Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 61.
    Pleasure usually comes when called, but not happiness.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 62.
    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).)
  • 63.
    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).)
  • 64.
    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).)
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  • 65.
    Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 66.
    Not romance but companionship makes the happiness of daily life.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
  • 67.
    The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. III, p. 269, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (28 March 1875).)
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  • 68.
    A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.
    (Mary Wortley, Lady Montagu (1689-1762), British society figure, letter writer. Letter, April 25, 1710, to her future husband. Selected Letters, ed. Robert Halsband (1970).)
  • 69.
    Rome ... seems to me the place in the world where one can best dispense with happiness ....
    (Fanny Kemble (1809-1893), British actor. Further Records, 1848-1883, vol. 2; entry dated December 22, 1853 (1891). Kemble was travelling through Europe and staying briefly in Rome.)
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  • 70.
    There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
    (Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). Elements of Physiology, "Will, Freedom," (notes written 1774-1780, originally published 1875-1877).)
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