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On Cheerfulness

   There is no greater every-day virtue than cheerfulness.  This 
   quality in man among men is like sunshine to the day or gentle 
   renewing moisture to parched herbs.  The light of a cheerful 
   face diffuses itself and communicates the happy spirit that 
   inspires it.  The sourest temper must sweeten in the atmosphere 
   of continuous good humor. 

   What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.  They are 
   but trifles, to be sure;  but scattered along life's pathway 
   the good they do is inconceivable.

   The highest wisdom is continual cheerfulness; such a state, 
   like the region above the moon, is always clear and serene.


   Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of 
   endurance -- the cheerful man will do more in the same time, 
   will do it better, will persevere in it longer, than the sad or 

   Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong 
   health as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual 
   gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, 
   improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life.


   Cheerfulness is health; its opposite, melancholy, is disease.


   The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence. -- The soul 
   that perpetually overflows with kindness and sympathy will 
   always be cheerful.
                                                P. Godwin

   Climate has much to do with cheerfulness; but nourishing food, 
   a good digestion, and good health, much more.

                                              A. Rhodes

   I have always prefered cheerfulness to mirth. The former is an 
   act, the later a habit of the mind.  Mirth is short and 
   transient; cheerfulness, fixed and permanent.  Mirth is like a 
   flash of lightening that breaks the gloom of the clouds and 
   glitters for a moment.  Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of 
   daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual 

   You have not fulfilled every duty unless you have fulfilled that 
   of being cheerful and pleasant.
                                                   C. Buxton

   Burdens become light when cheerfully borne.


   The cheerful live longest in years, and afterwards in our 
   regards.  Cheerfulness is the offshoot of goodness.


   Cheerful looks make every dish a feast; and it is that which 
   crowns a welcome.

   Every one must have felt that a cheerful friend is like a 
   sunny day which sheds its brightness on all around; and most of 
   us can, if we choose, make of this world either a palace or a 
                                           Sir J. Lubbock

   Cheerfulness is a friend to grace; it puts the heart in tune to 
   praise God and so honors religion by proclaiming to the world 
   that we serve a good master. -- Be serious, yet cheerful. -- 
   Rejoice in the Lord always.

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