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Unhappiness Quotes

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

Author: Samuel Beckett (1906-1989)

Profession: Irish Dramatist, Novelist

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

Author: Edward De Bono (1933)

Profession: British Writer On Thinking Process

There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.

Author: Dorothea Brande

Profession: American Success Writer

Let no one till his death be called unhappy. Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done.

Author: Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)

Profession: British Poet

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.

Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

Profession: 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.

Author: Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961)

Profession: French Author

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

Author: Graham Greene (1904-1991)

Profession: British Novelist

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

Author: 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.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: 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.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

If you optimize everything, you will always be unhappy.

Author: Don Knuth


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

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

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.

Author: Abraham H. Maslow (1908-1970)

Profession: American Psychologist

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

Author: George Santayana (1863-1952)

Profession: American Philosopher, 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.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist