Quotations About / On:
Cheerfulness is a policy; happiness is a talent.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
The Ordinary Life: the misery seems planned, the happiness accidental.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. The Count, in The Cid, act 2, sc. 1 (1637).)
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).)
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).)
Prudence suspects that happiness is a bait set by risk.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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.)