„True happiness
Consists not in the multitude of friends,
But in the worth and choice.“

—  Ben Jonson, Cynthia's Revels (1600), Act III, scene ii
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„The end and aim of the Cynic philosophy, as indeed of every philosophy, is happiness, but happiness that consists in living according to nature, and not according to the opinions of the multitude.“

—  Julian (emperor) Roman Emperor, philosopher and writer 331 - 363
As quoted in The Works of the Emperor Julian (1923) by Wilmer Cave France Wright, p. 39; also in The Missing Jesus: Rabbinic Judaism and the New Testament (2003) by Craig Alan Evans, Carl A. Elliott, Bruce Chilton, Jacob Neusner

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„People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage.“

—  Rollo May US psychiatrist 1909 - 1994
Context: The acorn becomes an oak by means of automatic growth; no commitment is necessary. The kitten similarly becomes a cat on the basis of instinct. Nature and being are identical in creatures like them. But a man or woman becomes fully human only by his or her choices and his or her commitment to them. People attain worth and dignity by the multitude of decisions they make from day by day. These decisions require courage. Ch. 1 : The Courage to Create, p. 21

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„Between a brother and a friend, the choice is clear.“

—  Mobutu Sésé Seko President of Zaïre 1930 - 1997
Mobutu announcing the break in diplomatic relations between Zaire and Israel at the United Nations Security Council, November 4, 1973. Young and Turner, p. 138

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„Happiness is a choice. It is not always an easy one.“

—  Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

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„Happiness, like unhappiness, is a proactive choice.“

—  Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change