Quotations About / On:
Happy the people whose annals are vacant.
(Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881), Scottish essayist, historian. History of the French Revolution, vol. 1, bk. 2, ch. 1 (1837).
Quoting "a paradoxical philosopher" in reply to an aphorism of Montesquieu's, "Happy the people whose annals are tiresome.")
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).
Happy Rome, born in my consulship!
(Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher. quoted in Satires, bk. 10, l. 122, Juvenal.
satirized by Juvenal as an example of Cicero's lack of poetic style (O fortunatam natam me consule Romam!).)
The happy ending is our national belief.
(Mary McCarthy (1912-1989), U.S. author, critic. "America the Beautiful: The Humanist in the Bathtub," pt. 1, On the Contrary (first published Sept. 1947, repr. 1962).)
Happy the society whose deepest divisions are ones of style.
(Peter McKay (b. 1940), British Conservative politician. Evening Standard (London, Jan. 31, 1990).)
Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods.
(Michael Herr (b. 1940), U.S. journalist. "Colleagues," sct. 3, Dispatches (1977).)
Before a man dies, hold back and call him not happy but lucky.
(Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 1.32.)
How unbearable at times are people who are happy, people for whom everything works out.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Works, Notebook I, vol. 17, p. 93, "Nauka" (1980).)
The time-honored bread-sauce of the happy ending.
(Henry James (1843-1916), U.S. author. Theatricals: Second Series, prefatory note (1894).)
... the imagination needs moodling,long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
(Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 4 (1938).)