George Sand on Happiness

“One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts, once one knows of the necessary ingredients of happiness — simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and, above all, a clear conscience. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain.”

— George Sand

(via the Happiness Project Newsletter)

5 Comments leave a comment below

  1. That’s a nice quote. Not sure it’ll work for everyone, but in theory, it looks like a good model.

  2. true in every word, specially when it comes to courage :)

  3. Great quote – and helpful for the beginning of a New Year! Thanks Tina.

  4. This is a new quote to me. I’ve seen many quotes on happiness that are similar such as Mahatma Gandhi’s quote that says “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” But, very few quotes that I’ve found actually say specifically that happiness is possible. I love this quote for that reason. His “famous last words” are “Happiness is no vague dream.” I think that phrase is crucial to the meaning of this quote. Thank you for sharing this gem with us.