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Cheerfulness

  • I think cheerfulness is a fortune in itself.

  • To everything there is a bright side and a dark side; and I hold it to be unwise, unphilosophic, unkind to others, and unhealthy for one's own soul, to form the habit of looking on the dark side. Cheerfulness is to the spiritual atmosphere what sunshine is to the earthly landscape. I am resolved to cherish cheerfulness with might and main.

  • Resolve to be merry though the ship were sinking.

  • Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us.

  • His cheerfulness, which had arisen from an high opinion of himself, had been confirmed by a constant flow of uninterrupted success; and this is a sort of cheerfulness which is very liable to be impaired, because it lies at the mercy of every accident and cross event in life.

    • Hannah More,
    • "The Two Wealthy Farmers," The Works of Hannah More, vol. 1 ()
  • ... much of the possibility of being cheerful comes from the faculty of throwing oneself beyond oneself ...

  • The world needs all the sunshine it can get and you have got to help make it.

  • Let's be cheerful! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger.

    • Laura Ingalls Wilder,
    • 1917, in Stephen W. Hines, ed., Little House in the Ozarks: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler, The Rediscovered Writings ()
  • There are some who possess the magic touch, the infectious spirit of enthusiasm; who have the same effect as a beautiful morning that never reaches noon. Under this spell one's mind is braced, one's spirit recreated; one is ready for any adventure, even if it only be the doing of the next distasteful task light-heartedly.

  • Blessed be those souls who are glad! They are a salve for sorrow and fatigue. A sun in days of darkness, a joy in sorrow, a ray of heaven shining through the uncertainness of earth.

  • Salt is like good-humor, and nearly every thing is better for a pinch of it.

  • Have your fun, my dear; but if you must earn your bread, try to make it sweet with cheerfulness, not bitter with the daily regret that it isn't cake.

  • ... good humor, like the jaundice, makes every one of its own complexion.

  • And most generally there is something about everything to be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.

  • ... the game was to just find something about everything to be glad about — no matter what 'twas ... You see, when you're hunting for the glad things, you sort of forget the other kind ...

  • A happy woman is one who has no cares at all; a cheerful woman is one who has cares but doesn't let them get her down.

  • Cheerfulness is a debt we owe to society, in the paying of which we receive a generous discount. We can not open our hearts to give out cheer without more cheer rushing in to take its place.

  • Stay cheerful. Suffering makes lines in the face.

  • Grab your coat, and get your hat / Leave your worry on the doorstep / Just direct your feet / To the sunny side of the street.

    • Dorothy Fields,
    • "On the Sunny Side of the Street," International Review ()
  • Oh, how she loved to stand about the lobby of an afternoon, nabbing at passersby with her chronic cheerfulness, snapping her bright voice at them like a towel!

  • I cannot tell you ... how much I enjoy home after having been deprived of one for so long, for our dwelling in New York and Philadelphia was not home, only a sojourning. The General and I feel like children just released from school or from a hard taskmaster, and we believe nothing can tempt us to leave the sacred roof tree again, except on private business or pleasure. We are so penurious with our enjoyment that we are loath to share it with anyone but dear friends, yet almost every day some stranger claims a portion of it, and we cannot refuse. I am again settled down to the pleasant duties of an old-fashioned Virginia housekeeper, steady as a clock, busy as a bee, and cheerful as a cricket.

    • Martha Washington,
    • letter to a friend (1797), in Benson John Lossing, Mary and Martha: The Mother and the Wife of George Washington ()
  • I am still determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.

    • Martha Washington,
    • 1789, in Samuel Griswold Goodrich, Lives of Celebrated Women ()