Wise Word


"To live happily is an inward power of the soul." ~ Aristotle
"The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things." ~ Henry Ward Beecher 
"What is happiness and unhappiness?  It depends so little on the circumstances; it depends really only on what happens inside a person.  I am grateful for every day... and that makes me happy." ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer 
"Earth laughs in flowers." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 
"Happiness is a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight on you." ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne 
"Happiness is not the acquisition of anything; it’s the understanding of something.”  ~ Vernon Howard 
"It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves."  ~ Helen Keller 
"You don't become happy by pursuing happiness.  You become happy by living a life that means something."  ~ Harold S. Kushner 
"Realize that true happiness lies within you.  Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside.  Remember that there is no happiness in getting, but only in giving.  Reach out.  Share.  Smile.  Hug.  Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself."  ~ Og Mandino 
"Real happiness is so simple that most people do not recognize it.  They think it comes from doing something on a big scale, from a big fortune, or from some great achievement, when, in fact, it is derived from the simplest, the quietest, the most unpretentious things in the world.”  ~ Orison S. Marden 
"Realize that if you want joy in your soul, you will have to choose to bring it there."  ~ Joseph J. Mazzella 
"Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind."
~ Alice Meynell 
"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats." ~ Iris Murdoc 
"To be happy is easy enough if we forgive ourselves, forgive others, and live with thanksgiving.  No self-centered person, no ungrateful soul can ever be happy, much less make anyone else happy.  Life is giving, not getting." ~ Joseph Fort Newton 
"The ingredients of happiness are so simple that they can be counted on one hand. First of all, happiness must be shared. Selfishness is its enemy; to make another happy is to be happy one’s self. It is quiet, seldom found for long in crowds, most easily won in moments of solitude and reflection. It comes from within, and rests most securely on simple goodness and clear conscience." ~ William Ogden 
"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet."
~ James Oppenheim
"It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere."  ~ Agnes Repplier 
"Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves.  It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire.  Happiness is something we are."
~ John B. Sheerin 
"Happiness is a warm puppy." ~ Charles Schulz
"It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world.  Both attitudes are within our power so that a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him."
~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
"Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls."  ~ Mother Teresa
"A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour." ~ Unknown 
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude." ~ Denis Waitley 


"The beginning of wisdom is found in doubting; by doubting we come to the question, and by seeking we may come upon the truth." ~ Pierre Abelard 
“He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.”  ~ Aeschylus
“Wisdom is nothing but a preparation of the soul, a capacity, a secret art of thinking, feeling and breathing thoughts of unity at every moment of life." ~ Hermann Hesse
"Wisdom is the understanding of enduring values and the living of those values."
~ J. Krishnamurti 
"We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. ~ Marcel Proust 
"Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom." ~ Theodore Isaac Rubin 
"We should never be ashamed to own we have been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that we are wiser today than we were yesterday." ~ Jonathan Swift 
"Until we stop ourselves or, more often, have been stopped, we hope to put certain of life's events "behind us" and get on with our living.  After we stop we see that certain of life's issues will be with us for as long as we live.  We will pass through them again and again, each time with a new story, each time with a greater understanding, until they become indistinguishable from our blessings and our wisdom.  It's the way life teaches us to live." ~ Rachel Naomi Remen