Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 1.
    I'm not happy. I'm not happy at all.
    (Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S. film director, producer, writer, and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Phillips (Walter Abel), Arise My Love, after Augusta gets a plum assignment in Berlin, and four other times during the film (1940).)
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    Money will never make you happy and happy will never make you money. That may be a wise crack, but I doubt it.
    (Morrie Ryskind, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Florey, and Joseph Santley. Mr. Hammer (Groucho Marx), The Cocoanuts, as the Florida hotel owner explains value of money to bellboys he is trying not to pay (1929). Ryskind adapted this film from original Broadway play by George Kaufman.)
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    If our condition were truly happy, we would not need diversion from thinking of it in order to make ourselves happy.
    (Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), French scientist, philosopher. repr. Encyclopedia Britannica, Chicago (1952). Pensées, no. 165 (1670), trans. J.M. Dent & Sons, London (1931).)
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    Our purpose in founding the city was not to make any one class in it surpassingly happy, but to make the city as a whole as happy as possible.
    (Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Athenian philosopher. The Republic, Plato, bk. IV, l.420b, trans. by A.D. Lindsay, E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc. (1957).)
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    No one can be perfectly free till all are free; no one can be perfectly moral till all are moral; no one can be perfectly happy till all are happy.
    (Herbert Spencer (1820-1903), British philosopher. Social Statics, pt. 4, ch. 30 (1851).)
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  • 6.
    This is going to be a happy day. Another happy day.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Winnie, in Happy Days, p. 23, Grove Press (1961).)
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    Let no man be called happy before his death. Till then, he is not happy, only lucky.
    (Solon (c. 640-558 B.C.), Greek statesman, poet. In answer to the fabulously wealthy Croesus, who asked him who was the happiest man Solon had encountered on his travels—expecting Solon to name Croesus himself. Croesus dismissed Solon, only to remember his words when sentenced to death following his disastrous invasion of Persia (though the sentence was rescinded when the Persian king, Cyrus, heard the tale). The story is related by Herodotus in his Histories, bk. 1, though has no historical basis: Solon died before he could have met Croesus.)
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    When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 6 (1891).)
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    I'm down here all alone, but as happy as a king—at least, as happy as some kings—at any rate, I should think I'm about as happy as King Charles the First when he was in prison.
    (Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. Letter, July 20, 1886, to his cousin, Menella Wilcox. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
  • 10.
    Sir, that all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Life of Dr. Johnson, entry, Feb. 1766 (1791). Johnson was arguing against the proposition by David Hume (in the essay The Sceptic) that "a little miss, dressed in a new gown for a dancing-school ball, receives as complete enjoyment as the greatest orator, who triumphs in the splendor of his eloquence.")
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