Quotations About / On:
As a child I was told by my parents that I was happy, but I did not believe them.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
We must select the Illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, revised 1951).)
No sane man can be happy, for to him life is real, and he sees what a fearful thing it is.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Satan, in The Mysterious Stranger, ch. 10 (1916).)
AlimonyThe ransom that the happy pay to the devil.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, critic. The Vintage Mencken, ch. 47, p. 232, ed. Alistair Cooke, Vintage (1956).)
Happy the man who has been able to know the reasons for things.
(Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Georgics, bk. 2, l. 490 (19 B.C.), trans. by Kate Hughes (1995).
Thought to refer to the poet and philosopher Lucretius.)
We should laugh before being happy, for fear of dying without having laughed.
(Jean De La Bruyère (1645-1696), French writer, moralist. Characters, "Of the Heart," aph. 63 (1688).)
The people of England are never so happy as when you tell them they are ruined.
(Arthur Murphy (1727-1805), Irish-born-British dramatist. Pamphlet, in The Upholsterer, act 2, sc. 1.)
This mother needs happy, reputable children, and that one needs unhappy ones: otherwise she cannot show her kindness as a mother.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 267, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 387, "Maternal Kindness," (1878).)
It is said, proverbially, that happy is the doctor who is called in when the disease is on its way out.
(François Rabelais (1494-1553), French author, evangelist. Bridoye, in Third Book, ch. 41, p. 481, Pleiade edition (1995).)
May dawn, as the proverb goes, bring happy tidings coming from her mother night.
(Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 264.)