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The animal man lives in the senses. If he does not get enough to eat, he is miserable; or if something happens to his body, he is miserable. In the senses both his misery and his happiness begin and end.

— Swami Vivekananda

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

— Mahatma Gandhi

When desire flows,
Pleasure arises.
Attached to happiness, seeking enjoyment,
People are subject to birth and old age.

— Gautama Buddha

All that we are is the result of what we have thought: it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon…. If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him.

— Gautama Buddha

When I Asked God for Strength He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve When I Asked God for Happiness He Showed Me Some Unhappy People When I Asked God for Wealth He Showed Me How to Work Hard When I Asked God for Favors He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard When I Asked God for Peace He Showed Me How to Help Others God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted He Gave Me Everything I Needed.

— Swami Vivekananda

Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a different manifestation of the same thing.

— Swami Vivekananda

The meditative state is the highest state of existence. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us real enjoyment and happiness.

— Swami Vivekananda

When you come upon a path
that brings benefit
and happiness to all,
follow this course
as the moon
journeys through the stars.

— Gautama Buddha

Not merely by rules of conduct and religious observances, nor by much learning either, nor even by attainment of concentration, nor by sleeping alone, do I reach the happiness of freedom, to which no worldlings attain. If you have not put an end to compulsions, nurse your faith

— Gautama Buddha

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to others.

— Gautama Buddha

Happiness presents itself to man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow.

— Swami Vivekananda

There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation.

— Swami Vivekananda

“First remove “I,” that’s Ego, then remove “want,” that’s Desire.
See now you are left with only “Happiness.

— Gautama Buddha

For the good of the many, for the happiness of the many, out of compassion for the world.

— Gautama Buddha

Advance like a hero. Do not be thwarted by anything. How many days will this body last, with its happiness and misery? When you have the human body, then rouse the Atman within and say-I have reached the state of fearlessness!…and then as long as the body endures, speak unto others this message of fearlessness: ‘Thao art That’, ‘Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached’

— Swami Vivekananda

Success isn’t the key to happiness.
Happiness is the key to success.

— Gautama Buddha

In this world we find that all happiness is followed by misery as its shadow. Life has its shadow, death. They must go together, because they are not contradictory, not two separate existences, but different manifestations of the same unit, life and death, sorrow and happiness, good and evil.

— Swami Vivekananda

There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.

— Gautama Buddha

After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains-one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.

— Swami Vivekananda

The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.

— Swami Vivekananda
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