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Quote Week, Day 1: Happiness

I collect quotes. They’re free and they make me think*: Does it get any better?

It all started with a specially purchased, beautiful diary where I wrote down all my favorite quotes. Later, I moved them to Google Notebook, and now, in true Web 2.0 fashion, I’m migrating my quote collection to Diigo (slowly).

Quotations are like little gifts. You read them, and you get something. It changes you just that much. You write the quote down so you have it later. Then, when you stumble across it Later, the sun hits it in a different way, and it means something new. It changes you again. Now you’ve got it recorded next to your other quotes. In this new environment, it takes on yet another new meaning. Yet again, you find your Self changed by those same words.

This is why I teach writing**. Words are powerful and they are often more powerful then we’d like to admit, at once both “indelible and ephemeral.” (Elbow)

So, to share my little collection with the world, I’ve decided that this will be Quote Week, and today, I’m going to share 5 quotes on happiness.

5 Quotes on Happiness

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold. Ludwig van Beethoven

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon

You can either hold yourself up to the unrealistic standards of others, or ignore them and concentrate on being happy with yourself as you are. J. Jacques, Questionable Content webcomic, #352, 05-04-2005

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. The Dalai Lama

Love each other and you will be happy. It is as simple and as difficult as that. MH
It doesn’t matter what makes you happy. What matters is what you do to the people you love. Anonymous (These two are related, so they count as one. :) )

Question of the Day

What is the source of your happiness?


Elbow, Peter. “The Shifting Relationships Between Speech and Writing.” College Composition and Communication, 36 (1985): 283-303. On JSTOR: PDF. If you’d like to read the whole article, email me and I’ll send you the PDF.


* This is especially good for my hording tendancies.

** That was not my original intention. My master’s degree was paid for by my teaching 2 writing classes a semester for four semester, and I enjoyed it much more than I ever imagined. I learned so much about myself, writing, the student-teacher relationship, and so much more from that experience. One day, I hope to teach linguistics.

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  4. Daniel Hargett

    11 Nov on 2008 at 18:08

    It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what one does not believe.
    — Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason (1794)