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Reads tagged with “happiness”

A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life
A Calendar of Wisdom: Tolstoy on Knowledge and the Meaning of Life

“The most important knowledge is that which guides the way you lead your life.”

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The Quicksand of Existence: Sylvia Plath on Life, Death, Hope, and Happiness
The Quicksand of Existence: Sylvia Plath on Life, Death, Hope, and Happiness

“The present is forever, and forever is always shifting, flowing, melting. This second is life. And when it is gone it is dead.”

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Sherwood Anderson on Art and Life: A Letter of Advice to His Teenage Son
Sherwood Anderson on Art and Life: A Letter of Advice to His Teenage Son

“The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself.”

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Eleanor Roosevelt on Happiness, Conformity, and Integrity
Eleanor Roosevelt on Happiness, Conformity, and Integrity

“When you adopt the standards and the values of someone else … you surrender your own integrity. You become, to the extent of your surrender, less of a human being.”

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What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? Alan Watts on the Life of Purpose
What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? Alan Watts on the Life of Purpose

One key question for breaking free of consumer culture’s hamster wheel.

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Bertrand Russell on Human Nature, Construction vs. Destruction, and Science as a Key to Democracy
Bertrand Russell on Human Nature, Construction vs. Destruction, and Science as a Key to Democracy

On the art of acquiring “a high degree of intellectual culture without emotional atrophy.”

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Benjamin Franklin on True Happiness and the Two Ways of Attaining It
Benjamin Franklin on True Happiness and the Two Ways of Attaining It

“There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means — either will do — the result in the same; and it is for each man to decide for himself, and do that which happens to be the easiest.”

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The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness
The Science of Our Optimism Bias and the Life-Cycle of Happiness

“To make progress, we need to be able to imagine alternative realities, and not just any old reality but a better one.”

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A Poetic Antidote to City Life
A Poetic Antidote to City Life

“You exist by your smile and your presence… Quests, pursuits of concrete securities of one kind or another lose all their importance.”

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A Private History of Happiness: The Art of Living with Presence, from Ptolemy to George Eliot to William Blake
A Private History of Happiness: The Art of Living with Presence, from Ptolemy to George Eliot to William Blake

“I know that I am mortal by nature and ephemeral, but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies, I no longer touch earth with my feet. I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia.”

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