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Inspirational and Insightful Quotations #9 --- Happiness

Updated on November 10, 2015

Quotations on Happiness

Make your own happiness. In other words, do not let your peace of mind depend upon conditions over which you have no control. When you cannot change a situation change your attitude toward it.

—Benjamin Kaplan, DeRidder Enterprise, DeRidder, La., Feb. 25, 1949.

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

—Lee R. Call, Star Valley Independent, Afton, Wyo., March 21, 1974.

Why not make life worth living by scattering compliments, good cheer and roses along the pathway of life instead of making your own life miserable as well as that of those about you by forgetting your duties? Try it! Scatter the flowers now and see how much more happy and content you are with life. One concession from you will bring forth good results. Don’t brood. After all, it is the little concessions made, faults overlooked and disappointments forgotten that prepare the way for happiness on earth.

---Frank Hilton Greer, Oklahoma Farmer, Guthrie, Okla., June 26, 1907.

One almost universal aim is “to be happy.” It is just here that most mistakes are made. Every man has his own conception of happiness. It is not wealth, or power, or influence, or position, though these in themselves may be desirable. The true source of happiness is in the heart. If one strives too hard in pursuit of wealth, or is false in anything in order to gain fame, he loses what is of much greater worth than that which he has gained. The heart most free from guile, most clear from conscious wrong, will come nearest to perfect happiness. No material good will bring happiness if the heart is not right. Material good gained at the cost of honesty is paid for at too high a price. Of all your aims, then let the first and highest to be true and to do good, that whatever may come shall not rob you of your peace of mind.

---Lucius W. Nieman, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Jan. 17, 1913.

Happiness is the possession of power that places us beyond the power of things.Happiness does not come from the accumulation of things, but from our detachment from things. The happy man is simple enough to find his deepest satisfaction in simple things. Our greatest happiness comes from simple intangibles like love and friendship, a clear conscience and a peaceful soul, a gentle and kindly spirit, a sense of duty, and an awareness of beauty.

---Clifford Harbour, McNairy County Independent, Selmer, Tennessee, May 6, 1960.

The only way to find genuine happiness is by helping others to find it.

—Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Feb. 22, 1957.

We cannot try to make others happy and to radiate sunshine without feeling better and purer ourselves.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., June 1905.

Cheerfulness is one of the great miracle workers of the world. It reinforces the whole man, doubles and triples his power, and gives new meaning to his life. No man is a failure until he has lost his cheerfulness, his optimistic outlook. The man who carries a smiling face and keeps cheerful in the midst of discouragements, when things go wrong, when the way is dark and doubtful, is sure to win.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., September 1905.

A cheerful man dwells on the sunrise side of life.

---Orison Swett Marden, Success Magazine, New York, N.Y., May 1906.

The wrinkles that come from laughing are lit up with glory.

---James L. Gordon, Washington Herald, Washington, D.C., April 21, 1917.

Happiness is the sunset of service.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., June 5, 1932.

Happiness is not found by looking for the best things life has to offer us, but for the best in us that we have to offer to life.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 3, 1940.

We owe to each other the duty of cheerfulness to lighten the stress of living.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Nov. 27, 1955.

There is no greater generosity than the sharing of good cheer.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., March 10, 1957.

To bring cheer to others is always to have cheer to spare.

---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., May 21, 1964.

Nobody has yet copyrighted cheerfulness; help yourself!

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., April 19, 1921.

Happiness and misery both come from the inside, and you can take your choice.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., July 8, 1919.

Happiness is something you can’t keep without giving away.

---Henry Edward Warner, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Jan. 24, 1922.

Cultivate thankfulness and cheerfulness. An ounce of good cheer is worth a ton of melancholy.

---George F. Butler, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill, Jan. 22, 1905.

Although cheerfulness of disposition is very much a matter of inborn temperament, it is also capable of being trained and cultivated like any other habit.

---George F. Butler, Madison County Leader and Observer, Morrisville, N.Y., Oct. 26, 1920.

Scatter sunshine as you pass along, and by and by you may gather bouquets of immortal gladness.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Columbus Journal, Columbus, Neb., Oct. 6, 1897.

If you would keep the wrinkles out of your face, keep sunshine in your heart.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Sioux County Herald, Orange City, Iowa, Dec. 30, 1896.

To impart happiness is to increase it.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Aberdeen Herald, Aberdeen, Wash., July 21, 1902.

Good cheer is the heart’s constant springtide.

---Elijah Powell Brown, Norman Transcript, Norman, Okla., March 19, 1903.

Those who bring happiness to others find they cannot avoid keeping some of it.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., Feb. 14, 1931.

You will never get any happiness out of tomorrow that you have not put into today.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 19, 1930.

Melancholy is the worst of all diseases. Melancholy knows no master except faith. Melancholy is never able to give an adequate reason. Melancholy is an urgent invitation to despair. Melancholy is a kind of demon-possession. Melancholy is a paralysis of the spirit. Melancholy is a blindness of the soul.

---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., July 9, 1937.

Real happiness always costs less than its counterfeit.Real happiness never comes to the man who cannot forget himself. Real happiness is always a byproduct of something greater.Real happiness seldom comes to those who pursue it most madly.Real happiness comes upon us when we are looking for something else.Real happiness is often found where no happiness seems to lie.Real happiness is always found within, not outside, ourselves.

---Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., April 9, 1934.

Happiness is like a boomerang. We receive as much happiness as we give. What we do in the way of kind deeds and helpful aid for other people will always make our hearts a little lighter and a little stronger in the knowledge that friends are life’s greatest gift.

---Sara Lu, Miami Daily News, Miami, Fla., Jan. 4, 1954.

We used to say, “Be good and you will be happy.” A better philosophy is, “Be happy and you will be good.”

---Burris A. Jenkins, St. Joseph Gazette, St. Joseph, Mo., Sept. 4, 1927.

We cannot attain happiness so long as we are indifferent as to the happiness of others.

---R. Lee Purrington, The Acorn, Ogden, Utah, February 1914.

Much of happiness depends upon ability to forget unpleasant experiences.

---James H. Wallis, Vernal Express, Vernal, Utah, Nov. 2, 1917.

A river of joy is made up of many little tributaries of delight.

---William Jennings Bryan, New-State Tribune, Oklahoma City, Okla., March 23, 1911.

Happiness depends more upon my thoughts than upon what happens to me, hence I will strive to control and adjust myself, instead of complaining of circumstances.

---Frank Crane, Milwaukee Journal, Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 7, 1917.

How to be happy: Quit wanting what you neighbors have and haven’t paid for.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Oct. 25, 1938.

The person being nearest to having complete happiness is the person who can forget his troubles 24 hours during the day.

---Carl J.G. Brown, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Oct. 19, 1934.

Man is of short memory; when he is wretched, he forgets that he was ever happy.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 15, 1889.

Man is only wise when he knows enough to be happy.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 18, 1889.

One of the most tragic things about today is that some day you will look back and realize that you were seeing your happiest days and here you don’t know it.

---E.W. “Ed” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., May 21, 1909.

Every person should remain cheerful because that is the way to remain sane.

---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 1, 1918.

You can’t please everybody; a cheerful person is a pessimist’s idea of a fool.

---Eugene Alexander “Gene” Howe, Atchison Daily Globe, Atchison, Kan., Jan. 31, 1918.

Happiness is a byproduct rather than a purpose of living.

---Albert R. Bond, Baptist and Reflector, Nashville, Tenn., April 17, 1919.

Happiness cannot be hoarded and kept to ourselves. Real happiness is borrowed from the happiness of others.

---Milton C. Gardner, Jr., Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 16, 1965.

If you want to have a happy time, take it along with you.

---Les Goates, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Dec. 2, 1950.

We bless the world by being cheerful. The man who cultivates cheerfulness never walks alone. People naturally gravitate toward those who radiate it. It sweetens and brightens life. “Be of good cheer” is the divine injunction.

—Bryant S. Hinckley, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 27, 1941.

The true key to happiness in life is to labor for the happiness of others.

---Heber J. Grant, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, February 1902.

Happiness should go hand in hand with goodness, for it is one result of goodness.

—Elsie Talmage Brandley, Improvement Era, Salt Lake City, Utah, September 1932.

Mind and spirit are equipped with radar. Messages come back on response to impulses sent out. Happiness will bounce back from any contact if the impulse is strong enough.

—Hugh B. Brown, Millennial Star, London, England, March 1946.

Joy is the ability to live with optimism in a pessimistic world.

---Vernon S. Broyles, Jr., The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 17, 1964.

The enjoyment of life depends on the individual’s ability to appropriate a share of it.

---Caroline Chatfield, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., April 25, 1933.

Happiness is a flower which grows only in the balmy atmosphere of love.

—Amos Clary, Religious Herald, Richmond, Va., Aug. 4, 1938.

If you can’t see the bright side of a thing then polish the dull side.

—H.B. Dean, Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., June 22, 1955.

You can’t expect the world to pay you heavy dividends in happiness unless you’re an investor in its bonds of good cheer.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., June 25, 1938.

The constitution guarantees the pursuit of happiness—it’s up to us individually whether we ever catch up with it.

---Liston Dickson Elkins, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Feb. 19, 1943.

One reason why we fail to find joy in life is because we are so buy trying to invent new and fantastical joys, that we have no time to enjoy the simple, old, enduring joys.

—Nephi Jensen, Deseret News, Salt Lake City, Utah, Feb. 25, 1928.

Some people believe so strongly in the pursuit of happiness that they make themselves miserable trying to get more out of life than there is in it.

—Vernald William Johns, Garland Times, Garland, Utah, Dec. 13, 1935.

The secret of happiness is found in the sunshine we create for others.

---J. Benjamin Lawrence, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Aug. 9, 1917.

Looking for happiness is a spectator sport; when you are happy, it's a participation sport.

---John Mooney, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, Sept. 27, 1955.

The desire for the happiness of others will put a light in our eyes and a glow on our countenances.

---Floyd Poe, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Jan. 28, 1955.

If you have sense enough to be happy, then you have sense enough.

---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., April 24, 1950.

Cheerfulness is the sunlight of one's soul and is the true beacon to which the shipwrecked mind is involuntarily drawn when in search of comfort or surcease of sorrow.

---Ben E. Rich, The Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., March 4, 1899.

It is not what we have that makes us happy. It is what we are. What we give to make other people happy is an investment which returns eternal dividends.

—George Albert Smith, Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 4, 1948.

Sometimes Joy knocks at our door in the middle of the night and we're too busy dreaming about him to rise and bid him welcome; and often he passes unrecognized on the highway, while we're watching the skies in anticipation of a hurricane, or climbing a tree to have a look over into an imaginary promised land. yet Joy is everywhere; the light of Morning heralds him from the hilltops, and the valleys shelter him in red realms of roses; and when he enters, Trouble says "Goodbye" and takes the rainy road to Nowhere.

---Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 2, 1909.

Happiness comes easier when you don’t spend all your time seeking it.

---Carl A. Wilhelm, The Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, Dec. 6, 1929.

To have a happy future, don't borrow too deep into it.

---Carey Williams, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, Oct. 26, 1961.

You do not have to look for happiness if you live right. It will look you up.

—Vera Wise, The Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., Aug. 31, 1944.

You haven’t wasted your time when you spend it making others happy.

—Vera Wise, The Daily Herald, Biloxi, Miss., April 6, 1946.

Cheerfulness is a coinage good in every realm and will pass at par in every land.

---J. Marvin Nichols, Gainesville Daily Sun, Gainesville, Fla., Nov. 4, 1906.

It’s easier for happiness to be divided and multiplied, than subtracted.

---Arthur G. Ivey, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Oct. 5, 1939.

People frequently overlook happiness because it doesn’t cost anything.

—Wesley S. Izzard, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Dec. 17, 1955.

Happiness is concocted from a prescription in which the major element is a desire to make others happy.

---W.M. Ball, Waycross Journal-Herald, Waycross, Ga., Sept. 18, 1939.

Don't look back on happiness or forward for happiness; make happiness now.

---The Chautauquan, Chautauqua, N.Y., July 19, 1913.

As cheerfulness is an excellent wearing quality, it has been called the bright weather of the heart.

---Christian Advocate, New York, N.Y., June 15, 1882.

If you want to get a lot of satisfaction out of life, just go around "happying" up others.

---Farm Journal, Philadelphia, Pa., April 1919.

Don't always look ahead for happiness. Look around.

---Indiana Farmer's Guide, Huntington, Ind., March 12, 1921.

When your joy goes out to others, you may know that your heart is full.A heart full of cheer makes a face full of sunshine.

---Methodist Layman's Herald, Parkersburg, W.Va., June 29, 1911.

Happiness is something that most people lose while they're looking for it.

---Michigan Farmer, Detroit, Mich., Nov. 10, 1888.

The reason some people think they are unhappy is because they think others are happier. Don't judge a person by his looks.

---Nauvoo Rustler, Nauvoo, Ill., Aug. 12, 1890.

Happiness is a perfume that one cannot shed over others without a few drops falling on oneself.

---Punch, London, England, Oct. 11, 1856.

Never share your trouble with anyone with whom you don't share your joys.

—Napoleon Hill, Houston Post, Houston, Texas, Feb. 5, 1957.

To consume happiness, without producing it, is to be a parasite.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, Nov. 27, 1917.

A good recipe for happiness is to mix a little gratitude with great expectations and stir for results.

—Jack Warwick, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 7, 1939.

The person who is happy meets happy people; the person who is good meets good people; and the person who is despondent meets despondent people. You are more or less the replica of the people you meet.

—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 25, 1948.

Happiness is largely a state of mind. If you make up your mind that you are going to be happy, no one can prevent it. Day by day you should feel the surge of happiness running through your system. This will not only benefit you, but it will benefit every person whom you come in contact.

—Phil Conley, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., June 17, 1948.

It is our duty to contribute to another’s sunshiny hours.

—David O. McKay, Millennial Star, Liverpool, England, June 21, 1923.

The real way to be happy is to make others so glad that their joybeams will light the world for you.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Jan. 31, 1924.

If you would know the giving of happiness try the happiness of giving.

—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Aug. 8, 1909.

To be happy, you should do something every day to make other people happy–even if it's merely leaving them alone.

—Jim Cornwell, Murray Eagle, Murray, Utah, March 1, 1962.

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling through life.

—Tom Ethridge, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., June 30, 1969.

The only thing that keeps us all from having the world on a string it just lack of accord.

—S.S. Biddle, The Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss., Nov. 25, 1967.

Most people pursue happiness. Others create it.

—Clarin D. Ashby, Uintah Basin Standard, Roosevelt, Utah, Nov. 25, 1965.

If you chase happiness, you won’t find it. If you make it an end, it ends. If you make it for others, you have it. If you give it, you keep it. In the path of duty, it is found. A kind deed has a double action. Part of it comes back.

—Arthur Growden, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., July 30, 1929.

A great many more people would clutch happiness if the clutch didn't slip.

—Jack Haney, Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 27, 1924.

Happiness is to do something for someone else which they cannot do for themselves and for which they have no visible means of repaying or even giving recognition for your gift.

—Ted L. Hanks, Spanish Fork Press, Spanish Fork, Utah, Sept. 14, 1977.

Consideration for others may not pay cash dividends, but it puts a lot of happiness in circulation.

—Ivy Clough Johnson, The Leesburg Morning Commercial, Leesburg, Fla., Oct. 5, 1927.

Cheerfulness is one of the great miracle workers of the world. It reinforces the whole man, doubles and triples his power and gives new meaning to his life. No man is a failure until he has lost his cheerfulness, his optimistic outlook. The man who does his best and carries a smiling face and keeps cheerful in the midst of discouragements, when things go wrong and the way is dark and doubtful, is sure to win.

—Orison Swett Marden, The Chicago Daily News, Chicago, Ill., March 19, 1920.

Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment.

—Maida H. McCartney, Chinook Opinion, Chinook, Mont., Nov. 29, 1945.

Making other folks happy goes a long way toward making you forget your own troubles.

—Edwin E. Naugle, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 30, 1922.

You will yourself be happier if you offer some helpful remedy instead of some depressing accusation.

—J. Marvin Nichols, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, La., June 8, 1933.

Making others happy is the only way to start a little happiness account of your own--an account that draws interest while you sleep.

—Frank L. Stanton, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 19, 1905.

It is a step toward happiness when we learn to be content with simple joys.

—Roy L. Smith, Tampa Morning Tribune, Tampa, Fla., June 14, 1934.

Happiness must be continuous, else it is incomplete.

—John A. Widtsoe, Liahona the Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., Oct. 22, 1935.


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