The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 269, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (28 March 1875).)
There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Elements of Physiology, "Will, Freedom," (notes written 1774-1780, originally published 1875-1877).)
(Ann Plato (1820-?), U.S. teacher and author. As quoted in Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life, part 2, by Bert James Loewenberg and Ruth Bogin (1976).
Plato, a free African American who was a schoolmistress in Hartford, Connecticut, said this in 1841.)
It is in the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 26, 1801, to his daughter, Mary Jefferson Eppes. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 211, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)