An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Irresolution on the schemes of life which offer themselves to our choice, and inconstancy in pursuing them, are the greatest causes of all unhappiness.


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, British essayist, poet, statesman)


Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world.


Samuel Beckett (1906-1989, Irish dramatist, novelist)


Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.


Edward De Bono (1933-, British writer on thinking process)


Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Never believe straight off in a man's unhappiness. Ask him if he can still sleep. If the answer's "yes," all's well. That is enough.


Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961, French author)


O Lord! Unhappy is the man whom man can make unhappy.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Sadness is a state of sin.


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness -- the sense that is where we really belong.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish.


Robert Henri (1865-1929, American realist painter)


Unhappiness is not knowing what we want, and killing ourselves to get it.


Don Herold


The attitude of unhappiness is not only painful, it is mean and ugly. What can be more base and unworthy than the pining, puling, mumping mood, no matter by what outward ills it may have been engendered? What is more injurious to others? What less helpful as a way out of the difficulty? It but fastens and perpetuates the trouble which occasioned it, and increases the total evil of the situation. At all costs, then, we ought to reduce the sway of that mood; we ought to scout it in ourselves and others, and never show it tolerance.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


The world will never be long without some good reason to hate the unhappy; their real faults are immediately detected, and if those are not sufficient to sink them into infamy, an additional weight of calumny will be super added.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.


Don Knuth


All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.


Don Marquis (1878-1937, American humorist, journalist)


If you deliberately plan on being less than you are capable of being, then I warn you that you'll be unhappy for the rest of your life.


Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970, American psychologist)


Men are the only animals that devote themselves, day in and day out, to making one another unhappy.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


All mankind's unhappiness derives from one thing: his inability to know how to remain in repose in one room.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence.


Tom Robbins (1936-, American author)


Whenever one finds oneself inclined to bitterness, it is a sign of emotional failure.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Is anyone in all the world safe from unhappiness?


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


The secret of being miserable is to have leisure to bother about whether you are happy or not. The cure for it is occupation.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence, but in the mastery, of his passions.


Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, British poet)


It is comparison that makes men happy or miserable.


Author Unknown


Let him that would be happy for a day, go to the barber; for a week, marry a wife; for a month, buy him a new horse; for a year, build him a new house; for all his lifetime, be an honest man.


Author Unknown


Those who are unhappy have no need for anything in this world but people capable of giving them their attention.


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


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