More Inspirational Quotes About Being Happy

Why Quotations?

Collecting quotations is an insidious, even embarrassing habit, like rag-picking or hoarding rocks or trying on other people's laundry. I got into it originally while trying to break an addiction to candy. I kicked candy and now seem to be stuck with quotations, which are attacking my brain instead of my teeth. Robert Byrne

Most collectors collect tangibles. As a quotation collector, I collect wisdom, life, invisible beauty, souls alive in ink.Terri Guillemets

Aphorism, n.: Predigested wisdom. Ambrose Bierce

I swim across a sea of quotes, splashing in the words and riding the waves of wisdom.Terri Guillemets

Someone might say of me that I have only made a bouquet of other people's flowers here, having supplied nothing of my own but the thread to bind them. Michel de Montaigne

Looking for the Gems (Ed Monkton)

About Being Happy

I originally published 'Quotations, Mostly About Being Happy' in January 2009 and felt that a follow-up was way overdue. Compiling a hub of positive quotes is blissful therapy. When I connect with an aphorism or poetic expression, it’s as if my values are being reflected and substantiated.

There are many website compilations of famous quotes by author, politicians, artists, actors, etc. They range in subject matter from A - Z (almost) - Ability, Acting, Action, Advertising, all the way to Youth. One is able to subscribe to a ‘Quote A Day’ which is delivered to your inbox, desktop, phone, etc.

So, why is it so popular?

I guess it’s identifying and connecting with wisdom; connecting with one’s own insight; feeling validated, and somehow understood. It’s a way to cut through the perplexity of life, expose the gems, and remind oneself of what’s important.

For example, when I hear and immediately connect with a line in a song, I often feel that I could have written it. It resonates with some part of me, some value, some part of my identity, and makes me feel a bit more understood. I’m just a soul whose intentions are good, please lord, don’t let me be misunderstood - Bennie Benjamin.

I have a collection of quotes, a few hundred that really touch and inspire me. My aim is to collect one for each day of the year. If you hear a voice within saying, ”You can’t paint”, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. - Vincent Van Gogh. Come on, tell me that doesn’t do something for you?

If I can make one person happy, I will have achieved my objective. And I already have, me. Compiling this particular selection has made me happier especially reminding myself of the wisdom of living in the moment.

I know these things, and so do you but it’s great to have a reminder . Enjoy this collection and let me know if it at least puts a smile on your face, for whatever reason. I hope they inspire you too.

If you want to be happy, be.

Leo Tolstoy


“Well,” said Pooh, “What I like best.................”

and then he had to stop and think.

Because although eating honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.

A.A. Milne


We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. Jean de La Bruyere

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now. Gerald Jampolsky

One filled with joy preaches without preaching. Mother Teresa

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. Anton Chekhov

Happiness is a function of accepting what is. Werner Erhard

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself, “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it. Groucho Marx

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.Joseph Addison


Happiness by Ed Monkton

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not. George Bernard Shaw

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are. Palmer Sondreal

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. Fyodor Dostoevsky

A long, healthy, and happy life is the result of making contributions, of having meaningful projects that are personally exciting and contribute to, and bless the lives of others. Stephen Covey

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy? Albert Einstein

All men have a sweetness in their life. That is what helps them go on. It is towards that they turn when they feel too worn out. Albert Camus

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. Kahlil Gibran

Quotes by Leo Buscaglia

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.

Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever.

Happiness and love are just a choice away.

Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself, and be good to yourself, because without you the rest of us are without a source of many wonderful things.

The easiest thing to be in the world is you. The most difficult thing to be is what other people want you to be. Don't let them put you in that position.

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right? Charles Schulz

You're never given a dream without also being given the power to make it true. Richard Bach

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem. Richard Bach

In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy choice. Richard Bach

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? Albert Camus

By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life. Nancye V. Sims

Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. Vincent Van Gogh

If you’re not enjoying the journey, you probably won’t enjoy the destination. Joe Tye

It’s never too late to be the person you could have been. George Eliot

The amount of happiness that you have depends on the amount of freedom you have in your heart. Thich Nhat Hanh

The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action. Madame de Stael

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. Thomas Jefferson

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven. John Milton

Being happy is something you have to learn. I often surprise myself by saying, “Wow, this is it. I guess I'm happy. I got a home I love. A career that I love. I'm even feeling more and more at peace with myself." If there's something else to happiness, let me know. I'm ambitious for that, too. Harrison Ford

Each man has only one genuine vocation - to find the way to himself. His task is to discover his own destiny, not an arbitrary one, and live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else is only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one’s own inwardness. Herman Hesse

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. Nathaniel Hawthorne


Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. Carl Jung

Every moment of your life, including this one, is a fresh start. Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing, the last and the greatest of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstance, to choose one’s own way of life. Victor Frankl

Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves. Helen Keller

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln

No dream is too extreme. Pinocchio

No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change. Barbara de Angelis

Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it. George Halas

Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying. Nancye V. Sims

Optimist: Person who travels on nothing from nowhere to happiness. Mark Twain

Rule number six: Stop taking yourself so bloody seriously! (What are the other rules? There are none). Benjamin Zander

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination. Mark Twain

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. Eleanor Roosevelt

Start a crusade in your life - to dare to be your best. William Danforth

Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm. Winston Churchill

Surround yourself with people who believe you can. Dan Zadra

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, blame. The gift is yours, it is an amazing journey and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins. Bob Moawad

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. M. Scott Peck

There is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world. Robert Louis Stevenson

Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. Jackson Brown Jr.

Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy. Anne Frank

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. Edward de Bono

Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others. Buddha

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is a Swedish sunset - it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it. Mark Twain

Happiness is not a result - it’s a state of mind and body. Paul McKenna

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. Ayn Rand

If you hear a voice within saying, “You can’t paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. Vincent Van Gogh

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. Marcel Proust

Many people have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller

We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are. Max Dupree

We make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill

What separates individuals is not how many times they fall, but how fast they get back up and try again. Nigel Risner

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller

Be the change you want to create. Mahatma Gandhi

The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people. Mark Twain

We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. Anne Frank

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. Mark Twain

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible. Frank Zappa

You are free to experience life negatively or positively, and the choice you make determines whether you are at cause, or at effect, of the life you are living. Marianne Williamson

You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams



The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up!

Paul Valery


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

Made me smile, thanks!


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Russ Baleson 5 years ago from Sandhurst, United Kingdom Author

Paradise, thank you! A smile is what it's all about. Regards, Russ

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