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the practice of making others happy through praise and felicitation. — macarize, v.
Dry happiness is like dry bread. We eat, but we do not dine —Victor Hugo
- All happiness is a chance encounter and at every moment presents itself to you like a beggar by the roadside —André Gide
- The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick —Madame Swetchine
In Les Miserables. the hero, Jean Valjean, continues: “I wish for the superfluous, for the useless, for the extravagant, for the too much, for that which is not good for anything.” Ecstatic as a scientist who had just discovered the key to immortality —Susan Fromberg Schaeffer Elated as though he had stumbled on a treasure —Brian Moore A gay, light happiness, like bubbles in wine held up against the sun —Ben Ames Williams Glowed with happiness, like a child with expectations of a birthday party —Frank Swinnerton The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history —George Eliot Happiness as wholesome as honey on the comb —John Braine Happiness choked my throat like an anthem. It flowed through me like a river from the beginning of the column to its end —Aharon Megged (In the midst of happiness grows a seed of unhappiness.) Happiness consumes itself like a flame. (It cannot burn forever) —August Strindberg Happiness … descended upon her heart, like a cloud of morning dew in a dell of wild-flowers —Walter De La Mare Happiness … filled her brain like wine —William Dean Howells Happiness flits from branch to twig to branch like a hummingbird —Delmore Schwartz Happiness is falling on us out of the sky … like a blanket of snow —Jean Giraudoux Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts —Chinese proverb Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated —Tryon Edwards Happiness is like time and space; we make and measure it ourselves —George Du Maurier Happiness, like air, is not something you can put in a bottle —Anon Happiness, like the pink and white anemones of my childhood, is a flower that must not be picked —Andre Maurois The happiness of the wicked passes away like a torrent —Jean Baptiste Racine Happiness struck her like a shower of rain —Eudora Welty Happiness … was there like light seen through moving leaves, like touching a warm stone —Sumner Locke Elliott Happy and thoughtless as an apple
on a tree —George Garrett Happy as a butterfly in a garden full of sunshine and flowers —Louisa May Alcott Happy as a clam —American colloquialism, attributed to New England
A variation of this found in Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms is, “Happy as a clam at high water.” Happy as a couple of linebackers after winning a high school game —Marge Piercy Happy as a couple of cherrystone clams —George Garrett Happy as a dog with a bone —Anon Happy as a lover —William Wordsworth (I am )happy as a mother whose good baby sleeps —May Sarton Happy as a pig in clover —American colloquialism
In the American army this gave way to “Being happy as a pig in shit.” Happy as a robin when he trills —Anon American song “Love Letters” Happy as a swallow —Richard Ford Happy as a tick in a dog’s ear —Jay Parini Happy as trees that find a wind to sway them —Sara Teasdale He loved happiness like I love tea —Eudora Welty When it [happiness] comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep —Willa Cather I was high as taxes —Loren D. Estleman I was like a river in flood … drowning in my own happiness, and buoyed up by it at the same time —Eugene Ionesco Live together … as happily as two lobsters in a saucepan, two bugs on a muscle —Dylan Thomas Looked like the sun at the zenith —Carlos Baker Happy-looking as if he’s just heard the foreman say, “Not guilty” —William Slavens McNutt Looking for happiness is like clutching the shadow or chasing the wind —Japanese proverb Looks like he is a kid holding his first puppy —John Wainwright Moments of happiness hang like pearls on the finest silken thread, certain to be snapped, the pearls scattered away —Joan Chase On the brink of our happiness we stop like someone on a drunk starting to weep —Galway Kinnell The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn —Samuel Johnson, March 21, 1776 The vicissitudes of life touch him [a happy man] lightly, like the wind in the aspen-tree —Anton Chekhov Wore his new happiness like an advertisement —Nancy Huddleston Packer
- Hapless means one is lacking hap, "good fortune, luck"; the words happy and happiness also have the root "hap."
See also related terms for luck .