Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 21.
    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 Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883.)
  • 22.
    Some of us love to draw balance-sheet on own life; some do it fairly regularly; some, once a while. The appraisal is done mostly by the Index of Happiness. Some find a huge surplus of Happiness in the form of grand mansions they built; some find great deficit in Happiness due to edifices having collapsed. Most of us are not grand builders. We have to have a different yardstick to measure Happiness. It can be measured only in the yardstick of Courage and Truth. If you are strong in these two, you dwell in happiness even without having built grand mansions.
    (Prasanna Mishra, born in 1942, is a former civil servant of India. He lives in Bhubaneswar)
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  • 23.
    In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 441 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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).)
  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    The Ordinary Life: the misery seems planned, the happiness accidental.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 29.
    Cheerfulness is a policy; happiness is a talent.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 30.
    Beauty is only the promise of happiness.
    (Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. De l'Amour, ch. 17, footnote (1822).)
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