If Ignorance Is Bliss, Why Aren’t There More Happy People? (4)

(When I posted this, wordpress told me that this is post number 1200 I’ve written on this blog. I’ve deleted quite a few posts along the way so there aren’t that many in the archives, but anywway that’s the number I’ve written.)

Some more quotes from the book:

i. “No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself, and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be true.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

ii. “A celebrity is a person who works hard all his life to become known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.” Fred Allen

iii. “It is easy to become a father, but very difficult to be a father.” Wilhelm Busch

iv. “The only reward of virtue is virtue: the only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

v. “No one gossips about other people’s secret virtues.” Bertrand Russell

vi. “Let the people think they govern, and they will be governed.” William Penn

vii. “If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under a radiator.” W. Beran Wolfe

viii. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde

ix. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” Ingrid Bergman

x. “If only we wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is difficult, since we think them happier than they are.” Charles de Montesquieu

xi. “It is human nature to hate the one whom you have hurt.” Tacitus

xii. “In heaven all the interesting people are missing.” Nietzsche

xiii. “History is a pack of lies about events that never happened told by people who weren’t there.” George Santayana. I probably wouldn’t put it quite like that…

xiv. “History is but glorification of murderers and robbers.” Karl Popper.

xv. “The number of victims of robbers, highwaymen, rapists, gangsters and other criminals at any period of history is negligible compared to the massive numbers of those cheerfully slain in the name of the true religion, just policy, or correct ideology.” Arthur Koestler

xvi. “Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.” Mignon McLaughlin

xvii. “We cannot heal the wounds we do not feel.” S. R. Smalley

xviii. “Man is ready to die for an idea, provided that the idea is not quite clear to him.” Paul Eldridge


October 24, 2011 - Posted by | Books, History, Quotes/aphorisms


  1. I hate how these quotes are so true lol

    Comment by Day I Started Reading | October 24, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the comment (and the like!)

      The book is full of quotes like these, I highly recommend it.

      Comment by US | October 25, 2011 | Reply

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