Inspirational Quotes About Happiness

Happiness quotes! My hope is that these inspirational quotes of happiness cause irresistible happiness to you. Yes! It is this simple. Read, smile, laugh and enjoy life to the fullest. This is simple wisdom.

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“With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.” Max Ehrmann

“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” Oscar Wilde

“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” Helen Keller

“A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.” Leo Tolstoy

“A sound mind in a sound body, is a short but full description of a happy state in this world.” John Locke

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.” John Keats

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” William James

“Ah, what happiness it is to be with people who are all happy, to press hands, press cheeks, smile into eyes.” Katherine Mansfield

“All happiness depends on courage and work.” Honoré de Balzac

“All that is required to feel that here and now is happiness is a simple, frugal heart.” Nikos Kazantzakis

“All who joy would win, Must share it – Happiness was born a twin.” George Gordon Byron

“And feel that I am happier than I know.” John Milton

“And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, They danced by the light of the moon.” Edward Lear

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.” John Lubbock

“Avoid greatness; in a cottage there may be more real happiness than kings or their favorites enjoy.” Horace

“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.” Mother Teresa

“Be happy, but be happy through piety.” Anne Louise Germaine de Staël

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” Marianne Williamson

“Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” John Lennon

“Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. TRUST. HOPE. LOVE. WISH. BELIEVE. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.” Mandy Hale

“Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.” Peter Deunov

“Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.” Daisaku Ikeda

“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.” Hafez

“Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.” Dale Carnegie

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

“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Abraham Lincoln

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.” Gordon B. Hinckley

“Freud’s prescription for personal happiness as consisting of work and love must be taken with the proviso that the work has to be loved, and the love has to be worked at.” Sydney J. Harris

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.” Rainbow Rowell

“Happiness is only real when shared.” Jon Krakauer

“Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure.” Arthur Schopenhauer

“Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness.” Samuel Johnson

“Happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.” Marie Rutkoski

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle

“Happiness does not depend on the size or content of a goal, but on the strength of the desire to have it.” Simon Soloveychik

“Happiness does not come from without, it comes from within.” Helen Keller

“Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.” José Martí

“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 loves come through.” E. M. Forster

“Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.” Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Happiness is a good flow of life.” Zeno of Citium

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

“Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right.” Sarah Addison Allen

“Happiness is a state of activity.” Aristotle

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” Charles M. Schulz

“Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.” Orhan Pamuk

“Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it.” Alexandre Dumas

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

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” Daphne Du Maurier

“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.” Aldous Huxley

“Happiness is not an end — it is only a means, and adjunct, a consequence.” Dinah Craik

“Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.” Jane Porter

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

“Happiness is not the end of duty, it is a constituent of it. It is in it and of it; not an equivalent, but an element.” Henry Giles

“Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling.” Tony DeLiso

“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort.” Elizabeth Gilbert

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

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

“Happiness lies in the fulfilment of the spirit through the body.” Cyril Connolly

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

“Happiness only real when shared.” Christopher McCandless

“Happiness seems made to be shared.” Pierre Corneille

“Happiness, whether consisting in pleasure or virtue, or both, is more often found with those who are highly cultivated in their minds and in their character, and have only a moderate share of external goods, than among those who possess external goods to a useless extent but are deficient in higher qualities.” Aristotle

“Happiness was simply something that occurred in a well-regulated life.” Brian Aldiss

“Happiness! Can any human being undertake to define it for another?” Dinah Craik

“Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” George Washington

“I am a happy camper so I guess I’m doing something right. Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” J. Richard Lessor

“I am every day more convinced that happiness in Heaven is for those who know how to be happy on earth.” Josemaría Escrivá

“I am not good at noticing when I’m happy, except in retrospect.” Tana French

“I am the happiest creature in the world. Perhaps other people have said so before, but not one with such justice. I am happier even than Jane; she only smiles, I laugh.” Jane Austen

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.” Neil Gaiman

“I don’t know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn’t make you happy.” J.D. Salinger

“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.” Albert Schweitzer

“I don’t think that there are any limits to how excellent we could make life seem.” Jonathan Safran Foer

“I don’t understand the point of being together if you’re not the happiest.” Gillian Flynn

“I fear, the inevitable conclusion we must all come to is, that in the world happiness is quite indefinable. We can no more grasp it than we can grasp the sun in the sky or the moon in the water. We can feel it interpenetrating our whole being with warmth and strength; we can see it in a pale reflection shining elsewhere; or in its total absence, we, walking in darkness, learn to appreciate what it is by what it is not.” Dinah Craik

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.” Sylvia Plath

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” Jane Austen

“I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” L. Frank Baum

“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

“I, for one, live only by and for happiness.” David Vogel

“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

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

“I’m going to enjoy every second, and I’m going to know I’m enjoying it while I’m enjoying it. Most people don’t live; they just race. They are trying to reach some goal far away on the horizon, and in the heat of the going they get so breathless and panting that they lose sight of the beautiful, tranquil country they are passing through; and then the first thing they know, they are old and worn out, and it doesn’t make any difference whether they’ve reached the goal or not.” Jean Webster

“I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.” John Barrowman

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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

“If you’re not making someone else’s life better, then you’re wasting your time. Your life will become better by making other lives better.” Will Smith

“If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.” Melody Carstairs

“In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child.” L. Frank Baum

“In every life we have some trouble, but when you worry? You make it double. Don’t worry, be happy.” Bobby McFerrin

“In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“It is a happiness to wonder; – it is a happiness to dream.” Edgar Allan Poe

“it is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.” Daisaku Ikeda

“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 it.” Dale Carnegie

“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

“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

“It was that impossible thing: happiness that does not wilt to reveal the thin shoots of some new desire rising from within it.” George Saunders

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” Lucille Ball

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

“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.” Chuck Palahniuk

“Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens.” Tony DeLiso

“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.” Thomas Mann

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” Mother Teresa

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

“Let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair.” Susan Polis Schutz

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Magnificent spectacle of human happiness.” Sydney Smith

“Make up your minds that happiness depends on being free, and freedom depends on being courageous.” Pericles

“Mankind are always happier for having been happy; so that if you make them happy now, you make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it.” Sydney Smith

“Many people think excitement is happiness…. But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“Maybe the truth is, there’s a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things.” Ann Brashares

“Most people measure their happiness in terms of physical pleasure and material possession. Could they win some visible goal which they have set on the horizon, how happy they could be! Lacking this gift or that circumstance, they would be miserable. If happiness is to be so measured, I who cannot hear or see have every reason to sit in a corner with folded hands and weep. If I am happy in spite of my deprivations, if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith, so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life, — if, in short, I am an optimist, my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.” Helen Keller

“Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.” Immanuel Kant

“My God, a moment of bliss. Why, isn’t that enough for a whole lifetime?” Fyodor Dostoevsky

“No man can live happily who regards himself alone, who turns everything to his own advantage. Thou must live for another, if thou wishest to live for thyself.” Seneca the Younger

“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” Gabriel García Márquez

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” Guillaume Apollinaire

“Now happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature: it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.” John Mason Good

“Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it, We are happy now because God wills it.” James Russell Lowell

“Of all the means which wisdom acquires to ensure happiness throughout the whole of life, by far the most important is friendship.” Epicurus

“One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.” George Sand

“One thing I am convinced more and more is true and that is this: the only way to be truly happy is to make others happy. When you realize that and take advantage of the fact, everything is made perfect.” William Carlos Williams

“Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.” Dalai Lama

“Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it we do suddenly realize — sometimes with astonishment — how happy we had been.” Nikos Kazantzakis

“Perfect happiness I believe was never intended by the deity to be the lot of any one of his creatures in this world; but that he has very much put in our power the nearness of our approaches to it, is what I as steadfastly believe.” Thomas Jefferson

“Personality begins where comparison leaves off. Be unique. Be memorable. Be confident. Be proud.” Shannon L. Alder

“Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.” Leo Tolstoy

“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.” Steve Maraboli

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

“Reason, Observation and Experience — the Holy Trinity of Science — have taught us that happiness is the only good; that the time to be happy is now, and the way to be happy is to make others so.” Robert G. Ingersoll

“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.” Dale Carnegie

“Seize the moments of happiness, love and be loved! That is the only reality in the world, all else is folly. It is the one thing we are interested in here.” Leo Tolstoy

“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.” Willa Cather

“That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!” Bill Watterson

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

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.” Thomas Jefferson

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet.” James Oppenheim

“The great end of all human industry, is the attainment of happiness. For this were arts invented, sciences cultivated, laws ordained, and societies modelled, by the most profound wisdom of patriots and legislators. Even the lonely savage, who lies exposed to the inclemency of the elements and the fury of wild beasts, forgets not, for a moment, this grand object, of his being.” David Hume

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” George Washington Burnap

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

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

“The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.” William Ralph Inge

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

“The key to self-generated happiness (the only reliable kind) is the refusal to take oneself too seriously.” Tom Robbins

“The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness and misery. Happiness is never better exhibited than by young animals, such as puppies, kittens, lambs, &c., when playing together, like our own children.” Charles Darwin

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn

“The nicest thing about being happy is that you think you’ll never be unhappy again.” Luis Molina

“The only way to make people good, is to make them happy.” Dinah Craik

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” Louisa May Alcott

“The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” Thich Nhat Hanh

“The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.” Jennifer Niven

“The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.” Carrie Jones

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

“The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” Carlos Castaneda

“The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.” Stephen Richards

“The will of a man is his happiness.” Friedrich Schiller

“There are only two roads that lead to something like human happiness. They are marked by the words: love and achievement…. In order to be happy oneself it is necessary to make at least one other person happy…. The secret of human happiness is not in self-seeking but in self-forgetting.” Theodor Reik

“There are as many styles of beauty as there are visions of happiness.” Stendhal

“There are random moments – tossing a salad, coming up the driveway to the house, ironing the seams flat on a quilt square, standing at the kitchen window and looking out at the delphiniums, hearing a burst of laughter from one of my children’s rooms – when I feel a wavelike rush of joy. This is my true religion: arbitrary moments of of nearly painful happiness for a life I feel privileged to lead.” Elizabeth Berg

“There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness.” Katerina Stoykova Klemer

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” Charlotte Brontë

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” Stephen Chbosky

“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

“They say you can’t really remember pain, remembering only the fact of it, not the precise way it feel. Maybe the same thing’s true of happiness.” William Barton

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.” Susan Polis Schutz

“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Martin Luther King Jr.

“Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy.” Alex Flinn

“Thus happiness depends, as Nature shows, Less on exterior things than most suppose.” William Cowper

“To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.” Pearl S. Buck

“Tolerant people are the happiest, so why not get rid of prejudices that hold you back?” William Moulton Marston

“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

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius

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

“We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.” François de La Rochefoucauld

“We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by them.” Juvenal

“We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson

“We’re all golden sunflowers inside.” Allen Ginsberg

“What can I do with my happiness? How can I keep it, conceal it, bury it where I may never lose it? I want to kneel as it falls over me like rain, gather it up with lace and silk, and press it over myself again.” Anais Nin

“What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome.” Friedrich Nietzsche

“What is there given by the gods more desirable than a happy hour?” Catullus

“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

“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.” Shannon L. Alder

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.” Marcus Aurelius

“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, And in their pleasure takes joy, even as though t’were his own.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Whoever is happy will make others happy.” Anne Frank

“Why should we build our happiness on the opinons of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?” Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.” Edmund Burke

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” William Shakespeare

“You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.” Elizabeth Gilbert

“You must be the best judge of your own happiness.” Jane Austen

“You rarely can make another happy, unless you are happy yourself.” Dinah Craik

“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

The Paradoxical Commandments
“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.


If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.


If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.


The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.


Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.


The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.


People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.


What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.


People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.


Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”

Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

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