„To cut with a sharp knife a bright green watermelon on a big scarlet plate of a summer afternoon. Ah, is this not happiness?“
— Jin Shengtan Chinese writer 1610 - 1661
"Thirty-three Happy Moments"
„This is a sad day for the Emmy's. It is, however, a good day for Larry David. I imagine the wife will be forthcoming tonight.“
— Larry David American comedian, writer, actor, and television producer 1947
Accepting an Emmy Award
„Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.“
— C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961
— William of Malmesbury English historian
On the Battle of Hastings. (M. T. Clanchy, England and Its Rulers: 1066-1272 (Blackwell, 1998), p. 24.)
— Lionel Messi Argentine association football player 1987
„The one for whom the day of ‘Āshūrā is a day of tragedy, grief and weeping, Allah The Mighty, The Glorious, shall make the Day of Judgment, a day of joy and happiness for him.“
— Ali al-Rida eighth of the Twelve Imams 770 - 818
Religious Wisdom, Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.44, p. 284.
— Mehdi Akhavan-Sales Iranian poet 1928 - 1990
Poem The Leafless Garden; Quoted in website devoted to the poet, 2013 http://www.mehdiakhavansales.com/the-leafless-garden/
— Virgil, Aeneid
Aeneid (29–19 BC), Book I, Durate, et vosmet rebus servate secundis. Line 207 (tr. Fairclough); spoken by Aeneas. John Dryden's translation: : Endure the hardships of your present state, Live, and reserve yourselves for better fate.
„She was experiencing the same odd happiness and odd sadness as then. The sadness meant: We are at the last station. The happiness meant: We are together. The sadness was form, the happiness content. Happiness filled the space of sadness.“
— Milan Kundera, buch Die unerträgliche Leichtigkeit des Seins
„The only thing that could spoil a day was people…. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.“
— Ernest Hemingway, buch Paris – Ein Fest fürs Leben
A Moveable Feast (1964), Ch. 5
„Everything has an ending: there will be
An ending one sad day for you and me,
And ending of the days we had together,
The good companionship, all kinds of weather.“
— Katharine Tynan Irish poet 1859 - 1931
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), Everything has an Ending.
„Days of absence, sad and dreary,
Clothed in sorrow's dark array,—
Days of absence, I am weary:
She I love is far away.“
— Jean Jacques Rousseau Genevan philosopher 1712 - 1778
Day of Absence, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„I spent my life learning to feel less.
Every day I felt less.
Is that growing old? Or is it something worse?
You can not protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.“
— Jonathan Safran Foer, buch Extrem laut und unglaublich nah
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005), Oskar's grandmother to his grandfather after she told him of her pregnancy. "My Feelings" (p. 180)