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Happiness quotes and quotations

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

Happiness is an inside job.
William Arthur Ward

Happiness is being married to your best friend.
Barbara Weeks

The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it.
Al Batt

Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.
Anonymous

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
Albert Schweitzer

Happiness isn't a static thing; it's the quest for happiness that allows us to think we're happy, while we continue to search for more.
Greg Webster

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
William Cowper

The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.
Anthelme Brillat

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values.
Ayn Rand

Do not weep; do not wax indignant. Understand.
Baruch Spinoza

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 paradise in a few years.
Bertrand Russell

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

All I can say about life is, Oh God, enjoy it!
Bob Newhart

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

Sometimes it's hard to avoid the happiness of others.
David Assael

What can be happier than for a man, conscious of virtuous acts, and content with liberty, to despise all human affairs?
Cesare di Bonesana Beccaria

Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
Henry David Thoreau

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.
Immanuel Hermann Fichte

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

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

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

At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities.
Jean Houston

The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
John Berry

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

Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one spot.
Josh Billings

Hold him alone truly fortunate who has ended his life in happy well-being.
Aeschylus

Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.
Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

. . . all who joy would win Must share it.--Happiness was born a twin.
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

To have been happy, madame, adds to calamity.
Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

The greatest happiness of the greatest number.
Cesare di Bonesana Beccaria

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
Aeschylus

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
Christopher Morley

Priestly was the first (unless it was Becarria) who taught my lips to pronounce this sacred truth--that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.
Cesare di Bonesana Beccaria

All sanity depends on this: that it should be a delight to feel heat strike the skin, a delight to stand upright, knowing the bones are moving easily under the flesh.
Doris Lessing

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast - you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
Eddie Cantor

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

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.
Helen Keller

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
George Bernard Shaw

This is the best kind of voyeurism, hearing joy from your neighbors.
Chuck Sigars

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.
Cesare di Bonesana Beccaria

Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.
Anonymous

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
Cesare di Bonesana Beccaria

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

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

What is there given by the gods more desirable than a happy hour?
Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus)

The message from the hedge-leaves, Heed it, whoso thou art; Under lowly eaves Lives the happy heart.
John Vance Cheney

Oh, Mirth and Innocence! Oh, Milk and Water! Ye happy mixture of more happy days!
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Aristotle

We think a happy life consists in tranquility of mind.
Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero)

Happiness seems made to be shared.
Pierre Corneille

If solid happiness we prize, Within our breast this jewel lies, And they are fools who roam; The world has nothing to bestow, From our own selves our bliss must flow, And that dear hut,--our home.
Nathaniel Cotton

There comes For ever something between us and what We deem our happiness.
Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)


Domestic Happiness, thou only bliss Of Paradise that hast survived the Fall!
William Cowper

Happiness lies in our own backyard, but it's probably well hidden by crabgrass.
Anonymous

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

Happiness comes through doors you didn't even know you left open.
Anonymous

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.
Bertrand Russell

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

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

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
William H. Sheldon

Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.
Logan Pearsall Smith

Happiness has many roots, but none more important than security.
E. R. Stettinius, Jr.

Happiness consists in activity; such as the constitution of our nature; it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.
Anonymous

The highest happiness, the purest joys of life, wear out at last.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, It comes and sits softly on your shoulder.
Anonymous

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

Happiness is not given but exchanged.
Anonymous