper the greater your advantage. Also then you will not go mad yourself.

This is kinda subjective. Sometimes keeping your mouth shut is precisely what causes madness, but I guess true sanity is finding the happy medium WLT
Nine-tenths of tactics are certain, and taught in books: but the irrational tenth is like the kingfisher flashing across the pool, and that is the test of generals.

The Beduin could not look for God within him: he was too sure that he was within God.

With two thousand years of examples behind us, we have no excuses when fighting for not fighting well.

Is this a nice way of saying kick butt and take names or if it’s worth fighting for, intend to win? I know I certainly do. I never fight if I know I can’t win. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to figure out how to win and strategically pick my time to do so. WLT

I prefer lies to truth, especially when the lies are about me.

This one makes me kinda sad, because most of humankind is just this delusional. Give me the truth, but do it kindly. WLT
T. E. Lawrence, 1888 – 1935

Prodigal Blogger Returns

I have been so caught up in my own drama the last quarter of the year that I haven’t been posting and blogging.  So, my prompt for myself is to think of ways to drag yourself into the new year.  I’m going to find some kind of craft to do for charity and get started on it. The best way to put aside your self absorption is to do something for someone else.  Find someway to help others and then journal about what you gain from it.

New Quotes for Encouragement and Inspiration

The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize it’s possibility.—Leland Kaiser

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. —-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Progress begins with the belief that what is necessary is possible. –-Norman Cousins

The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no dark valleys to traverse.—Helen Keller

There is no outward sign of true courtesy that does not rest on a deep foundation.__Goethe

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.--Izaac Walton

There is no element of genius without some form of madness.--Leonardo Decaprio

You can’t stay mad at somebody who makes you laugh.–Jay Leno

Wit is the key to anybody’s heart.Show me a person who doesn’t like to laugh and I will show you a person with a toe tag.–Julia Roberts

The grass may be greener on the otherside, but it’s just as hard to cut.--Little Richard

There is no such thing as an attention span. People have infinite attention if you are entertaining to them.--Jerry Seinfeld

Everybody, no matter how old you are is around 24 or 25 in their heart.–Bruce Willis

The best mind altering drug is the truth.__Lily Tomlin

Wrinkles only go where smiles have been.–Jimmy Buffett

Learning how to learn is life’s most important skill.–Tony Buzan

Push yourself again and again. Never let up until the final buzzer sounds.–Larry Bird

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life or the life of another.–Helen Keller

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.–Arnold Palmer

When you cannot make up your mind which of two evenly balanced courses of action to take–choose the bolder.--William Joseph Slim

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.–Carl Sandburg

It is never too late to be what you might have been.– George Eliot

We may make mistakes–but they must never be mistakes which result from faintness of heart or abandonment of moral principle.– Franklin Delano Roosevelt

It is better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.--Elizabeth Kenny

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm.–Charles Schwab

The reason why worry kills more people than work is that more people worry than work.–Robert Frost

Experience is what enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.–Earl Wilson

If you have ajob without aggravations, you don’t have a job.--Malcolm Forbes

The fisherman know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason to remain ashore.–Vincent Van Gogh

A life spent in making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing.–George Bernard Shaw

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WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT

Would you kick an opponent when he was down? Yes, if I thought he might get up.
– Edmund Rouse

When life is kicking others in the teeth, become a dentist.
– Kevin Meyers

Remember that nobody will ever get ahead of you as long as he is kicking you in the seat of the pants.
– Walter Winchell, 1897 – 1972

It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained-glass window.
– Raymond Chandler, 1888 – 1959

In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
– Salvador Dali, 1904 – 1989

I think every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass.
– Barry Goldwater, 1909 – 1998