— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
As quoted in Rolling Stone (1993-01-27).
„I have seen many theoretical objections to democracy, and sometimes urge them with such heat that it probably goes beyond the bound of sound taste, but I am thoroughly convinced, nonetheless, that the democratic nations are happier than any other. The United States today, indeed, is probably the happiest the world has ever seen.“
— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Context: I have seen many theoretical objections to democracy, and sometimes urge them with such heat that it probably goes beyond the bound of sound taste, but I am thoroughly convinced, nonetheless, that the democratic nations are happier than any other. The United States today, indeed, is probably the happiest the world has ever seen. Taxes are high, but they are still well within the means of the taxpayer: he could pay twice as much and still survive. The laws are innumerable and idiotic, but only prisoners in the penitentiaries and persons under religious vows ever obey them. The country is governed by rogues, but there is no general dislike of rogues: on the contrary, they are esteemed and envied. Best of all, the people have the pleasant feeling that they can make improvements at any time they want to—... in other words, they are happy. Democrats are always happy. Democracy is a sort of laughing gas. It will not cure anything, perhaps, but it unquestionably stops the pain. "The Master Illusion" in the The American Mercury (March 1925), p. 319
„“You’re a romantic, aren’t you?” she said.
“I suppose I am.”
“I am too. The silliest people in the world are romantics.”“
— Greg Bear American writer best known for science fiction 1951
Chapter 39 (p. 210)
— Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959
"The Shape and a Smile," p. 10
„The longer I observe the way people really act, the happier I am that I never pay attention to them.“
— George Alec Effinger Novelist, short story writer 1947 - 2002
Chapter 13 (p. 168).
„I should like to see before I die, and think of it daily more and more, the commencement of Jesus Christ's christianism in the world, where I am sure people may be made a hundred times happier than by its present forms, Judaism, ascenticism, Bullarism.“
— William Makepeace Thackeray novelist 1811 - 1863
Thackeray, William Makepeace. Nov. 1840, A Collection of Letters (1887). Ardent Media. p. 36.
„I am so daunted by [reputation] that I never think about it. It is a thing bigger than I am capable of perceiving. Other people are more aware and concerned with it than I could ever allow myself to be.“
— Meryl Streep American actress 1949
In: Louis Hobson (1996) "It's so Nice to be nasty," Calgary Sun, December 8, 1996; Cited in: Karen Hollinger The Actress: Hollywood Acting and the Female Star http://books.google.co.in/books?id=89W0QMDjA7gC&pg=PA71&dq=Meryl+Streep&hl=en#v=onepage&q=Meryl%20Streep&f=false, Taylor & Francis, 2006, p. 90, playing down her acting ability.
— Jan Zwicky Canadian philosopher 1955
Griffin Prize Questionnaire June 2012
„I am The Mahdi (the guided one), I am the Imam of the time, and I am the one who fills it (the Earth) with justice just as it was filled with injustice and tyranny.“
— Muhammad al-Mahdi 12th and last Imam in Twelver Shia Islam 869 - 941
Majlisi, Bihārul Anwār, vol.52 p. 2
„If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.“
— Montesquieu French social commentator and political thinker 1689 - 1755
As quoted in A Dictionary of Thoughts : Being a Cyclopedia of Laconic Quotations from the Best Authors, Both Ancient and Modern (1891) edited by Tryon Edwards.