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Cheerfulness is an outgoing and optimistic form of happiness.


  • Between levity and cheerfulness there is a wide distinction; and the mind which is most open to levity is frequently a stranger to cheerfulness.
    • Hugh Blair, reported in The Saturday Magazine‎ (September 28, 1833), p. 118.
  • A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
  • I have always preferred Chearfulness to Mirth. The latter, I consider as an Act, the former as an Habit of the Mind. Mirth is short and transient. Cheerfulness fixed and permanent.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 109.
  • A cheerful temper joined with innocence will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful and wit good-natured. It will lighten sickness, poverty and affliction, convert ignorance into an amiable simplicity, and render deformity itself agreeable.
  • Cheered up himself with ends of verse
    And sayings of philosophers.
    • Samuel Butler, Hudibras, Part I (1663-64), Canto III, line 1,011.
  • A cheerful look makes a dish a feast.
  • It is good
    To lengthen to the last a sunny mood.
  • Leve fit quod bene fertur onus.
    • That load becomes light which is cheerfully borne.
    • Ovid, Amorum (16 BC), I, 2, 10.
  • Had she been light, like you,
    Of such a merry, nimble, stirring spirit,
    She might ha' been a grandam ere she died;
    And so may you; for a light heart lives long.
  • A cheerful life is what the Muses love,
    A soaring spirit is their prime delight.
  • Corn shall make the young men cheerful.
    • Zachariah, IX. 17.

Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895)


Quotes reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895).

  • You find yourself refreshed by the presence of cheerful people. Why not make earnest effort to confer that pleasure on others? You will find half the battle is gained if you never allow yourself to say anything gloomy.
  • Efforts to be permanently useful must be uniformly joyous, a spirit all sunshine, graceful from very gladness, beautiful because bright.
  • I praise Thee while my days go on;
    I love Thee while my days go on!
    Through dark and dearth, through fire and frost,
    With emptied arms and treasure lost,
    I thank Thee while my days go on.
  • An ounce of cheerfulness is worth a pound of sadness to serve God with.
  • The soul that perpetually overflows with kindness and sympathy will always be cheerful.
  • Sweetness of spirit and sunshine is famous for dispelling fears and difficulties; patience is a mighty help to the burden-bearer.
  • A scrip on my back, and a staff in my hand,
    I march on in haste through an enemy's land;
    The road may be rough, but it cannot be long;
    And I'll smooth it with hope, and I'll cheer it with song.
  • If good people would but make their goodness agreeable, and smile instead of frowning in their virtue, how many would they win to the good cause!

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