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A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
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  happiness; or an instance or source of happiness


pleasing and appropriate manner or style; or an instance of such
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  • A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity.
    Thomas Jefferson
  • There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Happy and light-hearted though I was, there were moments, even at the height of my felicity, when, for some unknown reason, depression came sweeping over my soul.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Poor Folk
  • Not a sound, not a shadow, interrupts our felicity.
    Henry James  --  A Bundle of Letters

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  •, equally with every felicity, all miserable events do naturally beget their like.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Burst of laughter. ft…. my best wishes for your felicity ….
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Later at Gage & Tollner’s, as Leslie and I dined beneath gaslight on littleneck clams and crabmeat imperial, I came as near to experiencing a pure amalgam of sensual and spiritual felicities as I ever would in my life.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I looked upon my future felicity as secured.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Black Cat
  • He got it out, rumpled and wilted, and it mightily increased his dismal felicity.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • These considerations naturally gave Villefort a feeling of such complete felicity that his mind was fairly dazzled in its contemplation.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo

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  • He only seemed to contrast his present cheerfulness and felicity with the dire endurance that was over.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other or ever so similar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • You do not know what felicity from heaven, what joys from paradise, are comprised in a moment like that.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • How easily one can tell the man whose father had true felicity, marrying and begetting!
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • His whole face was illumined with a vague expression of satisfaction, of hope, and of felicity.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So three months glided away; three months which, in the life of the most blessed and favoured of mortals, might have been unmingled happiness, and which, in Oliver’s were true felicity.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist
  • And what made me think my happiness the greater was, that I was in the middle state of life, which my father had so often recommended, much resembling the felicity of a rural retirement, which is elegantly described by the poet in these lines: _Free from all vices, free from care, Age has no pain, and youth no snare.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, Absent thee from felicity awhile, And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, To tell my story.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • He was then past his prime, being twenty-eight years and three quarters old, of which he had reigned about seven in great felicity, and generally victorious.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • The simplicity and cheerfulness of her nature, her contented and grateful spirit, were a recommendation to every body, and a mine of felicity to herself.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • There wanted nothing but this cup to crown my felicity.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • But after a moment she suddenly felt the need to reread the whole letter, to surprise, if possible, the secret of so much felicity.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Shining gifts at the gods’ hands he had from birth: felicity, wealth overflowing, rule of the Myrmidons, a bride immortal at his mortal side.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • By this time, we were quite settled down in Buckingham Street, where Mr. Dick continued his copying in a state of absolute felicity.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • This estimate does not include two famous translators, Doctor Cristobal de Figueroa, in his Pastor Fido, and Don Juan de Jauregui, in his Aminta, wherein by their felicity they leave it in doubt which is the translation and which the original.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • —it did not appear to her that life could supply any greater felicity.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • For, thought Ahab, while even the highest earthly felicities ever have a certain unsignifying pettiness lurking in them, but, at bottom, all heartwoes, a mystic significance, and, in some men, an archangelic grandeur; so do their diligent tracings-out not belie the obvious deduction.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • He thought of the miserable portion which Providence had allotted to him; that woman and the pleasure of love, would pass forever before his eyes, and that he should never do anything but behold the felicity of others.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • A short period of exquisite felicity followed, and but a short one.
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • And Emma tried to find out what one meant exactly in life by the words felicity, passion, rapture, that had seemed to her so beautiful in books.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Freddy lit his bicycle lamp for him in the porch, and with his usual felicity of phrase, said: "This has been a day and a half."
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • They flaunt their conjugal felicity in one’s face, as if it were the most fascinating of sins.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • She presented her part with some felicity, though nothing like the intensity which had aroused the feeling at the end of the long first act.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • I shall not lose you so soon, and Edward will have greater opportunity of improving that natural taste for your favourite pursuit which must be so indispensably necessary to your future felicity.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Necessarily he must absent himself from felicity a while—in dreams he saw her walking on the clinic path swinging her wide straw hat…… One time he saw her in person; as he walked past the Palace Hotel, a magnificent Rolls curved into the half-moon entrance.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I could weep in the exquisite felicity of my heart and be as happy in my weakness as ever I had been in my strength.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • He liked the prevalent mood in which feelings were sheathed in thoughts, and thoughts softened into felicity by their transference into language.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • I grew convinc’d that truth, sincerity and integrity in dealings between man and man were of the utmost importance to the felicity of life; and I form’d written resolutions, which still remain in my journal book, to practice them ever while I lived.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • "He is very handsome; he is very clever; he expressed himself with a great deal—a great deal of felicity," her aunt went on.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house, and reach the height of romantic felicity—but that would be asking too much of fate!
    Charlotte Perkins Gilman  --  The Yellow Wallpaper
  • After that, as a background to the felicity of King Pellinore—who refused to bother with trivial problems—Grum-more and Palomides had to do their best "Well, you see," Sir Grummore was shouting, "when a hen lays an egg…" Sir Palomides interrupted with an explanation about pollen and stamens.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • From this broken state I passed into an almost abject felicity.
    Jorge Luis Borges  --  The Garden of Forking Paths
  • ’We find mutual felicity in soaring together.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • The Delaware had also lively pictures of felicity in the prospect of so soon regaining his betrothed.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • In Colonel Pyncheon’s funeral sermon, which was printed, and is still extant, the Rev. Mr. Higginson enumerates, among the many felicities of his distinguished parishioner’s earthly career, the happy seasonableness of his death.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • He stood for a moment, silent, with open mouth, looking after the retreating young couple, while Miss Mary told their history; but he did not hear beyond the announcement of the reverend gentleman’s marriage; his head was swimming with felicity.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The silent organisation which held his little world together was determined to put itself on record as never for a moment having questioned the propriety of Madame Olenska’s conduct, or the completeness of Archer’s domestic felicity.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • Chere Madame, It is with infinite pleasure that I look forward to the felicity of meeting you again.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • It was one of the days when she was so handsome that to be handsome was enough, and all the rest—her grace, her quickness, her social felicities—seemed the overflow of a bounteous nature.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • She retired to rest with a sense of good fortune, with a quickened consciousness of possible felicities.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
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