Henny Youngman: Buying Happiness

Posted by admin on Monday, March 28, 2011

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 : If you’re only goal is to gain more cash, then being rich in the attributes of happiness will gain you nothing in the bank account. Henny Youngman said:
 
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“What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money” — Henny Youngman

 

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In this humorous quote, comedian Henny Youngman is playing with the common expressions regarding money and happiness. By switching the terms, he’s essentially joking that happiness is useless because it can’t be exchanged for money.

However, the deeper point seems to be that true happiness is an internal state of being rather than something dependent on wealth or possessions. Youngman seems to be wryly acknowledging that while society often equates wealth with happiness, in reality money can’t directly buy joy, fulfillment or life satisfaction – which is what I believe he’s referring to as “happiness” in this quote.

It’s a lighthearted way of reminding that while money is necessary, it can’t directly purchase meaning, contentment or the emotional experience of happiness.

Birthday: December 16, 1906 – Death: February 24, 1998

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