„"I wish I had never been born," she said. "What are we born for?" "For infinite happiness," said the Spirit. "You can step out into it at any moment…"“
Źródło: The Great Divorce (1944–1945), Ch. 8
„Maybe there was no happily ever after […] but there was happiness sometimes and she had it now, doing what she knew she was born for.“
— Jeanne DuPrau, The Diamond of Darkhold
Źródło: The Diamond of Darkhold
„Are you happy here?" I said at last.
He considered this for a moment. "Not particularly," he said. "But you're not very happy where you are, either.“
— Донна Тартт, The Secret History
Źródło: The Secret History
„"I wish there were no more exams ever," said Kestrel.
"I wish nothing bad happens to Kess," said Bowman.
"I wish my darling children to be safe and happy for ever," said their mother. She always wished like that when she was worried.
"I wish the wind singer would sing again," said their father.“
— William Nicholson British screenwriter, playwright and novelist 1948
Źródło: The "Wind on Fire" Trilogy (2000-2003), The Wind Singer (Book 1), p. 42
„I was born to be an explorer. There never was any decision to make. I coudn't be anything else and be happy, the desire to see new places, to discover new facts- the curiosity of life always has been a resistless driving force to me.“
— Roy Chapman Andrews American explorer, adventurer and naturalist 1884 - 1960
'This Business of Exploring' pub, 1935
„The carrot of happiness has been dangled in front of me, just beyond my reach for as long as I can remember, and I have never gained on it. It is always still just a step beyond me. And, what’s worse, I have been hypnotized by the promise so that I keep going for it, stay in the harness. The moment I turn my eyes from the carrot and ask the radical question about my true desires, I step out of the harness and begin to wander freely in search of what will satisfy my hungers.“
— Sam Keen author, professor, and philosopher 1931
Źródło: The Passionate Life (1983), pp. 137-138
„“Are you happy, Norman?” asked Brant.
“Well, sure, I guess.”
“That’s what I thought,” she said bitterly. “Neither am I.”“
— George Alec Effinger Novelist, short story writer 1947 - 2002
Źródło: Death in Florence (1978), Chapter 3 “Moore and More” (p. 129).
„Are you happy?" she [Clarisse] said. "Am I what?" he [Montag] cried. But she was gone- running in the moonlight. Her front door shut gently.“
— Ray Bradbury, książka 451 stopni Fahrenheita
Źródło: Fahrenheit 451
„I know I will never be happy but I know I can be gay! Remember I told you Kazan said I was the gayest girl he ever knew and, believe me, he has known many. But he loved me for one year and once rocked me to sleep one night when I was in great anguish. He also suggested that I go into analysis and later wanted me to work with Lee Strasberg. Was it Milton who wrote: "The happy ones were never born?"“
— Marilyn Monroe American actress, model, and singer 1926 - 1962
I know at least two psychiatrists who are looking for a more positive approach.
In a letter to her psychiatrist, Dr. Ralph Greenson, in 1961, quoted in Marilyn's Last Sessions (2010) by Michel Schneider
— Martin Firrell British artist and activist 1963
"The Question Mark Inside" (2008)
„Translation: I know the reason of being born on this world and the happiness of being born and living on this world.“
— Ritsuko Okazaki Japanese singer 1959 - 2004
"For Fruits Basket", Siki
Oryginał: (ja) ここに生きてる意味がわかるよ 生まれ落ちた喜びを知る
„And be desired, she said while holding me in her arms:
because happy are the desired, each and all, she said with eyes
closed, in a desperate embrace. And our bodies cuddled up
to each other. Happy are those who want to love, she said,
today happy are the desired ones. I want you, she said,
want your movements, because they all are good for me,
want your caresses, because they all are good for me.
Give you my untouched young body, because I’m yearning
now for your embrace. I give you my vulnerable young body,
because I am yearning --- even for pain. Desired you are,
and I desire your desire, and do with me whatever you want
to do, she said, for happy are the desired ones, each and all,
and what I want to be is: desired-for-ever.“
— András Petőcz Hungarian writer 1959
THE DESIRE FOR DESIRÉE http://www.c3.hu/~mediumar/PETVERS1.HTM (1993).
András Petőcz: In Praise of the Sea (1999, ISBN 963 9101 51 6).
„She said, "I wanna learn a love song full of happy things."
She said, "I wanna learn a love song; won't you let me hear you sing?"
She said, "I wanna learn a love song, I wanna hear you play."
She said, "I wanna learn a love song before you go away."“
— Harry Chapin American musician 1942 - 1981
I Wanna Learn a Love Song
Song lyrics, Verities & Balderdash (1974)
„I've always been happy with you," he said. "But I never thought I deserved it."
"And now you do?"
"And now the feeling's gone," he said. "All I know is that I love you and for the first time, that's good enough.“
— Cassandra Clare, The City of Lost Souls
Źródło: City of Lost Souls
„No matter how happy I had been in the past I do not long for it. The present is always the moment for which I love.“
— Jamaica Kincaid Antiguan-American novelist, essayist, gardener, and gardening writer 1949
Źródło: The Autobiography of My Mother
„I wishcould manage to be glad!" the Queen said. "Only I never can remember the rule. You must be very happy, living in this wood, and being glad whenever you like!“
— Lewis Carroll, książka Po drugiej stronie lustra
Źródło: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There
„Of course I saved you," she said. "I couldn't do without you." And because she was happy and flushed with magic, Holly leaned down and kissed Artemis, magic sparking around the contact like tiny fireworks.“
— Eoin Colfer Irish author of children's books 1965
Źródło: The Time Paradox
„But I think she would have been happy with Fabrice,' I said. 'He was the great love of her life, you know.'
Oh, dulling,' said my mother, sadly. 'One always thinks that. Every, every time.“
— Nancy Mitford British writer 1904 - 1973
Źródło: The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate