Source: Dance with the Devil
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
Context: You can’t make people happy by law. If you said to a bunch of average people two hundred years ago “Would you be happy in a world where medical care is widely available, houses are clean, the world’s music and sights and foods can be brought into your home at small cost, traveling even 100 miles is easy, childbirth is generally not fatal to mother or child, you don’t have to die of dental abcesses and you don’t have to do what the squire tells you” they’d think you were talking about the New Jerusalem and say ‘yes’.
„Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got. Do you want to be really miserable? You can begin by being discontented.“
That Sort of Bear.
Source: The Tao of Pooh (1982)
— Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general 1937
Remark made to Joint Chiefs of Staff General Shelton regarding comments by Paul Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld, advocating an attack on Iraq, even before the battle plan for attacking the Taliban was formulated, shortly after the “the crucial meeting took place on September 15 in the Laurel Lodge at Camp David, at which Wolfowitz made the case for action against Iraq.” [Halper, Stefan, Clarke, Johnathan, America Alone: The Neo-Conservatives and the Global Order, 2004, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 0-521-83834-7 hardback, 149-150]. Also see [Woodware, Bob, Bush at War, 2002, Simon and Schuster, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 0743215389, 61]. (Remark from 9/2001 shortly after 9/11).
„What the hell is that look for? You finally grow a conscious? (Syn)
No, but we can’t go around assassinating respected officials. (Nykyrian)“
— Sherrilyn Kenyon Novelist 1965
Source: Born of the Night
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
Source: The Beatles Anthology (2000), p. 171
„There's nothing happy about having your fate decided for you! You have to grab your own happiness!“
— Hiro Mashima Japanese manga artist 1977
„All heaven's glory is within and so is hell's fierce burning.
You must yourself decide in which direction you are turning“
— Angelus Silesius German writer 1624 - 1677
The Cherubinic Wanderer
— Maya Banks Author 1964
„The less you want, the richer you are. The more you need in order to be happy, the more miserable you'll be.“
— Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954
„The funny things is when you start feeling happy alone, that's when everyone decides to be with you.“
— Jim Carrey Canadian-American actor, comedian, and producer 1962
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
— Beverly Lewis American writer 1949
Source: The Judgment
— Steve Maraboli 1975
Source: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 101