Happiness Quotes

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Happiness Quotes Index

About Happiness
Benefits of Happiness
Good Advice
Happiness is a Choice
Happiness is…
How to be Happy
Loss of Happiness
Necessity of Suffering
Obstacles to Happiness
Pursuit of Happiness
Secret to Happiness
True Happiness
When You’re Happy…
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About Happiness

There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Happiness? That's nothing more than health and a poor memory.
~ Albert Schweitzer

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

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.
~ Democritus

Happiness is a habit, cultivate it.
~ Elbert Hubbard

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

Happiness lies in making others happy, in forsaking self-interest to bring joy to others.
~ Paramahansa Yogananda

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

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

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

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitessimals of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Benefits of Happiness

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
~ Lady Blessington

A light heart lives long.
~ William Shakespeare

All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.
~ Horace Friess

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If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.
~ Josh Billings

The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1.
~ Unknown

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

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
~ Robert Frost

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Good Advice

Some pursue happiness, others create it.
~ Unknown

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

Man must search for what is right, and let happiness come on its own.
~ Johann Pestalozzi

Be happy. It's one way of being wise.
~ Colette

Whatever you put aside to seek happiness, remember where you put it.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

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

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Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.
~ Epictetus

The best way to secure future happiness is to be as happy as is rightfully possible to-day.
~ Charles W. Eliot

It's not how much we have, but how much we enjoy that makes happiness.
~ Unknown

When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy.
~ Samuel Goldwyn

Never lose your happiness. Problems will come and go, problems are an external situation which have come from others, and they will come and go. Happiness is your own property and you always keep something that belongs to you.
~ Om Shanti!!!

The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.
~ Anne Frank

Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy -- because we will always want to have something else or something more.
~ Brother David Steindl-Rast

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Happiness is a Choice

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

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

There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
~ David Burns, Intimate Connections

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
~ Alice Meynell

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
~ Benjamin Franklin

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
~ Publilius Syrus

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Happiness is…

Here is some good food for thought. It is the simple things in life that brings us joy. Review this lists and start appreciating the simple good things in your life so you can be happy more often!

Happiness is…

  1. Falling in love.
  2. Laughing so hard your face hurts.
  3. A hot shower.
  4. No lines at the supermarket.
  5. A special glance.
  6. Getting mail from a friend (rather than junk mail).
  7. Taking a drive on a pretty road.
  8. Hearing your favorite song on the radio.
  9. Lying in bed listening to the rain outside.
  10. Hot towels fresh out of the dryer.
  11. Chocolate milkshake ... (or vanilla ... or strawberry!)
  12. A bubble bath.
  13. Giggling.
  14. A good conversation.
  15. The beach.
  16. Finding a $20 bill in your coat from last winter.
  17. Laughing at yourself.
  18. Eye contact with a hot member of the opposite sex.
  19. Midnight phone calls that last for hours.
  20. Running through sprinklers.
  21. Laughing for absolutely no reason at all.
  22. Having someone tell you that you're beautiful/good looking.
  23. Laughing at an inside joke.
  24. Friends.
  25. Accidentally overhearing someone say something nice about you.
  26. Waking up and realizing you still have a few hours left to sleep.
  27. Your first kiss (either the very first or with a new partner).
  28. Making new friends or spending time with old ones.
  29. Playing with a new puppy.
  30. Having someone play with your hair.
  31. Sweet dreams.
  32. Hot chocolate.
  33. Road trips with friends.
  34. Swinging on swings.
  35. Making eye contact with a cute stranger.
  36. Making chocolate chip cookies (and eating them...!)
  37. Having your friends send you homemade cookies.
  38. Holding hands with someone you care about.
  39. Running into an old friend and realizing that some things (good or bad) never change.
  40. Watching the expression on someone's face as they open a much-desired present from you.
  41. Watching the sunrise.
  42. Getting out of bed every morning and being grateful for another beautiful day.
  43. Knowing that somebody misses you.
  44. Getting a hug from someone you care about deeply.
  45. Knowing you've done the right thing, no matter what other people think.
~ Unknown Author

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

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
~ Margaret Lee Runbeck

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.
~ Phillips Brooks

Happiness is a function of accepting what is.
~ Werner ErhardHappiness is an inside job.

~ William Arthur WardHappiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
~ Gretta Brooker Palmer

Happiness is a way station between too little and too much.
~ Channing Pollock, Mr. Moneypenny

Happiness is the feeling you're feeling when you want to keep feeling it.
~ Unknown

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Happiness is a form of courage.
~ Holbrook Jackson

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

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
~ Iris Murdoch

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.
~ Thomas Jefferson

Happiness is making a bouquet of those flowers within reach.
~ Unknown

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How to be Happy

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash.
~ Unknown

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

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

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
~ Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956

To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

The man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of life.
~ Euripides

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

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

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
~ William Ellery Channing

The surest way to happiness is to lose yourself in a cause greater than yourself.
~ Unknown

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

The true way to render ourselves happy is to love our work and find in it our pleasure.
~ Francoise de Motteville

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What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise.
~ Kitty O'Neill Collins

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
~ Johnny Carson

This is my "depressed stance." When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this.
~ Charles M. Schulz

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
~ George Burns

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In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Much happiness is overlooked because it doesn't cost anything.
~ Unknown

To be busy is man's only happiness.
~ Mark Twain

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.
~ Pearl S. Buck

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

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.
~ Taisen Deshimaru

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.
~ James M. Barrie

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
~ Edith Wharton

Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack.
~ Hazelmarie Elliott (“Mattie”)

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
~ Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
~ Margaret Young

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We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.
~ Walter Savage Landor

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.
~ George Bernard Shaw

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

We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.
~ Thomas Merton, 1955

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.
~ 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

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
~ George Bernard Shaw, Candida, 1898

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
~ Freya Stark, The Journey's Echo

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

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
~ Charles Kingsley

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.
~ W. Beran Wolfe

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

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Looking back on a happy life, one realizes that one was not happy all the time.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

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 that has been opened for us.
~ Helen Keller

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly.
~ Marcus Aurelius

You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
~ Robert F. Kennedy

Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
~ J. Petit Senn

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
~ Aristotle

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
~ George Santayana

Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one destination; --happiness; but few are going by the same road.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

Better to be happy than wise.
~ John Heywood

All happiness comes from the desire for others to be happy. All misery comes from the desire for oneself to be happy.
~ Shantideva

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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

A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap.
~ Miriam Muhammad

Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight...
~ Hazelmarie ‘Mattie’ Elliott, A Breath of Heaven

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The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
~ Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954

We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it.
~ Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

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

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

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed.
~ Frank McKinney "Kin" HubbardIndeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
~ St. Augustine

Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

Joy is not in things; it is in us.
~ Richard Wagner

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
~ Mother Teresa

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
~ Mother Teresa

Joy is a flower that blooms when you do.
~ Unknown

Jumping for joy is good exercise.
~ Unknown

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.
~ Carl Sandburg

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Loss of Happiness

So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some.
~ Booth Tarkington

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

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

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Necessity of Suffering

In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness - otherwise how would you know when you're happy?
~ Leslie Caron

All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming - a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness.
~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

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Obstacles to Happiness

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
~ Bernard de Fontenelle

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.
~ Doug Larson

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
~ John Stuart Mill, Autobiography, 1873

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I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy.
~ Allen J. Lefferdink

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

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.
~ Dalai Lama

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

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

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

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

If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
~ Berke Breathed

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.
~ Charles L. Morgan

The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
~ William Saroyan

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

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Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.
~ Proverb

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
~ Chinese Proverb

Make happy those who are near, and those who are far will come.
~ Chinese Proverb

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Pursuit of Happiness

The search for happiness is unlike any other search, for we search last in the likeliest places.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.
~ Andrew Delbanco

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
~ Aldous Huxley

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
~ C.P. Snow

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

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Secret to Happiness

The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness.
~ Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

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

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one has to do.
~ James M. Barrie

The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.
~ V.S. Pritchett

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

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
~ Epictetus

People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
~ George Matthew Allen

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

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True Happiness

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

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

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

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
~ Hosea Ballou

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

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

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

A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.
~ Seneca

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.
~ Joseph Joubert

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

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When You’re Happy…

When you're really happy, the birds chirp and the sun shines even on cold dark winter nights - and flowers will bloom on a barren land.
~ Terri Guillemets

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

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