“False happiness renders men stern and proud and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible and that is always shared.”
Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de la Brède et de Montesquieu was a French judge and philosopher.
He lived during the 18th century and belonged to the school of thought known as the Enlightenment.
His books include The Persian Letters and Spirit of the Laws.
I find this famous quote from Montesquieu to be a litmus test of the happiness that we tend to observe but are not necessarily invited to partake in.