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The Duty of Happiness

The Fairest enchants me,The Mighty commands me,Saying, 'Stand in thy placeUp and Eastward turn thy Face,So thou attend the enriching fateWhich none can stay, and none accelerate.—Emerson The World Beautiful After all, it rests with ourselves as to whether we shall live in a World Beautiful. It depends little on…
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True Happiness

To maintain an unchangeable sweetness of disposition, to think only thoughts that are pure and gentle, and to be happy under all circumstances, such blessed conditions and such beauty of character and life should be the aim of all, and particularly so of those who wish to lessen the misery…
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The Way to Happiness

"Oh! if I only had your opportunities!" That is what you said yesterday to your friend whose possessions and environment are unlike your own and are what you desire. She is placed so differently from yourself! She can do so • much that is impossible for you! And she does…
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Happiness in Events

A son is dead. What, then? A son is dead. Nothing more? Nothing. A ship is lost. What then? A ship is lost. He is carried to prison. What then? He is carried to prison. That he is unhappy is an addition that everyone must make for himself. You must…
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Be Happy (Poem)

Let us try to be happy! We may, if we will,Find some pleasures in life to o'erbalance the ill,There was never an evil, if well understood,But what, rightly managed, would turn to a good.If we were but as ready to look to the lightAs we are to sit moping because…
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Happiness

Nothing is more desired than happiness. Few, notwithstanding, reach the goal where this prize is obtained. If it is admitted that man is born to suffer, not more than a creature here and there will attempt to battle for the realization of a higher life. Man will take whatever pleasures…
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Happiness

If we ponder over the reason of our strivings and aims, we shall find that all are working towards one end—happiness. Happiness has been, and is generally considered to be beyond the reach of man. So strong a hold has this idea obtained upon the minds of men that theologians…
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Pain as a Means to Happiness

It should not be inferred from the above that the attainment of happiness is necessarily consequent upon the incurrence of pain, or even that it is essential to undergo suffering to any degree to reach the Divine Altitudes of Bliss; the meaning intended to be conveyed, and the essence of…
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The Secret of Abounding Happiness

Great is the thirst for happiness, and equally great is the lack of happiness. The majority of the poor long for riches, believing that their possession would bring them supreme and lasting happiness. Many who are rich, having gratified every desire and whim, suffer from ennui and repletion, and are…
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True Happiness (Poem)

As there is sorrow not expressed in tears,And anguish dumb caused by elusive fears,So there is happiness, strong and sublimeWhich cannot find expression here in time.Too deep for words; Too tranquil for a smile;Rooted in being free from subtle guile—A spirit fair, it dwells in the unseen,The potent energy of…
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Happiness

We all desire happiness, but how are we to gain it? What constitutes happiness? Many people seem to think it consists of an abundance of this world's goods, more especially money; but that that does not always bring happiness we can see by looking around us; and indeed, many who…
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The Philosophy of Happiness

There are natures born to happiness just as there are born musicians, mechanics and mathematicians. They are usually children who came into life under right pre-natal conditions. That is, children conceived and born in love. The mother who thanks God for the little life she is about to bring to Earth, gives her…
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Self-Control and Happiness

When mental energy allowed to follow the line of least resistance, and to fall into easy channels, it is called weakness. When it is gathered, focused, and forced into upward and different directions, it becomes power; and this concentration of energy and acquisition of power is brought about by means…
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From Poverty to Power

You can listen to James Allen's book From Poverty to Power using the player below. Click on the play button to listen online or you can download the files to your computer using the links in the download column for use on your iPod or other MP3 player. .mp3browser {width:100%}…
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Above Life's Turmoil

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True Happiness

Study nature as the countenance of God.Try to extract every line of beauty, every association, every moral reflection, every inexpressible feeling from it.—Charles Kingsley Never lose the opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for in those quiet hours of silent communion with the soul of Nature, we are taking in a…
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The Duty of Happiness

After all, it rests with ourselves as to whether we shall live in a World Beautiful. It depends little on external scenery, little on those circumstances outside our personal control. Like the Kingdom of Heaven, it is not a locality, but a condition. It is a Spiritual state, and depends…
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More Thought, More Happiness

If thinking banished smiles without reserve or warning, and could not be the companion of happiness under any pretext whatsoever, then to think would be assuredly the grossest evil. But can this be true in any sense? Can the beauty of smiles, and the happiness of men and women, be…
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True Happiness

How happy is he born and taughtThat serveth not another's will;Whose armor is his honest thought,And simple truth his highest skill; Whose passions not his masters are;Whose soul is still prepared for death,Not tied unto the world with careOf prince's ear, or vulgar breath; Who hath his life from rumors…
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