Happiness Quotes

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness.  You have to catch it yourself.  ~Benjamin Franklin

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place.  But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.  ~E.L. Konigsburg

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think.  Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.  ~A.A. Milne

 

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

 

It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness.  Poverty and wealth have both failed.  ~Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard

 

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”)

 

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

 

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.  ~St. Augustine

 

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

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.  ~Charlie Brown

 

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth, 1806

 

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

 

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

 

Happiness is a form of courage.  ~Holbrook Jackson

 

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.  ~Jean de La Bruyere

 

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.  ~Christian Nestell Bovee

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happiness is the soundtrack of my life.  ~Grey Livingston

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness?  ~Yevgeny Zamyatin

 

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

 

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.  ~Immanuel Kant

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.  ~Sigmund Freud

 

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.  ~Salvador Dali

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 a paradise in a few years.  ~Bertrand Russell

 

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

 

Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world.  Don’t go through life creaking.  ~H.W. Byles

 

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

 

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy.  ~William Shakespeare

 

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

 

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

 

The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.  ~Joseph Roux

 

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 the feeling you’re feeling when you want to keep feeling it.  ~Author Unknown

 

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

 

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

 

Jumping for joy is good exercise.  ~Author Unknown

 

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

 

She thinks that happiness is a mat that sits on her doorway.  ~Rob Thomas, “3 A.M.”

 

Happiness 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.  ~Niccolo Machiavelli

 

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

 

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.  ~Chinese Proverb

 

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

 

One should be either sad or joyful.  Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.  ~Eugene O’Neill

 

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

 

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.  ~Mother Teresa

 

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

 

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.  ~Thornton Wilder

 

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

 

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness.  ~Frederich Nietzsche,Thus Spake Zarathustra

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

It is strange what a contempt men have for the joys that are offered them freely.  ~Georges Duhamel

 

If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal – that is your success.  All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

 

The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.  ~J.D. Salinger

 

There is no expert on what happiness is but many on what it might have been.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

 

Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day
Without suspecting our abode until we drive away.
~Emily Dickinson

 

Happiness is a function of accepting what is.  ~Werner Erhard

 

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

 

Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.  ~John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863

 

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

 

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought.  Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.  ~Samuel Johnson

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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.  ~Grey Livingston

 

Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth:  we got a lot more for our money back when we had no money.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

 

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.  ~Don Marquis

 

If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard

 

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

 

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

 

Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

 

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

 

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

 

Some pursue happiness, others create it.  ~Author Unknown

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.  ~Phillips Brooks

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

It is a comely fashion to be glad; Joy is the grace we say to God.  ~Jean Ingelow

 

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

 

Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.  ~Norman Bradburn

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

 

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

 

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

 

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.  ~Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

 

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

 

[U]sefulness is happiness, and… all other things are but incidental.  ~Lydia Maria Child, The American Frugal Housewife, 1829

 

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

 

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

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

 

Many people are extremely happy, but are absolutely worthless to society.  ~Charles Gow

 

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

 

Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve.  ~Robert S. Lynd

 

I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot:  they amount to fourteen.  ~Abd-El-Raham

 

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

 

 


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