Quotations About / On: HAPPINESS

  • 41.
    Striking his former happiness against the reef of justice he has perished unwept for and unseen.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Eumenides, l. 563.)
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  • 42.
    The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.
    (Milan Kundera (b. 1929), Czechoslovakian author, critic. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, pt. 3, ch. 2 (1978, trans. 1980).)
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  • 43.
    Happiness is always a coincidence.
    (José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 53, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
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  • 44.
    One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 3, Conard (1915).)
  • 45.
    Happiness is often hard-hearted.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 46.
    Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
    (Anatole France (1844-1924), French author. "The Log, November 30, 1859," The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881).)
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  • 47.
    Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.
    (Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "Time Regained," vol. 12, ch. 3, Remembrance of Things Past (1927), trans. by Stephen Hudson (1931).)
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  • 48.
    Pleasure usually comes when called, but not happiness.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
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  • 49.
    There is an excess both in happiness and misery above our power of sensation.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 466 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 50.
    What is happiness?—The feeling that power is growing, that a resistance is being overcome.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 170, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Antichrist, section 2 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1895).)
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