Quotes about Happiness

Here are the most inspiring, touching and helpful thoughts on happiness.

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

“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

“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

“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

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

“Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.”
― Helen Keller

“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

“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

“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

“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.”
― David Steindl-Rast

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

“One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to.”
― Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”
― Carl Jung

“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”
― Mary Stuart

“There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.”
― Alexandre Dumas

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

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

“The only joy in the world is to begin.”
― Cesare Pavese

“True happiness is born of letting go of what is unnecessary.”
― Sharon Salzberg

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
― Herman Cain

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: 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

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
― Confucius

“The greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being.”
― Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lamat

“There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.”
― Anthony de Mello

“Your happiness is a gift because it literally brings out the best in you.”
― Robert Holden

“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

“Gratitude is the state of mind of thankfulness. As it is cultivated, we experience an increase in our “sympathetic joy,” our happiness at another’s happiness. Just as in the cultivation of compassion, we may feel the pain of others, so we may begin to feel their joy as well. And it doesn’t stop there.”
― Stephen Levine

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

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.”
― Desiderius Erasmus

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“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 been opened for us.”
― Helen Keller

“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.”
― Epictetus

“All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.”
― Horace Friess

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
― L.M. Montgomery

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” 
― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is acceptance.”
― Unknown

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” 
― Seneca

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

“I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.” 
― Drew Barrymore

“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

“Ester asked why people are sad.
“That’s simple,” says the old man. “They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.” 
― Paulo Coelho, The Zahir

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

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” 
― Aristotle

“The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.”
― Aesop

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” 
― Marcus Aurelius

 “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
― Albert Einstein

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” 
― Mark Twain

“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”
― Douglas Adams

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

 “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
― Confucius

“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

 “Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.”
― Charles Caleb Colton

“Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.” 
― Steve Maraboli

 “Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.”
― Friedrich Schiller

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

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

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

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

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” 
― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”
― Martha Washington

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” 
― Dr. Seuss

 “Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.”
― Herman Hesse

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
― Aesop

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

“The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.”
― Albert Ellis

 “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.”
― Henry David Thoreau

“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

 “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

“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

“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.”
― John Henry Jowett

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

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

“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”
― Andre Maurois

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

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

 “The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”
― Brian Tracy

 “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
― George Bernard Shaw

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”
― William Arthur Ward

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”
― Mary Lou Retton

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.”
― Dalai Lama

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
― Joseph Campbell

“Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.”
― Leo Tolstoy

 “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
― Unknown

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

“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.”
― Milton Erickson

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