„She was feeling, thinking, trembling about everything; agitated, happy, miserable, infinitely obliged, absolutely angry.“

Source: Mansfield Park

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„She's wrong about absolutely everything, but she's wrong within normal parameters.“

—  P. J. O'Rourke American journalist 1947

Endorsing Hillary Clinton for President over Donald Trump, May 7, 2016 http://www.npr.org/2016/05/09/477339063/conservative-author-pj-orourke-reluctantly-backs-clinton on NPR

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„Happiness is just how you feel when you don't feel miserable.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

Source: The Beatles Anthology (2000), p. 171

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„Happiness is the feeling we experience when we are too busy to be miserable.“

—  Thomas Lansing Masson American journalist 1866 - 1934

Tom Masson in: The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Vol. 61 (1901). p. 319.

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„There is no repose for the mind except in the absolute; for feeling except in the infinite; for the soul except in the divine.“

—  Henri-Frédéric Amiel Swiss philosopher and poet 1821 - 1881

Journal Intime (1882), Quotes used in the Introduction by Ward
Context: There is no repose for the mind except in the absolute; for feeling except in the infinite; for the soul except in the divine. Nothing finite is true, is interesting, is worthy to fix my attention. All that is particular is exclusive, and all that is exclusive repels me. There is nothing non-exclusive but the All; my end is communion with Being through the whole of Being.

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„The First Splendid Truth: To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.“

—  Gretchen Rubin American writer 1966

Source: The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

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„I think you are absolutely right about everything, except I think humor springs from rage, hay fever, overdue rent and miscellaneous hell.“

—  Will Cuppy American writer 1884 - 1949

From a letter to Max Eastman, 1936, about Eastman's book, The Enjoyment of Laughter ISBN 0-38413-740-7 (reprint). Eastman mss. http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/lilly/mss/html/eastman.html, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington.

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„They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?“

—  Diana, Princess of Wales First wife of Charles, Prince of Wales 1961 - 1997

"Princess Diana: 10 most inspiring quotes from the 'people's princess'", Hello Magazine, Daily News (1 July 2015)

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„Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.“

—  Anatole France, book The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

Les hommes qui se sont occupés du bonheur des peuples ont rendu leurs proches bien malheureux.
Pt. II, ch. 4
The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard (1881)

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„The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950

1910s, A Treatise on Parents and Children (1910)
Context: The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation, because occupation means pre-occupation; and the pre-occupied person is neither happy nor unhappy, but simply alive and active, which is pleasanter than any happiness until you are tired of it.

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„The nicest thing about feeling happy is that you think you'll never be unhappy again.“

—  Manuel Puig Argentine author and screenwriter 1932 - 1990

Source: Kiss of the Spider Woman and Two Other Plays

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„Out of infinite longings rise
finite deeds like weak fountains,
falling back just in time and trembling.
And yet, what otherwise remains silent,
our happy energies—show themselves
in these dancing tears.“

—  Rainer Maria Rilke, book The Book of Images

Aus unendlichen Sehnsüchten steigen
endliche Taten wie schwache Fontänen,
die sich zeitig und zitternd neigen.
Aber, die sich uns sonst verschweigen,
unsere fröhlichen Kräfte—zeigen
sich in diesen tanzenden Tränen.
Initiale (Initial) (as translated by Cliff Crego)
Das Buch der Bilder (The Book of Images) (1902)

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„But I do think that women who spend all their lives on a diet probably have a miserable sex life: if your body is the enemy, how can you relax and take pleasure? Everything is about control, rather than relaxing, about holding everything in.“

—  Nigella Lawson British food writer, journalist and broadcaster 1960

As quoted in "The big issue" by Shane Watson in The Times http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/diet_and_fitness/article2941491.ece (2 December 2007)

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