I know not if this earth on which I stand is the core of the universe or if it is but a speck of dust lost in eternity. I know not and I care not. For I know what happiness is possible to me on earth.
by Ayn Rand
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
"You needn't tell me that a man who doesn't love oysters and asparagus and good wines has got a soul, or a stomach either. He's simply got the instinct for being unhappy highly developed."
~ The Chronicles of Clovis
At times he regarded the wounded soldiers in an envious way. He conceived persons with torn bodies to be peculiarly happy. He wished that he, too, had a wound, a red badge of courage.
~ The Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
"One gets a bad habit of being unhappy."
~ The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot
I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more. I was entirely happy. Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.
~ My Antonia
by Willa Cather
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
"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance."
~ Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
"There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel."
~ Barchester Towers
by Anthony Trollope
But, O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
~ As You Like It
by William Shakespeare