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).)
Art and religion (they are the same thing, in the end, of course) have given man the only happiness he has ever had.
(Willa Cather (1873-1947), U.S. novelist. Godfrey St. Peter, in The Professor's House, book I, ch. V (1925).
In a lecture to students, the professor extols the values of art and religion over those of science.)
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).)
My passion strengthens daily to quit political turmoil, and retire into the bosom of my family, the only scene of sincere and pure happiness.
(Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, November 6, 1804, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 263, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)