The Dumbbell's Dictionary
Happiness, n. If I’ve ever heard it expressed more forcefully, I certainly can’t remember
when. Thus: From Wilfred A. Peterson’s “The Art of Living.” “Happiness does not
depend on what happens outside of you, but on what happens inside of you; it is
measured by the spirit in which you meet the problems of life. Happiness is a state of
mind. Lincoln once said: „We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.’ Happiness
doesn’t come from doing what we like to do, but from liking what we have to do.
Happiness comes from doing our work and doing it with joy and enthusiasm. Happiness
grows out of harmonious relationships with others based on attitudes of good will,
tolerance, understanding and love. The master secret of happiness is to meet the
challenge of each new day with the serene faith that „all things work together for good
them that love God.’”
Happiness personified, n. A dog with a wagging tail.
Harlequin Romances, n. The genre tends to remind one of the not so gentle way the
Obama administration has treated our country these past two years: much ado about not
very much. Not very much, that is, with the not so minor exceptions of destroying our
economy, taxing us beyond all reason, saddling us with insurmountable regulations,
bringing us debts unto the seventh generation, and, most importantly, failing to protect
Harpie, n. A small harp.
Harridan, n. That, or virago or shrew, what difference does it make?
Harrier, n. Not to be confused with the adjective hairier which is not to be confused with
an aircraft’s wings, but rather with a leg, an arm, or, oh boy, am armpit.
Thurston Harris, n. The year was 1958. I was a young sailor, stationed in San Diego, and
my young wife was with me. We were walking down Broadway and heard a radio
playing. I’ve never since heard a song by this gentleman, but that day it was one of the
most beautiful things I have ever heard. Thus: „And when I hear your voice come softly
to me, I don’t hear a song at all. I hear a rhapsody.’
Harvard, n. I do believe that William F. Buckley had it pretty much right, when he said,
in the early „60’s, if you want to become president, go to Harvard and then turn left.
The Harvest of Sorrow, n. British historian Robert Conquest’s magisterial treatment of
the forced starvation in the Ukraine in 1932-33, in which more than seven million people
perished at the whim of the master in the Kremlin. You see, it wouldn’t do to leave those
unfortunates with even enough seed stock for the coming years.
Hasty Generalization, n. It is, of course, a logical fallacy. When Shakespeare told us that
one swallow doth not a summer make, and Aristotle advised us to beware of hasty
generalizations, they were saying the same thing. The same cannot be said, however, for
a generalization that is based on the gathering and examination of evidence.
Hate Crimes Legislation, n. Probably the most asinine, pernicious, fraudulent, and
dangerous federal law ever passed. Let’s be honest here. This law advances the agenda of
the left, in that it separates people into groups and therefore, in the eyes of the law, makes
some people more valuable than others – not as individuals, however, but as members of