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“I was in the winter of my life- and the men I met along the road were my only summer. At night I fell sleep with visions of myself dancing and laughing and crying with them. Three years down the line of being on an endless world tour and memories of them were the only things that sustained me, and my only real happy times. I was a singer, not a very popular one, who once had dreams of becoming a beautiful poet- but upon an unfortunate series of events saw those dreams dashed and divided like a million stars in the night sky that I wished on over and over again- sparkling and broken. But I really didn’t mind because I knew that it takes getting everything you ever wanted and then losing it to know what true freedom is.
When the people I used to know found out what I had been doing, how I had been living- they asked me why. But there’s no use in talking to people who have a home, they have no idea what its like to seek safety in other people, for home to be wherever you lay your head.
I was always an unusual girl, my mother told me that I had a chameleon soul. No moral compass pointing me due north, no fixed personality. Just an inner indecisiveness that was as wide as wavering as the ocean. And if I said that I didn't plan for it to turn out this way I’d be lying- because I was born to be the other woman. I belonged to no one- who belonged to everyone, who had nothing- who wanted everything with a fire for every experience and an obsession for freedom that terrified me to the point that I couldn’t even talk about- and pushed me to a nomadic point of madness that both dazzled and dizzied me.
Every night I used to pray that I’d find my people- and finally I did- on the open road. We have nothing to lose, nothing to gain, nothing we desired anymore- except to make our lives into a work of art.
Ay wolde man of happe more hente Then moghte by ryght upon hem cleven. Man always desires to seize more of happiness, Than rightfully belongs to him.
Anonymous c.1370 Pearl, l.1195^6.
C'est plein de disputes, un bonheur. Happiness is full of strife.
Jean Anouilh Antigone.
Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, ch.6.
Without thinking highly either of men or matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want.
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, ch.22.
A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it.
Jane Austen Mansfield Park, ch.22.
Le bonheur engloutit nos forces, comme le malheur e teint nos vertus. Happiness engulfs our strength, just as misfortune extinguishes our virtues.
Honore de Balzac La Peau de chagrin.
Since Man with that inconstancy was born, To love the absent, and the present scorn. Why do we deck, why do we dress For such a short-liv'd happiness?
Brendan Francis Behan Lycidus,'To Alexis in Answer to his Poem against Fruition,' stanza 3.
The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. See Hutcheson 424:52.
Jeremy Bentham An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, ch.1.
Apre' s le rare bonheur de trouver une compagne qui nous soit bien assortie, l'e tat le moins malheureux de la vie est sans doute de vivre seul. After the rare happiness of finding a companion with whom we are well matched, the least unpleasant state of life is without doubt to live alone.
Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre Paul et Virginie.
The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.
William Henry Beveridge, 1st Baron Beveridge Social Insurance and Allied Services, pt.7.
Future, n.That periodoftimeinwhichouraffairsprosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce The Cynic's Word Book. Retitled The Devil's Dictionary (1911).
La de couverte d'un mets nouveau fait plus pour le bonheur du genre humain que la de couverte d'une e toile. The discoveryof a newdish doesmore for thehappiness of mankind than the discovery of a star.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Physiologie du gou" t, aphorism 9 (translated by Anne Drayton,1970).
Certainly there is no happiness within this circle of flesh, nor is it in the optics of these eyes to behold felicity; the first day of our Jubilee is death.
SirThomas Browne ^5 Religio Medici (published1643), pt.1, section 44.
Were the happiness of the next world as closely apprehended as the felicities of this, it were a martyrdom to live.
SirThomas Browne Hydriotaphia (Urn Burial), ch.4.
He that lives in sin and looks for happiness hereafter is likehimthat soweth cockleand thinkstofill hisbarnwith wheat or barley.
John Bunyan The Pilgrim's Progress, pt.2.
Virtue issimply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function.You are happy when you are functioning.
William S(eward) Burroughs Painting and Guns,'The Creative Observer'.
L'homme se trouve devant l'irrationnel. Il sent en lui son de s ir de bonheur et de raison. L'absurde na|"t de cette confrontation entre l'appel humain et le silence de raisonnable du monde. Man stands face to face with the irrational. He feels within him his longing for happiness and for reason. The absurd is born of this confrontation between the human need and the unreasonable silence of the world.
Albert Camus Le Mythe de Sisyphe ( The Myth of Sisyphus,1955),'The Absurd Walls'.
Perfect happiness, by princes sought, Is not with birth born, nor exchequers bought.
George Chapman The Iliads of Homer Prince of Poets,'Epistle Dedicatory'.
Par toi tout le bonheur que m'offre l'avenir Est dans mon souvenir. Through you, all the happiness that the future offers Is in my memory.
Marceline Desbordes-Valmore EŁ legies, Marie et romances,'Le Souvenir'.
Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
CharlesJohn Huffam Dickens ^50 Mr Micawber. David Copperfield, ch.12.
The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery.
Washington Bailey 'The Destiny of Colored Americans' in The North Star, 16 Nov.
For all the happiness mankind can gain Is not in pleasure, but in rest from pain.
John Dryden The Indian Emperor, act 4, sc.1.
We had the experience but missed the meaning, And approach to the meaning restores the experience In a different form, beyond any meaning We can assign to happiness.
T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot Four Quartets,'The Dry Salvages', pt.2.
Un grand obstacle au bonheur, c'est de s'attendre a' un trop grand bonheur. The greatest obstacle to happiness is the expectation of too great a happiness.
Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle Du bonheur.
Furnished as all Europe is with Academies of Science, with nice instruments and the spirit of experimentation, the progress of human knowledge will be rapid and discoveries made of which we have at present no conception. I begin to be almost sorry I was born since I cannot have the happiness of knowing what will be known a hundred years hence.
Anne Frank Letter to Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Society, 27 Jul.
Happiness Makes Up in Height for What It Lacks in Length.
Robert Lee Frost Title of poem.
Happiness lies in conquering one's enemies, in driving them in front of oneself, in taking their property, in savouring their despair, in outraging their wives and daughters.
Genghis Khan originally Temujin c.1210 Quoted in Witold Rodzinski The Walled Kingdom: A History of China (1979).
Familles! je vous hais! Foyers clos; portes referme es; possessions jalouses du bonheur. Families! I hate you! Enclosed hallways, shut doors, jealous possessions of happiness.
Andre Paul Guillaume Gide Les Nourritures terrestres, pt.4.
Le bonheur de l'homme n'est pas dans la liberte , mais dans l'acceptation d'un devoir. Man'shappiness doesnot come from freedom but inthe acceptance of a task.
Andre Paul Guillaume Gide Journal entry, 8 Feb. English actor and producer. A leading Shakespearean actor, he appeared in many films, notably as Cassius in Julius Caesar (1952) and in Prospero's Books (1991).
Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God as can be your own.
W(illiam) E(wart) Gladstone Speech at Edinburgh Foresters'Hall, during the Midlothian Campaign, 26 Nov.
To each his suff'rings, all are men, Condemned alike to groan; The tender for another's pain, Th'unfeeling for his own. Yet ah! why should they know their fate? Since sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies. Thought would destroy their paradise. No more; where ignorance is bliss, 'Tis folly to be wise.
Thomas Gray Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College (published1747), l.91^100.
I couldn't eat, just went on drinking coffee, and sweating it out again. Liquid had no time to be digested; it came through the pores long before it reached the stomach. I lay wet through with sweat for four hoursit was very nearly like happiness.
(Henry) Graham Greene In Mexico. The Lawless Roads (published in the US as Another Mexico).
She whose youth had seemed to teach that happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.
Thomas Hardy The Mayor of Casterbridge, ch.45.
Re" ver, c'est le bonheur; attendre, c'est la vie. To dream is happiness; to wait is life.
Victor Marie Hugo ' 1831 Les Feuilles d'automne, no.27,'A mes amis L.B. et S.-B.'.
Au banquet du bonheur bien peu sont convie s. Feware invited to the banquet of happiness.
Victor Marie Hugo Les Feuilles d'automne, no.32,'Pour les pauvres'.
That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers. See Bentham 77:65.
Francis Hutcheson An Inquiry into theOriginal of Our Ideas of Beauty and Virtue, treatise 2, sect.3. This is the classic exposition of pragmatism.
I can sympathize with people's pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness.
Aldous Leonard Huxley Limbo,'Cynthia'.
Happiness is like cokesomething you get as a by- product in the process of making something else.
Aldous Leonard Huxley Point Counter Point, ch.30.
It is unlucky to sound off about happiness.
I Ching c.2000 c.2000 BC I Ching, no.16 (translated by Thomas Cleary).
We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent; that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Thomas Jefferson c.1776 Draft of the American Declaration of Independence. Collected in J P Boyd et al Papers of Thomas Jefferson (1950), vol.1.
That all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.
Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, Feb. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.2.
Now, sir, there isthelibertyof thepress, whichyou know is a constant topic. Suppose you and I and two hundred more were restrained from printing our thoughts: what then? What proportionwould that restraint uponusbear to the private happiness of the nation?
Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, May. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.2.
There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as bya good tavern or inn.
Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, 21 Mar. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.2.
I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government rather than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.
Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Remark, 31 Mar. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.2.
Resolve not to be poor; whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy tohumanhappiness; itcertainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult. 446
Samuel known as Dr Johnson Johnson Letter to Boswell,7 Dec. Quoted in James Boswell The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), vol.4.
My heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains My sense, as though of hemlock I had drunk, Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains One minute past, and Lethe-wards had sunk: 'Tis not through envy of thy happy lot, But being too happy in thine happiness That thou, light-winged Dryad of the trees, In some melodious plot Of beechen green, and shadows numberless, Singest of summer in full-throated ease.
John Keats Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes and Other Poems,'Ode to a Nightingale', stanza1.
The definition of happiness of the Greeksis full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I find, therefore, the Presidency provides some happiness.
John F(itzgerald) Kennedy News conference, 31 Oct.
J'avoue bien que l'argent ne fait pas le bonheur; mais il faut avouer aussi qu'il le facilite beaucoup. I will admit that money does not bring happiness, but it must also be admitted that it facilitates much. 484
Pierre-Ambroise Choderlos de Laclos Les Liaisons dangereuses, letter104.
In China the bat is a symbol of happiness Not for me!
D(avid) H(erbert) Lawrence 'Bat'.
Science has promised us truthan understanding of such relationships as our minds can grasp; it has never promised us either peace or happiness.
Gustave Le Bon US psychologist, Professor at the Universities of California and 1895 Psychologie des foules, introduction.
The creed which accepts as the foundation of morals, Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to producethe reverse of happiness.
John Stuart Mill Utilitarianism, ch.2.
Now the thought Both of lost happiness and lasting pain Torments him.
John Milton Of Satan. Paradise Lost (published1667), bk.1, l.54^6.
Simply seek happiness, and you are not likely to find it. Seek to create and love without regard to your happiness,and youwill likely behappymuchofthetime.
M(organ) Scott Peck The Different Drum.
If we ought not to fear mortal truth, still less should we dread scientific truth. In the first place it can not conflict with ethics But if science is feared, it is above all because it can give no happiness Man, then, can not be happy through science buttoday he canmuch less be happy without it.
(Jules) Henri Poincare TheValue of Science.
Oh Happiness! our being's end and aim! Good, pleasure, ease, content! whate'er thy name: That something still which prompts th'eternal sigh, For which we bear to live, or dare to die.
Alexander Pope An Essay on Man, epistle 4, l.1^4.
Le bonheur est dans l'amour un e tat anormal. In love, happiness is abnormal.
Marcel Proust A la recherche du temps perdu,'A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs'.
On a dit que la beaute est une promesse de bonheur. Inversement, la possibilite du plaisir peut e" tre un commencement de beaute . It has been said that beauty is a guarantee of happiness. Conversely, the possibility of pleasure can be the beginning of beauty.
Marcel Proust ' 1923 A la recherche du temps perdu,'La Prisonni e' re'.
Le bonheur est salutaire pour les corps, mais c'est le chagrin qui de veloppe les forces de l'esprit. Happiness is healthy for the body, but it is sorrow which enhances the forces of the mind.
Marcel Proust ' 1927 A la recherche du temps perdu,'LeTemps retrouve ' .
J'ai fait la magique e tude Du Bonheur, que nul n'e lude. I studied the magic lore of Happiness Which no one can escape.
(Jean Nicolas) Arthur Rimbaud " 1872 Derniers vers, Fe" tes de la faim,'O saisons, o" cha" teaux!'.
Le Bonheur e tait ma fatalite , mon remords, mon ver: ma vie serait toujours trop immense pour e" tre de voue e a' la force et a' la beaute . Happiness was my fate, my remorse, my worm: my life would always be too large to be dedicated to force and to beauty.
(Jean Nicolas) Arthur Rimbaud Une saison en enfer, De lires, no.2,'Alchimie du verbe'.
Life is not easy. I paint the memory of happiness.
Anvar Saifoutdinov Quoted by M S Mason in Christian Science Monitor,19 Nov1992.
Car l'homme, je te le dis, cherche sa propre destine e et non pas son bonheur. Becauseman,Itell you, islooking forhis owndestiny, not his own happiness.
Antoine de Saint-Exupe ry Citadelle (published1948).
A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.
Wolfgang Rudolph Schmitt A Shocking Life, ch.21.
Alle Befriedigung, oder was man gemeinhin Glu« ck nennt, ist eigentlich und wesentlich immer nur negativ und durchaus nie positiv. All satisfaction, or what iscommonlycalled happiness, is really and essentially always negative only, and never positive.
Arthur Schopenhauer DieWelt alsWille undVorstellung (TheWorld asWill and Representation), vol.1, bk.4, ch.58 (translated by E F J Payne).
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
George Bernard Shaw Morell to Lexy. Candida, act1.
I no longer desire happiness: life is nobler than that.
George Bernard Shaw Marchbanks. Candida, act 3.
But a lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
George Bernard Shaw JohnTanner. Man and Superman, act1.
In vita itaque apprime utile est, intellectum seu Rationem, quantum possumus, perficere, et in hoc uno summa hominis felicitas seu beatitudo consistit; quippe beatitudo nihil aliud est, quam ipsa animi acquiescentia quae ex Dei intuitiva cognitione oritur. It is therefore extrememly useful in life to perfect as much as we can the intellect or reason, and of this alone doesthegreatest happiness or blessedness of man exist: for blessedness is nothing else than satisfaction of mind which arises from the intuitive knowledge of God.
Baruch also known as Benedict de Spinoza Spinoza Ethics, bk.4, appendix.
We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Elizabeth ne e Cady Stanton 'Declaration of Sentiments', Seneca FallsWomen's Rights Convention,19^20 Jul.This is modelled on theAmerican Declaration of Independence of 4 Jul1776.
I would desire that every man would lay his hand on his heart, and consider seriously whether the beginnings of the people's happiness should be written in letters of blood.
Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford At his execution onTower Hill,12 May.
But whenhashappiness everbeenthesubject of fiction? The pursuit of it is just thata pursuit.
John Hoyer Updike The Early Stories:1953^1975, foreword.
Miss Farish, who was accustomed, in the way of happiness, to such scant light as shone through the cracks of other people's lives.
Edith Newbold ne e Jones Wharton The House of Mirth, bk.1, ch.14.
Happiness is no laughing matter.
Richard Whately Apophthegms.
In the very world, which is the world Of all of us,the place where, in the end, We find our happiness, or not at all!
William Wordsworth ^1805 The Prelude, bk.11, l.142^4 (published1850).
Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour: England hath need of thee: she is a fen Of stagnant waters: altar, sword and pen, Fireside, the heroic wealth of hall and bower, Have forfeited their ancient English dower Of inward happiness.We are selfish men; Oh! raise us up, return to us again; And give us manners, virtue, freedom, power. Thy soul was like a star, and dwelt apart; Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the sea: Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free, So didst thou travel on life's common way, In cheerful godliness; and yet thy heart The lowliest duties on herself did lay.
William Wordsworth 'Milton! thou shouldst be living at this hour', complete poem (published1807).
Compassed round by pleasure, sighed For independent happiness; craving peace, The central feeling of all happiness, Not as a refuge from distress or pain, A breathing-time, vacation, or a truce, But for its absolute self.
William Wordsworth 'The Excursion', bk.3, l.380^5.
Tout bonheur est un chef-d'½uvre: la moindre erreur le fausse, la moindre he sitation l'alte' re, la moindre lourdeur le de pare, la moindre sottise l'abe" tit. Happiness is always a work of art: the least fault distorts it, the least hesitation changes it, a little dullnessspoilsit, the smallest foolish act makes it idiotic.