„Happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.“

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Variant: But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue.

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Travaillons enfin pour le bonheur du peuple, et que les legislateurs qui doivent éclairer le monde prennent leur course d'un pied hardi, comme le soleil.
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—  Elizabeth Barrett Browning English poet, author 1806 - 1861

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In happy tones; the tear drops on my cheek
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—  Peter S. Beagle, book The Last Unicorn

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