Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.
Money can't buy happiness, but it can by ice cream, which is pretty much the same thing.
"I believe that happiness is not a condition to be discussed in the past tense-- the way you felt as a child, or how things were last summer or last week or even yesterday. or can happiness truly be spoken of in the future tense-- the way you'll feel when spring comes, or when you're finally on vacation, or when your status changes for the better. Happiness is a present condition, and can only fully exist if today is your best day so far. Just as surely as it is possible for you to be happy, so is it possible for every day to be your best day so far."
Thought is supreme. Preserve a right mental attitude-- the attitude of courage, frankness, and good cheer. To think rightly is to create. All things come through desire, and every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that on which our hearts are fixed. Carry your chin in and the crown of your head held high. We are gods in the chrysalis.
Most folks are as happy as they make us their minds to be.
There is within every soul a thirst for happiness and meaning.
If it weren't for the optimist, the pessimist would never know how happy he wasn't.
Peace is only possible if men cease to place their happiness in the possession of things which cannot be shared.
Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.
On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves.