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Happiness quotes (170)

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
Ernest Hemingway   Category: Happiness

True happiness we are told consists in getting out of ones 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.   Category: Happiness

There are two times in every mans life when he is thoroughly happy; just after he has met his first love and just after he has parted from his last one.
Henry Louis Mencken   Category: Happiness

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 continuos 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   Category: Happiness

And there is even a happiness That makes the heart afraid.
Thomas Hood   Category: Happiness

Happiness is an inside job.
William Arthur Ward   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Happiness

Now and then its good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
Guillaume Apollinaire   Category: Happiness

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Burton Hills   Category: Happiness

To be stupid selfish and have good health are three requirements for happiness though if stupidity is lacking all is lost.
Gustave Flaubert   Category: Happiness

I have learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.
Martha Washington   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Happiness

To know that we know what we know And that we do not know what we do not know that is true knowledge.
Henry David Thoreau   Category: Happiness

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.
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Happiness in the ordinary sense is not what one needs in life though one is right to aim at it. The true satisfaction is to come through and see those whom one lives come through.
Edward Morgan E. M. Forster   Category: Happiness

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

Happiness is the light on the water. The water is cold and dark and deep.
William Maxwell   Category: Happiness

If thou faint in the day of adversity thy strength is small.
The Bible   Category: Happiness

How simple and frugal a thing is happiness: a glass of wine a roast chestnut a wretched little brazier the sound of the sea.... All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple frugal heart.
Nikos Kazantzakis   Category: Happiness

Happiness depends as Nature shows Less on exterior things than most suppose.
William Cowper   Category: Happiness

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
Sir James Matthew Barrie   Category: Happiness

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something learns it and finds himself no wiser than before.
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.   Category: Happiness

For each ecstatic instant We must an anguish pay In keen and quivering ratio To the ecstasy.
Emily Dickinson   Category: Happiness

It isnt necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. Its only necessary to be rich.
Alan Alda   Category: Happiness

We possess only the happiness we are able to understand.
Count Maurice Maeterlinck   Category: Happiness

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.
Don Marquis   Category: Happiness

Happiness is a matter of ones most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.
Jean Iris Murdoch   Category: Happiness

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
Eric Hoffer   Category: Happiness

What a wonderful life Ive had! I only wish Id realized it sooner.
Sidonie Gabrielle Claudine Colette   Category: Happiness

Remember that happiness is a way of travel not a destination.
Roy Goodman   Category: Happiness

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

Some people cause happiness wherever they go. Some people cause happiness whenever they go.
Oscar Wilde   Category: Happiness

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy.
Dr. Robert Anthony   Category: Happiness

Happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have.
Rabbi H. Schachtel   Category: Happiness

In the misfortune of our best friends we find something which is not displeasing to us.
François Duc de La Rochefoucauld   Category: Happiness

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
Jane Austen   Category: Happiness

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. No path is wholly rough.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox   Category: Happiness

The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved.
Victor Hugo   Category: Happiness

It is neither wealth nor splendor but tranquility and occupation which give happiness.
Thomas Jefferson   Category: Happiness

There is no more mistaken path to happiness than worldliness revelry high life.
Arthur Schopenhauer   Category: Happiness

Happiness is not a reward it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment it is a result.
Robert Green Ingersoll   Category: Happiness

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because theyre not on your road doesnt mean theyve gotten lost.
H. Jackson Browne   Category: Happiness

How would you know what happy is if youve never been otherwise.
Malcolm S. Forbes   Category: Happiness

Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have but on what we are.
Henry van Dyke   Category: Happiness

All men have happiness as their object: there is no exception. However different the means they employ they all aim at the same end.
Blaise Pascal   Category: Happiness

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
Newton Booth Tarkington   Category: Happiness

I believe the root of all happiness on this earth to lie in the realization of a spiritual life with a consciousness of something wider than materialism; in the capacity to live in a world that makes you unselfish because you are not overanxious about your own comic fallibilities; that gives you tranquility without complacency because you believe in something so much larger than yourself.
Sir Hugh Walpole   Category: Happiness

Happiness is always a byproduct. 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   Category: Happiness

There are some days when I think Im going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
Salvador Dali   Category: Happiness

Happy the man and happy he alone He who can call today his own: He who secure within can say Tomorrow do thy worst for I have lived today.
John Dryden   Category: Happiness

Joy is not in things; it is in us.
Richard Wagner   Category: Happiness

If you don't do it youll never know what would have happened if you had done it.
Ashleigh Brilliant   Category: Happiness

The thirst after happiness is never extinguished in the heart of man
Jean Jacques Rousseau   Category: Happiness

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest But the happiest are usually the best.
Edward George Earle Bulwer-Lytton   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Happiness

The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do something to love and something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers   Category: Happiness

Happiness is an attitude of mind born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.
J. Donald Walters   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Happiness

Why then the world's mine oyster Which I with sword will open.
William Shakespeare   Category: Happiness

What happens to a man is less significant than what happens within him
Louis L. Mann   Category: Happiness

It is only a poor sort of happiness that could ever come by caring very much about our own pleasures. We can only have the highest happiness such as goes along with being a great man by having wide thoughts and much feeling for the rest of the world as well as ourselves.
George Eliot   Category: Happiness

Beware of the man who works hard to learn something learns it and finds himself no wiser than before Bokonon tells us. He is full of murderous resentment of people who are ignorant without having come by their ignorance the hard way.
Kurt Vonnegut   Category: Happiness

Man if he compare himself with all that he can see is at the zenith of power; But if he compare himself with all that he can conceive he is at the nadir of weakness.
Charles Caleb Colton   Category: Happiness

He who is virtuous is wise; and he who is wise is good; and he who is good is happy.
Boethius   Category: Happiness

There is only one happiness in this life to love and be loved.
George Sand   Category: Happiness

Happiness grows at our own firesides and is not to be picked in strangers gardens.
Douglas Jerrold   Category: Happiness

Simplicity clarity singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.
Richard Halloway   Category: Happiness

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
Rita Mae Brown   Category: Happiness

Happiness mainly depends on man's ability to work and the way in which he does it.
Richard L. Evans   Category: Happiness

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.
Joseph Addison   Category: Happiness

People far prefer happiness to wisdom but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older.
Sydney J. Harris   Category: Happiness

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.
Jeremy Bentham   Category: Happiness

Happy the man and happy he alone He who can call today his own; He who secure within can say: Tomorrow do thy worst for I have lived today.
Quintus Horatius Flaccus Horace   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Happiness

The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.
V. S. Pritchett   Category: Happiness

I don't know what your destiny will be but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
Dr. Albert Schweitzer   Category: Happiness

The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. Theyre full of eagerness zest productivity. You can be too.
Norman Vincent Peale   Category: Happiness

The more you love what you are doing the more successful it will be for you.
Jerry Gillies   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Happiness

I don't mow lawns for the reason that I don't shave.
Kevin Solway   Category: Happiness

The world in its best state is nothing more than a larger assembly of beings combining to counterfeit happiness which they do not feel.
Samuel Johnson   Category: Happiness

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.
Anaïs Nin   Category: Happiness

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
Desiderius Erasmus   Category: Happiness

Happiness lies first of all in health.
George William Curtis   Category: Happiness

Ive noticed that a lot of people consider finding yourself to be a really frivolous and unproductive study. Im not sure why. Everything important in life really seems to get down-played so children can be encouraged to join the rat race and make as much money as possible instead of being told that they should be happy first
Sanjay Singh   Category: Happiness

Manifest plainness Embrace simplicity Reduce selfishness Have few desires.
Lao Tzu   Category: Happiness

Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.
Immanuel Kant   Category: Happiness

I think there is only one quality worse than hardness of heart and that is softness of head.
Theodore Roosevelt   Category: Happiness

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depend upon himself and not upon other men has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation the man of manly character and of wisdom.
Plato   Category: Happiness

No matter what happens theres always somebody who knew it would.
Lonny Starr   Category: Happiness

With eyes Of conjugal attraction unreprov'd. Imparadised in one another's arms. With thee conversing I forget all time. And feel that I am happier than I know.
John Milton   Category: Happiness

The highest happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to revere what is unknowable.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe   Category: Happiness

Don't mistake pleasure for happiness. They are a different breed of dogs.
Josh Billings   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Happiness

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

Happiness ... it lies in the joy of achievement in the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt   Category: Happiness

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others can not keep it from themselves.
Proverb   Category: Happiness

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

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
George Bernard Shaw   Category: Happiness

In about the same degree as you are helpful you will be happy.
Karl Reiland   Category: Happiness

If all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stack in order to be equally distributed among the whole species those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of before that which would fall to them by such a division.
Socrates   Category: Happiness

Happiness is when what you think what you say and what you do are in harmony.
Mahatma Gandhi   Category: Happiness

Let us be of good cheer remembering that the misfortunes hardest to bear are those which never happen.
James Russell Lowell   Category: Happiness

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie   Category: Happiness

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.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn   Category: Happiness

A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
Marcus Tullius Cicero   Category: Happiness

The secret of happiness is this let your interests be 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   Category: Happiness

I am bigger than anything that can happen to me. All these things sorrow misfortune and suffering are outside my door. I am in the house and I have the key.
Charles Lummis   Category: Happiness

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Anatole France   Category: Happiness

Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we see like a rainbow or feel like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are
John B. Sheerin   Category: Happiness

Money may be the husk of many things but not the kernel. It brings you food but not appetite; medicine but not health; acquaintance but not friends; servants but not loyalty; days of joy but not peace or happiness.
Henrik Ibsen   Category: Happiness

If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence.
Aristotle   Category: Happiness

Instant gratification takes too long.
Carrie Fisher   Category: Happiness

What a man does tells us what he is.
F. D. Huntington   Category: Happiness

The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon   Category: Happiness

Real wealth is not so much what we have as what we are.
Sterling W. Sill   Category: Happiness

Happiness makes up in height what it lacks in length.
Robert Frost   Category: Happiness

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Agnes Repplier   Category: Happiness

Men are failures not because they are stupid but because they are not sufficiently impassioned.
Struther Burt   Category: Happiness

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

True happiness is to understand our duties toward God and man; 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 abundantly sufficient; for he that is so wants nothing. The great blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach; but we shut our eyes and like people in the dark fall foul of the very thing we search for without finding it. Tranquility is a certain quality of mind which no condition of fortune can either exalt or depress.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca   Category: Happiness

Happiness isnt something you experience; its something you remember.
Oscar Levant   Category: Happiness

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
John Stuart Mill   Category: Happiness

Happiness comes through doors you didnt even know you left open.
Unknown   Category: Happiness

Where then does happiness lie? In forgetfulness not indulgence of the self. In escape from sensual appetites not in their satisfaction. We live in a dark self-enclosed prison which is all we see or know if our glance is fixed ever downward. To lift it upward becoming aware of the wide luminous universe outside this alone is happiness. At its highest level such happiness is the ecstasy that mystics have inadequately described. At more humdrum levels it is human love; the delights and beauties of our dear earth its colors and shapes and sounds; the enchantment of understanding and laughing and all other exercise of such faculties as we possess; the marvel of the meaning of everything fitfully glimpsed inadequately expounded but ever present.
Thomas Malcolm Muggeridge   Category: Happiness

False happiness renders men stern and proud And that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible And that happiness is always shared.
Charles-Louis de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu   Category: Happiness

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life and that happiness not pain or mindless self-indulgence is the proof of your moral integrity since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
Ayn Rand   Category: Happiness

There is only one real happiness in life and that is the happiness of creating.
Frederick Delius   Category: Happiness

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
Madame Anne Sophie Swetchine   Category: Happiness

It's no credit to anyone to work too hard.
Edgar Watson Ed Howe   Category: Happiness

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

If only wed stop trying to be happy wed have a pretty good time.
Edith Wharton   Category: Happiness

You know I know you know I know you know.
Thom Gunn   Category: Happiness

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

For happiness one needs security but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh   Category: Happiness

Happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy   Category: Happiness

We meet this evening not in sorrow but in gladness of heart.
Abraham Lincoln   Category: Happiness

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
Ingrid Bergman   Category: Happiness

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.
George Sheehan   Category: Happiness

Happiness is no laughing matter.
Richard Whately   Category: Happiness

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.
Greg Anderson   Category: Happiness

He is happy that knoweth not himself to be otherwise
Thomas Fuller   Category: Happiness

People don't notice whether its winter or summer when theyre happy.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov   Category: Happiness

To become different from what we are we must have some awareness of what we are.
Bruce Lee   Category: Happiness

There may be Peace without Joy and Joy without Peace but the two combined make Happiness.
Sir John Buchan   Category: Happiness

Hope is itself a species of happiness and perhaps the chief happiness which this world affords.
Dr. Samuel Johnson   Category: Happiness

Nobody really cares if youre miserable so you might as well be happy.
Cythina Nelms   Category: Happiness

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness like a child must be allowed to grow up.
Charles Langbridge Morgan   Category: Happiness

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Fontenelle   Category: Happiness

The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer up somebody else.
Mark Twain   Category: Happiness

Fear less hope more; Whine less breathe more; Talk less say more; Hate less love more; And all good things are yours.
Jean Baptiste Moliere   Category: Happiness

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A Beauty Bomb. And every time a crisis developed we would launch one. It would explode high in the air explode softly and send thousands millions of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldnt go cheap either not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper magenta and peach and lime amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.
Robert Fulghum   Category: Happiness

Happiness is not a station you arrive at but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck   Category: Happiness

All who would win joy must share it; happiness was born a twin.
Lord George Gordon Byron   Category: Happiness

It is the person who is blind to what goes on around him that is most surprised when the same things happen to him.
M. Thompson   Category: Happiness

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   Category: Happiness

Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.
Theodore Isaac Rubin   Category: Happiness

The Greeks said grandly in their tragic phrase Let no one be called happy till his death; to which I would add Let no one till his death be called unhappy.
Elizabeth B. Browning   Category: Happiness

Happiness is a by product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Brooker Palmer   Category: Happiness

For me happiness came from prayer to a kindly God faith in a kindly God love for my fellow man and doing the very best I could every day of my life. I had looked for happiness in fast living but it was not there. I tried to find it in money but it was not there either. But when I placed myself in tune with what I believe to be fundamental truths of life when I began to develop my limited ability to rid my mind of all kinds of tangled thoughts and fill it with zeal and courage and love when I gave myself a chance by treating myself decently and sensibly I began to feel the stimulating warm glow of happiness and life for me began to flow like a stream between smooth banks.
Andrew Young   Category: Happiness

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.
Jacques-Yves Cousteau   Category: Happiness

Only when mans life comes to end in prosperity can one call that man happy.
Aeschylus   Category: Happiness

Happiness it is said is seldom found by those who seek it and never by those who seek it for themselves.
F. Emerson Andrews   Category: Happiness

Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary what is neither necessary nor destructive and what is destructive. In the middle category however that of the unnecessary but undestructive that of comfort luxury exuberance etc.
Ursula K. LeGuin   Category: Happiness

You must learn day by day year by year to broaden your horizon. The more things you love the more you are interested in the more you enjoy the more you are indignant about the more you have left when anything happens.
Ethel Barrymore   Category: Happiness

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply to enjoy simply to think freely to risk life to be needed.
Storm (Margaret) Jameson   Category: Happiness

The world is so full of a number of things; I am sure we should all be as happy as kings.
Robert Louis Stevenson   Category: Happiness

Money cant buy friends but you can get a better class of enemy.
Spike Milligan   Category: Happiness

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayana   Category: Happiness

Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.
Orison Swett Marden   Category: Happiness