Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 51.
    The British tourist is always happy abroad as long as the natives are waiters.
    (Robert Morley (1908-1992), British actor. Quoted in Observer (London, April 20, 1958).)
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  • 52.
    Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.
    (John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. Autobiography, ch. 5 (1873).)
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  • 53.
    flight from tyranny does not of itself insure a safe asylum, far less a happy home.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "The Encantadas" (1854), sketch tenth, The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987).)
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  • 54.
    Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Intellect," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 55.
    A man may esteem himself happy when that which is his food is also his medicine.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 272, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 56.
    America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.
    (John Updike (b. 1932), U.S. author, critic. Problems, "How to Love America and Leave it at the Same Time," (1980).)
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  • 57.
    A man can be happy with any woman, as long as he does not love her.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 15 (1891).)
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  • 58.
    That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings.
    (John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Unto This Last, essay 4 (1862).)
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  • 59.
    It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury.
    (Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Irish poet. "Prologue No. 2," Lalla Rookh.)
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  • 60.
    There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
    (Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), Scottish novelist, essayist, poet. Virginibus Puerisque, "An Apology for Idlers," (1881).)
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