The purpose of life is not to be happy

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

Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.     

Jack London

Life is made up of moments, small pieces of glittering mica in a long stretch of gray cement. It would be wonderful if they came to us unsummoned, but particularly in lives as busy as the ones most of us lead now, that won’t happen. We have to teach ourselves how to make room for them, to love them, and to live, really live.     

Anna Quindlen

Many of life’s failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.     

Thomas Edison

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