— William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910
„Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.“
Books, Coningsby (1844), Lothair (1870)
Varianta: Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
„Happiness, in truth, may not be the fruit plucked by my action yet without action all fruit will die on the vine.
I will act now.
I will act now. I will act now. I will act now.“
— Og Mandino, kniha The Greatest Salesman in the World
Zdroj: The Greatest Salesman in the World (1968), Ch. 16 : The Scroll Marked IX, p. 95.
— Elfriede Jelinek Austrian writer 1946
Women As Lovers (1994)
„When you are seeking happiness through your action, you are always enslaved to the external situation.“
— Sadhguru Yogi, mystic, visionary and humanitarian 1957
As long as you are enslaved to the external situation, you will always be in some level of suffering because the outside situation is never going to be hundred percent in your control.
Encounter the Enlightened (2001)
„We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.“
— Gretchen Rubin American writer 1966
Zdroj: The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
„There is no happiness without forgetfulness. I have never known a real man of action to be unhappy during action. How could he be? Like a child at play, he stops thinking of himself.“
— André Maurois French writer 1885 - 1967
Un Art de Vivre (The Art of Living) (1939), The Art of Happiness
— Francis Hutcheson (philosopher) Irish philosopher 1694 - 1746
An Inquiry into the Original of our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue (1725) Treatise II, Section 3
Kontext: That Action is best, which procures the greatest Happiness for the greatest Numbers; and that worst, which, in like manner, occasions Misery.
— Tenzin Gyatso spiritual leader of Tibet 1935
— Jack White American musician and record producer 1975
A message he left on his website to his fans, dated September 18th, 2003
„Be Good, Do Good.
Do thou always without attachment perform action which should be done, for by performing action without attachment, man reaches the Supreme.“
— Swami Sivananda Indian philosopher 1887 - 1963
Light, Power and Wisdom (1959), p. 6; note that the short phrase "Be good, do good" had occurred in spiritual teachings of others in the 19th century, usually in conjunction with other injunctions. "Be Good, Do Good" became a prominent motto of the Divine Life Society.
Light, Power and Wisdom (1959), p. 207
Varianta: Be good, do good, be kind, be compassionate.
„The principle of utility judges any action to be right by the tendency it appears to have to augment or diminish the happiness of the party whose interests are in question… if that party be the community the happiness of the community, if a particular individual, the happiness of that individual.“
— Jeremy Bentham, kniha An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation
Introduction (1789 edition)
An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation (1789; 1823)
— Edmund Burke Anglo-Irish statesman 1729 - 1797
First known in Thomas Fuller's Gnomologia: Adages and Proverbs (1732), but not found in the writings of Edmund Burke.
— Paul Glover Community organizer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; American politician 1947
(speech at Center for Popular Economics, Summer Institute), 2006-07-27
— Abu Hamid al-Ghazali Persian Muslim theologian, jurist, philosopher, and mystic 1058 - 1111
„If you smile, even if you’re feeling bad, the action of the muscles will trick your brain into thinking you’re happy“
— Candace Bushnell, kniha The Carrie Diaries
Zdroj: The Carrie Diaries
— Wolfgang Drechsler Political Philosophy and Innovation Policy scholar 1963
— Zhuangzi classic Chinese philosopher -369 - -286 pred n. l.
Ch. 18 (Martin Palmer/Elizabeth Breuily, Penguin Publishing 1996)
„Being happy involves both a certain achievement in action and a rational assurance about the outcome.“
— John Rawls, kniha A Theory of Justice
Zdroj: A Theory of Justice (1971; 1975; 1999), Chapter IX, Section 83, p. 549