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Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 31.
    No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Satan, in The Mysterious Stranger, ch. 10 (1916).)
  • 32.
    Alimony—The ransom that the happy pay to the devil.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 232, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).)
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  • 33.
    Happy the man who has been able to know the reasons for things.
    (Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Georgics, bk. 2, l. 490 (19 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995). Thought to refer to the poet and philosopher Lucretius.)
  • 34.
    We should laugh before being happy, for fear of dying without having laughed.
    (Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of the Heart," aph. 63 (1688).)
  • 35.
    The people of England are never so happy as when you tell them they are ruined.
    (Arthur Murphy (1727-1805), Irish-born-British dramatist. Pamphlet, in The Upholsterer, act 2, sc. 1.)
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  • 36.
    This mother needs happy, reputable children, and that one needs unhappy ones: otherwise she cannot show her kindness as a mother.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 267, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 387, "Maternal Kindness," (1878).)
  • 37.
    It is said, proverbially, that happy is the doctor who is called in when the disease is on its way out.
    (François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Bridoye, in Third Book, ch. 41, p. 481, Pleiade edition (1995).)
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  • 38.
    May dawn, as the proverb goes, bring happy tidings coming from her mother night.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 264.)
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  • 39.
    "Poor but happy" is not a phrase invented by a poor person.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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  • 40.
    I begin to see that a man's got to be in his own heaven to be happy.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. 1907. Eli Stormfield, in "Extracts from Capt. Stormfield's Visit to Heaven," p. 835, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1891-1910, Library of America (1992).)
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