“The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.”

— William Ellery Channing —

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“Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”

— Marcel Proust —

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“The slave may be happy, but happiness is not enough.”

— Herbert Read —

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“Bring love and peace and happiness and beautiful lives into the world in my honor. Thank you. Love you.”

— Aron Ralston —

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“It’s horrible when people are only interested in buying labels, because it doesn’t bring them the happiness they think it will.”

— Miuccia Prada —

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“America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.”

— Louis D. Brandeis —

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“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.”

— F. H. Bradley —

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“Fashion is all about happiness. It’s fun. It’s important. But it’s not medicine.”

— Donatella Versace —

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“Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.”

— Hosea Ballou —

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