„Life's passed along to us empty. We have to make up the happiness part.“

—  Richard Ford, book Canada

Source: Canada

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American novelist and short story writer 1944

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„If we are focused on making money only, a large slice of life will pass us by.“

—  T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963

On the undue emphasis of collecting money - "Furious TB Joshua Orders Zim Refunds" http://www.newzimbabwe.com/news-9734-Furious+TB+Joshua+orders+Zim+refunds/news.aspx New Zimbabwe (December 6 2012)

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„Somewhere along the line we seem to have confused comfort with happiness.“

—  Dean Karnazes American distance runner 1962

Source: Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner

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„Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Speech to students at the California Institute of Technology, in "Einstein Sees Lack in Applying Science" http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F50A1FFF3F5E1B7A93C5A81789D85F458385F9&scp=4&sq=&st=p, The New York Times (16 February 1931)
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Context: Why does this magnificent applied science which saves work and makes life easier bring us so little happiness? The simple answer runs: Because we have not yet learned to make sensible use of it. In war it serves that we may poison and mutilate each other. In peace it has made our lives hurried and uncertain. Instead of freeing us in great measure from spiritually exhausting labor, it has made men into slaves of machinery, who for the most part complete their monotonous long day's work with disgust and must continually tremble for their poor rations. … It is not enough that you should understand about applied science in order that your work may increase man's blessings. Concern for the man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavours; concern for the great unsolved problems of the organization of labor and the distribution of goods in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations.

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„The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

Attributed to Emerson in Life’s Instructions for Wisdom, Success, and Happiness (2000) by H. Jackson Brown Jr., as well as numerous on-line sources since, the article "The Purpose of Life Is Not To Be Happy But To Matter" at the Quote Investigator https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/11/29/purpose/ indicates that this quote is probably derived from various statements first made by Leo Rosten, including the following words delivered at the National Book Awards held in New York in 1962: "The purpose of life is not to be happy — but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all."
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„The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness.“

—  Harry Harrison American science fiction author 1925 - 2012

This is the radio personality Harry Harrison (born 20 September 1930), quoted in Think Vol. 21, No. 1 (January 1955), and The Book of Positive Quotations (2007) edited by John Cook, Steve Deger, and Leslie Ann Gibson
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„We have to go along a road covered with blood. We have no other alternative. For us it is a matter of life or death, a matter of living or existing. We have to be ready to face the challenges that await us.“

—  Gamal Abdel Nasser second president of Egypt 1918 - 1970

Gamal Abdel Nasser, speech to Egypt's National Assembly, Cairo (November 6, 1969), as reported by The Washington Post (November 7, 1969), p. 1.

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„Perhaps this is what really happens in life to most good men. They are not crucified. They simply pass through life and then die, and their passing influences just a few people to make them just a little happy.“

—  Kenneth Rexroth American poet, writer, anarchist, academic and conscientious objector 1905 - 1982

Charles Dickens: The Pickwick Papers (p. 102)
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„The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.“

—  Leo Rosten American writer 1908 - 1997

"The Myths by Which We Live", in The Rotarian, Vol. 107, No. 3 (September 1965), p. 55
Variant: The purpose of life is not to be happy at all. It is to be useful, to be honorable. It is to be compassionate. It is to matter, to have it make some difference that you lived.

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„How little a thing can make us happy when we feel that we have earned it.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Source: The Diaries of Adam and Eve

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