Maxims for Happiness by Laurel Darling Roethke
- Happiness comes from giving, not taking.
- Catch a falling star before it knocks you flat.
- Indulge a friend’s weakness for trite pronouncements.
- A cheater never knows the satisfaction of earning a win.
- The prize isn’t power, wealth, or privilege. The prize is love, which can’t be forced, bought, or inherited.
- A dog loves you because you are you.
- Laughter lifts hearts.
- It never hurts to ask.
- Life is a Can-Can so kick as high as you can.
- Everyone is important or no one is important.
- Be kind.
- In rattlesnake country, watch your step.
- Each person has a story.
- A faraway train whistle tugs at our hearts.
- A cat on politics: Nonsense will only be tolerated if seasoned with catnip.
- A dog on politics: Will vote for bone.
- Life is hard for everyone.
- Is it true? Is it fair? Is it honest?
- Listen for the distant laughter of angels.
- Look for the saints among us.
- God’s gifts to us: A sunrise, the scent of the sea, snowflakes, a smile.
- On a cold, gray day, imagine a July afternoon and the feel of sand beneath your feet as you walk on the beach.
- Always wonder why.
- If an elephant’s in the way, find another path.
- Of course there are unicorns.
- A seashell is like a memory. The life is gone. The beauty remains.
- Smile first.
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