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377 Quotes About Happiness to Brighten Everyone's Day

Happiness is... what? We are all involved in the pursuit of happiness and it can mean something different to each of us. And something different at different points in our lives. So it is something to periodically re-ponder - what does happiness mean to me and am I happy and how important is that to me?

Here is a large collection of the best happiness quotes we could find for you to reflect upon and enjoy.

Our hope is that some will resonate with you and thus brighten your day! Please share widely and spread the happy!

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

--Gautama Buddha

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A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

--Helen Keller

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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

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A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.

--Seneca the Younger

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Sometimes life knocks you on your ass... get up, get up, get up! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.

--Steve Maraboli

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Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.

--Roy T. Bennett

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Happiness is a choice and a skill and you can dedicate yourself to learning that skill and making that choice.

--Naval Ravikant

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If we would just slow down, happiness would catch up to us.

--Richard Carlson

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True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self.

--Joseph Addison

Longer Version:

True happiness 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.

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Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.

--Charles Dickens

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Happiness is a warm puppy.

--Charles M. Schulz

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Happiness is a state of activity.


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Happiness is a function of accepting what is.

--Werner Erhard

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Real happiness is not of temporary enjoyment, but is so interwoven with the future that it blesses forever.

--James Lendall Basford

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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

Longer Version:

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

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People should find happiness in the little things, like family.

--Amanda Bynes

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The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding.

--Winifred Holtby

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

--Lord Byron

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Happiness is nothing but temporary moments here and there -- and I love those. But I would be bored out of my mind if I were happy all the time.

--Zoe Saldana

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The intimate contest for self-command never ends, and lifetime happiness requires finding the right balance between present impulses and future well-being.

--Virginia Postrel

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As women, we're nurturers by nature. We want to make sure everyone is happy. That's a good thing, but we also have to put ourselves on that happiness list.

--Victoria Osteen

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The following terms all mean one and the same thing: God, goodness, mental health, truth, decency, happiness, freedom, reality, peace, love, sensibleness.

--Vernon Howard

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What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.

--William Shenstone

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Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.

--William S. Burroughs

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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

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We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.

--Tom Waits

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The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.


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The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect.

--Thomas Huxley

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Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.

--Thomas Merton

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It is possible to live happily in the here and the now. So many conditions of happiness are available -- more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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I hump the wild to take it all in, there is no bag limit on happiness.

--Ted Nugent

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You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.

--Tracy Kidder

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I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things.

--Tim Ferriss

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If my heart can become pure and simple, like that of a child, I think there probably can be no greater happiness than this.

--Kitaro Nishida

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You will never be happier than you expect. To change your happiness, change your expectation.

--Bette Davis

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To live long and achieve happiness, cultivate the art of radiating happiness.

--Malcolm Forbes

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Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.

--Jim Rohn

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An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness.

--Maurice Maeterlinck

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Learn to be happy in any and all circumstances, whether you're experiencing pleasure or pain, whether there's loss or gain, whether the world loves you or hates you. Learn to be happy.

--Frederick Lenz

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Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.

--Steve Maraboli

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Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness.

--Robert Brault

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Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.

--Orhan Pamuk

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Happiness is a place between too much and too little.

--Finnish proverb

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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

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Happiness just doesn't happen. You have to force yourself.

--Stewart Rahr

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Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

--Sydney Smith

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When you're happy you find pure joy in your life. There are no regrets in this state of happiness -- and that's a goal worth striving for in all areas of your life.

--Suze Orman

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Independence is happiness.

--Susan B. Anthony

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Happiness is a direction, not a place.

--Sydney J. Harris

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To me, flowers are happiness.

--Stefano Gabbana

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It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It's also a very clear path to happiness.

--Sheryl Sandberg

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My happiness is not dictated on this business. Once I realized that, everything kind of changed.

--Selena Gomez

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Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.

--Sarah McLachlan

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Working 14 hours a day until you're 55 and missing your kids growing up is not what I would consider a recipe for happiness.

--Robert Harris

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Happiness has a bad rap. People say it shouldn't be your goal in life. Oh, yes it should.

--Richard Dreyfuss

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Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity.

--Rollo May

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Whoever labors for the happiness of those he loves elevates himself, no matter whether he works in the dreary shop or the perfumed field.

--Robert Green Ingersoll

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Happiness is not a reward -- it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment -- it is a result.

--Robert Green Ingersoll

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The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.

--Robert Baden-Powell

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The drive for happiness is vital; it's what keeps us in motion.

--Richard Gere

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Happiness is no laughing matter.

--Richard Whately

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One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

--Rita Mae Brown

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Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.

--Richard Bach

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Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.

--Oscar Levant

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Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.


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Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.


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Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

--Pearl S. Buck

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Americans are good at pursuing happiness. And the Americans who pursue happiness most diligently show that we're also good at running it down and killing it.

--P.J. O'Rourke

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Happiness is a simple everyday miracle, like water, and we are not aware of it.

--Nikos Kazantzakis

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My happiness doesn't come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.

--Nicki Minaj

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Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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That's what Buddhism has been trying to unravel -- the mechanism of happiness and suffering. It is a science of the mind.

--Matthieu Ricard

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For me, the only sources of moral values are the pursuit of understanding and the pursuit of happiness.

--Matthew Stewart

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Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.

--Martin Yan

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I really love being alive. I love my family and my work. I love the opportunity I have to do things. That's what happiness is.

--Michael J. Fox

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Happiness comes from the full understanding of your own being.

--Marina Abramovic

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Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

--Mahatma Gandhi

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The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action.

--Madame de Stael

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The ancient Greek view of happiness was really defined by leading a productive life: It's not about how much you have, it's about what you do with it.

--Karen Duffy

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Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.

--Kahlil Gibran

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The groundwork of all happiness is health.

--Leigh Hunt

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Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.

--Linus Pauling

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If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness.

--Leon Kass

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Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.

--Leo Tolstoy

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Happiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.

--John Mason Good


There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.

--John Buchan

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Life everlasting in a state of happiness is the greatest desire of all men.

--Joseph Franklin Rutherford

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I think perfect happiness would be a world where everyone is constantly striving to understand everyone else.

--John Corey Whaley

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Happiness is the absence of suffering. I think it's an interesting way of looking at it. I think the absence of suffering exists very rarely in the world we live in.

--Julie Christie

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Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.

--Joseph Wood Krutch

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I think my capacity to change has given me tremendous happiness, because who I am today I am completely content to be.

--Jamie Lee Curtis

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Desire is individual. Happiness is common.

--Julian Casablancas

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Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.

--John Barrymore

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Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness.

--Jason Mraz

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Happiness is just a positive perception from our brain. Some days, you will be unhappy. Our brain is a tool we use. It's not who we are.

--James Altucher

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

--Joseph Addison

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I have discovered the secret of happiness. It is work.

--John Burroughs

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

--John Dewey

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A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.

--James E. Faust

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


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Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.

--Harold Kushner

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It's part of life to have obstacles. It's about overcoming obstacles; that's the key to happiness.

--Herbie Hancock

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Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.

--Henry Van Dyke

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Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Happiness, contentment, the health and growth of the soul, depend, as men have proved over and over again, upon some simple issue, some single turning of the soul.

--George A. Smith

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One major challenge within happiness is loneliness. The more I've learned about happiness, the more I've come to believe that loneliness is a terrible, common, and important obstacle to consider.

--Gretchen Rubin

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No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness.

--Graham Greene

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Happiness lies first of all in health.

--George William Curtis

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Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.

--George Santayana

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Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

--George Orwell

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

--Franklin D. Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.

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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

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The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

--Henry David Thoreau

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

--Marcel Proust

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Happiness is only real when shared.

--Christopher McCandless

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There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

--Maria Mitchell

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I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy.

--Allen J. Lefferdink

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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.

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

--Charlotte Brontë

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Top 15 Things Money Can't Buy
Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.

--Roy T. Bennett

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Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities.


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There is great happiness in not wanting, in not being something, in not going somewhere.

--Jiddu Krishnamurti

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Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.

--Steve Maraboli

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Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

--Robert A. Heinlein

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The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

--Unknown Author

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Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.

--Pat Conroy

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Happiness is the default state. It's what's there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life.

--Naval Ravikant

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All happiness depends on courage and work.

--Honoré de Balzac

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Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.

--Benjamin Franklin

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Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.

--Ayn Rand

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I relate to happiness as an ecstatic moment -- something you don't create, you encounter.

--Yoko Ono

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Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.

--Viktor Frankl

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To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.

--Victor Hugo

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

--Victor Hugo

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Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not.

--Valerie Bertinelli

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The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

--William Dean Howells

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Until you can be happy, you can't facilitate happiness for anybody else.

--Wendy Raquel Robinson

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I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.

--Wilhelm von Humboldt

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One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.

--William Feather


Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.

--William E. Gladstone

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Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.

--William Cowper

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The greatest happiness comes from being vitally interested in something that excites all your energies.

--Walter Annenberg


More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.

--Thomas Traherne


Working hard is a great way to impact the world, to learn, to grow, to feel accomplished, and sometimes even to find happiness, but it becomes a problem when you do so at the expense of the people closest to you.

--Travis Bradberry

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

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Before the palefaces came among us, we enjoyed the happiness of unbounded freedom and were acquainted with neither riches, wants, nor oppression.


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

--Storm Jameson

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The goal of all goals is happiness, and our emotions are like road signs on that journey toward the goal of happiness.

--Deepak Chopra

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A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.


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Nothing real stands between you and your happiness, only illusion and confusion.

--Robert Holden

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It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one's uses.

--Sarah Orne Jewett

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I think if we want to find happiness by finding a life partner, then it's a little selfish. You should be complete within yourself, so that when you're in a relationship, you can give out happiness rather than expect it.

--Shahid Kapoor

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Your happiness is at the intersection of your passions and learning from great people.

--Scott Weiss

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The closest synonym of happiness is excitement, and you can generate it by doing something that you can't completely comprehend. This understanding makes the process rich and exciting.

--Sushant Singh Rajput

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I believe happiness is a choice. Some days it is a very difficult choice.

--Steve Gleason

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A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.

--Soren Kierkegaard

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Too much good fortune can make you smug and unaware. Happiness should be like an oasis, the greener for the desert that surrounds it.

--Rachel Field

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

--Robert Frost

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If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.

--Richard Bach

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Our principles are the springs of our actions. Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery. Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles.

--Red Skelton

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Happiness exists only if you have a lot of people to share it with.

--Ranbir Kapoor

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You've got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world's most powerful -- and neglected -- secret to success and happiness.

--Percy Ross

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There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.

--Ogden Nash

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Happiness seems made to be shared.

--Pierre Corneille

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Happiness is the natural flower of duty.

--Phillips Brooks

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I think the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of reality because illusion never leaves us ultimately happy.

--Parker Palmer

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When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.

--Nicole Kidman

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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

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Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.

--Napoleon Hill

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Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don't collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don't really mean anything.

--Norman Lear

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I think the difference between finding happiness, or moments of happiness, is how you choose to interpret things. That's a rather shocking responsibility. That we're responsible for our own happiness. It's not those around us.

--Natascha McElhone

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I don't want to get hung up on what 'people,' that nebulous mass, think about me. That's the way to unhappiness, I think.

--Monica Ali

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Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.

--Marguerite Gardiner

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I've always found that the poorer the places that I go, the more smiles I see, and the more happiness I see.

--Michael Franti

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It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him.

--Max Planck

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The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.

--Martha Washington

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Life continues to be difficult. It always will be because that's just life. But I am so glad I have put some happiness into the world.

--Karolyn Grimes

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Happiness is not something that just comes to you. It's an active process.

--Kate Hudson

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Whenever you choose power over love, you will never find true happiness.

--Karen Salmansohn

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An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.

--Lydia M. Child

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Where fear is, happiness is not.

--Seneca the Younger

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It feels good to know you contributed positively to another's life, to their happiness, to their survival. It gives us a sense of purpose.

--Joy Bryant

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The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always, rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy.

--J. Donald Walters

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Happiness does not consist in self-love.

--Joseph Butler

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Every age has its happiness and troubles.

--Jeanne Calment

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Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?

--Jonathan Safran Foer

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Happiness to me is simply not being unhappy.

--Jasper Carrott

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You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness.

--Julia Roberts

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With happiness as with health: to enjoy it, one should be deprived of it occasionally.

--Jules Verne

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

--John W. Gardner

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The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.

--Jeremy Bentham


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

--Iris Murdoch

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Pleasure does not equal happiness; it's part of happiness.

--Ian K. Smith

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The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness.

--Harry Harrison

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Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.

--Henri Matisse

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I think the happiness we find, we make.

--Helen Fisher

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The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

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Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.

--Roy T. Bennett

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Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

--Mother Teresa

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A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.

--Unknown Author

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Smile more. Smiling can make you and others happy.

--Roy T. Bennett

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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 that has been opened for us.

--Helen Keller

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We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.

--Norman Bradburn

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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.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

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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. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.

--Carl Jung

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Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

--Abraham Lincoln

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The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.

--Chuck Palahniuk

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Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

--Thomas Szasz

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All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.

--Baruch Spinoza

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The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.

--Carrie Jones

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Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

--Thomas Jefferson


Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.


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To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.

--Stefan Sagmeister

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I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

--Jane Austen

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

--Bertrand Russell

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Happiness is an inside job.

--Edd Byrnes

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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


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

--James Oppenheim

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Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.

--Divyanka Tripathi

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Always find opportunities to make someone smile, and to offer random acts of kindness in everyday life.

--Roy T. Bennett

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To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it.

--Robert Brault

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

--Freya Stark

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

--Doug Larson

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We can't control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.

--David C. Hill

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The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny.

--Albert Ellis

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The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.

--Ernest Hemingway

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One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

--Maria Montessori

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The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

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We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

--Janet Lane

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People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.

--Joan Rivers

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The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.


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The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

--Carl Sandburg

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Happiness is no respecter of persons.

--Stephen Fry

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Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.

--Marthe Troly-Curtin

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The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

--Richard Bach


In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.

--Gautama Buddha

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If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.

--Joe Rogan

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Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

--John Lennon

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We don't even ask happiness, just a little less pain.

--Charles Bukowski

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Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.


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The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.

--Marcus Aurelius

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There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.

--Dante Alighieri

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Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.


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Beauty is the promise of happiness.

--Edmund Burke

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Be happy. It really annoys negative people.

--Ricky Gervais

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Life is short. Smile while you still have teeth.

--Unknown Author

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Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

--Ernest Hemingway

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Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.

--Mary Lou Retton

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The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.

--William Morris

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Happiness is a decision.

--Michael J. Fox

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Find joy in the ordinary.

--Max Lucado

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Money can't buy happiness.

--Howard Hughes

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Laughter is poison to fear.

--George R.R. Martin

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Love is trembling happiness.

--Kahlil Gibran

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You are the key to happiness.

--Robert Holden


It's the little things in life.

--Unknown Author

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Happiness is the soul in peace.

--Edward Counsel

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Laughter is an instant vacation.

--Milton Berle

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Inner bliss is ultimate happiness.

--Debasish Mridha, MD

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Happiness is wanting what you have.

--Tim Ferriss

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The constant happiness is curiosity.

--Alice Munro

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Happiness is a habit -- cultivate it.

--Elbert Hubbard

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You find happiness where you find it.

--Anna Paquin

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Be happy. It's one way of being wise.

--Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

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The joy that isn't shared dies young.

--Anne Sexton

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The right to happiness is fundamental.

--Anna Pavlova

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Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.

--Baruch Spinoza

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Beauty comes from the happiness within.

--Liv Tyler

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Your success and happiness lies in you.

--Helen Keller

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I've got nothing to do today but smile.

--Simon and Garfunkel

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Live with the objective of being happy.

--Anne Frank

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Look for happiness under your own roof.

--Gretchen Rubin

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The real happiness is self-contentment.

--Napz Cherub Pellazo

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Happiness is not out there, it's in you.

--Unknown Author

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Whoever is happy will make others happy.

--Anne Frank

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Happiness doesn't care how you get there.

--Ernie J. Zelinski

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Happiness is a choice. Choose to be happy.

--Tia Mowry

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To be happy you must be your own sunshine.

--Charles Edward Jerningham

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The pursuit of joy is the purpose of life.

--Steven Redhead

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Happiness and love are just a choice away.

--Leo Buscaglia

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Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.

--Unknown Author

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No joy can equal the joy of serving others.

--Sai Baba

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Life isn't about money, it's about moments.

--David Castain

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There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage.

--Seneca the Younger

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Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.

--Don Herold

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There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.

--Anthony de Mello

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Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.

--Mildred Barthel

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Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.

--Maxim Gorky

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A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.

--Joan Miro

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A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.

--Dalai Lama

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

--Aldous Huxley

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The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.

--Robert Louis Stevenson

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There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.

--Gautama Buddha

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Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve.

--Robert Staughton Lynd

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As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.

--Andrew Delbanco

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The roots of addiction can be seen in our search for happiness in something outside of our self, be it drugs, relationships, material possessions.

--Lee L Jampolsky

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The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.

--William Saroyan

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Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky

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No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.

--Barbara De Angelis

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Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

--Albert Schweitzer

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Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

--Don Marquis

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Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

--Dale Carnegie

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

--Benjamin Disraeli

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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

--G. K. Chesterton

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

--Eric Hoffer

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Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.

--Alphonse de Lamartine

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Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.

--Thomas Jefferson

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The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.

--Victor Hugo

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Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.

--John Stuart Mill

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The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.

--Joseph Roux

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

--Albert Schweitzer

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A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

--David Brinkley


Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.

--Alan Cohen

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Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.

--Mignon McLaughlin

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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

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It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.

--Charles Spurgeon

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Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else.

--Dr. Idel Dreimer

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A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.

--Bernard de Fontenelle

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The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.

--J. D. Salinger

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Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

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Everywhere you go, take a smile with you.

--Sasha Azevedo

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Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.

--Soren Kierkegaard

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When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.

--Niccolò Machiavelli

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There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

--Logan Pearsall Smith

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True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.

--Helen Keller

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Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.

--Roy Goodman

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Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.

--Denis Waitley


God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

--C. S. Lewis

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One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

--Chinese Proverb

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A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

--John Keats

Longer Version:

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.

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Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

--Norman MacEwan

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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

--Mark Twain

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Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.

--Lou Holtz

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Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.

--Andre Gide

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The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

--Friedrich Nietzsche

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Happiness: a way station between too little and too much.

--Channing Pollock

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You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.

--Chinese Proverb


Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine.

--Henry Ward Beecher

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Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.

--Arthur Schopenhauer

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The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.

--Bette Midler

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Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.

--Winnie the Pooh

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Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.

--Dalai Lama

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Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.


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If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.

--Andrew Carnegie

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Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

--Samuel Johnson

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The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of everyday.

--Unknown Author

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He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.

--Samuel Johnson

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Fear is stupid. So are regrets.

--Marilyn Monroe

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God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

--Reinhold Niebuhr

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There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations.

--Jodi Picoult

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Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.

--Henry Ford

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One's happiness depends less on what he knows than on what he feels.

--Liberty Hyde Bailey

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Life is about making your own happiness -- and living by your own rules.

--Aimee Mullins

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I always had a larger view. I'm interested in real life -- my family, my friends. I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is. My happiness is way beyond roles and awards.

--Amy Adams

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Happiness can be thought, taught and caught... but not bought.

--Harvey MacKay

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Happiness is not a goal -- it's a by-product of a life well lived.

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Longer Version:

Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. For what keeps our interest in life and makes us look forward to tomorrow is giving pleasure to other people.

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