„Let no man be called happy before his death. Till then, he is not happy, only lucky.“

—  Solón

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Philosoph der Antike -638 - -558 v.Chr

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Herodotus Foto

„Call no man happy till he dies.“

—  Herodotus ancient Greek historian, often considered as the first historian -484 - -425 v.Chr

Herodotus actually attributes this to Solon in a conversation with King Crœsus.
Deem no man happy, until he passes the end of his life without suffering grief
Many very wealthy men are not happy, while many who have but a moderate living are fortunate; and in truth the very rich man who is not happy has two advantages only as compared with the poor man who is fortunate, whereas this latter has many as compared with the rich man who is not happy. The rich man is able better to fulfil his desire, and also to endure a great calamity if it fall upon him; whereas the other has advantage over him in these things which follow: — he is not indeed able equally with the rich man to endure a calamity or to fulfil his desire, but these his good fortune keeps away from him, while he is sound of limb, free from disease, untouched by suffering, the father of fair children and himself of comely form; and if in addition to this he shall end his life well, he is worthy to be called that which thou seekest, namely a happy man; but before he comes to his end it is well to hold back and not to call him yet happy but only fortunate. Now to possess all these things together is impossible for one who is mere man, just as no single land suffices to supply all things for itself, but one thing it has and another it lacks, and the land that has the greatest number of things is the best: so also in the case of a man, no single person is complete in himself, for one thing he has and another he lacks; but whosoever of men continues to the end in possession of the greatest number of these things and then has a gracious ending of his life, he is by me accounted worthy, O king, to receive this name.
The History of Herodotus Book I, Chapter 32 http://www.sacred-texts.com/cla/hh/hh1030.htm.

Francesco Petrarca Foto

„Before the day of his last departure no man is to be called happy.“

—  Francesco Petrarca, Il Canzoniere

Canzone 56, st. 4
Il Canzoniere (c. 1351–1353), To Laura in Life

Euripidés Foto

„Account no man happy till he dies.“

—  Euripidés ancient Athenian playwright -480 - -406 v.Chr

Sophocles in Oedipus Rex
Variant in Herodotus 1.32: Count no man happy until he is dead.

Solón Foto
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Foto

„Call no day happy 'til it is done; call no man happy til he is dead.“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, buch The Oak and the Calf

Solzhenitsyn here seems to be paraphrasing Sophocles who expresses similar ideas in Oedipus Rex. This is also a direct reference to Plutarch's line, "call no man fortunate until he is dead," from his "Parallel Lives".
The Oak and the Calf (1975)

Solón Foto
Poul Anderson Foto

„A man isn't really alive till he has something bigger than himself and his own little happiness, for which he'd gladly die.“

—  Poul Anderson American science fiction and fantasy writer 1926 - 2001

"Ghetto" (1954)
Short fiction

John Dryden Foto

„Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.“

—  John Dryden English poet and playwright of the XVIIth century 1631 - 1700

Book III, Ode 29, lines 65–68.
Imitation of Horace (1685)

Benjamin Rush Foto

„It would seem from this fact, that man is naturally a wild animal, and that when taken from the woods, he is never happy in his natural state, 'till he returns to them again.“

—  Benjamin Rush American physician, educator, author 1745 - 1813

Quelle: A Memorial Containing Travels Through Life or Sundry Incidents in the Life of Dr Benjamin Rush

Aeschylus Foto

„Only when man's life comes to its end in prosperity can one call that man happy.“

—  Aeschylus, Agamemnon

Call no man happy till he is dead.
Also attributed to Sophocles in "Oedipus The King".
Hold him alone truly fortunate who has ended his life in happy well-being.
Original: (el) Ὀλβίσαι δὲ χρὴ
βίον τελευτήσαντ' ἐν εὐεστοῖ φίλῃ.
Quelle: Oresteia (458 BC), Agamemnon, lines 928–929. Variant translations:

Fyodor Dostoyevsky Foto

„Man is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian author 1821 - 1881

Part II, Ch. I
The Possessed (1872)

Don Imus Foto

„This is the Imus in the Morning program, We're not happy 'till you're not happy.“

—  Don Imus Radio personality 1940 - 2019

Imus in the Morning, (15 June 2006)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Foto

„A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy.“

—  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, buch Krebsstation

Quelle: Cancer Ward

Herbert Spencer Foto
Mary Wollstonecraft Foto

„No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.“

—  Mary Wollstonecraft, buch A Vindication of the Rights of Men

A Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790)

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Foto

„No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.“

—  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer 1797 - 1851

Variante: No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.

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Jonathan Swift Foto

„T is happy for him that his father was before him.“

—  Jonathan Swift Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, and poet 1667 - 1745

Polite Conversation (1738), Dialogue 3

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