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How to be happy

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How to be happy


Go into the world and look for something to be glad about:

  • Admire a sunset.

  • Enjoy the smell of fresh mown grass.

  • Feel the wind in your hair.

  • Hear the laughter in the street.

  • Watch the clouds scuttling across the sky.


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” – Oprah Winfrey

“When anger enters the mind, wisdom departs.” – Thomas A Kempis

“Let your actions demonstrate your wisdom.” 

“When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man.” –  Zen proverb

“No seed ever sees the flower.” – Zen proverb


“Man’s primary art is virtue itself.” – Seneca

“Knowledge is discovered collectively, wisdom is rediscovered individually.” – Naval Ravikant

“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.” – Haruki Murakami 

“Only when someone refuses to do certain things will he be capable of doing great things.” – Mencius

“Sometimes taking time is actually a shortcut.” –  Haruki Murakami

“Seek wisdom, not knowledge. Knowledge is of the past, Wisdom is of the future.” –  Lumbee 


“The ability to communicate fluidly and effectively is more than just a skill that one develops over time. It is a combination of skill, and wisdom, and the ability to connect to the perception of another that will allow them to see things the way you do and follow along with your will.” –  Gerald Campbell

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” – Truman Capote

“A kind person is very wise, because they – consciously or unconsciously – have realised what it is all about: that what we do to our fellows, we also do to ourselves.” – Stefan Einhorn

“A good friend is precious, even more precious is a wise good friend.” – V. Ashiedu

“No matter how bad we might think the world is, in my experience the vast majority of us want to rub along with our fellow men and very often buried beneath a gruff exterior, there is a generous spirit waiting to be revealed.” – Tony Clark

“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” – Mother Teresa


“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E.B. White

“Better to be tentative than to be recklessly sure – to be an apprentice at sixty, than to present oneself as a doctor at ten.” – Michel de Montaigne

“Dogs look up to you, cats look down on you. Give me a pig. He just looks you in the eye and treats you as an equal.” – Winston Churchill

“How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Cleverness is like a lens with a very sharp focus. Wisdom is more like a wide-angle lens.” – Thibaut

“I’m lazy! I hate work! Hate hard work in all its forms! Clever shortcuts, that’s all I’m about!” – Eliezer Yudkowsky


“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” – Albert Einstein

“There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.” – Ronald Reagan

“A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.” – Saul Bellow

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

“By the way, intelligence to me isn’t just being book-smart or having a college degree; it’s trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it.” – Tabatha Coffey


“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” – Michael Jordan

“Meditation brings self-knowledge which brings indifference to what others think.” – Maxime Lagacé

“The definition of wisdom is focusing on what you control, letting go of what you can’t control, and recognizing the difference.” – Mark Manson

“Wisdom comes with the ability to be still. Just look and just listen. No more is needed. Being still, looking, and listening activates the non-conceptual intelligence within you. Let stillness direct your words and actions.” – Eckhart Tolle

“The world is a spiritual vessel and cannot be forced. Whoever forces it spoils it. Whoever grasps it loses it.” – Alan Watts

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