"To be happy is not merely to have experiences of a certain sort; it is also to be configured emotionally in certain ways. Indeed, one’s basic disposition seems altered. One is prone to take greater pleasure in things, to see things in a more positive light, to take greater notice of good things, to be more optimistic, to be more outgoing and friendly, and to take chances more."
"One should as a rule, respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways."
"Never ruin a good apology with an excuse."
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