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).)
The American Dream, the idea of the happy ending, is an avoidance of responsibility and commitment.
(Jill Robinson (b. 1936), U.S. novelist. As quoted in American Dreams, book 1 part 1, by Studs Terkel (1980).
The daughter of movie producer Dore Schary, Robinson had grown up in Hollywood and was referring obliquely to the movie industry's preference for happy endings.)
Perhaps the happiest moment of my life was then, when I saw that our line didn't break and that the enemy's did.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. II, p. 551, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Sardis Birchard (December 20, 1864).
Hayes's reaction to the success of the crucial charge he led at Opequon.)
Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.
(Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. letter to The Champion, repr. In Songs of the Doomed (1991). The Champion (July 1990).
The Champion is a publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.)