Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury.
(Thomas Moore (1779-1852), Irish poet. "Prologue No. 2," Lalla Rookh.)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)