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Comment#  ·   Fair (532 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

In life, we are all in the gutter. Some of us just tend to look up at the stars.

Oscar Wilde, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (456 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Poverty doesn't bring unhappiness; it brings degradation.

George Bernard Shaw, in Happiness and Misery and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (254 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Trouble is part of your life -- if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough.

Dinah Shore, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (240 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.

Arthur Somers Roche, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (877 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998

The surest way of severely upsetting yourself for hours is by continuing to consider what concerns you most for a single moment too long.

Christopher Spranger, The Effort to Fall, in Happiness and Misery

The Effort to Fall (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (249 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much.

Bessie Stanley, in Happiness and Misery and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (294 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world, and bettered the tradition of mankind.

Robert Louis Stevenson, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (253 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

When the world has once begun to use us ill, it afterwards continues the same treatment with less scruple or ceremony, as men do to a whore.

Jonathan Swift, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (344 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Henry David Thoreau, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (333 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Sloppy, raggedy-assed old life. I love it. I never want to die.

Dennis Trudell, in Happiness and Misery and Life and Death

Comment#  ·   Fair (424 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.

Mark Twain, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (1238 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999  · 

Be good and you will be lonesome.

Mark Twain, Following the Equator, in Happiness and Misery and Vice and Virtue

Following the Equator (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (412 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everything human is pathetic. The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow.

Mark Twain, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (282 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.

Mark Twain, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (218 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comedy is simply a funny way of being serious.

Peter Ustinov, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (273 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by Mark van Essen

So go for the jump, and chase all your dreams.

Mark van Essen, (from a lyric written for Bruce Springsteen), in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (260 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I advise you to go on living solely to enrage those who are paying your annuities. It is the only pleasure I have left.

Voltaire, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (239 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.

Joe Walsh, in Happiness and Misery

Comment#  ·   Fair (1375 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two equals four. If that is granted, all else follows.

George Orwell, 1984, in Happiness and Misery

1984 (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (443 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The heart has its reasons that reason knows nothing of.

Blaise Pascal, in Happiness and Misery and Love and Hate

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