Quotations About / On: HAPPY

  • 71.
    One feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be "happy" is not included in the plan of "Creation."
    (Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. In Complete Works, vol. 21, ed. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents, ch. 2 (1930). Freud defined happiness as, in the strictest sense, "the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree." It was thus episodic by nature, since "we are so made that we can derive intense enjoyment only from a contrast and very little from a state of things.")
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  • 72.
    Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods.
    (Michael Herr (b. 1940), U.S. journalist. "Colleagues," sct. 3, Dispatches (1977).)
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  • 73.
    Happy the society whose deepest divisions are ones of style.
    (Peter McKay (b. 1940), British Conservative politician. Evening Standard (London, Jan. 31, 1990).)
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  • 74.
    I believe that the highest virtue is to be happy, living in the greatest truth, not submitting to the falsehood of these personal times.
    (D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence (1885-1930), British author. The Letters of D. H. Lawrence, p. 317, letter, Feb. 7, 1916, to Lady Ottoline Morrell, Heinemann (1932).)
  • 75.
    For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.
    (Mignon McLaughlin (b. c. 1915), U.S. author, editor. Atlantic (Boston, July 1965).)
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  • 76.
    All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
    (Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), Russian novelist, philosopher. Anna Karenina (1873-76). Opening words.)
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  • 77.
    Blonds look angelic, but can (oh, happy!) be fleshy as well.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 78.
    We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.
    (Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Di├Ęgue, in The Cid, act 3, sc. 5 (1637).)
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  • 79.
    Let no man be called happy before his death. Till then, he is not happy, only lucky.
    (Solon (c. 640-558 B.C.), Greek statesman, poet. In answer to the fabulously wealthy Croesus, who asked him who was the happiest man Solon had encountered on his travels—expecting Solon to name Croesus himself. Croesus dismissed Solon, only to remember his words when sentenced to death following his disastrous invasion of Persia (though the sentence was rescinded when the Persian king, Cyrus, heard the tale). The story is related by Herodotus in his Histories, bk. 1, though has no historical basis: Solon died before he could have met Croesus.)
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  • 80.
    The Irish are often nervous about having the appropriate face for the occasion. They have to be happy at weddings, which is a strain, so they get depressed; they have to be sad at funerals, which is easy, so they get happy.
    (Peggy Noonan (b. 1950), U.S. author, presidential speechwriter. What I Saw at the Revolution, ch. 13 (1990).)
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