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.")
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 travelsexpecting 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only to remember his words when sentenced to death following his disastrous invasion of Persia (though the sentence was rescinded when the Persian king, Cyrus, heard the tale).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.)
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).)