Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 61.
    As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.
    (Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. Rachel Ray, vol. 2, ch. xxx, London, Chapman and Hall (1863).)
  • 62.
    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).)
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  • 63.
    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).)
  • 64.
    Of all the cankers of human happiness, none corrodes it with so silent, yet so baneful a tooth, as indolence.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, March 28, 1787, to his daughter, Martha Jefferson. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 34, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
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  • 65.
    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).)
  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    Not romance but companionship makes the happiness of daily life.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Happiness is not everything and men have their duties. Mine is to find my mother, a homeland
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Jan in The Misunderstanding, act 1, sc. 3, Pléiade (1962).)
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