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Happiness is not something you have in your hands; it’s something you carry in your heart. Happiness is one thing that multiplies by division. Happiness is that peculiar sensation you acquire when you are too busy to be miserable. Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
I have a lot of friends, in and out of golf, and there is a mutual trust. I’m very serious at the course. Maybe if I joked around more around the press tent, your image of me would be different. But that’s not me. And the golf course is my office. If I come up to you when you’re writing a story, are you going to drop everything to talk? Or are you going to say you’re too busy doing your job?
Every time we turn our heads the other way when we see the law flouted, when we tolerate what we know to be wrong, when we close our eyes and ears to the corrupt because we are too busy or too frightened, when we fail to speak up and speak out, we strike a blow against freedom and decency and justice.
People have suggested that perhaps we are too affluent to be telling this story, which is amazing to me because then I wonder what story I am allowed to tell. Having been working with the homeless for the past years, I noticed lots of things about them, but one thing I really noticed was that they were probably too busy just getting though the day to make a film about themselves.
I think that maybe happy families don’t need stories the way unhappy families need stories. Maybe they’re too busy living that they don’t actually step back and talk about life like the Anton Chekhov quote. I prefer Anton Chekhov to Lev Tolstoy, and the reason is because of what he leaves out. Sometimes I think Tolstoy had a theory that he was proving and he proved it. Chekhov is more ambiguous.