Happiness: Alice Meynell


Happiness is not a matter of events ; it depends upon the tide of the mind.

Alice Meynell 1847-1922

Prose and Poetry
The illustration is copyright: Rachel L. Sellers via Shutterstock

Quite. Alice Meynell here identifies bipolar syndrome – before modern psychology/psychiatry?


About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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4 Responses to Happiness: Alice Meynell

  1. layanglicana says:

    Thanks Gary – I must say, I enjoy trying to match the illustrations as much as I enjoy sharing the actual quotes. :>)

  2. Happiness as the internal quest…but why do we all try so hard to make it about the externals?

  3. layanglicana says:

    I think perhaps ‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ needed a little further unpacking?! It has been interpreted, eg by Ayn Rand, as the determination to satisfy all the demands of the ego – and money, and worldly success – whereas we all know that worldly success is all very well, but does not make people happy.

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