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The Ten Best Happiness Quotes

Updated on April 2, 2011

Happiness Quotes from Philosophers

Happiness is the greatest wealth”. This is what Buddha has taught about wealth. Happiness is very important for any person, even for the animals. Many great philosophers have written, talked and expressed their ideas on happiness. Following are the ten best happiness quotes I could find.

1. Buddha

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the light of the candle will not be diminished. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

- Buddha

(The simple example that shows the effect of sharing happiness is illuminating.)

More than 300 million people agree that Buddha was the wisest man ever lived on earth.

2. Albert Einstein

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

- Albert Einstein

(Try the way to happiness shown by him. Different people find happiness in different things.)

Albert Einstein (1879-1955) has contributed more than any other scientist to the knowledge of understanding the physical laws that govern the universe. His theories on special relativity, quantum mechanics and his famous thought experiments helped understand and explain many problems of Physics. He was awarded Nobel Prize for discovery of Photoelectric Effect.

3. Francis Bacon

No pleasure is comparable to the standing upon the vantage-ground of truth.

- Francis Bacon

(His quotation above shows the not only the happiness of being truthful. It shows the lamenting after being untruthful too.)

Sir Francis Baker (1561-1626) is considered as the father of scientific Method. In addition to being a Philosopher he was an author, scientist, lawyer and statesman. He served as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. First of his three goals was to uncover truth. Selection of his careers matched these three goals.

4. Albert Camus

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

- Albert Camus

(It’s a great sorrow if you are to live with people you do not like or have to do a job you don’t like.)

Albert Camus (1913-1960) is a French Algerian author.  His famous works include Stranger, Plague and Caligula. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1957. His philosophical thoughts gave rise to Absurdism.

5. Socrates

My advice to you is to get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.


(Apply the quotation to Socrates himself. His wife was Xanthippe. This quotation shows the importance of a happy marriage)

Socrates (469 B.C. – 399 B.C.), the Greek philosopher is one of the philosophers considered as the founders of western philosophy. Plato and Xenophon are his students.

6. Ludwig Wittgenstein

The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.

-Ludwig Wittgenstein

(Unhappy people never understand what the happiness is.)

Wittgenstein (1889-1951) is one of the greatest philosophers of 20th century. He served as the professor in Philosophy at University of Cambridge.

7. Aristotle

To live happily is an inward power of the soul.


(This may be the reason why habitually unhappy people cannot be made happy.)

Aristotle (384 B.C. 322 B.C.) was the teacher of Alexander the Great and a student of Plato. Being one of the greatest Philosophers in Western Philosophy his teachings on scientific method was the early foundation for study on physical sciences.

8. John Wolfgang von Goethe

He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
-Johann von Goethe

(Happy home makes a happy person, keep your home a happy home)

Goethe (1749-1832), the German writer and philosopher who has produced many great works in philosophy, science, poetry and literature

9. Helen Keller

“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

(Look back to see how many times you have missed the opportunities for great happiness)

Helen Keller Became deaf and blind after a brief illness at the age of two. She is the first deaf and blind person to earn a BA degree. She has written 12 books and many essays.  

2. From an Unknown Philosopher

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.

-Author Unknown

Only the Gems that are mined cut and polished are known to people.


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      Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

      Thank you very much for reading and commenting.

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great inspiration, Thanks for sharing!

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      Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

      Thanks. A lot of great things can be written on the greatest wealth... Happiness. Sharing our knowledge, experiences and joys multiply happiness.

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      Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

      Ritakriti, Thank you for the comment. The word Xanthippe is used for a wicked and a rude woman. The word has its root from the name of Socrates' wife.

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      Sun Pen 50 5 years ago from Srilanka

      Markbennis, Thank you very much for visiting and the comment. Correct, only a happy life is worth living. That may be the reason for those who give up their lives. Doesn't it mean that giving happiness is saving lives?

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      markbennis 5 years ago

      If we can categorise and think of our life’s as a whole that can be thought of as having 3 thirds?

      1/3= Work life

      1/3= Home life

      1/3= Love life

      To be truly happy the perfect scenario would be happiness in all, but if we are only happy in two of them? Then we can get by.

      But if we are unhappy with two of them, then we will feel depressed, also likewise if we are unhappy in all three then life will not be worth living at all.

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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      Yes , Happiness is a state of mind and nicest thing is that one can learn to cultivate the habit of attaining that state. thanks for the visit and the vote.s

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Thanks, great happiness quotes. Happiness is the man who is in that state of mind. (voted up)

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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      Thanks Ladda for the comment and following me.

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      Ladda Boonmee 6 years ago from Thailand

      Thank you... It is such a nice quotes!!!

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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      Writer on line,

      Thank you for visiting and encouraging comment.

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      ritakriti 6 years ago from India

      I liked this. But got curious about Socarat wife after knowing she was Xanthippe. I tried searching for that in the google website. Anyways thanks for the content

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      writeronline 6 years ago

      Nice work, Sun Pen 50

      Interesting, informative, illuminating.


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      Sun Pen 50 6 years ago from Srilanka

      KoffeeKlatch Gals,Thank you very much for visiting and encouraging comment.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      All of these quotes are great. I especially relate to Helen Keller's quote. Great job.