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Today is International Day of Happiness, so we’ve compiled 20 of our favourite quotations from writers about happiness, joy, pleasure, and related emotions. We hope you enjoy them!
‘Happiness in the ordinary sense is not what one needs in life, though one is right to aim at it. The true satisfaction is to come through and see those whom one loves come through.’ – E. M. Forster
‘One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other.’ – Jane Austen
‘What is there given by the gods more desirable than a happy hour?’ – Catullus
‘Happiness, to some elation; / Is to others, mere stagnation.’ – Amy Lowell
‘There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.’ – John Buchan
‘There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.’ – Samuel Johnson
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