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Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 61.
    I know it does make people happy, but to me it is just like having a cup of tea.
    (Cynthia Paine (b. 1934), British housewife, brothel-keeper. remark, Nov. 8, 1987. quoted in Sunday Correspondent (London, Dec. 24, 1989). After Paine was acquitted of running a brothel in Streatham, South London, in the "sex-for-luncheon-vouchers" case.)
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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    Good books do not make people wiser or happier—only more conscious.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    Man's real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.
    (Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1845), U.S. poet, critic, short-story writer. repr. In The Centenary Poe, ed. Montagu Slater (1949). "Re-Living the Old Life," Marginalia (1844-1849).)
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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    The happiest part of a man's life is what he passes lying awake in bed in the morning.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. quoted in James Boswell, Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides, entry, Oct. 24, 1773 (1785).)
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  • 70.
    To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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