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... but I do not remember ever having seen a newspaper in the house; and, most certainly, that privation did not render us less industrious, happy, or free.
(William Cobbett (1762-1835), British author, publisher, Member of Parliament. Life and Adventures of Peter Porcupine, p. 22, London, The Nonesuch Press (1927).)
A happy arrangement: many people prefer cats to other people, and many cats prefer people to other cats.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
The class of citizens who provide at once their own food and their own raiment, may be viewed as the most truly independent and happy.
(James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. "Republican Distribution of Citizens" (March 3, 1792). W.T. Hutchinson et al., The Papers of James Madison, vol. 14, p. 246, Chicago and Charlottesville, Virginia (1962-1991).)
Going to trial with a lawyer who considers your whole life-style a Crime in Progress is not a happy prospect.
(Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), U.S. journalist. letter to The Champion, repr. In Songs of the Doomed (1991). The Champion (July 1990).
The Champion is a publication of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.)
Believe me, that was a happy age, before the days of architects, before the days of builders.
(Seneca (c. 5-65), Roman writer, philosopher, statesman. Epistulae ad Lucilium, epistle 90.)
But hatred is a much more delightful passion & never cloys; it will make us all happy for the rest of our lives.
(George Gordon Noel Byron (1788-1824), British poet. Letter, April 19, 1813. Byron's Letters and Journals, vol. 3, ed. Leslie Marchand (1974).)
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
(Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. As quoted in Wit and Wisdom for the Peanut Butter Gang, by H. Jackson Brown (1994).)
I believe in the equality of man; and I believe that religious duties consist in doing justice, loving mercy, and endeavoring to make our fellow-creatures happy.
(Thomas Paine (1737-1809), Anglo-American political theorist, writer. "The Author's Profession of Faith," pt. 1, The Age of Reason (1794).)
Except for poverty, incompatibility, opposition of parents, absence of love on one side and of desire to marry on both, nothing stands in the way of our happy union.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," p. 159, published in David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983).)
You are as happy as you think you are, but not necessarily as miserable as you imagine.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)