— Noel Coward English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer 1899 - 1973
— Arnold Lobel, livro Fables
„Riches can all be lost, but that happiness in your own heart can only be veiled, and it will bring you happiness again, as long as you live.“
— Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945
Fonte: The Diary of a Young Girl
„Today I painted my first plain air portrait at the clay pit, a little blond and blue-eyed girl. The way the little thing stood in the yellow sand was simply beautiful – a bright and shimmering thing to see. It made my heart leap. Painting people is indeed more beautiful than painting a landscape. I suppose you can notice that I am dead-tired, after this long day of hard work, cant you? But inside I am so peaceful and happy..“
— Paula Modersohn-Becker German artist 1876 - 1907
in a letter to her mother, from Worpswede, August 1897; as quoted in Paula Modersohn-Becker, The Letters and Journals by Paula Modersohn-Becker, eds. Günter Busch, Liselotte von Reinken, Arthur S. Wensinger, Carole Clew Hoey - Northwestern University Press, 1998, p. 79
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
„Maybe one day it will be just you and me, my little blueberry," Magnus said conversationally. "But not for a long, long time. We'll take care of him, you and I. Won't we?"
Max Lightwood made a happy burbling sound that Magnus took as agreement.“
— Cassandra Clare American author 1973
Fonte: Born to Endless Night
„Life is a slope. As long as you're going up you're always looking towards the top and you feel happy, but when you reach it, suddenly you can see the road going downhill and death at the end of it all. It's slow going up and quick going down.“
— Guy De Maupassant, Bel Ami
„Go back and be the happier for having seen us, for having added a little hope to your struggle. Go on living while you may, striving, with whatsoever pain and labour needs must be, to build up little by little the new day of fellowship, and rest, and happiness.“
— William Morris, livro News from Nowhere
News from Nowhere (1890)
Contexto: Go back again, now you have seen us, and your outward eyes have learned that in spite of all the infallible maxims of your day there is yet a time of rest in store for the world, when mastery has changed into fellowship — but not before. Go back again, then, and while you live you will see all round you people engaged in making others live lives which are not their own, while they themselves care nothing for their own real lives — men who hate life though they fear death. Go back and be the happier for having seen us, for having added a little hope to your struggle. Go on living while you may, striving, with whatsoever pain and labour needs must be, to build up little by little the new day of fellowship, and rest, and happiness.
— Groucho Marx American comedian 1890 - 1977
„Never underestimate the vital importance of finding early in life the work that for you is play. This turns possible underachievers into happy warriors.“
— Ken Robinson UK writer 1950
Fonte: The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
„Kiss a little baby
Give the world a smile
If you take an inch
Give 'em back a mile
Cause if you lie like a rug
And you don't give a damn
You're never gonna be
As happy as a clam
So I'm sitting in a hotel
Trying to write a song
My head is just as empty
As the day is long.“
— John Prine American country singer/songwriter 1946 - 2020
"It’s a Big Old Goofy World"
Song lyrics, The Missing Years (1991)
„The chief aim of education is to show you, after you make a livelihood, how to enjoy living; and you can live longest and best and most rewardingly by attaining and preserving the happiness of learning.“
— Gilbert Highet British academic 1906 - 1978
The Immortal Profession: The Joys of Teaching and Learning (1976)
„Holiness is happiness; and the more you have of the former, the more you will undoubtedly enjoy of the latter.“
— John Angell James British abolitionist 1785 - 1859
Fonte: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 315.
„The happiness of the world is transitory. The less you become attached to the world, the more you enjoy peace of mind.“
— Sarada Devi Hindu religious figure, spiritual consort of Ramakrishna 1853 - 1920
[Swami Tapasyananda, Swami Nikhilananda, Sri Sarada Devi, the Holy Mother; Life and Conversations, 226]
„It’s vital that you accept yourself and learn to be happy with who God made you to be. If you want to truly enjoy your life, you must be at peace with yourself.“
— Joel Osteen American televangelist and author 1963
Fonte: Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
„If you have ever seen the play Peter Pan you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.
Remember, it is the last you will ever hear from me, so think it over.
I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.
I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn't come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so can enjoy life when you are a man.
Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.
But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn come to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. "Be Prepared" in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you do it.“
— Robert Baden-Powell lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement 1857 - 1941