Happy family


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Happy family a collection of animals of different and hostile propensities living peaceably together in one cage. Used ironically of conventional alliances of persons who are in fact mutually repugnant.
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  • Sir John Bowring
    Sir John Bowring
    “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”
  • George Burns
    “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs.”


In literature:

Hindbad went joyfully home, and you can imagine how happy the poor family were that night.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
Gone on their bridal tour, and the happiness that's left Yorkburg would run a family for a long life.
"Mary Cary" by Kate Langley Bosher
The father of this ideal family will be first of all a man happy in his work.
"Vocational Guidance for Girls" by Marguerite Stockman Dickson
Miss Pumfret and the captain were still talking about old family affairs, and seemed supremely happy as she left them.
"Dorothy Dale's Queer Holidays" by Margaret Penrose
Doubtless, bringing the written permission of the family, he was happy.
"The Flower of the Chapdelaines" by George W. Cable
In fact, the whole Ambulance was a very happy family, all doing their bit and doing it well.
"Five Months at Anzac" by Joseph Lievesley Beeston
If I had made Fleta and her mother happy, had I not plunged another family into misery?
"Japhet, In Search Of A Father" by Frederick Marryat
It is unnecessary, however, to dwell upon the happiness which this communication conferred upon Mrs. Temple and her affectionate family.
"The Tithe-Proctor The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two" by William Carleton
I'm happy to, see that you have such a fine thriving family: how many sons and daughters have you?
"The Station; The Party Fight And Funeral; The Lough Derg Pilgrim Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
The poor man and his family are once more happy.
"The Poor Scholar" by William Carleton

In poetry:

In a southern city lived a wealthy family;
In a southern city was the happy home
Of a father and mother and a little daughter.
In peace and contentment they lived alone.
"Lost and Found" by Julia A Moore
Long may he reign, happy and serene,
Also his Queen most beautiful to be seen;
And may God guard his family by night and day,
That they may tread in the paths of virtue and not go astray.
"McGonagall's Ode to the King" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Dinner Table + Fruits & Veggies = Happy Families.
Not everyone wants to eat the same thing so you are either running all over town to hit different restaurants or you are fixing several different mini-dinners to make the entire family happy.
Happy Anniversary Christy & BillLove Always,Your Mom & Family.
The Ackerman Institute for the Family's impending move isn't really a happy occasion.
While details of the jacket 's journey are a mystery, Gugger and the deGavre family are happy it's back in its rightful place.
There's the famous first line from "Anna Karenina," for instance: "Happy families are all alike.
Happy-Go-Lucky himself, Morrissey, is blaming the tragedy of a nurse's suicide at a London hospital on Kate Middleton and the royal family.
I know i'm a day early but wanted to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.
Our happiness expert writes that no holiday is too small to celebrate as a family.
Happy Family of 3, life-size sculptures composed of woven newspapers.
The mother of a 13-year-old south Florida girl who was fatally shot while riding a school bus with her younger sister says the child was "fun- loving , helpful, a happy girl," according to a statement released by the family.
Fender-bender happy accident for down-on- luck family.
On a day that many believe signifies love and happiness, the day 12-12-12 brought many bundles of joy to families in Whittier.
Happy-Go-Lucky himself, Morrissey, is blaming the tragedy of a nurse 's suicide at a London hospital on Kate Middleton and the royal family.

In science:

The basic idea of a market economy is that most of these decisions are made by individual companies and individuals and families, each of whom is trying independently to extremize some measure of their happiness.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets
In the case of households (the technical term for individuals and families) they are thought to be trying to do as well as they can on a single measure of their happiness, which is usually called utility.
Time and symmetry in models of economic markets