Quotations About / On:
One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.
(Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 3, Conard (1915).)
Happiness is often hard-hearted.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
(Anatole France (1844-1924), French author. "The Log, November 30, 1859," The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881).)
Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
(Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Time Regained," vol. 12, ch. 3, Remembrance of Things Past (1927), trans. by Stephen Hudson (1931).)
Pleasure usually comes when called, but not happiness.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
There is an excess both in happiness and misery above our power of sensation.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 466 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
What is happiness?The feeling that power is growing, that a resistance is being overcome.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 170, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Antichrist, section 2 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1895).)
The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
(Eric Hoffer (1902-1983), U.S. philosopher. The Passionate State of Mind, aph. 280 (1955).)
Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
Not romance but companionship makes the happiness of daily life.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)