Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 61.
    Complainers rule out happiness, mentioning it only as something lost.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 62.
    Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.
    (Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. Heretics, ch. 7 (1905).)
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  • 63.
    Boy, take my advice, and never try to invent any thing but—happiness.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The Happy Failure" (1854), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987). Spoken by the failed inventor.)
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  • 64.
    But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Orlando, in As You Like It, act 5, sc. 2, l. 41-2 (1623).)
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  • 65.
    There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. repr. In The Mirror of Art, ed. Jonathan Mayne (1955). "Salon of 1846," sct. 2, Curiosités Esthétiques (1868). Baudelaire may have been recalling a footnote in ch. 110 of Stendhal's Histoire de la Peinture en Italie: "La beauté est l'expression d'une certaine manière habituelle de chercher le bonheur.")
  • 66.
    The power of hope upon human exertion, and happiness, is wonderful.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. fragment on free labor, Sep. 17, 1859? Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 462, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
  • 67.
    More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.
    (Thomas Traherne (1636-1674), British clergyman, poet, mystic. Written (c. 1672). "Fourth Century," no. 14, Centuries (1908).)
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  • 68.
    Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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  • 69.
    Marriage enlarges the Scene of our Happiness and Miseries.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British author. The Spectator, No. 261 (1711).)
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  • 70.
    The happiness of society is the end of government.
    (John Adams (1735-1826), U.S. statesman, president. Thoughts on Government (1776). The purpose of government to secure, among other rights, the pursuit of happiness, is one of the "self-evident truths" enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. See Jefferson on independence.)
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