„It spurs me on. I'm going to get over that, I'm a good songwriter, my kids are happy, the band is great and I've almost sorted out all my debts. At least I've never sold my story. I've had countless offers but I'd rather be in a bedsit council flat than splashed all over Hello! or the tabloids. I really would, I have a responsibility to my band and my children as well. I don't believe in it, I'm never ever tempted.“
— Lisa Moorish British singer 1972
Source: " A life on the edge http://www.theguardian.com/music/2004/aug/20/popandrock8" at The Guardian, 20 August 2004 : On conquering her past.
„Could you look me in the eye? And tell me that you're happy now? Would you tell it to my face? Or have I been erased? Are you happy now?“
— Michelle Branch American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1983
"Are You Happy Now?"
2000s, Hotel Paper (2003)
Context: Now, don't just walk away. Pretending everything's okay, and you don't care about me. And I know there's just no use, when all your lies become your truths and I don't care. Could you look me in the eye? And tell me that you're happy now? Would you tell it to my face? Or have I been erased? Are you happy now? Are you happy now?
„The morning Sun arose —
Still the festal board was spread —
Still hosts and guests were round;
But hosts and guests were dead!“
— Letitia Elizabeth Landon English poet and novelist 1802 - 1838
22nd April 1826) The Death-Feast (under the pen name Iole
The London Literary Gazette, 1826
„I looked at my hands, to see if I was de same person now I was free. Dere was such a glory over everything, de sun came like gold trou de trees, and over de fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.“
— Harriet Tubman African-American abolitionist and humanitarian 1820 - 1913
On realizing that she had passed out of the slavery states into the northern states
Modernized rendition: I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything. The sun came up like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.
1880s, Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)
„With the colour that paints the morning and evening clouds that face the sun I saw then the whole heaven suffused.“
Canto XXVII, lines 28–30 (tr. Sinclair).
The Divine Comedy (c. 1308–1321), Paradiso
Source: Nineteen Minutes
— Nikki Sixx American musician 1958
Source: The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star
„For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks."“
— Khalil Gibran Lebanese artist, poet, and writer 1883 - 1931
Thus I became a madman.
And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness; the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us.
But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief.
The Madman (1918)
„I am every day more convinced that happiness in Heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth.“
— Josemaría Escrivá Spanish theologian 1902 - 1975
The Forge (1987)
— Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, a… 1706 - 1790
At the signing of the United States Constitution, Journal of the Constitutional Convention (17 September 1787).
Constitutional Convention of 1787
Context: Whilst the last members were signing it Doctor Franklin looking towards the President's Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him, that Painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. "I have," said he, "often and often in the course of the Session, and the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting: But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting Sun."
„One day you think you never even made a choice and then you have to make one, even a wrong one, just so you're sure you're still able. And once that's over, you can go back and be happy again with what you were before you started worrying.“
— Richard Ford American novelist and short story writer 1944
Source: A Piece of My Heart (1976), p. 276
„I'm happier than the morning sun,
And that's the way you said that it would be,
If I should ever bring you inside my life.“
— Stevie Wonder American musician 1950
Happier Than The Morning Sun
Song lyrics, Music of My Mind (1972)
„I thank the goodness and the grace
Which on my birth have smiled,
And made me in these Christian days,
A happy English child.“
— Ann Taylor (poet) British female poet and literary critic 1782 - 1866
Jane Taylor, "A Child's Hymn of Praise," from Hymns for Infant Minds (1810)