Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 71.
    Our modern wars make many unhappy while they last and make no one happy when they are finished.
    (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832), German poet, dramatist. Italian Journey, Rome, September 6, 1787 (1829).)
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  • 72.
    Pleasure is Nature's test, her sign of approval. When man is happy, he is in harmony with himself and his environment.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. (repr. 1895). The Soul of Man Under Socialism, Fortnightly Review (London, February 1891).)
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  • 73.
    [With the Union saved] its form of government is saved to the world; its beloved history, and cherished memories, are vindicated; and its happy future fully assured, and rendered inconceivably grand.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Appeal to border state representatives to favor compensated emancipation, July 12, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 319, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
  • 74.
    I think it's a question which particularly arises over women writers: whether it's better to have a happy life or a good supply of tragic plots.
    (Wendy Cope (b. 1945), British poet. Independent (London, March 9, 1992).)
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  • 75.
    The important question is not, what will yield to man a few scattered pleasures, but what will render his life happy on the whole amount.
    (Joseph Addison (1672-1719), British essayist. "Happiness Not Independent," Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments (1794).)
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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Since the French Revolution Englishmen are all intermeasurable one by another, certainly a happy state of agreement to which I for one do not agree.
    (William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. Letter, October 24, 1910, to George Cumberland. Complete Writings, ed. Geoffrey Keynes (1957).)
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.
    (Marlene Dietrich (1904-1992), German-born U.S. film actor. "Unmade Bed," Marlene Dietrich's ABC (1962).)
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  • 80.
    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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