Robert Christy, comp. Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages. 1887.


All happiness is in the mind.

Better be happy nor wise.

Happiness flies court for garret.

Happiness invites envy.Latin.

Happy are they that have not the blood of kindred to avenge.

Happy he who can live in peace.French.

Happy he who can take warning from the mishap of others.Danish.

Happy is he that is happy in his children.

Happy is he that serveth the happy.

Happy is he who is content.German.

Happy is he who is made wary by others’ perils.Latin.

Happy is he who knows his follies in his youth.

Happy is he whose friends were born before him.

Happy is she who is in love with an old dotard.Italian.

Happy is the man who does all the good he talks of.

Happy is the man who keeps out of strife.Latin.

He is happy who knoweth not himself to be otherwise.

He is happy who knows his good fortune.Chinese.

He is not happy who knows it not.Italian.

He is truly happy who makes others happy.

He who is happy is rich enough.Sri Lankan.

I, myself, had been happy if I had been unfortunate in time.

If happiness have not her seat and centre in the breast, we may be wise, or rich, or great, but never can be blest.Burns.

Men expect that happiness should drop into their laps.Tillotson.

Neither gold nor grandeur can render us happy.La Fontaine.

No happiness without holiness.

No man can be called happy before his death.Solon’s saying to the king of Lydia.

No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.

Oh, happiness! how far we flee
Thy own sweet paths in search of thee.

Our happiness in this world proceeds from the suppression of our desires, but in the next from the gratification.Spectator.

Scarcely one man in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.Fielding.

That is but a slippery happiness that fortune can give and fortune take away.

The first requisite for happiness is that a man must be born in a famous city.Euripides.

The man that is happy in all things is more rare than the phœnix.Italian.

The man who would be truly happy should not study to enlarge his estate, but to contract his desires.Plato.

The memory of happiness makes misery woeful.

There is no happiness without virtue.Madame de Staël.

’Tis better to be happy than wise.

’Tis not good to be happy too young.

’Tis only happiness can keep us young.Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.

To be happy on earth one must be born in Soo Chow (a favorite place in China).Chinese.

To be of use in the world is the only way to be happy.Hans Andersen.

To make one man happy you may always calculate on making ten others miserable.Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.

True happiness is to no place confined,
But still is found in a contented mind.Horace.

We are never so happy or fortunate as we think ourselves.

We cannot expect always to be happy; by exercising evil as well as good, we become wiser.Hans Andersen.