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20 Best Quotes About Happiness from Literature

December 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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Happiness Quotes

We’ve got a large collection of literary quotes about happiness.  Here are the 20 best quotes about from the collection. Authors include Charles Dickens, L. Frank Baum, George Eliot and Lucy Maud Montgomery.


“Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing, but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace.” ~ Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


“You must be the best judge of your own happiness.” ~ Emma by Jane Austen


“I would always rather be happy than dignified.” ~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Rather be happy than dignified


Cheerfulness and content are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of youthful looks, depend upon it. ~ Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens


There were days when she was very happy without knowing why. She was happy to be alive and breathing, when her whole being seemed to be one with the sunlight, the color, the odors, the luxuriant warmth of some perfect Southern day. She liked then to wander alone into strange and unfamiliar places. She discovered many a sunny, sleepy corner, fashioned to dream in. And she found it good to dream and to be alone and unmolested. ~ The Awakening by Kate Chopin


There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort. ~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


It is a poor heart that never rejoices. ~ Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens

Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens


“Action may not always be happiness,” said the general; “but there is no happiness without action.” ~ Lothair by Benjamin Disraeli


No one can be happy in eternal solitude. ~ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte


To see their sons and daughters so flushed and healthy and happy, gave them also a reflected glow, and it was hard to say who had most pleasure from the game, those who played or those who watched. ~ Beyond the City by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. ~ Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome


“Happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.” ~ Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare


Anne was always glad in the happiness of her friends; but it is sometimes a little lonely to be surrounded everywhere by a happiness that is not your own. ~ Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery


“One gets a bad habit of being unhappy.” ~ The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot


She better liked to see him free and happy, even than to have him near her, because she loved him better than herself. ~ Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens


No mockery in this world ever sounds to me so hollow as that of being told to cultivate happiness. What does such advice mean? Happiness is not a potato. ~ Villette by Charlotte Bronte

cultivate happiness


There are a set of religious, or rather moral writers, who teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery, in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true. ~ Tom Jones by Henry Fielding


Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. ~ David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

“Happy is the man who can make a living by his hobby!” ~ Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

 

 

Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw


“I shall take the heart,” returned the Tin Woodman; “for brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” ~ The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

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July 2017 – More Quotes Added

July 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
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New Quotes Added

We added new quotes to the site today.  All of the quotes on this site list an author and a source. NONE of the quotes come from movies made from books.

Smiles and tears are so alike with me, they are neither of them confined to any particular feelings: I often cry when I am happy, and smile when I am sad. ~ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free; and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them! ~ Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

A trusty companion halves the journey and doubles the courage. ~ The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents, except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the house-tops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness. ~ Paul Clifford by Edward Bulwer-Lytton

In case you’re wondering, the above IS the quote that made “it was a dark and stormy night” famous.

“I’ll borrow of imagination what reality will not give me.” ~ Shirley by Charlotte Bronte

Feeling without judgment is a washy draught indeed; but judgment untempered by feeling is too bitter and husky a morsel for human deglutition. ~ Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

But sorry is the Kool-Aid of human emotions. It’s what you say when you spill a cup of coffee or throw a gutterball when you’re bowling with the girls in the league. True sorrow is as rare as true love. ~ Carrie by Stephen King

Her husband had archaic ideas about jewels; a man bought them for his wife in acknowledgment of things he could not gracefully utter. ~ A Lost Lady by Willa Cather

Everything may be labelled—but everybody is not. ~ The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

“Why do we call all our generous ideas illusions, and the mean ones truths?” ~ The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton

Anne Bronte 1820 – 1849

January 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Anne Bronte
Anne Bronte was an English novelist and poet.  She’s best known as the author of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey.

Anne worked as a governess.  She was employed by the Ingham family at Blake Hall and later by the Robinson family at Thorp Green Hall.   The Hall was the inspiration for Horton Lodge in Agnes Grey.

Anne and her sisters Charlotte and Emily were all writers. In 1846 their joint work,  Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell  was published.  Anne was Action Bell.  Charlotte was Currer Bell and Emily was Action Bell. The pseudonyms hid the sisters’ gender while preserving their initials.

September of 1848 through May of 1849 was a dark time for the Bronte family.  Bramwell Bronte, the only boy of the Bronte siblings, passed away in September.  Emily Bronte passed in December of 1848.  Lastly, Anne passed away in May of 1849. Her final poem was entitled A dreadful darkness closes in.

The end of religion is not to teach us how to die, but how to live. ~ Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte

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5 Quotes about Addiction from Literature

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Addiction Quotes From Literature“I remember a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quarrel, but nothing wherefore. O God, that men should put an enemy in their mouths to steal away their brains!” ~ Othello by William Shakespeare

He raised his eyes languidly from the old black-letter volume which he had opened. “It is cocaine,” he said, “a seven-per-cent solution. Would you care to try it?” ~ The Sign of The Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Drugs age you after mental excitement. Lethargy then. Why? Reaction. A lifetime in a night. Gradually changes your character. ~ Ulysses by James Joyce

“I am only myself when I am drunk. Liquor makes me human. At other times I’m merely Charley Steele!” ~ The Right of Way by Gilbert Parker

“I see that a man cannot give himself up to drinking without being miserable one-half his days and mad the other.” ~ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

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New Quotes and Thanks

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LitQuotesRecently a reader named Julie contributed some lovely quotes from Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.  (Thanks so much!!)  I’ve added them to the quotation collection along with two quotes that I found from A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs.

If you have a quote from classic literature that you’d like to add to the LitQuotes site, check out our quotation submission page.    In the meantime here’s a sample of today’s new quotes:

“There is such a thing as looking through a person’s eyes into the heart, and learning more of the height, and breadth, and depth of another’s soul in one hour than it might take you a lifetime to discover, if he or she were not disposed to reveal it, or if you had not the sense to understand it.” ~ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

It is better to arm and strengthen your hero, than to disarm and enfeeble the foe. ~ The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

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