— Adam Smith, livro Teoria dos Sentimentos Morais
The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759), Part I, Section II, Chap. III.
— Adam Smith, livro Teoria dos Sentimentos Morais
— Eckhart Tolle, livro The Power of Now
— S. H. Raza Indian artist 1922 - 2016
On his artistic work till date.
„Democrats are always happy. Democracy is a sort of laughing gas. It will not cure anything, perhaps, but it unquestionably stops the pain.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
1920s, Context: I have seen many theoretical objections to democracy, and sometimes urge them with such heat that it probably goes beyond the bound of sound taste, but I am thoroughly convinced, nonetheless, that the democratic nations are happier than any other. The United States today, indeed, is probably the happiest the world has ever seen. Taxes are high, but they are still well within the means of the taxpayer: he could pay twice as much and still survive. The laws are innumerable and idiotic, but only prisoners in the penitentiaries and persons under religious vows ever obey them. The country is governed by rogues, but there is no general dislike of rogues: on the contrary, they are esteemed and envied. Best of all, the people have the pleasant feeling that they can make improvements at any time they want to—... in other words, they are happy. Democrats are always happy. Democracy is a sort of laughing gas. It will not cure anything, perhaps, but it unquestionably stops the pain. "The Master Illusion" in the The American Mercury (March 1925), p. 319
„One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.“
— William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963
General sources, Letter to his mother, written from the University of Pennsylvania (12 February 1904), published in The Selected Letters of William Carlos Williams (1957) edited by John C. Thirlwall, p. 5
„There were never that many women stand-up comics in the past because the power to make people laugh is also a power that gets people upset.“
— Gloria Steinem American feminist and journalist 1934
The Humanist interview (2012), Context: There were never that many women stand-up comics in the past because the power to make people laugh is also a power that gets people upset. But the ones who were performing were making jokes on themselves usually and now that’s changed. So there are no rules exactly but I think if you see a whole group of people only being self-deprecating, it’s a problem. But I have always employed humor, and I think it’s absolutely crucial that we do because, among other things, humor is the only free emotion. I mean, you can compel fear, as we know. You can compel love, actually, if somebody is isolated and dependent — it’s like the Stockholm syndrome. But you can’t compel laughter. It happens when two things come together and make a third unexpectedly. It happens when you learn something, too. I think it was Einstein who said he had to be careful when he shaved because if he thought of something suddenly, he’d laugh and cut himself. So I think laughter is crucial. Some of the original cultures, like the Dalit and the Native American, don’t separate laughter and seriousness. There’s none of this kind of false Episcopalian solemnity.
„I really don't know if I cried. If I did, it was tears not of pain, but of the sentiments my people are made of.“
— Roberto Clemente Puerto Rican baseball player 1934 - 1972
Other, <big><big>1970s</big></big>, <big>1970</big>, Addressing reporters at post-game press conference on Roberto Clemente Day, as quoted in "Roberto Clemente's a Man of 2 Lives ... and 2 Loves" https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=zbYcAAAAIBAJ&sjid=NWYEAAAAIBAJ&pg=2327%2C2876682 by the Associated Press, in The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (July 26, 1970)
„A man … found a magic cup and learned that if he wept into the cup, his tears turned into pearls. But even though he had always been poor, he was a happy man and rarely shed a tear. So he found ways to make himself sad so that his tears could make him rich. As the pearls piled up, so did his greed grow. The story ended with the man sitting on a mountain of pearls, knife in hand, weeping helplessly into the cup with his beloved wife's slain body in his arms.“
— Khaled Hosseini, livro The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner (2003)
„Tell me a story, Pew.
What kind of story, child?
A story with a happy ending.
There's no such thing in all the world.
As a happy ending?
As an ending.“
— Jeanette Winterson, livro Lighthousekeeping
Lighthousekeeping (2004), p. 49
„I don't think there's necessarily a story, but there's definitely a theme here. One of my favorite kind of dark jokes is, "How do you make God laugh? You make a plan." Nobody ever makes a plan that they're gonna go out and get hit by a car. A plan almost always has a happy ending. Essentially, every plan is a tiny prayer to Father Time. I really like the idea of a plan not being seen as having definite outcomes, but more like little wishes.“
— Ben Gibbard American singer, songwriter and guitarist 1976
On the the title of the Death Cab for Cutie album Plans, as quoted in Mix online (1 January 2006) http://mixonline.com/mag/audio_death_cab_cutie_2/index.html
„I like joy; I want to be joyous. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that`s all I want. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.“
— Doris Day American actress, singer, and animal rights activist 1922 - 2019
„My pain may be the reason for somebody's laugh.
But my laugh must never be the reason for somebody's pain.“
— Charlie Chaplin British comic actor and filmmaker 1889 - 1977
„But the bottom line is that I am still willing to die a painful public death, assuming my execution destroys the game of soccer (or - at the very least - convinces people to shut up about it).“
— Chuck Klosterman Author, Columnist 1972
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs (2003), (George Will vs. Nick Hornby 0:86).