Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image.
    (Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. The Old Curiosity Shop, ch. 12, p. 93 (1841).)
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