Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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).)
  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    A good education is another name for happiness.
    (Ann Plato (1820-?), U.S. teacher and author. As quoted in Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life, part 2, by Bert James Loewenberg and Ruth Bogin (1976). Plato, a free African American who was a schoolmistress in Hartford, Connecticut, said this in 1841.)
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  • 66.
    Like the man said, can happiness buy money?
    (Stanley Kubrick (b. 1928), U.S. director, screenwriter. Vincent Rapallo (Frank Silvera), Killer's Kiss, to a woman rejecting him for the poorer man she loves (1955).)
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  • 67.
    It is in the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, October 26, 1801, to his daughter, Mary Jefferson Eppes. The Family Letters of Thomas Jefferson, p. 211, eds. E.M. Betts and J.A. Bear, Jr. (1966).)
  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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