101 Happiness Quotes

Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

Nathaniel Hawthorne


We are as happy as we make up our minds to be.

Abraham Lincoln

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


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


To be truly happy is a question of how we begin, and not how we end, of what we want and not what we have.

Robert Louis Stevenson

To be busy is man's only happiness.

Mark Twain

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

James M. Barrie

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


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

Charles W. Eliot

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change in form without being disappointed by the change. For happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.


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

Anton Chekhov

No one has ever injured his eyesight by looking on the bright side of things.


No man can enjoy happiness without thinking that he enjoys it.

Samuel Johnson

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

Chinese Proverb

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

The Buddha

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


It's good to be just plain happy. It's a little better to know that you're happy; but to understand that you're happy and to know why and how and still be happy-be happy in the being and the knowing---well, that is beyond happiness, that is bliss.

Henry Miller

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

Samuel Goldwyn

In the pursuit of happiness, the difficulty lies in knowing when you have caught up.

R. H. Grenville

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

I feel that when we really love and accept and approve of ourselves exactly as we are, then everything in life works.

Louise Hay

We must select the illusion that appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.

Cyril Connolly

He who has no wish to be happier is the happiest of men.

W. R. Alger

Happiness is a habit, cultivate it.

Elbert Hubbard

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


Better to be happy than wise.

John Heywood

Happiness is making a bouquet of those flowers within reach.


To be content with what one has is the greatest and truest of riches.


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


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!!!

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

Mahatma Ghandi

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

Allan K. Chalmers

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open.

Rose Lane

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

John Stuart Mill

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


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

Anne Frank

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

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

Benjamin Disraeli

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Bertrand Russell

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

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


The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase, if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.

C. P. Snow

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year's course. 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.

Carl Jung

The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.

Claude Monet

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

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

Edith Wharton

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations.

Edward de Bono

The truest greatness lies in being kind, the truest wisdom in a happy mind.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.

Eric Hoffer

The truth which has made us free will in the end make us glad also.

Felix Adler

Remember that as a teenager you are in the last stage of your life when you will be happy to hear the phone is for you.

Fran Leibowitz

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

Francoise de Motteville

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

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

George Burns

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

George Sand

The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.

H.H. the Dalai Lama

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

H.H. the Dalai Lama

Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.

H.H. the Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

H.H. the Dalai Lama

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

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

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

That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.

Henry David Thoreau

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?

Henry David Thoreau

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

Horace Friess

Here we are the way politics ought to be in America; the politics of happiness, the politics of purpose and the politics of joy.

Hubert H. Humphrey

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

James M. Barrie

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

James Oppenheim

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

John Barrymore

I can think of nothing less pleasurable than a life devoted to pleasure.

John D. Rockefeller

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.

John Milton

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

Paramahansa Yogananda

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty an' wealth have both failed.

Kin Hubbard

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

Leo Buscaglia

I don't know why we are here, but I'm pretty sure that it is not in order to enjoy ourselves.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

M. Scott Peck

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

Marcel Proust

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

Margaret Bonnano

Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.

Mark Twain

Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.

Mark Twain

Happiness is a Swedish sunset -- it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it.

Mark Twain

The perfection of wisdom, and the end of true philosophy is to proportion our wants to our possessions, our ambitions to our capacities, we will then be a happy and a virtuous people.

Mark Twain

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.

Martha Washington

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

Mohandas K. Gandhi

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

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Norman MacEwan

The world has to learn that the actual pleasure derived from material things is of rather low quality on the whole and less even in quantity than it looks to those who have not tried it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Pearl S. Buck

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.

Peyton Conway March

To fill the hour -- that is happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace. They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them. The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within.

Ramona L. Anderson

Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert Heinlein

There is no duty we so underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.

Robert Louis Stevenson

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.


Independence is happiness.

Susan B. Anthony

Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong, and second -- and best -- in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having had a good night's sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.

Theodor Fontane

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

Thomas Jefferson

But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life; and thanks to a benevolent arrangement of things, the greater part of life is sunshine.

Thomas Jefferson

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. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.

W. Beran Wolfe

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something completely great.


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