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Quotes About Happiness

Updated on September 17, 2016

“Don't put the key to happiness in someone else's pocket.” ~Author Unknown

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”~Albert Camus

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” ~Benjamin Disraeli

If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
Chinese Proverb

"A mind always employed is always happy. This is the true secret, the grand recipe, for felicity."— Thomas Jefferson

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ~George Sand

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” ~Robert Anthony

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.”~Ashley Montagu

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

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”~ Omar Khayyam

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~Mark Twain

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”~Stacey Charter

"Some of the greater things in life are unseen; that's why you close your eyes when you kiss, cry, or dream."~ Author Unknown

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ~ Marthe Troly-Curtin

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”~ Denis Waitley

“Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.” ~Norm Papernick

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.”~Dale Carnegie

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."— James M. Barrie

“It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” ~ Chuck Palahniuk

“I don't think you can feel a sense of entitlement and still be happy. Happiness always comes from feeling that you've been blessed.” ~Robert Brault

“True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“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

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”~Lucille Ball

"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 opened for us."~ Helen Keller

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”~ Richard Bach

“What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.” ~Colette

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.”~Epictetus

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."— Albert Schweitzer

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.” ~William E. Gladstone

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” ~James Openheim

“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”~Frederick Keonig

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles."~ Audrey Hepburn

“There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” ~ Stephen Chbosky

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”~ Oscar Wilde

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” ~John Barrymore

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”~Thich Nhat Hanh

"You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing."~Michael Pritchard

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” ~ Albert Camus

“Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.”~ Bernard Meltzer

“People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” ~H. Jackson Brown

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”~Eskimo Proverb

"When it is dark enough, you can see the stars."~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.” ~Sydney J. Harris

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.~Marcel Pagnol

"No one can hurt you without your consent."~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ~ John Lennon

“Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”~ Mother Teresa

“Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.” ~Janet Lane

“A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.” ~Author Unknown

“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.”~Joseph Addison

"Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without."~ Buddha

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”~ J.R.R. Tolkien

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

“He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.” ~Henry Ward Beecher

“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”~James M. Barrie

"When you are totally at peace with yourself, nothing can shake you."~ Author Unknown

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”~ Audrey Hepburn

“Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”~ Guillaume Apollinaire

“A heart full of joy is better than a hand full of coins.” ~Matshona Dhliwayo

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

"I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become."~ Oprah Winfrey

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

“Real elation is when you feel you could touch a star without standing on tiptoe.” ~Doug Larson

“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.” Bertolt Brecht

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”~
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

"Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion." ~Buddha

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” ~ Tom Bodett

“The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.”~Alfred Lord Tennyson

“We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it.” ~Mignon McLaughlin

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”~Winston Churchill

"Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere."~Glenn Turner

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

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.” Helen Keller

“Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy.” ~J.M. Reinoso

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”~Douglas Adams

"When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be" ~Lao Tzu

“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world. “ ~Joseph Addison

The happy have whole days,
and those they choose.
The unhappy have but hours,
and those they lose.
~Colley Cibber

"Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling"~ Margaret Runbeck

“Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.” ~ Orhan Pamuk

“Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.” ~Thomas Szasz

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

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”~ Andy Rooney

"Whenever you see something you dislike, it represents something you are repelling inside of you."~Author Unknown

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” ~Ayn Rand

“You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.” ~Author Unknown

“The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.” ~Ernest Dimnet

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” ~Albert Schweitzer

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” ~ Mother Teresa

“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.” ~George Bernard Shaw

“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

"A smile is a curved line that sets things straight."~ Anonymous

“Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.” ~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” ~Anton Chekhov

“Happiness is an inside job.” ~William Arthur Ward

“Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.” ~Douglas Jerrold

“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” ~Maxim Gorky

"Being happy doesn't mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to look beyond the imperfections." ~Anonymous

“Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.” ~Don Herold

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”~F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” ~Robert Brault

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”~William Feather

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” ~ Carrie Jones

“On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.” ~William R. Inge

“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.”~Proverb

"Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best."~ Theodore Rubin

“When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.” ~Sophocles

“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”~Buddha

“The grass is always greener where you water it.”~Unknown

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”~Marquis de Condorcet

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.” ~Leo Buscaglia

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” ~Morris West

“Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment.” ~Author Unknown

“You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you’ll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance.” ~Lavetta Sue Wegman


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