„… because all happiness is contagious, and disarms the spirit of hatred.“

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„Hatred and anger are the greatest poison to the happiness of a good mind.“

—  Adam Smith, livro Teoria dos Sentimentos Morais
The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Part I, Section II, Chap. III.

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„In fact, contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1950s, Portraits from Memory and Other Essays (1956), p. 198

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„Love is the master-key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. How terrible is the one fact of beauty!“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes Poet, essayist, physician 1809 - 1894
A Mortal Antipathy (1885) This statement is often misquoted as "Love is the master-key that opens the gates of happiness".

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„For the Spirit of Love, wherever it is, is its own Blessing and Happiness because it is the Truth and Reality of God in the Soul, and therefore is in the same Joy of Life and is the same Good to itself, everywhere and on every Occasion.“

—  William Law English cleric, nonjuror and theological writer 1686 - 1761
Context: Now the Spirit of Love has this Original. God, as considered in himself in his Holy Being, before any thing is brought forth by him or out of him, is only an eternal Will to all Goodness. This is the one eternal immutable God, that from Eternity to Eternity changeth not, that can be neither more nor less nor any thing else but an eternal Will to all the Goodness that is in himself, and can come from him. The Creation of ever so many Worlds or Systems of Creatures adds nothing to, nor takes any thing from this immutable God. He always was and always will be the same immutable Will to all Goodness. So that as certainly as he is the Creator, so certainly is he the Blesser of every created Thing, and can give nothing but Blessing, Goodness, and Happiness from himself because he has in himself nothing else to give. It is much more possible for the Sun to give forth Darkness, than for God to do, or be, or give forth anything but Blessing and Goodness. Now this is the Ground and Original of the Spirit of Love in the Creature; it is and must be a Will to all Goodness, and you have not the Spirit of Love till you have this Will to all Goodness at all Times and on all Occasions. You may indeed do many Works of Love and delight in them, especially at such Times as they are not inconvenient to you, or contradictory to your State or Temper or Occurrences in Life. But the Spirit of Love is not in you till it is the Spirit of your Life, till you live freely, willingly, and universally according to it. For every Spirit acts with Freedom and Universality according to what it is. It needs no command to live its own Life, or be what it is, no more than you need bid Wrath be wrathful. And therefore when Love is the Spirit of your Life, it will have the Freedom and Universality of a Spirit; it will always live and work in Love, not because of This or That, Here or There, but because the Spirit of Love can only love, wherever it is or goes or whatever is done to it. As the Sparks know no Motion but that of flying upwards, whether it be in the Darkness of the Night or in the Light of the Day, so the Spirit of Love is always in the same Course; it knows no Difference of Time, Place, or Persons, but whether it gives or forgives, bears or forbears, it is equally doing its own delightful Work, equally blessed from itself. For the Spirit of Love, wherever it is, is its own Blessing and Happiness because it is the Truth and Reality of God in the Soul, and therefore is in the same Joy of Life and is the same Good to itself, everywhere and on every Occasion. The Spirit of Love (1752) http://www.ccel.org/ccel/law/love/files/love1.htm.

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„I am convinced that comics should not only make people laugh. For this in my stories found tears, anger, hatred, pain and end not always happy.“

—  Osamu Tezuka Japanese cartoonist and animator 1928 - 1989
Quoted in Helen McCarthy, Osamu Tezuka: God of manga , translated by Fabio Deotto, Edizioni BD, 2010, back cover.

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„I'm upset by the happiness of all these men who don't know they're unhappy. […] Because of that, though, I love them all. Dear vegetables!“

—  Fernando Pessoa, livro Livro do Desassossego
The Book of Disquiet, Original: Irrita-me a felicidade de todos estes homens que não sabem que são infelizes.[...] Por isto, contudo, amo-os a todos. Meus queridos vegetais! Ibid., p. 266

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