|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|
|"One gets a bad habit of being unhappy."
||The Mill on the Floss|
|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.
|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.
||Jerome K. Jerome
||Three Men in a Boat|
|"Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance."
||Pride and Prejudice|
|"There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel."
|But, O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes!
||As You Like It|
|"Indeed, I am very sorry to be right in this instance. I would much rather have been merry than wise."
|"There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere."
|It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
||W. Somerset Maugham
||The Moon and Sixpence|