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There is, after all, a kind of happiness in unhappiness, if it's the right unhappiness.

The only way in life for being happy, especially for human beings like you, of a great sensitivity, an extraordinary imagination, the only way is to build up a very sweet home, and full of light, where, away from the world, one can love, one can work, one can live.

Correspondence (1920)
Happiness in life is already something so strict and almost conventional that taking from life a minimal portion of that shining treasure, so coveted and so chimerical, is the greatest of human follies.

Correspondence (1920)
Whatever may be the tensions and the stresses of a particular day, there is always lurking close at hand the trailing beauty of forgotten joy or unremembered peace.

Meditations of the Heart
You must be the best judge of your own happiness.

I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.

Sense And Sensibility
Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience - or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.

Sense And Sensibility
When people are happy they have a reserve upon which to draw, whereas she was like a wheel without a tyre.

Mrs. Dalloway
Indeed there has never been any explanation of the ebb and flow in our veins - of happiness and unhappiness.

Jacob's Room
People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.

A Moveable Feast
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
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Human, All Too Human
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