— 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
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980
Source: The Beatles Anthology (2000), p. 171
„Daisy was a consciously happy young woman without any of the usual endowments that make for conscious happiness, money apart. She was not pretty, she was not clever, she had no friends, no talents, nor even an imagination to make her think she was happy when she was really miserable. As she was never miserable, she had no need of an imagination.“
— Laura Riding Jackson poet, critic, novelist, essayist and short story writer 1901 - 1991
"Daisy and Venison" from Progress of Stories (Deya, Majorca: Seizin Press; London, Constable, 1935)
— Thomas Lansing Masson American journalist 1866 - 1934
Tom Masson in: The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine, Vol. 61 (1901). p. 319.
„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.
„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
— Michelle Magorian English children's writer 1947
Source: Good Night, Mr. Tom
„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.
„And thus the soul pities God and feels itself pitied by him; loves Him and feels loved by Him, sheltering its misery in the bosom of the eternal and infinite misery, which, in eternalizing itself and infinitizing itself, is the supreme happiness itself.“
— Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
The Tragic Sense of Life (1913), VII : Love, Suffering, Pity
„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)
„Those who have given themselves the most concern about the happiness of peoples have made their neighbors very miserable.“
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)
„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.
— Manuel Puig Argentine author and screenwriter 1932 - 1990
Source: Kiss of the Spider Woman and Two Other Plays
„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.“
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)
„O it is a happy thing to feel ourselves helpless and naught, for then the presence of God is felt to wrap us about so lovingly! Everlasting, infinite, almighty, — these are the words that strengthen us with speaking them.“
— William Mountford English Unitarian preacher and author 1816 - 1885
Source: Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 332.
„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)
— Sai Baba of Shirdi Hindu and muslim saint 1835 - 1918
Eleven important sayings