40+ Quotes: Happiness (2021)

Here’s a collection of quotes from the Korean series, Happiness (2021):

On life and humanity

  • “The disease is as cunning as humans.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok
  • “If you look at everyone from your standard, the entire world is slow.” – Lee Seon Young
  • “Just because it was fine yesterday doesn’t mean it’s going to be fine today.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok

“I’m getting more disappointed in humanity everyday.” – Corporal Sae Bom

  • “The calm ones are scarier when they lose it.” – Jung Guk
  • “When things get tough, look at this photo and work hard.” – Jung Guk
  • “If you’re a decent guy, you should feel some sort of responsibility.” – Corporal Jung

“At times they’re courageous and at times they’re cowards. Humans are so hard to understand.” – Corporal Sae Bom

  • “The 11th floor is the Royal Floor. It won’t feel right to let the cleaners stay.” – Ms. Oh
  • “If you move upstairs, my family will be the one on the lowest floor. If you young people were to stay below us, what’s so bad about that?” – resident

“Be careful. People are getting meaner.” – Andrew

  • “Are you afraid about that? You’re not worried?” – Boram
  • “The more often you turn, the harder it becomes to come back.” – Corporal Jung
  • “If you break that, your life will break apart, too.” – Ms. Oh

On facing sickness and pandemic crisis

  • “No news is good news.” – Corporal Sae Bom
  • “Do you know what we learned from COVID-19? Getting by is more important than a few people biting and killing each other.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok

“What difference will worrying make? The world might not change.” – Corporal Sae Bom

  • “I avoid dangerous places because it’s dangerous.” – Jung Guk
  • “I’m the best. I was born to fight terrorism.” – Corporal Sae Bom
  • “The cure is most important. How we’ll survive after is a whole different subject.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok

“You can leave. Situations like this always require decisive people.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok

  • “A person should always pay close attention to details ” – Corporal Sae Bom
  • “We must prioritize. Who is more needed and what is more useful.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok
  • “It will be hard to fix this once money is involved.” – Corporal Sae Bom

“It’s just a disease. We just need to endure this until the cure comes out.” – Corporal Sae Bom

  • “I don’t want to be scared when I don’t know anything.” – Corporal Sae Bom
  • “It’s illegal to take handouts.” – Corporal Jung
  • “If they bite and kill someone, they must be responsible.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok

“Some people dug up personal information of infected people and criticized them. But other people were worried about the infected people and wished them to recover. The infected people shouldn’t be kicked out without a chance to get treated.” – Corporal Sae Bom

  • “I don’t know what you’re thinking but I’m doing this to shut down the mad person disease.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok
  • “The earth is in danger right now. Even without a contagious disease, unusual weather, global warming, nuclear war, artificial intelligence. The end of the world is nearing.” – 15th flr resident

“Getting sick is not a crime.” – Corporal Jung

  • “Murderers must be isolated, too.” – Corporal Jung
  • “Diseases don’t pick who gets them or not.” – Corporal Sae Bom
  • “Why avoid the situation when there is something you can do?” – Ms. Oh

On pursuing happiness

“It’s harder to endure the warmer days, but isn’t it nice to be able to breathe in fresh air without wearing a mask? The world is a bit different from how it was before COVID-19, but thanks to that, we learned how precious an ordinary day can be. Smile when you see people’s faces without masks on and take a deep breath as you look up at the blue skies. I hope your afternoon is filled with happiness.”

  • “Our future comes with so many options.” – Yoo Sae Bom
  • “If there’s something you really want, you don’t surrender until you get it. So think about what you really want.” – Lt. Han Tae Seok
  • “Becoming happy is hard.” – Corporal Sae Bom
  • “I always wanted my own space. A space that was complety mine. I’m almost there. The world can’t collapse now.” – Corporal Sae Bom
  • “People become happy when they have something to get excited about.” – Corporal Sae Bom

Synopsis: An apocalyptic thriller that takes place in a time in which infectious diseases have become the new norm.
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Action fiction, Fantasy television
No. of episodes: 12
Starring: Han Hyo-joo, Park Hyung-sik, and Jo Woo-jin
Written by: Han Sang-woon
Directed by: Ahn Gil-ho
Date: November 5 – December 11, 2021
Network: tvN, Viu

Subtitle translation: Viu