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

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Love Quotes in Honor of Valentines Day

One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other,
– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
– Clive Staples Lewis, The Four Loves

Talk not of wasted affection; affection never was wasted.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882

A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
– Logan Pearsall Smith, 1865 – 1946

We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its strength and constancy.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 – 43 BC

It is with books as with women, where a certain plainness of manner and of dress is more engaging than that glare of paint and airs and apparel which may dazzle the eye, but reaches not the affections.
– David Hume, 1711 – 1776

Oh, if it be to choose and call thee mine, love, thou art every day my Valentine!  ~Thomas Hood

When love is not madness, it is not love.  ~Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Many are the starrs I see, but in my eye no starr like thee.  ~English saying used on poesy rings

Loving is not just looking at each other, it’s looking in the same direction.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939

Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.  ~Albert Einstein

I don’t understand why Cupid was chosen to represent Valentine’s Day.  When I think about romance, the last thing on my mind is a short, chubby toddler coming at me with a weapon.  ~Author Unknown

For you see, each day I love you more
Today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.
~Rosemonde Gerard

Love is a symbol of eternity.  It wipes out all sense of time, destroying all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end.  ~Author Unknown

Love – a wildly misunderstood although highly desirable malfunction of the heart which weakens the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise and the lips to pucker.  ~Author Unknown

I claim there ain’t
Another Saint
As great as Valentine.
~Ogden Nash

Trip over love, you can get up.  Fall in love and you fall forever.  ~Author Unknown

Anyone can catch your eye, but it takes someone special to catch your heart.  ~Author Unknown

A hundred hearts would be too few
To carry all my love for you.
~Author Unknown

You have to walk carefully in the beginning of love; the running across fields into your lover’s arms can only come later when you’re sure they won’t laugh if you trip.  ~Jonathan Carroll, “Outside the Dog Museum”

We are all a little weird and life’s a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.  ~Author Unknown

Must, bid the Morn awake!
Sad Winter now declines,
Each bird doth choose a mate;
This day’s Saint Valentine’s.
For that good bishop’s sake
Get up and let us see
What beauty it shall be
That Fortune us assigns.
~Michael Drayton

Love is a smoke made with the fume of sighs.  ~William Shakespeare

kisses are a better fate
than wisdom.
~e.e. cummings

If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular?  ~Author Unknown

Who, being loved, is poor?  ~Oscar Wilde

In melody divine,
My heart it beats to rapturous love,
I long to call you mine.
~Author Unknown

Grow old with me!  The best is yet to be.  ~Robert Browning

Without love, what are we worth?  Eighty-nine cents!  Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely.  ~M*A*S*H, Hawkeye

The hours I spend with you I look upon as sort of a perfumed garden, a dim twilight, and a fountain singing to it.  You and you alone make me feel that I am alive.  Other men it is said have seen angels, but I have seen thee and thou art enough.  ~George Moore

We loved with a love that was more than love.  ~Edgar Allan Poe

Love is the magician that pulls man out of his own hat.  ~Ben Hecht

Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.  ~Henry Van Dyke

Are we not like two volumes of one book?  ~Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

A bell is no bell ’til you ring it,
A song is no song ’til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn’t put there to stay –
Love isn’t love
‘Til you give it away.
~Oscar Hammerstein, Sound of Music, “You Are Sixteen (Reprise)”

I’ve fallen in love many times… always with you.  ~Author Unknown

Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia.  ~Judith Viorst, Redbook, 1975

What I need to live has been given to me by the earth.  Why I need to live has been given to me by you.  ~Author Unknown

I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

When you’re in love you never really know whether your elation comes from the qualities of the one you love, or if it attributes them to her; whether the light which surrounds her like a halo comes from you, from her, or from the meeting of your sparks.  ~Natalie Clifford Barney

Take away love and our earth is a tomb.  ~Robert Browning

Love makes your soul crawl out from its hiding place.  ~Zora Neale Hurston

Love is a game that two can play and both win.  ~Eva Gabor

Without love, the rich and poor live in the same house.  ~Author Unknown

We don’t believe in rheumatism and true love until after the first attack.  ~Marie Ebner Von Eschenbach, Aphorism

I love thee – I love thee,
‘Tis all that I can say
It is my vision in the night,
My dreaming in the day.
~Thomas Hood

Love, and a cough, cannot be hid.  ~George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum, 1651

Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren’t even there before.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

Poetry spills from the cracks of a broken heart, but flows from one which is loved.  ~Christopher Paul Rubero

A man is not where he lives, but where he loves.  ~Latin Proverb

Tell me how many beads there are
In a silver chain
Of evening rain,
Unravelled from the tumbling main,
And threading the eye of a yellow star: –
So many times do I love again.
~Thomas Lovell Beddoes

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.  ~Blaise Pascal, Pensées, 1670

At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.  ~Plato

True love stories never have endings.  ~Richard Bach

The eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.  ~Margaret Atwood

Nobody has ever measured, even poets, how much a heart can hold.  ~Zelda Fitzgerald

Love is missing someone whenever you’re apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you’re close in heart.  ~Kay Knudsen

Ah me! love can not be cured by herbs.  ~Ovid

Soul meets soul on lovers’ lips.  ~Percy Bysshe Shelley

I need the starshine of your heavenly eyes,
After the day’s great sun.
~Charles Hanson Towne

Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity and air of passion.  ~Author Unknown

Sometimes we make love with our eyes.  Sometimes we make love with our hands.  Sometimes we make love with our bodies.  Always we make love with our hearts.  ~Author Unknown

The eskimos had fifty-two names for snow because it was important to them: there ought to be as many for love.  ~Margaret Atwood

You know when you have found your prince because you not only have a smile on your face but in your heart as well.  ~Author Unknown

Love puts the fun in together, the sad in apart, and the joy in a heart.  ~Author Unknown

Who would give a law to lovers?  Love is unto itself a higher law.  ~Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

Candle light, moon light, star light,
The brightest glow is from love light.
~Grey Livingston

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.  ~Frank A. Clark

Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly.  ~Rose Franken

Love is like dew that falls on both nettles and lilies.  ~Swedish Proverb

I love you like crazy, baby
‘Cuz I’d go crazy without you.
~Pixie Foudre

How did it happen that their lips came together?  How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill?  A kiss, and all was said.  ~Victor Hugo

It is astonishing how little one feels alone when one loves.  ~John Bulwer

Love is not singular except in syllable.  ~Marvin Taylor

They who meet on an April night are forever lost in love, if there’s moonlight all about and there’s no moon above.  ~E.Y. “Yip” Harburg and Fred Saidy, dialogue just before the song “Old Devil Moon” in the musical Finian’s Rainbow  (Thanks, Katherine!)

Love me and the world is mine.  ~David Reed

Love is an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired.  ~Robert Frost

Love is the poetry of the senses.  ~Honoré de Balzac

Come live in my heart and pay no rent.  ~Samuel Lover

True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights.  If you hear bells, get your ears checked.  ~Erich Segal

Love is what you’ve been through with somebody.  ~James Thurber, quoted in Life magazine, 1960

Love is being stupid together.  ~Paul Valery

For twas not into my ear you whispered
But into my heart
Twas not my lips you kissed
But my soul
~Judy Garland

As soon go kindle fire with snow, as seek to quench the fire of love with words.  ~William Shakespeare

My heart to you is given:
Oh, do give yours to me;
We’ll lock them up together,
And throw away the key.
~Frederick Saunders

Love is the greatest refreshment in life.  ~Pablo Picasso

What the world really needs is more love and less paper work.  ~Pearl Bailey

Give me a kisse, and to that kisse a score;
Then to that twenty, adde a hundred more;
A thousand to that hundred; so kisse on,
To make that thousand up a million;
Treble that million, and when that is done,
Let’s kisse afresh, as when we first begun.
~Robert Herrick, “To Anthea (III)”

Falling in love is so hard on the knees.  ~Aerosmith

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.  ~Voltaire

The most beautiful view is the one I share with you.  ~Author Unknown

The most important things are the hardest to say, because words diminish them.  ~Stephen King

My whole heart for my whole life.  ~French saying used on poesy rings

Like I’ve always said, love wouldn’t be blind if the braille weren’t so damned much fun.  ~Armistead Maupin, Maybe the Moon

Love is metaphysical gravity.  ~R. Buckminster Fuller

If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.  ~Attributed to Claudia Ghandi

“Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds.”-Shakespeare

“If I could reach up and hold a star for every time you’ve made me smile, the entire evening sky would be in
the palm of my hand.”-Unknown

“You don’t marry someone you can live with – you marry the person who you cannot live without.”-Unknown

“Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction.”
-Saint-Exupery

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.”
-Ingrid Bergman

“I never knew how to worship until I knew how to love.”
-Henry Ward Beecher

“True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.”
-La Rochefoucauld

“Better to have loved and lost, than to have never loved at all.”
-St. Augustine

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”
-Les Miserables

“Love is but the discovery of ourselves in others, and the delight in the recognition.”
-Alexander Smith
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“Sympathy constitutes friendship; but in love there is a sort of antipathy, or opposing passion. Each strives to be the other, and both together make up one whole.”
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“The richest love is that which submits to the arbitration of time.”
-Lawrence Durrell

very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.”
-Stendhal

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
-Thoreau

“Love cures people – both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.”
-Dr. Karl Menninger

“To love and win is the best thing. To love and lose, the next best.”
-William M. Thackeray

“If you love someone, let them go. If they return to you, it was meant to be. If they don’t, their love was never yours to begin with…”
-Unknown

“True love never dies for it is lust that fades away. Love bonds for a lifetime but lust just pushes away.”
-Alicia Barnhart

“Who says love never lives? Maybe we’ve never lived.”
-Unknown

“Some love lasts a lifetime. True love lasts forever.”
-Unknown

“If love is great, and there are no greater things, then what I feel for you must be the greatest.”
-Unknown

“The Eskimos have 52 words for snow because it is so special to them; there ought to be as many for love!”
-Margaret Atwood

“Love is like playing the piano. First you must learn to play by the rules, then you must forget the rules and play from your heart.”
-Unknown

“Within you, I lose myself. Without you, I find myself waanting to be lost again.”
-Unknown

May love hold you in the palm of its hand