To live under the same roof with a man who was a riddle was sufficiently delightful; but to be allowed actually to share in the mystery was a superhappiness.
"When I think how happy those days were and how fast the darkest days of our lives were drawing near, it makes me shrink from happiness almost as much as from grief.
If they began talking about happiness-- "If I gave it up to-morrow," she said, "I should only go and work on another farm."
This is why Goethe, in the West-oestliclien Divan, says that every man, whether he occupies a low position in life, or emerges as its victor, testifies to personality as the greatest factor in happiness:-- Volk und Knecht und Uberwinder Sie gestehen, zu jeder Zeit, Hoechtes Glueck der Erdenkinder Sei nur die Persoenlichkeit.
Of happiness for himself he never thinks, because he is on a plane above happiness,--a plane of perpetual joy."
Such a commercial spirit is a rich source of national happiness;--a guarantee of a country's future, a pillar of its power, a vehicle of civilization and convoyer of its principles.
Say, what is Happiness?--a gem That glitters in the diadem That decks the monarch's brow?
If acting conformably to the will of our Creator;--if promoting the welfare of mankind around us;--if securing our own happiness;--are objects of the highest moment:--then we are loudly called upon to cultivate and extend the great interests of religion and virtue"--Murray's Gram.,
When I consider how differently you might behave, how very seriously you might interfere with my happiness"--as Mr. Fairman spoke, he opened the drawer of a table, and drew a checque-book from it--"I feel that you ought not to be a loser by your honesty.
Nor was wealth wanting to complete his happiness,--at least, such wealth as was needed by one of his simple tastes and unostentatious habits.
At that hour, O how vain was all sublunary happiness!"--Brown's Institutes, p. 117; see English Reader, p. 135. "
I would not be vain, replied the baron, but I sometimes have flattered myself with the hope I was not altogether indifferent to her; tho' for two whole years that I have constantly made my addresses to her, I never could obtain one soft confession to assure my happiness:--but let me know how you have proceeded on the score of mademoiselle Charlotta?
Brute animals are evidently taught cleanliness by instinct; and can there be a stronger proof of its being essentially necessary to their well-being and happiness?--But if cleanliness is necessary to the happiness of brutes, how much more so must it be to the happiness of the human race?
When she is dead by his unkindness he sneaks home to a second marriage, is accused by a woman whom he has wronged, defends himself by falsehood, and is dismissed to happiness.--Dr.
"From royall court I lately came," said he, "Where all the braverie that eye may see, And all the happinesse that heart desire, Is to be found; he nothing can admire, 610 That hath not seene that heavens portracture.
They think only of the sudden flashes, the happinesses, and, if such a word may be used once only, the smartnesses,--like children who care for nothing in their cake but the frosting and the plums.
Great was her delight and astonishment at this wonderful and sudden change; and having first embraced her husband, she threw her arms round me, and, with a voice broken by sobs of joy, said: "O, my darling son, how can I deserve such happiness?--I, who so cruelly abandoned you at your birth, and suffered you to be taken away, as if dead?
And as to Hume,--a man who has so much conceit as to tell all mankind that they have been bubbled for ages, and he is the wise man who sees better than they,--a man who has so little scrupulosity as to venture to oppose those principles which have been thought necessary to human happiness,--is he to be surprized if another man comes and laughs at him?
One of the finest and most touching conceptions in the whole series represents a dilapidated Cottage,--a mere shanty, so wretched that the love of those who live in it is all their happiness,--nay, all their comfort.
Joy and sorrow, not of princes or heroes, but "in widest commonalty spread," are his themes; and the hidden purpose of many of his poems is to show that the keynote of all life is happiness,--not an occasional thing, the result of chance or circumstance, but a heroic thing, to be won, as one would win any other success, by work and patience.
And if in the moonlit midnight, while he lay calmly sleeping, she leaned out of the window and sank into vague reveries of sweet possibility, and watched the gleaming path of the moonlight upon the water, until the dawn glided over it--it was only that mood of nameless regret and longing, which underlies all human happiness,--or it was the vision of that life of society, which she had never seen, but of which she had often read, and which looked very fair and alluring across the sea to a girlish imagination which knew that it should never know that reality.
In "Time and Tide" (1867), and more at length in "Fors Clavigera," Ruskin reiterates his message to labor, to get rid of ever-environing misery by realizing what are the true sources of happiness,--pleasure in sincere and honest work, inspired by intelligence, culture, religion, and right living.
And, for the second,--Happiness shall come a riding to you on the full moon,--but you must reach up--and take it for yourself,--if you be tall enough."
She looked at the struggle depicted in the lines of his face with eyes in which, strangely enough, was much pity, but no unhappiness or doubt.
Pray heaven it bode me no unhappinesse!
Mr. SPECTATOR, You must give me Leave, amongst the rest of your Female Correspondents, to address you about an Affair which has already given you many a Speculation; and which, I know, I need not tell you have had a very happy Influence over the adult Part of our Sex: But as many of us are either too old to learn, or too obstinate in the Pursuit of the Vanities which have been bred up with us from our Infancy, and all of us quitting the Stage whilst you are prompting us to act our Part well; you ought, methinks, rather to turn your Instructions for the Benefit of that Part of our Sex, who are yet in their native Innocence, and ignorant of the Vices and that Variety of Unhappinesses that reign amongst us.
de St. Cyr's unhappiness,--there is the sentiment.
People fly to crowds for happinesss not knowing that all the happiness they find there they must take with them.
To there enjoy its happiness,--so fleet It speeds to sorrowing hearts to turn their tears To joy!
The young man was afterwards married to the beautiful maiden, the first sight of whom had made such an impression on him, and they were consigned over at the close of the story to domestic happiness.--So ended John MacKinlay's legend.
While he controlled both appetites and passions, in order to promote true happiness,--that is, the welfare of the soul,--he was not solicitous, as others were, for outward prosperity, which could not extend beyond mortal life.
She contends, that mankind have nothing whatever to do with any but this tangible world;--that the sole and only legitimate pursuit of man, is terrestrial happiness;--that looking forward to an ideal state of existence, diverts his attention from the pleasures of this life--destroys all real sympathy towards his fellow-creatures, and renders him callous to their sufferings.
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.--We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
This conscious form is happiness,--the satisfaction of the vital impulse,--the rhythm of the inward life,--the melody of a heart that has found its keynote.
What good it did me to see his face of real happiness!--then my brothers and sisters--I never saw William so overcome.
Passing by that clause of the Constitution, which restricted Congress for twenty years, from passing any law against the African slave trade, and which gave authority to raise a revenue on the stolen sons of Africa, I come to that part of the fourth article, which guarantees protection against "domestic violence," and which pledges to the South the military force of the country, to protect the masters against their insurgent slaves: binds us, and our children, to shoot down our fellow-countrymen, who may rise, in emulation of our revolutionary fathers, to vindicate their inalienable "right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,"--this clause of the Constitution, I say distinctly, I never will support.
Which will bring a person more happiness,--to have kind words said to him, or for him to say them to another?
Or if it should continue unabated--as I must confess observing him turn himself with an air before a pier glass, I see no reason why it should not--you will find the unsophistication of the young lady as quickly tending to domestic disquiet, as might have been her inconstancy--She will be unreasonable in her exactions on your confidence, and you will be compelled to take refuge in fits of sullenness--perhaps rudeness;--and then what becomes of that blissful state, where like you, every body expects, and so very--very few find happiness?--to secure which the most perfect union of taste and feeling--the utmost kindliness of manner, and a politeness as habitual as motion itself, are absolute requisites?--Have you no further arguments to offer in favour of this measure of yours?--" "Oh, yes," said he, very dryly, "I have one more."
The more happy you are, the more there is of awe in the thought how frail are the foundations of your earthly happiness,--what havoc may be made of them by the chances of even a single day.
"Happiness!--what is that?"
"If it be true," she said, "the end of pain is reached, and he hath won his happiness.--Why cometh not my Marco?"
Being destitute of objections to belief in the usefulness of spiritualistic mystery,--in fact, by temperament, perhaps inclining to hope that such phenomena may be tamed and yoked, and made to work for human happiness,--yet there seems to be something about me which these agencies do not find congenial.
It is deeds alone, and rendering myself worthy of your indulgence, that must preserve your good opinion, and keep you from repenting having overwhelmed me with this profusion of happiness!--Yet how joyfully could I now pursue the rout to Paris, and content myself with owing every thing merely to your goodness, were I not with-held by all the considerations that ought to have weight with a man of honour!--My royal general is inflexible to the persuasions of almost all the courts in Christendom, and hurried by his thirst of fame, or some other more latent motive, has given orders to prepare for a march, where, or against whom, is yet a secret to the army; but by the preparations for it, we believe they are not short journeys we are to take.--Should I now quit a service where I have been promoted so much beyond my merit, what, my lord, but cowardice or ingratitude could be imputed to me as the motive!
And, O Cousin, what a vast, vast journey have you to take from the dreary land of libertinism, through the bright province of reformation, into the serene kingdom of happiness!--You had need to lose no time.
IV.--Happiness They Find Not Rasselas returned home full of reflections, and finding that Imlac seemed to discourage a continuance of the search, began to discourse more freely with his sister, who had yet the same hope with himself.