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2,231. He gave her a bright fake smile; so much of life was a putting-off of unhappiness for another time. Nothing was ever lost by delay. (Life’s Like That & Unhappy & Delay) Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter 1948
2,232. He felt the loyalty we all feel to unhappiness – the sense that that is where we really belong. (Life’s Like That & Unhappy) ibid.
6,144. Imagine a society that subjects people to conditions that make them terribly unhappy then gives them the drugs to take away their unhappiness. Science fiction. It is already happening to some extent in our own society. Instead of removing the conditions that make people depressed, modern society gives them antidepressant drugs. In effect antidepressants are a means of modifying an individual’s internal state in such a way as to enable him to tolerate social conditions that he would otherwise find intolerable. (Society & Mental Health & Unhappy & Depression) Theodore Kaczynski
6,151. Our society tends to regard as a sickness any mode of thought or behaviour that is inconvenient for the system and this is plausible because when an individual doesn’t fit into the system it causes pain to the individual as well as problems for the system. Thus the manipulation of an individual to adjust him to the system is seen as a cure for a sickness and therefore as good. (Society & Individual & Mental Health & Unhappy & Depression) Theodore Kaczynski
11,079. I feel ever so strongly that an artist must be nourished by his passions and his despairs. These things alter an artist whether for the good or the better or the worse. It must alter him. The feelings of desperation and unhappiness are more useful to an artist than the feeling of contentment, because desperation and unhappiness stretch your whole sensibility. (Art & Despair & Unhappy) Francis Bacon, cited John Gruen ‘The Artist Observed’ 1991
50,579. This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. (Sadness & Unhappy) Douglas Adams, The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
63,099. It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far. (Alone & Unhappy & Monroe) Marilyn Monroe
50,576. ‘I often wish I’d got on better with your father,’ he said.
‘But he never liked anyone who – our friends,’ said Clarissa; and could have bitten her tongue for thus reminding Peter that he had wanted to marry her.
Of course I did, thought Peter; it almost broke my heart too, he thought; and was overcome with his own grief, which rose like a moon looked at from a terrace, ghastly beautiful with light from the sunken day. I was more unhappy than I’ve ever been since, he thought. And as if in truth he were sitting there on the terrace he edged a little towards Clarissa; put his hand out; raised it; let it fall. There above them it hung, that moon. She too seemed to be sitting with him on the terrace, in the moonlight. (Sadness & Unhappy) Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway
50,584. No stranger to trouble myself I am learning to care for the unhappy. Virgil, Aeneid
50,585. Men who are unhappy, like men who sleep badly, are always proud of the fact. (Happiness & Unhappy) Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness 1930
53,786. Boredom is … a vital problem for the moralist, since half the sins of mankind are caused by the fear of it. (Happiness & Unhappy & Boredom) ibid.
53,787. A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relationships. People wish to be liked, not to be endured with patient resignation. (Happiness & Unhappy & Duty & Work) ibid.
50,586. When you’re unhappy, I guess everything in the world – reading, eating, sleeping – has something buried somewhere inside it that just makes you unhappier. Nick Hornby, A Long Way Down
50,587. But they need to worry and betray time with urgencies false and otherwise, purely anxious and whiny, their souls really won’t be at peace unless they can latch to an established and proven worry and having once found it they assume facial expressions to fit and go with it, which is, you see, unhappiness, and all the time it all flies by them and they know it and that too worries them no end. Jack Kerouac, On the Road
50,588. The natural state of the sentient adult is a qualified unhappiness. F Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up
50,589. Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it’s the most comical thing in the world. Samuel Beckett
50,590. My routines come out of total unhappiness. My audiences are my group therapy. (Unhappy & Comedy) Joan Rivers
50,591. Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. (Unhappy & Happiness) Don Marquis
50,592. I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any. After all, most people are unhappy, don’t you think? Philip Larkin
50,594. It isn’t necessary to have relatives in Kansas City in order to be unhappy. Groucho Marx
50,653. Those who divorce aren’t necessarily the most unhappy, just those neatly able to believe their misery is caused by one other person. (Misery & Divorce & Unhappy) Alain de Botton
50,659. I felt so weak and unhappy that I buried my face in the ground: I could not bear the strain of seeing around me the things of the earth. I felt convinced that every movement and every thought was forced, and that one had to be on one’s guard against them. (Misery & Unhappy) Franz Kafka
72,854. I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. (Feeling & Unhappy) Franz Kafka
51,156. I remember one day sitting at the pool and suddenly the tears were streaming down my cheeks. Why was I so unhappy? I had success. I had security. But it wasn’t enough. I was exploding inside. (Tears & Unhappy) Ingrid Bergman
53,767. The world of the happy is quite different from that of the unhappy. (Happiness & Unhappy) Ludwig Wittgenstein
53,768. Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. (Happiness & Unhappy) John Stuart Mill, Autobiography 1873
53,784. For if unhappiness develops the forces of the mind, happiness alone is salutary to the body. (Happiness & Unhappy) Marcel Proust
53,789. Happiness is a state of which you are unconscious, of which you are not aware. The moment you are aware that you are happy, you cease to be happy ... You want to be consciously happy; the moment you are consciously happy, happiness is gone. (Happiness & Unhappy) Jiddu Krishnamurti
53,795. One is never as unhappy as one thinks, nor as happy as one hopes. (Happiness & Unhappy) Duc de la Rochefoucauld, Sentences et Maximes de Morale 1664
53,824. There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy. (Happiness & Unhappy) Mark Twain
218. If God is what people say, there can be no one in the universe so unhappy as He; for He sees unceasingly myriads of His creatures suffering unspeakable miseries – and besides this foresees how they are going to suffer during the remainder of their lives. One might as well say, ‘As unhappy as God.’ (God & Unhappy & Suffering) Mark Twain, notebook 24 April to August 1885
223. If I were to construct a God I would furnish Him with some way and qualities and characteristics which the Present lacks. He would not stoop to ask for any man's compliments, praises, flatteries; and He would be far above exacting them. I would have Him as self-respecting as the better sort of man in these regards.
He would not be a merchant, a trader. He would not buy these things. He would not sell, or offer to sell, temporary benefits of the joys of eternity for the product called worship. I would have Him as dignified as the better sort of man in this regard.
He would value no love but the love born of kindnesses conferred; not that born of benevolences contracted for. Repentance in a man’s heart for a wrong done would cancel and annul that sin; and no verbal prayers for forgiveness be required or desired or expected of that man.
In His Bible there would be no Unforgiveable Sin. He would recognize in Himself the Author and Inventor of Sin and Author and Inventor of the Vehicle and Appliances for its commission; and would place the whole responsibility where it would of right belong: upon Himself, the only Sinner.
He would not be a jealous God – a trait so small that even men despise it in each other.
He would not boast.
He would keep private His admirations of Himself; He would regard self-praise as unbecoming the dignity of his position.