„Most men are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.“

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„Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

Often misquoted as: "I have found that most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." or "People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."
As quoted in How to Get What You Want (1917) by Orison Marden (Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1917), 74
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„That which is most excellent, and is most to be desired by all happy, honest and healthy-minded men, is dignified leisure.“

—  Marcus Tullius Cicero Roman philosopher and statesman -106 - -43 a.C.

Pro Publio Sestio; Chapter XLV
Original: (la) Id quod est praestantissimum, maximeque optabile omnibus sanis et bonis et beatis, cum dignitate otium.

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„… most scientists are really quite happy to talk about their work. It's often hard to get them to shut up, actually.“

—  Steven Novella American neurologist, skepticist 1964

SGU, Podcast #148, May 21st, 2008 http://www.theskepticsguide.org/podcast/sgu/148
The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe, Podcast, 2000s

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„The most learned are often the most narrow-minded men.“

—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830

No. 330
Characteristics, in the manner of Rochefoucauld's Maxims (1823)

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