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Happiness Quotes

“I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” Martha Washington

“Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery.”  Anne Frank

“I’m so optimistic I’d go after Moby Dick in a row boat and take the tartar sauce with me.”  Zig Ziglar

“In seeking happiness for others, you find it for yourself.” Anonymous

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”  Franklin Roosevelt

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

“Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.” Scottish Proverb

“Happiness is not a matter of good fortune or worldly possessions. It’s a mental attitude. It comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we don’t have. It’s so simple, yet so hard for the human mind to comprehend.” Unknown

“Happiness lies in our own backyard, but it’s probably well hidden by crabgrass.” Dell Crossword Puzzles

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

“Most of us would be upset if we were accused of being silly. However, the meaning comes from the old English word ‘seilig’ and it’s literal definition is to be blessed , happy, healthy and prosperous.”  Zig Ziglar

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

“The person who has a firm trust in the Supreme Being is powerful in his power, wise by his wisdom, happy by his happiness.”
Joseph Addison

“Pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.”  Muhammad Ali

“To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering one must not love. But then one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness.” Woody Allen

“We must dare to be happy, and dare to confess it, regarding ourselves always as the depositories, not as the authors of our own joy.”
Henri Fredric Amiel

“Happiness, it is said, is seldom found by those who seek it, and never by those who seek it for themselves.”  F. Emerson Andrews

“All I ask for is an opportunity to prove that money doesn’t buy happiness.”  Anonymous

“All the happiness you ever find lies in you.” Anonymous

“An endurance test for some people is the pursuit of happiness.”  Anonymous

“The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want the most for what you want now.”  Zig Ziglar

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

“Happiness consists in activity; such as the constitution of our nature; it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.”  Anonymous

“Happiness is acceptance.” Anonymous

Happiness is like a butterfly.
The more you chase it, the more it eludes you.
But if you turn your attention to other things,
It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.
Henry David Thoreau

“Happiness is like jam. You can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself.”  Anonymous

“Happiness is made to be shared.”  Anonymous

“Happiness is not always measured in smiles.”  Anonymous

“Happiness is not pleasure, it’s victory.”  Anonymous

“Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.”  Anonymous

“Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”  Anonymous

“Be helpful.When you see a person without a smile ,Give him yours.”  Zig Ziglar

“He alone is the happy man who has learned to extract happiness not from ideal conditions but from actual ones about him.” Anonymous

“He who has not learned to share his blessings with others has not found the true path to enduring happiness. HAPPINESS comes from sharing one’s self and one’s blessings. All riches are multiplied by the simple process of sharing them where they may serve others.”  Anonymous

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it does quiet the nerves.” Anonymous

“Money can’t buy happiness; it can, however, rent it.”  Anonymous

“Much happiness is overlooked because it doesn’t cost anything.”  Anonymous

“No one can secure happiness without earning it.”  Anonymous

“Security is a thumb and a blanket. Happiness is a warm puppy.”  Anonymous

“Some people cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”  Anonymous

“Some pursue happiness, others create it.” Anonymous

“Sometimes we miss happiness by looking too far for things nearby.”  Anonymous

“Stop searching. Happiness is right next to you.”  Anonymous

“The supreme happiness to life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves.”  Anonymous

When people yearn with all their hearts
For just one treasure far away;
They close their eyes to countless joys
That crowd around them every day.

“You have to find happiness in yourself before you can find it with someone.”  Anonymous

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

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”  Aristotle

“Happiness is a state of activity.”  Aristotle

” . . . happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it. . . . ”  Aristotle

“If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.”

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

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

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

“Happy the man who, like Ulysses, has made a fine voyage, or has won the Golden Fleece, and then returns, experienced and knowledgeable, to spend the rest of his life among his family!”  Joachim Du Bellay

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
William John Bennett

“I remember hearing in a talk that the more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become.”  Ezra Taft Benson

“The lives and happiness of our children, as far ahead as the mind can reach, depend on us today. If we succeed, posterity looking back will record that this was indeed man’s finest hour.”  Carl A. Berendsen

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”  Ingrid Bergman

“Don’t mistake pleasure for happiness. They are a different breed of dogs.”  Josh Billings

“There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.”  Lady Marguerite Blessington

“You can make yourself happy or miserable, it’s the same amount of effort.” Ray Bradbury

“Set peace of mind as your highest goal and organize your entire life around it.”  Brian Tracy

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.”  Francis Herbert Bradley

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”  Charlotte Bronte

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”  Ritz Mae Brown

“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 Browne

“There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.” Sir John Buchan

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”  Siddhartha Guatama Buddha

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

What is the best thing for a stream? It is to keep moving. If it stops, it stagnates. So the best thing for a man is that which keeps the currents going : the physical, the moral, and the intellectual currents. Hence the secret of happiness is something to do; some congenial work. Take away the occupation of all men, and what a wretched world it would be!  Few persons realize how much of their happiness is dependent upon their work, upon the fact that they are kept busy and not left to feed upon themselves. Happiness comes most to persons who seek her least, and think least about it. It is not an object to be sought; it is a state to be induced. It must follow and not lead. It must overtake you, and not you overtake it. How important is health to happiness, yet the best promoter of health is something to do. Blessed is the man who has some congenial work, some occupation in which he can put his heart, and which affords a complete outlet to all the forces there are in him.
John Burroughs

“What is the worth of anything, but for the happiness ’twill bring?”  Richard Owen Cambridge

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

“Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.”  Albert Camus

“Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have;  it depends solely on what you think.”  Dale Carnegie

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.”  Dale Carnegie

“If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor; poor in happiness and poor in all that makes life worth living.”  Herbert N. Casson

“He who sings frightens away his ills.”  Miguel de Cervantes

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

“The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.”  William Emery Channing

“To be happy, one must rid oneself of prejudice, be virtuous, healthy, and have a capacity for enjoyment and for passion …” Madam du Chatelet

“Anybody who is happy all the time needs a psychiatrist.”  David A. Christensen

“I do not understand what the man who is happy wants in order to be happier.”  Marcus Tullius Cicero

“In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy.” Albert Clarke

“Happiness is a stock that doubles in a year.”  Ira U. Cobleigh

“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions, the little-soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling.”  Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“Happiness and high come to you when you choose to live your life consistent with your highest values and your deepest convictions.”  Brian Tracy

“We never enjoy perfect happiness; our most fortunate successes are mingled with sadness; some anxieties always perplex the reality of our satisfaction.”  Pierre Corneille

If solid happiness we prize,
Within our breast this jewel lies,
And they are fools who roam.
The world has nothing to bestow;
From our own selves our joys must flow,
And that dear hut, our home.
Nathaniel Cotton

“Happiness depends, as Nature shows,
Less on exterior things than most suppose.”
William Cowper

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”  Dalai Lama

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.”  Dalai Lama

“Happiness …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.”  Robert Davies

“To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity to do it is the key to happiness.”  John Dewey

“Happiness is not given but exchanged.”  Diane

“The envious are not happy unless they are making other people envious.”  Diane

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

“A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.”  Hugh Downs

“The gift of happiness belongs to those who unwrap it.”  Andrew Dunbar

“The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts.”  Timothy Dwight

“Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only. you cannot develop because you are choking thee source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others.” George Eliot

“The Kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person.”  Brian Tracy

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

“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Of cheerfulness or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more of it remains.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”  Epicurus

“It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.”  Desiderius Erasmus

“Account no man happy till he dies.”  Euripides

Ten Spiritual Tonics
1. Stop worrying. Worry kills life.
2. Begin each day with a prayer. It will arm your soul.
3. Control appetite. Over-indulgence clogs body and mind.
4. Accept your limitations . . .
5. Don’t envy. It wastes time and energy.
6. Have faith in people. Cynicism sours the disposition.
7. Find a hobby. It will relax your nerves.
8. Read a book a week to stimulate imagination and broaden your views.
9. Spend some time alone for the peace of solitude and silence.
10. Try to want what you have, instead of spending your strength trying to get what you want.
Abraham L. Feinberg

“It is not by accident that the happiest people are those who make a conscious effort to live useful lives. Their happiness, of course, is not a shallow exhilaration where life is one continuous intoxicating party. Rather, their happiness is a deep sense of inner peace that comes when they believe their lives have meaning and that they are making a difference for good in the world.” Ernest A. Fitzgerald

“To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”
Gustave Flaubert

“How would you know what happy is if you’ve never been otherwise.”  Malcolm S. Forbes

“There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us some one else’s work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.”  Henry Ford

“There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.” Henry Ford

“A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.”  Anatole France

“Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.”  Benjamin Franklin

“Human felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.”  Benjamin Franklin

“The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”  Benjamin Franklin

“What is without us has no connection with happiness, only so far as the preservation of our lives and health depends upon it. . . .
Happiness springs immediately from the mind.”
Benjamin Franklin

“Not every age allows its sons to reap the results which remain great for all time, and . . . not every century is fitted to make the men who live in it distinguished and happy.” Gustave Freytag

“Happiness is a man’s greatest achievement; it is the response of his total personality to a productive orientation toward himself and the world outside.”  Erich Fromm

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”  Robert Lee Frost

“He is happy that knoweth not himself to be otherwise”  Thomas Fuller

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

“The quality of your life is determined by how you feel at any given moment.How you feel is determined by how you interpret what is happening around you,not by the the events themselves.”  Brian Tracy

“If you would find happiness and joy, lose your life in some noble cause. A worthy purpose must be at the center of every worthy life.”  Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

“Striving for happiness is a long, hard journey with many challenges. It requires eternal vigilance to win the victory. You cannot succeed with sporadic little flashes of effort. Constant and valiant living is necessary.”  Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

“Each has his own happiness in his hands, as the artist handles the rude clay he seeks to reshape it into a figure; yet it is the same with this art as with all others: only the capacity for it is innate; the art itself must be learned and painstakingly practiced.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The highest happiness of man . . . is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.”  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Whatever mitigates the woes, or increases the happiness of others, is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity.”  Oliver Goldsmith

“It is one of the strange ironies of this strange life that those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest men.”  Brutus Hamilton

“Family life is the source of the greatest human happiness. This happiness is the simplest and least costly kind, and it cannot be purchased with money. But it can be increased if we do two things: if we recognize and uphold the essential values of family life and if we get and keep control of the process of social change so as to make it give us what is needed to make family life perform its essential functions.”  Robert J. Havighurst

“Happiness, in this world, if it comes at all, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us on a wild-goose chase, and it is never attained.”  Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Happiness is as a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, my alight upon you.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

“Happiness doesn’t depend on what we have, but it does depend on how we feel towards what we have. We can be happy with little and miserable with much.”  W. D. Hoard

“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” Eric Hoffer

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.”  Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Natural joy brings no headaches and no heartaches.”  Elbert Green Hubbard

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.”  Gittel Hudnick

“Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.”  Victor Marie Hugo

“The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”
Victor Marie Hugo

“That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.”  Francis Hutcheson

“Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintances, but not friends; servants, but not faithfulness; days of joy, but not peace or happiness.”  Henrik Ibsen

“The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being happy except that they are so.” Dr. David Ralph Inge

“Happiness is not a reward, it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment, it is a result.”  Robert Green Ingersoll

“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 Jr.

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

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

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

“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.”  Ben Johnson

“Happiness is the soul’s joy in the possession of the intangible.”  William George Jordan

“It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honorably.”  Immanuel Kant

“Knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge-broad deep knowledge-is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low.”  Helen Adams Keller

“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 Adams 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 as been opened for us.”  Helen Adams Keller

Do it this very moment!
Don’t put it off; don’t wait!
There’s no use in doing a kindness
If you do it a day too late.
Charles Kingsley

“Happiness and misery depend as much on temperament as on fortune.”  Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.”  Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.”  Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.”  Rose Lane

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

“Happiness isn’t something you experience, it’s something you remember.”  Oscar LeVant

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Abraham Lincoln

“Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.”  Orison Swett Marden

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

“The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”
H. C. Mattern

“The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditations on the past.”  Andre Maurois

“The greedy search for money or success will almost always lead men into unhappiness. Why? Because that kind of life makes them depend upon things outside themselves.”  Andre Maurois

“I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now.”  Peter McWilliams

“One of the great joys of life is creativity. Information goes in, gets shuffled about, and comes out in new and interesting ways.” Peter McWilliams

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

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

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

“If you find some happiness inside yourself, you’ll start finding  it in lot of other places too.”  Gladiola Montana

“I believe the recipe for happiness to be just enough money to pay the monthly bills you acquire, a little surplus to give you confidence, a little too much work each day, enthusiasm for your work, a substantial share of good health, a couple of real friends, and a wife and children to share life’s beauty with you.”  J. Kenfield Morley

Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing.  Brian Tracy

“Where, then, does happiness lie? In forgetfulness, not indulgence, of the self. In escape from sensual appetites, not in their satisfaction.”   Malcolm Muggeridge

“Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.”
Jean Iris Murdoch

“There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.”
Ogden Nash

“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.” Cythina Nelms

“If this world afford true happiness, it is to be found in a home where love and confidence increase with the years, where the necessities of life come without severe strain, where luxuries enter only after their cost has been carefully considered.”
Alfred Edward Newton

“If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.”  Anais Nin

“Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.”  George Orwell

“It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself.”  Thomas Paine

“The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older.”  William Lyon Phelps

“The principle of happiness should be like the principle of virtue: it should not be dependent of things, but be a part of personality [and character].”  William Lyon Phelps

“Happiness is a way station between too much and too little.”  Channing Pollock

“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts….take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” Marcus Aurelius

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” Dennis Waitley


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