Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Beauty is only the promise of happiness.
    (Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. De l'Amour, ch. 17, footnote (1822).)
  • 45.
    But does not happiness come from the soul within?
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Later appeared as part of Romans et contes philosophiques (1831), and part of the Etudes philosophiques (1831). It then entered the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971). Raphaël, in The Wild Ass's Skin (La Peau de chagrin), which was first published by Gosselin (1831).)
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  • 46.
    Wisdom remembers. Happiness forgets.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 47.
    Formula of my happiness: a Yes, a No, a straight line, a goal.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 66, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Twilight of the Idols, "Maxims and Arrows," section 44 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1889).)
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  • 48.
    Striking his former happiness against the reef of justice he has perished unwept for and unseen.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 563.)
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  • 49.
    The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
    (Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 3, ch. 2 (1978, trans. 1980).)
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  • 50.
    Happiness is always a coincidence.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 53, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
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