No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are your simple presence can make others happy. The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it is truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling.

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. The great essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. The gap between our professed values and our practised values is the gap between us and our happiness.