The Paradoxical Commandments
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
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 been opened for us.
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.
Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
The Seven Social Sins are:
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle.
From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.
Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.
Happiness is a warm puppy.