The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
All human happiness or misery takes the form of action; the end for which we live is a certain kind of action.
Happiness requires both complete goodness and a complete lifetime.
Happiness also requires external goods in addition.
Happiness is activity of soul.
Good character is the indispensable condition and chief determinant of happiness, itself the goal of all human doing. The end of all action, individual or collective, is the greatest happiness of the greatest number.
Happiness is at once the best, the noblest, and the pleasantest of things.
Happiness, therefore, being found to be something final; and self-sufficient, is the end at which all actions aim.
Verbally there is very general agreement; for both the general run of men and people of superior refinement say that it is happiness, and identify living well and doing well with being happy; but with regard to what happiness is they differ, and the many do not give the same account as the wise.
Happiness then is the best, noblest, and most pleasant thing in the world, and these attributes are not severed as in the inscription at Delos – Most noble is that which is justest, and best is health; But pleasantest is it to win what we love.