„Happiness is often presented as being very dull but, he thought, lying awake, that is because dull people are sometimes very happy and intelligent people can and do go around making themselves and everyone else miserable.“
— Ernest Hemingway, livro Islands in the Stream
Pt. 1: Bimini, Section 8
Islands in the Stream (1970)
— Jane Austen, livro Sense and Sensibility
Fonte: Sense and Sensibility
— James Howell Anglo-Welsh historian and writer 1594 - 1666
Lexicon Tetraglotton (1660)
„I Love The Happiness Of My Devotee. That Happiness Is (Itself) The Very (And Most Prior) Consciousness Of every conditionally Manifested being. And Happiness (Itself) Is The Conscious Light Of the world. I Am Happiness (or Love-Bliss) Itself.“
— Adi Da Samraj American writer 1939 - 2008
Aham Da Asmi
— Arsène Houssaye French writer 1814 - 1896
Fonte: James O'Donnell Bennett (1908) When Good Fellows Get Together, p. 156
— Samuel Johnson English writer 1709 - 1784
Letter, June 8, 1762 [to an unnamed recipient], p. 103
Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), Vol I
Contexto: Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness which this world affords: but, like all other pleasures immoderately enjoyed, the excesses of hope must be expiated by pain; and expectations improperly indulged must end in disappointment. If it be asked, what is the improper expectation which it is dangerous to indulge, experience will quickly answer, that it is such expectation as is dictated not by reason, but by desire; expectation raised, not by the common occurrences of life, but by the wants of the expectant; an expectation that requires the common course of things to be changed, and the general rules of action to be broken.
„Were I to buy this life of pleasure and this only chance at happiness with a few little dangers, where would be the harm? And wouldn’t it still be fortunate to find a weak excuse to give her proof of my love?“
— Stendhal, livro The Charterhouse of Parma
Quand je devrais acheter cette vie de délices et cette chance unique de bonheur par quelques petits dangers, où serait le mal? Et ne serait-ce pas encore un bonheur que de trouver ainsi une faible occasion de lui donner une preuve de mon amour?
Fonte: La Chartreuse de Parme (The Charterhouse of Parma) (1839), Ch. 20
„Happiness will never come if it's a goal in itself; happiness is a by-product of a commitment to worthy causes.“
— Norman Vincent Peale American writer 1898 - 1993
The Power of Positive Living (1992), p. 63
„Happiness is the illusion of being happy, unhappiness is the fear of being it. A little bit of fear helps you to live in the light, too much strangles you in the dark.“
— Menotti Lerro Italian poet 1980
Donna Giovanna, Act I, scene iii.
— Irving Caesar American composer and lyricist 1895 - 1996
"Sometimes I'm Happy".
„Even happiness itself may become habitual. There is a habit of looking at the bright side of things, and also of looking at the dark side.“
— Samuel Smiles Scottish author 1812 - 1904
Fonte: Self-Help; with Illustrations of Character and Conduct (1859), Ch. XIII : Character — The True Gentleman
Contexto: Even happiness itself may become habitual. There is a habit of looking at the bright side of things, and also of looking at the dark side. Dr. Johnson has said that the habit of looking at the best side of a thing is worth more to a man than a thousand pounds a year. And we possess the power, to a great extent, of so exercising the will as to direct the thoughts upon objects calculated to yield happiness and improvement rather than their opposites.
„I'm not a pessimist. Maybe I don't have a primitive feeling of happiness, that is true. Sometimes my color is happy but not the expression.“
— Karel Appel Dutch painter, sculptor, and poet 1921 - 2006
Fonte: Karel Appel – the complete sculptures,' (1990), p. 85 'Quotes', K. Appel (1989)
— François Lelord, livro Hector and the Search for Happiness
Variante: Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.
Fonte: Hector and the Search for Happiness