On Happiness

“Those who seek happiness in pleasure, wealth, glory, power, and heroics are as naive as the child who tries to catch a rainbow and wear it as a coat."

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tibetian Buddhist monk and teacher

“Pleasure is the happiness of madmen, while happiness is the pleasure of sages."

Jules Barbey d’Aurevilly, French mystery novelist

“Happiness does not come automatically. It is not a gift that good fortune bestows upon us and a reversal of fortune takes back. It depends on us alone. One does not become happy overnight, but with patient labor, day after day. Happiness is constructed, and that requires effort and time. In order to become happy, we have to learn how to change ourselves."

Luca and Francesco Cavalli-Sforza, geneticists and human diversity experts

“Seeking happiness outside ourselves is like waiting for sunshine in a cave facing north."

Tibetan proverb

Published: June 19, 2007 Last updated: June 19, 2007

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