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There are three rules for writing a novel; unfortunately, no one knows what they are.

William Somerset Maugham

If ignorance isn`t bliss, I don`t know what is.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.

Mark Twain

No married man is genuinely happy if he has to drink worse whisky than he used to drink when he was single.

Henry Louis Mencken

To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

Helen Rowland

Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.

Anatole France

To fill the hour - that is happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience, or none at all.

Ogden Nash

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.

Agatha Christie

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.

Gustave Flaubert

Every man is thoroughly happy twice in his life: just after he has met his first love, and just after he has left his last one.

Henry Louis Mencken

The man with toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.

George Bernard Shaw

Call no man unhappy until he is married.


It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed.

Kin Hubbard

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

Bertrand Russell

Rich bachelors should be heavily taxed. It is not fair that some men should be happier than others.

Oscar Wilde

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.


It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.

Kin Hubbard

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Joseph Addison

The man whom no one pleases is much more unhappy than the man who pleases no one.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is a kind of spiritual snobbery that makes people think they can be happy without money.

Albert Camus

A marriage is likely to be called happy if neither party ever expected to get much happiness out of it.

Bertrand Russell

Happy slaves are the bitterest enemies of freedom.

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.


If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.

Bertrand Russell

A happy marriage is a long conversation, which always seems too short.

Andre Maurois

Power, after love, is the first source of happiness.


We are never so happy or unhappy as we imagine.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.

Ernest Hemingway

Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The pleasure of love is in loving. We are happier in the passion we feel than in what we excite.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.

William Somerset Maugham

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.


Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

Oscar Wilde

Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.

Franz Kafka

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy

Only vegetables are happy.

William Faulkner

As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.

Leonardo da Vinci

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

Ernest Hemingway

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.

Honore de Balzac

There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.

George Sand

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things, which are beyond the power of our will.


The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

Eric Hoffer


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