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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM
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Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880)
ludic
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:46:23 AM

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how cold-blooded!
niksonmd
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 4:36:38 AM
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Happiness is the natural state of "being"
thar
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 5:01:37 AM

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He is off my party list!
GabhSigenod
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:15:59 AM

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At least his mother loved him. I assume.
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 7:45:47 AM
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Sounds like he read too much Shopenhauer - the Birthday Boy.
Cat
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:11:14 AM

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Agreed. Daemon is in a funk today.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:36:42 AM

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Maybe because people started complaining about the posts being boring, so he is in a miff that we want different quotes to be happy!

We should accept the quotes we are given, bah happiness!
AJC
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 9:49:11 AM
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More likely, even his Mother DIDN'T like him. We all know that no matter what is wrong it is ALWAYS Mom's fault. Brick wall
MTC
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:23:31 AM
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Here, Flaubert, take two of these every four hours: "Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don't go through life creaking. ~H.W. Byles" There, better now?
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:31:16 AM
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In most cases I think happiness is not what we think it is....
And--what we wind up with--when we attain what we *think* happiness is--
we realize it does not give us happiness.
Often times too, we do not realize we were happy until happiness
*leaves* our lives....Then we understand what happiness is.
axex
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 10:52:39 AM
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Contentment is a better word. Happiness is a temporary state that we can reach and only the foolish wish to stay there.
meindc
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:09:48 AM
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I think this quote is an ironic statement. Sure we all want happiness. Sure sometimes we are disappointed by not having it. Sure sometimes we look for it and we don't find it and we may feel punished.

The inclination of the first sentence is to jump to the thought that happiness is wonderful.

I believe Flaubert, being witty, is trying to say to go out and hunt happiness, Know that you may be disappointed, but you will also know happiness is not a monstrosity as you continue your search.
MTC
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:48:42 AM
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Let's hope this will not be considered an instance of "thread jacking" and subject me to federal prosecution; however, I have discovered something in the history of "DAEMON" that may account for (his, her or it's) sometimes unhappy selections. In Greek and Roman mythology "Daemon" referred to the guardian spirit assigned to each individual. Only later did Christianity transform "daemon" into the horned "Demon" we know today. Much later computer programmers developed programs like "DAEMON," apparently referring more to the original sense of the word.

Our DAEMON may have a Hyde-like nature: A benign guardian spirit, light and happy; a dark brooding demon, dark and devilish. When (he, she or it) is in touch with the dark side we get selections like "cold-blooded" and quotes by Flaubert about happiness being "a Monstrosity." When in touch with the dark side, "Cuteness" in Japan and "Miracle on Ice." Is there any way to test this hypothesis? It works with today's selections, anyway. It may be in DAEMON's genetic "Code." Good luck. I'm going to the gym.
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:08:18 PM

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Punished should be those who affect ludicrous moustaches. Off with their heads, I say !
jcbarros
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:46:17 PM

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Happiness is that state we did enjoy in the past. We were happy without knowing. Such is the trick of our mind.Alas!Eh?
Allynnh
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 1:22:38 PM
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Happiness IS a monstrosity... once you've had it, lost it and can't find it.
kitten
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 2:00:40 PM
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Perhaps he is referring to himself as this is another one of his quotes.Think

Caught up in life, you see it badly. You suffer from it or enjoy it too much. The artist, in my opinion, is a monstrosity, something outside of nature.
Gustave Flaubert


To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is
lacking, all is lost.
Quotation of Gustave Flaubert


Madame Bovary is myself. <<<< I think this about sums him up! Think
Quotation of Gustave Flaubert


Interesting site I found as it has quite a few of his quotes. A lot really.........he doesn't seem too happy?? Dancing Think Shhh Silenced


peace out, >^,,^<




Arymbs
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 3:17:53 PM
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It means the mankind must to be conformed to sadness, depression and agony even existing a better feeling which makes life easier, improves relationships and enables who owns it see the world from optimist eyes! No matter its durability, genuine hapiness produces uncountable benefits!
MTC
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 6:08:11 PM
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It would come as no surprise that Flaubert was not happy : "I don't believe that happiness is possible, but I think tranquility is."
— Gustave Flaubert On the other hand Flaubert contradictorily describes Madame Bovary as "happy" in one place, so he admits of the possibility. Flaubert seems to have had nothing but contempt for the pursuit of happiness. (Nevertheless, it's part of our national charter here in the U.S.: "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, etc.")

The following site describes two classic theories of happiness, Hedonic and Eudaimonic : http://technorati.com/lifestyle/article/what-is-happiness/

Personal experience leads me to believe the Hedonism worshiped by many does not bring happiness. Mere possessions cloy. The people I have met who seem most "happy" tend to be those who are more altruistic, less devoted to sensual and material pleasures. One study I read some time ago found that people who routinely become completely absorbed in doing something they enjoy turn out to be "happy." There probably is not a simple answer to the question of what brings happiness. Personally, I believe that happiness is possible, but should not be the major goal in life.




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Ray
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:28:36 PM

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Maybe happiness comes when we don't actively seek it?
Toddey65
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 8:59:33 PM
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After reading all these posts I became very happy. Whistle
Especially Excaelis nonsense....
jasleen kaur
Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 11:34:14 PM
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What State of pessimism one has to be in ,
to say such Words !!Eh?
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 10:15:52 AM
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I think "happiness" becomes a "monstrosity" when one becomes caught up in always trying to "be" happy.
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