Whatever the philosophers may say, it remains true that, from the first hour of man's waking consciousness until that consciousness ceases, his most ardent desire is to be happy, and that the moment of his most profound regret is when he becomes convinced that on this earth perfect happiness cannot be found.
—Carl Hilty in Happiness: Essays on the Meaning of Life
A week feels like a year when you're seventeen and in love. A twenty minute drive might as well be an ocean. But we were together again and the whole world was rejoicing, even the gravel crunched melodiously under our feet as we danced onward through the night.
We could have been happy. I know that, and it is perhaps the hardest thing to know.
—Ally Condie in Matched
Sometimes I wore smiles but didn't feel them. Sometimes I felt them and didn't wear them.
The happier you are, the less you need.
—Francesca Lia Block in Ecstasia
The secret to happiness…be satisfied and be grateful.
—Mitch Albom in Have a Little Faith