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Happiness Quotes

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

C.P. (Charles Percy) Snow

The pursuit of happiness is the chase of a life time.

Source Unknown

The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.

Sir James Jeans

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


The road to happiness lies in two simple principles; find what interests you and that you can do well, and put your whole soul into it - every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.

John D. Rockefeller

The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.

Jeremy Bentham

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.

Eric Hoffer

The secret of happiness and prosperity in this world, as in the world to come, lies in thinking of the welfare of others first, and not taking one's self too seriously.

J. Kindleberger

The secret of Happiness is Freedom, and the secret of Freedom, Courage.


The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.

James Barrie

The secret of happiness is something to do.

John Burroughs

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.

Bertrand Russell

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

Source Unknown

The smallest annoyances, disturb us the most.

Michel de Montaigne

The soul's joy lies in doing.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

The thing that counts most in the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right companion.

Source Unknown

The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.

Source Unknown

The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence.

P. Godwin

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


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


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.


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


The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

Arthur Schopenhauer

The voluntary path to cheerfulness, if our spontaneous be lost, is to sit up cheerfully, and act and speak as if cheerfulness wee already there. To feel brave, act as if we were brave, use all our will to that end, and courage will very likely replace fear. If we act as if from some better feeling, the bad feeling soon folds its tent like an Arab and silently steals away

William Shakespeare

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.


The world's literature and folklore are full of stories that point out how futile it can be to seek happiness. Rather, happiness is a blessing that comes to you as you go along; a treasure that you incidentally find.

Louis Binstock

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.


There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one: keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

Mark Twain

There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means -- either may do -- the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.

Benjamin Franklin

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.

Freya Stark

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.


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.


There is no danger of developing eyestrain from looking on the bright side of things.

Source Unknown

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


There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.

Sri Swami Sivananda

There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation.

Henri Bergson

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

Wayne Dyer

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


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


There is something ridiculous and even quite indecent in an individual claiming to be happy. Still more a people or a nation making such a claim. The pursuit of happiness... is without any question the most fatuous which could possibly be undertaken. This lamentable phrase the pursuit of happiness is responsible for a good part of the ills and miseries of the modern world.

Malcolm Muggeridge

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he who thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.

Charles Caleb Colton

There's a hope for every woe, and a balm for every pain, but the first joys of our heart come never back again!

Robert Gilfillan

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.

Allan K. Chalmers

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


Those who seek happiness miss it, and those who discuss it, lack it.

Holbrook Jackson

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.


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

Joseph Addison

Thus the sovereign voluntary path to cheerfulness, if cheerfulness be lost, is to sit up cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.

William James

To be free minded and cheerfully disposed at hours of meat and sleep and of exercise is one of the best precepts of long lasting.

Francis Bacon

To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life slowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.

Bertrand Russell

To be happy is not the purpose of our being rather it is to deserve happiness.

Johann G. Fichte

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.

Albert Camus

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


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

Bertrand Russell

To buy happiness is to sell soul.

Doug Horton

To describe happiness is to diminish it.

Henri B. Stendhal

To fill the hour -- that is happiness.


To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin.

Lord (George Gordon) Byron

To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.


To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.

Henri Frederic Amiel

To strive with difficulties, and to conquer them, is the highest human felicity.

Samuel Johnson

To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.

John Ruskin

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.

Ben Jonson

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.

John W. Gardner

True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.

Joseph Addison

True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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 great 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 (Seneca the Elder)

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


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

Charles Kingsley

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


We all want to be happy, and we're all going to die. You might say those are the only two unchallengeably true facts that apply to every human being on this planet.

William Boyd

We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.

William Butler Yeats

We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found; and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.

Samuel Johnson

We are made happy when reason can discover no occasion for it. The memory of some past moments is more persuasive than the experience of present ones. There have been visions of such breadth and brightness that these motes were invisible in their light.

Henry David Thoreau

We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.


We are never happy; we can only remember that we were so once.

Alexander Smith

We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.


We are no longer happy as soon as we wish to be happier.

Walter Savage Landor

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

Dalai Lama

We cannot be contented because we are happy, and we cannot be happy because we are contented.

Walter Savage Landor

We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are. Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be t

R.J. Baughan

We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.


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 Koenig

We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

What a man really wants is creative challenge with sufficient skills to bring him within the reach of success so that he may have the expanding joy of achievement.

Fay B. Nash

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?

Adam Smith

What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.

Edward George Bulwer-Lytton

What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness.


What happiness is there which is not purchased with more or less of pain?

Margaret Oliphant

What makes people happy is activity; changing evil itself into good by power, working in a God like manner.

Johann von Goethe

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

Joseph Addison

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


What would you call the highest happiness? Wratislaw was ask. The sense of competence, was the answer, given without hesitation.

John Buchan

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.


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 opened for us.

Helen Keller

When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention.

Edward Frederic Benson

When we are happy we are always good, but when we are good we are not always happy.

Oscar Wilde

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.


When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.

Bob Hope

When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.

Malcolm Stevenson Forbes

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the me

Albert Camus

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him; and you are torn by the thought of the unhappiness and night you cast, by the mere fact of living, in the hearts you encounter.


Where one is wise two are happy.


Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy.

Veda Upanishads

While we pursue happiness, we flee from contentment.


Whoever does not regard what he has as most ample wealth, is unhappy, though he be master of the world.


Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

Anne Frank

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.


Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance -- the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it ;better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen.

Thomas Carlyle

Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness.

David Sarnoff

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


You have succeeded in life when all you really want is only what you really need.

Vernon Howard

You never enjoy the world aright, till the sea itself floweth in your veins, till you are clothed with the heavens and crowned with the stars.

Thomas Traherne

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.


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.


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