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Happiness Quotes

"A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes." Hugh Downs


"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." Franklin Roosevelt

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

"If you want happiness for an hour - take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day - go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year - inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime - help someone else."
Chinese Proverb

"Happiness is not the result of circumstance. It is the result of loving others." Lloyd Newell

"Pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man." Muhammad Ali

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

"Happiness depends upon ourselves." Aristotle

"Happiness is a state of activity." Aristotle

"Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response." Mildred Barthel

"Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap." William Bennett

"I remember hearing in a talk that the more we express our gratitude to God for our blessings, the more he will bring to our mind other blessings. The more we are aware of to be grateful for, the happier we become." Ezra Taft Benson

"There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness." Lady Marguerite Blessington

"You can make yourself happy or miserable - it's the same amount of effort." Ray Bradbury

"The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring." Francis Herbert Bradley

"Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste." Charlotte Bronte

"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." Siddhartha Guatama Buddha

"Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them." Albert Camus

"Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think." Dale Carnegie

"Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get." Dale Carnegie

"If money is all that a man makes, then he will be poor - poor in happiness, poor in all that makes life worth living." Herbert N. Casson

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

"The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves." William Emery Channing

"To be happy, one must rid oneself of prejudice, be virtuous, healthy, and have a capacity for enjoyment and for passion ..." Madam du Châtelet

"In our daily lives, we must see
That it is not happiness that makes us grateful,
But the gratefulness that makes us happy."
Albert Clarke

"Happiness depends, as Nature shows,
Less on exterior things than most suppose."
William Cowper

"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 us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness." Dalai Lama

"To find out what one is fitted to do and to secure an opportunity to do it is the key to happiness." John Dewey

"Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action." Benjamin Disraeli

"The gift of happiness belongs to those who unwrap it." Andrew Dunbar

"The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts." Timothy Dwight

"Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only. you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others." George Eliot

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

"Of cheerfulness, or a good temper - the more it is spent, the more of it remains." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"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

"How would you know what happy is if you've never been otherwise." Malcolm S. Forbes

"There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us someone else's work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something." Henry Ford

"If you would find happiness and joy, lose your life in some noble cause. A worthy purpose must be at the center of every worthy life." Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

"Striving for happiness is a long, hard journey with many challenges. It requires eternal vigilance to win the victory. You cannot succeed with sporadic little flashes of effort. Constant and valiant living is necessary." Jack H. Goaslind, Jr.

"Whatever mitigates the woes, or increases the happiness of others, is a just criterion of goodness; and whatever injures society at large, or any individual in it, is a criterion of iniquity." Oliver Goldsmith

"It is one of the strange ironies of this strange life that those who work the hardest, who subject themselves to the strictest discipline, who give up certain pleasurable things in order to achieve a goal, are the happiest men. When you see 20 or 30 men line up for a distance race in some meet, don't pity them, don't feel sorry for them. Better envy them instead." Brutus Hamilton

"Happiness, in this world, if it comes at all, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us on a wild-goose chase, and it is never attained." Nathaniel Hawthorne

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

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

"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

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

"Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness." Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Natural joy brings no headaches and no heartaches." Elbert Green Hubbard

"Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved." Victor Hugo

"That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers." Francis Hutcheson

"Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result." Robert Green Ingersoll

"True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's 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.

"Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed." Storm Jameson

"It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness." Thomas Jefferson

"Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens." Douglas Jerrold

"Labor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man." Dr. Samuel Johnson

"True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice." Ben Johnson

"It is not necessary that whilst I live I live happily; but it is necessary that so long as I live I should live honorably." Immanuel Kant

"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

"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 as been opened for us." Helen Keller

"Definition of happiness: The full use of your powers along lines of excellence." John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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

"The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment." Doug Larson

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

"Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe." Orison Swett Marden

"Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it." Bernard Melzer

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

"If you find some happiness inside yourself, you'll start findin' it in lot of other places too." Gladiola Montana

"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self." Jean Iris Murdoch

"If this world afford true happiness, it is to be found in a home where love and confidence increase with the years, where the necessities of life come without severe strain, where luxuries enter only after their cost has been carefully considered." Alfred Edward Newton

"The principle of happiness should be like the principle of virtue: it should not be dependent of things, but be a part of personality [and character]." William Lyon Phelps

"The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts....take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature." Marcus Aurelius

"Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results." Denis Waitley


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