Archive for the ‘happiness not through success’ Category

When you get to the top, there’s nothing there

October 7, 2009

Jack Higgens, author of such successful novels and The Eagle Has Landed, was asked what he would like to have known as a boy. His answer: “That when you get to the top, there’s nothing there.

Tennis star Boris Becker was at the very top of the tennis world—yet he was on the brink of suicide. He said, “I had won Wimbledon twice before, once as the youngest player. I was rich. I had all the material possessions I needed … It’s the old song of movie stars and pop stars who commit suicide. They have everything, and yet they are so unhappy. I had no inner peace. I was a puppet on a string.

Explorer Penn Haddow said he was still a ‘tortured soul’ despite achieving his ambitions of reaching both Poles. The realisation of his dreams has not quieted the restlessness of his heart.

Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, 21.5.4

All Seek Happiness

August 26, 2009

All look for happiness without exception. Although they use
different means, they all strive toward this objective. That is
why some go to war and some do other things. So this is the
motive for every deed of man, including those who hang


I’ve had my bad patches…I just want to be happy in life.

Paul Gascoigne, former England footballer