Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness: on the happiness of others, on the improvement of mankind, even on some art or pursuit followed not as a means, but as itself an ideal end. Aiming at something else, they find happiness by the way.
Though the most beautiful creature were waiting for me at the end of a journey or a walk; though the carpet were of silk, the curtains of the morning clouds; the chairs and sofa stuffed with cygnet's down; the food manna, the wine beyond claret, the window opening on Winander Mere, I should not feel --or rather my happiness would not be so fine, as my solitude is sublime.
To reduce the imagination to a state of slavery --even though it would mean the elimination of what is commonly called happiness --is to betray all sense of absolute justice within oneself. Imagination alone offers me some intimation of what can be.
To the future young folks of Lowenwood: I wish you all love, hope, happiness, And a long and healthful life. May your understanding of mankind Be broadened through your association with And, I am sure, your love of Lowenwood.
True happiness emanates from nothing/nowhere else but from/by deciding/refusing never to be worried about your anxieties/lacks/needs/deficiencies. And then, resolving wholly to cast all your anxieties/lacks/needs/deficiencies upon God who has long said/promised to carry/take care of all your anxieties/needs/lacks/deficiencies scripture reference (1st Peter 5 : 7).