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Happiness Quotes

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere. Agnes Repplier

The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it. Al Batt, in National Enquirer

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them. Albert Camus

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965)

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809 - 1892)

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Allan K. Chalmers

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living! Amanda Bradley

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance. Anatole France (1844 - 1924)

Whoever is happy will make others happy too. Anne Frank

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

Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have. Anonymous Author

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 - 1826), Physiologie du Gout, 1825

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. Ayn Rand (1905 - 1982)

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand. Baruch Spinoza (1632 - 1677)

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

Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get. Bernard Meltzer

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years. Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good. Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give. Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. Bertrand Russell (1872 - 1970)

All I can say about life is, Oh God, enjoy it! Bob Newhart

I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others. Booker T. Washington

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. Burton Hills

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it. C. P. Snow (1905 - 1980)

What is given by the gods more desirable than a happy hour? Catullus

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route. Charles Caleb Colton

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 month -- get married.
If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else. Chinese proverb

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age. Christopher Morley (1890 - 1957)

This is the best kind of voyeurism, hearing joy from your neighbors. Chuck, The World According to Chuck weblog, October 14, 2003

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. Cynthia Nelms

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. Dalai Lama (The 14th Dalai Lama)

Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will. Dan Millman

Sometimes it's hard to avoid the happiness of others. David Assael, Northern Exposure, Our Tribe, 1992

Happiness is to take up the struggle in the midst of the raging storm and not to pluck the lute in the moonlight or recite poetry among the blossoms. Ding Ling, Chinese Author

Fate often puts all the material of happiness into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them. Don Marquis

It is better to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long time and be bored all the while. Don Marquis

All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh. Doris Lessing

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens. Douglas Jerrold

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. Eddie Cantor (1892 - 1964)

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

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

There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lies happiness. Gelett Burgess

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), "Man and Superman" (1903), act I

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. George Burns (1896 - 1996)

To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin. George Gordon, Lord Byron

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

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience. George Santayana

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted. George Santayana

To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring. George Santayana

The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable. Goethe

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy. Gretta Brooker Palmer

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. Gustave Flaubert (1821 - 1880)

Many persons 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 (1880 - 1968)

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 (1880 - 1968)

Man is the artificer of his own happiness. Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Journal, January 21, 1838

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness. Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862), Journal, January 21, 1838

True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self, but the point is not only to get out you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand. Henry James

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. Henry Ward Beecher

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who secure within can say:
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. Horace

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it. Immanuel Hermann Fichte

Happiness is good health and a bad memory. Ingrid Bergman

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. J. D. Salinger

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. Jacques Prevert

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. James Oppenheim

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. Jean Houston

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion. Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

Happiness sneaks through a door you didn't know you left open. John Barrymore

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp. John Berry, Flight of White Crows

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. John Mason Brown

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. John W. Gardner

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. John Stuart Mill

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them. John Stuart Mill

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions. Joseph Addison (1672 - 1719), The Spectator, March 17, 1911

Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one spot. Josh Billings (1818 - 1885)

Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy. Karl Marx

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. Kin Hubbard (1868 - 1930)

Happiness walks on busy feet. Kittie Turmell

We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be." La Rochefoucauld

Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness. Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy! Louise Bogan

You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that. Ludwig van Beethoven

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

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

Remember this - very little is needed to make a happy life. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD), Meditations

No man is happy who does not think himself so. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121 AD - 180 AD)

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis. Margaret Bonnano

It may be that true happiness lies in the conviction that one has irremediably lost happiness. Then we can begin to move through life without hope or fear, capable of finally enjoying all the small pleasures, which are the most lasting. Maria Luisa-Bombal

The greater part of happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. Martha Washington

In order for people to be happy, sometimes they have to take risks. It's true these risks can put them in danger of being hurt. Meg Cabot, The Boy Next Door, 2002

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. Mildred Barthel

If only we wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is difficult, since we think them happier than they are. Monesquieu

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness. Nicole Kidman, in The Scotsman

Often the greatest enemy of present happiness is past happiness too well remembered. Oscar Hammling

Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972)

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. Oscar Wilde (1854-1950)

Poetry is the record of the best and happiest moments of the happiest and best minds. Percy Bysshe Shelley

No man is happy who does not think himself so. Publilius Syrus (Circa 100 BC), Maxims

The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself. Publilius Syrus

Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. Rabbi H. Schachtel, The Real Enjoyment of Living

Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson

To fill the hour, that is happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is the worth of anything, But for the happiness 'twill bring? Richard Owen Cambridge

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy. Robert Anthony

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. Robert Louis Stevenson

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. Robertson Davies

Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination. Roy M. Goodman

Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead. Scottish Proverb

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. Storm Jameson

Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself...True happiness is born of self-reliance. The laws of Manu

No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy. Thomas Fuller

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness. Thomas Jefferson

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1973) "Emotions"

Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. Victor Hugo (1802 - 1885), Les Miserables, 1862

Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap. William Bennett

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. William Cowper (1731 - 1800)

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation. William H. Sheldon

Quotes

Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx