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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 12:00:00 AM
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A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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A fine example of Austen's gentle irony rather than a sign of materialistic approach to life. Here I think she is poking fun at people represented by her shallow characters, such as Mrs Bennet in "Pride and Prejudice".
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I agree. This makes me laugh.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 8:52:32 AM
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Feeling secure is one of the components for happiness. Having a large income usually provides that kind of security.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 7, 2009 9:35:46 AM
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Though theoretically it sounds correct—if I can buy anything that I want, then I will be happy—I think Hollywood proves otherwise. Actors seem, in many ways, to be the unhappiest people around. For the most part, they cannot keep a marriage together, many are having breakdowns left and right, and drug use and alcohol abuse are rampant in the community. For me, that's a pretty good indicator that money may not hold all the answers.
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This reminds me of the opening line of Pride and Prejudice:

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

That may have been true in Austen's time, but nowadays, if a single man has a lot of money, a wife is usually the last thing he wants!
Drew
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This is a very timely choice for Quote of the Day, with the world economy being what it is.
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so lots of people think so today
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Absolutely not
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Daemon wrote:
<script>add2all('quote')</script><img align=left width="100" height="129" src="http://img.tfd.com/IOD/austen.jpg">A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.<br><br><a href="http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Austen,+Jane">Jane Austen</a> (1775-1817)


for all the contrarians, what about:
A sufficient income is not a bad ingredient in the recipe for happiness.
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Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2009 5:16:42 PM
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"A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of."
Jane Austen (1775-1817)




Leif Garret would beg to differ hun.
Who posts this pre-Victorian drivel?
mustabir
Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009 6:41:47 PM
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I think I would stand at the contrary side while I would prefer to go with the below quote by Plato.

What is really important is not that posessing the most but rather being satisfied with the least.
aharmer
Posted: Monday, April 13, 2009 10:23:34 PM
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MichalG wrote:
Though theoretically it sounds correct—if I can buy anything that I want, then I will be happy—I think Hollywood proves otherwise. Actors seem, in many ways, to be the unhappiest people around. For the most part, they cannot keep a marriage together, many are having breakdowns left and right, and drug use and alcohol abuse are rampant in the community. For me, that's a pretty good indicator that money may not hold all the answers.


The media doesnt help matters there. Can you imagine every move you make being watched and recorded? Every mouthful of food, every shop visited, every fart.... it would be terrible.
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Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009 10:44:54 AM
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You can't buy happiness...and it is not negotiable.
Large income alone will never promise one's happiness.
Joseph Glantz
Posted: Monday, April 20, 2009 8:03:35 PM
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Rich or poor - it's nice to have money
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mustabir wrote:
I think I would stand at the contrary side while I would prefer to go with the below quote by Plato.
What is really important is not possessing the most but rather being satisfied with the least.

Well put. I have sometimes thought of it as "What's the difference between having everything you want and not wanting anything?" A: nothing, they're the same state of mind.
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I like how she says "I have ever heard of" in the end because it's not her opinion. The society she came from valued money more than anything else.
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