Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 61.
    It is not every man who can be exquisitely miserable, any more than exquisitely happy.
    (James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author. repr. In vol. 1, pp. 136-37, Stanford University Press (1928). The Hypochondriack, No. V (Feb. 1778).)
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  • 62.
    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.)
  • 63.
    To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "Fancy Goods," One-Way Street (1928).)
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  • 64.
    Ireland is where strange tales begin and happy endings are possible.
    (Charles Haughey (b. 1925), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, prime minister. Daily Telegraph (London, July 14, 1988).)
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  • 65.
    I am happy to be through with the war.
    (Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. II, p. 585, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Hayes to Sophia Birchard Hayes (June 11, 1865). Written to his mother on getting out of the army.)
  • 66.
    People who are in a fortunate position always attribute virtue to what makes them so happy.
    (John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. Guardian (London, May 23, 1992).)
  • 67.
    Do not wait for a reason to be happy.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 68.
    Happy is the man whom the Muses love: sweet speech flows from his mouth.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Theogony, 96.)
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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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