Quotes about happiness

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„They’ll stone ya and then they’ll say, “good luck”“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
Song lyrics, Blonde on Blonde (1966), Rainy Day Women #12 & 35

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„Luck is when opportunity meets preparation.“

—  Denzel Washington actor, screenwriter, director, producer 1954

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„And these pleasures that you cannot ever forget are the yeast that always starts working in your mind again, and it gets in your thoughts again, and in your eyes again, and then, all at once, no matter what has happened to you, you are building a brand new world again, based and built on the mistakes, the wreck, the hard luck and trouble of the old one.“

—  Woody Guthrie American singer-songwriter and folk musician 1912 - 1967
Context: I have hoped as many hopes and dreamed so many dreams, seen them swept aside by weather, and blown away by men, washed away in my own mistakes, that — I use to wonder if it wouldn't be better just to haul off and quit hoping. Just protect my own inner brain, my own mind and heart, by drawing it up into a hard knot, and not having any more hopes or dreams at all. Pull in my feelings, and call back all of my sentiments — and not let any earthly event move me in either direction, either cause me to hate, to fear, to love, to care, to take sides, to argue the matter at all — and, yet … there are certain good times, and pleasures that I never can forget, no matter how much I want to, because the pleasures, and the displeasures, the good times and the bad, are really all there is to me. And these pleasures that you cannot ever forget are the yeast that always starts working in your mind again, and it gets in your thoughts again, and in your eyes again, and then, all at once, no matter what has happened to you, you are building a brand new world again, based and built on the mistakes, the wreck, the hard luck and trouble of the old one. "Notes about Music" (29 March 1946) http://web.archive.org/19991001055247/www.geocities.com/Nashville/3448/music.html also quoted in A Race of Singers: Whitman's Working-Class Hero from Guthrie to Springsteen (2000) by Bryan K. Garman, p. 244

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„Can I still wish you good luck?“

—  Alastair Reynolds British novelist and astronomer 1966
Redemption Ark (2002), “You can wish me what the hell you like. It won’t make any difference. If it did, it would mean I hadn’t prepared well enough. Chapter 38 (p. 654)

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„What luck I had to meet Morell. He has saved my life.“

—  Theodor Morell Personal physician to Adolf Hitler 1886 - 1948
Adolf Hitler.

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„The theory of probability combines commonsense reasoning with calculation. It domesticates luck, making it subservient to reason.“

—  Ivars Peterson Canadian mathematician 1948
The Jungles of Randomness: A Mathematical Safari (1997), Chapter 1, “The Die is Cast” (p. 19)

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„As ill-luck would have it.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part I, Book I, Ch. 2.

„It is terrible bad luck. Owls are often augurs of death, Mr. Flattery. There is no surer sign.“

—  Sean Russell author 1952
World Without End (1995), “Not even the cessation of breathing?” the viscount asked, but neither Tristam nor Beacham laughed. Chapter 39 (p. 557)

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