Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 71.
    Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.
    (Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. "Of the Heart," aph. 40, Characters (1688).)
  • 72.
    A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
  • 73.
    Prudence suspects that happiness is a bait set by risk.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 74.
    Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
    (Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Life and Human Nature," Afterthoughts (1931).)
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  • 75.
    Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.
    (Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French novelist, critic. The mother, in My Mother, p. 65 (1966, trans. 1979).)
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  • 76.
    Men's happiness and misery depends altogether as much upon their own humor as it does upon fortune.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 62 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 77.
    Men who seek happiness are like drunkards who can never find their house but are sure that they have one.
    (Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French historian, playwright.)
  • 78.
    To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.
    (James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Speech at the Virginia Convention, June 20, 1788. W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 11, p. 163, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).)
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  • 79.
    A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.
    (Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French author. On Love, ch. 60 (1822).)
  • 80.
    Happiness is generous. It does not subsist on destruction.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. Gallimard (1958). Cæsonia in Caligula, act 4, sc. 13, Pléiade (1962).)
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