Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.
    (Alexander Smith (1830-1867), Scottish poet. Dreamthorp, "On Death and the Fear of Dying," (1863).)
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    I never meet anyone nowadays who admits to having had a happy childhood. Everyone appears to think happiness betokens a lack of sensitivity.
    (Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 1 (1979).)
  • 60.
    Marriage is the highest state of friendship: If happy, it lessens our cares by dividing them, at the same time that it doubles our pleasures by mutual participation.
    (Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Clarissa, in Clarissa, vol. 3, p. 288, AMS Press (1990).)
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