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„Happiness and Misery must inevitably increase with increasing Power and Knowledge“

—  James Clerk Maxwell Scottish physicist 1831 - 1879

Letter to Lewis Campbell (9 November 1851) in Ch. 6 : Undergraduate Life At Cambridge October 1850 to January 1854 — ÆT. 19-22, p. 158
Context: I believe, with the Westminster Divines and their predecessors ad Infinitum that "Man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him for ever."
That for this end to every man has been given a progressively increasing power of communication with other creatures.
That with his powers his susceptibilities increase. That happiness is indissolubly connected with the full exercise of these powers in their intended direction. That Happiness and Misery must inevitably increase with increasing Power and Knowledge. That the translation from the one course to the other is essentially miraculous, while the progress is natural. But the subject is too high. I will not, however, stop short, but proceed to Intellectual Pursuits.

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„Let men be happy, informed, skillful, well behaved, and productive.“

—  B.F. Skinner American behaviorist 1904 - 1990

Freedom and the control of men (1955/1956) American Scholar, 25 (1), 47-65.

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„Employment is Nature's physician, and is essential to human happiness.“

—  Galén Roman physician, surgeon and philosopher 129 - 216

Latter day attributions
Source: Day's Collacon: an Encyclopaedia of Prose Quotations, (1884), p. 223.

„The difference between misery and happiness depends on what we do with our attention.“

—  Sharon Salzberg American writer 1952

Source: Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

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„You need to be happy to live, I don’t.“

—  Keanu Reeves Canadian actor, director, producer and musician 1964

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„Making others happy, through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice, is a sign of true greatness. To hurt another soul by sarcastic words, looks, or suggestions, is despicable.“

—  Paramahansa Yogananda Yogi, a guru of Kriya Yoga and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship 1893 - 1952

Source: Where There is Light: Insight and Inspiration for Meeting Life's Challenges

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„I'm so happy 'cause today I've found my friends…. They're in my head. I'm so ugly, but that's okay, 'cause so are you.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Song lyrics, Nevermind (1991)
Variant: I'm so happy
'Cause today I found my friends
They're in my head.
I'm so ugly, that's okay
'Cause so are you,
Broke our mirrors.
Source: Nirvana

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„Music is something everyone on Earth can share. Music is meant to heal us, to bring us together, to make us happy.“

—  Ariana Grande American singer-songwriter 1993

Twitter statement on the Manchester terrorist attack https://twitter.com/ArianaGrande/status/868164986887176192 (26 May 2017)

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„To go somewhere and say: 'I have this really terrific movie, but I need some... money“

—  Morgan Freeman American actor, film director, and narrator 1937

Good luck!
Source: [Jobson, Richard, July 14, 2000, Morgan Freeman, https://www.theguardian.com/film/2000/jul/14/morganfreeman, The Guardian, London, December 4, 2017]

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