VIII. Happiness

~ The Clubfoot by Jose de Ribera

 

He who leaves his house in search of happiness pursues a shadow[1].

Content is happiness.

Children and fools have merry lives.

Pleasant hours fly past.

 ~

One day of pleasure is worth two of sorrow.

An ounce of mirth is worth a pound of sorrow.

One joy scatters a hundred griefs[2].

The mirth of the world dureth but a while.

 ~

Pleasure has a sting in its tail.

Who will in time present pleasure refrain,

Shall in time to come the more pleasure obtain.

No pleasure without pain.

~

Who knows much will suffer much.

Who suffers much is silent.

Pain is the price that God puts upon all things[3].

Suffering is bitter, but its fruits are sweet.

~

Happiness is not a horse, you cannot harness it[4].

Possessed of happiness, don’t exhaust it.

Happiness is a mystery like religion,

And it should never be rationalized[5].

~

Eden is that old-fashioned House,

We dwell in every day.

Without suspecting our abode,

Until we drive away[6].

~

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length[7].

Make happy those who are near,

And those who are far will come[8].

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness[9].


[1] A Chinese proverb.

[2] A Chinese proverb.

[3] Adapted from Hesiod’s Works and Days (8th century BC).

[4] A Chinese proverb.

[5] Attributed to G.K. Chesterton.

[6] Poem by Emily Dickinson.

[7] Attributed to Robert Frost.

[8] A Chinese proverb.

[9] Attributed to George Santayana.

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