[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).)
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).)
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.)