Archive for the ‘happiness’ Category

Blessed is not happy

May 5, 2013

Despite the tendency observed in some modern translations (e.g., REB; TEV), to be “blessed” is not the same as to be “happy”. The latter speaks to the state of our emotions; the former to the objective state of our relationship with God.

Douglas Moo, The Letter of James. Pillar Commentary. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000, p.227

far from relaxing you, TV actually raises stress levels

November 4, 2009

TV has been linked to heart disease and depression. And far from relaxing you, TV actually raises stress levels. Teachers have seen first hand how it kills creativity and disrupts concentration. TV causes delayed acquisition of speech in very young children and is being studied for possible links to attention deficit disorder – a condition which has spread widely since the introduction of television into British homes. It makes you lethargic, unhappy and unable to concentrate for hours after watching.

Kent County Council, findings based on social science research

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

We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life remain completely untouched

October 5, 2009

We feel that even when all possible scientific questions have been answered, the problems of life remain completely untouched.

Wittgenstein, in Appleyard, Understanding the Present, p.16

Elsa Einstein was once asked if she understood her famous husband’s theory of relativity. She replied, “Oh, no, although he has explained it to me many times — but it is not necessary to my happiness.”

ibid., p.38

Hagar the Horrible was asked which he’d choose: power, gold or true happiness

September 19, 2009

The comic strip character Hagar the Horrible was asked which he’d choose: power, gold or true happiness. ‘Power. With power I’d get the gold and then I’d be happy.’

Steve Hagan, Buddhism, p.36

Man’s wretched condition – Pascal

September 8, 2009

...if man had never been corrupt, he would enjoy in his innocence both truth and happiness with assurance; and if man had always been corrupt, he would have no idea of truth or bliss. But, wretched as we are, and more so than if there were no greatness in our condition, we have an idea of happiness and can not reach it. We perceive an image of truth and possess only a lie. Incapable of absolute ignorance and of certain knowledge, we have thus been manifestly in a degree of perfection from which we have unhappily fallen.


Happiness is not in getting what you want

August 26, 2009

Vronsky, meanwhile, notwithstanding the complete fulfilment of what he had so long desired, was not entirely happy. He soon began to feel that the realization of his desires brought him no more than a grain of sand out of the mountain of bliss he had expected. It showed him the eternal error people make in imagining that happiness is the realization of desires.

Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, pp.490-491

There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.

Oscar Wilde

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

Happiness not found in great learning

August 26, 2009

I was born in sin; I have lived unhappily, and I die in perturbation. Cause of causes, pity me.

Aristotle (384 – 322 B.C.), attributed, but source unknown.

Yet he had said:

What is the highest of all practical goods? …It is happiness… (it is) the active exercise of the mind in conformity with perfect goodness or virtue.

Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

Happiness is the only good

August 25, 2009

My creed is that; Happiness is the only good. The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now. The way to be happy is to make others so.

Happiness is the only good, reason the only torch, justice the only worship, humanity the only religion and love the only priest.

Robert G. Ingersoll
(American Statesman and Orator, 1833-1899)

But who makes it their life’s business to live for the happiness of others alone? And why should I put someone else’s happiness above mine? And what if making someone else happy doesn’t, in fact, make me happy? Whose happiness wins then?