A human being is a part of the whole, called by us ‘Universe,’ a part
limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and
feelings as something separated from the rest – a kind of optical
delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is akind of prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few
persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this
prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living
creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to
achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in
itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
– Albert Einstein

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Our happiness is not dependent on the perceptions or the actions of
someone else.  Nor is it dependent on attention, or lack of it,
from a loved one. Our occupation may be challenging and fulfilling;
however, the joy we get from it depends on the attitude we carry to the
job.  In every way, whether in the company of others or by
ourselves, we make our own happiness.

And to this I quote Alice Meynell: “Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.”

– Miguel-Angel Carmen de Santiago-León

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