Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 11.
    I take it that the good of mankind means the attainment, by every man, of all the happiness which he can enjoy without diminishing the happiness of his fellow men.
    (Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #37, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
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  • 12.
    I am too easily contented with a slight and almost animal happiness. My happiness is a good deal like that of the woodchucks.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, May 2, 1848, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 168, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
  • 13.
    Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
    (George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. The Life of Reason, "Reason in Common Sense," ch. 10 (1905-1906).)
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  • 14.
    So far as laws and institutions avail, men should have equality of opportunity for happiness; that is, of education, wealth, power. These make happiness secure. An equal diffusion of happiness so far as laws and institutions avail.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. IV, p. 607, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (October 19, 1890).)
  • 15.
    We have lived through the era when happiness was a warm puppy, and the era when happiness was a dry martini, and now we have come to the era when happiness is "knowing what your uterus looks like."
    (Nora Ephron (b. 1941), U.S. author and humorist. Crazy Salad, ch. 7 (1972). On the feminist medical self-help movement. "Happiness is a warm puppy" was an earlier saying, originating with Charles Schulz, Peanuts cartoonist.)
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  • 16.
    Desire is happiness: satisfaction as happiness is merely the ultimate moment of desire. To be wish and wish alone is happiness, and a new wish over and over again.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 211, selection 5[1], number 209, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.)
  • 17.
    Wisdom is founded on memory; happiness on forgetfulness.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 18.
    All history and art are against us, but we still expect happiness in love.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
  • 19.
    Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
    (Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Life and Human Nature," Afterthoughts (1931).)
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  • 20.
    Prudence suspects that happiness is a bait set by risk.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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