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263 Happy Quotes to Add More Happy to Your Day

What does it mean to be happy? How important is it to be happy? What makes us happy? We are all involved in the pursuit of happiness and it can mean something different to each of us. Here is a large collection of happy quotes that we think you will enjoy. Our hope is that some will speak to you and add some joy to your day! Please share widely and spread the happy!

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There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.

--Vicki Baum

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness.

--Deepak Chopra

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Happiness is not perfected until it is shared.

--Jane Porter

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Happiness depends on your mindset and attitude.

--Roy T. Bennett

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Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

--Zhuang Zhou

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I think happiness is love.

--Vladimir Putin

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The paradox of faith is that when we conform our lives to Christ then we gain our true freedom. And its fruit is profound and lasting happiness.

--Vincent Nichols

To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to 'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to 'be happy.'

--Viktor Frankl

Longer Version:

To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to 'be happy.' But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to 'be happy.' Once the reason is found, however, one becomes happy automatically. As we see, a human being is not one in pursuit of happiness but rather in search of a reason to become happy, last but not least, through actualizing the potential meaning inherent and dormant in a given situation.

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.

--Victor Hugo

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If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.

--Mother Teresa

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One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows.

--Chinese Proverb

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Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.

--Mark Twain


It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life.

--Henrik Ibsen

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No medicine cures what happiness cannot.

--Gabriel Garcia Marquez


It's the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness.

--Richard Branson

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.

--Norm Papernick

Happiness is a well-balanced combination of love, labour, and luck.

--Mary Wilson Little

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You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.

--Jonathan Safran Foer

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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

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

--William Saroyan

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often 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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The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

--Andre Maurois

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.

--Thomas Jefferson

Longer Version:

I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
-Thomas Jefferson.

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Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.

--Baltasar Gracian

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Protect your health. Without it you face a serious handicap for success and happiness.

--Harry F. Banks

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I don't have the recipe for happiness, but I think the engine is simply having the desire.

--Vanessa Paradis

If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow.

--William Lyon Phelps

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Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.

--W. B. Yeats

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

--William Morris

The cause of justice is the cause of humanity. Its advocates should overflow with universal good will. We should love this cause, for it conduces to the general happiness of mankind.

--William Godwin

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Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.

--William Feather

You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.

--Tony Hawk

Bosses should sanction the nap rather than expect workers to power on all day without repose. They might even find that workers' happiness -- or what management types refer to as 'employee satisfaction results' -- might improve.

--Tom Hodgkinson

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

--Thomas Jefferson

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It's up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you're not happy. Your happiness lies in your hands. You can't rely on a man to make you happy or complete you. That starts with you.

--Taraji P. Henson

My happiness is being able to present my talents for people to see, and I feel like I'm an ambassador of Thai history and Thai culture on film so that people can see Muay Thai.

--Tony Jaa


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

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How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and that there will never be a time when it is not now.

--Gerald Jampolsky

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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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The best things in life aren't things.

--Art Buchwald

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

--George Washington Burnap

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It's like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.

--Haruki Murakami

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Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.

--Mildred Barthel

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Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.

--Gretta Brooker Palmer

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Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It's the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.

--Sharon Draper

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There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.

--Swami Sivananda

Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.

--Spike Milligan

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Everyone has their own way of expressing happiness.

--Shah Rukh Khan

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All true happiness, pure joy, sweet bounties, and unclouded pleasure are contained within the knowledge and love of God.

--Said Nursi

Happiness for me is getting to write about the most important things I know.

--Richard Ford

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People are pursuing happiness, but they're pursuing things that will never, ever make them happy, and they don't know that. They've got a distorted view of what will make them happy, what happiness is, and it's based on what they see on television.

--Rush Limbaugh

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Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.

--Robert Green Ingersoll

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When 'happiness' eludes us -- as, eventually, it always will -- we have the invitation to examine our programmed responses and to exercise our power to choose again.

--Richard Rohr

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Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know.

--Richard Bach

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Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.

--Ogden Nash

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Happiness is precious, and so I prefer to keep mine private. In a world where everyone shares everything, I can think of a lot of happy moments, but they're mine.

--Patrick Ness

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I know that no business contract, no order or commercial consideration can ever be worth the happiness of one's home or the peace of one's mind.

--Peter Marshall

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It's not possible to experience constant euphoria, but if you're grateful, you can find happiness in everything.

--Pharrell Williams

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I always was a rich person because money's not related to happiness.

--Paulo Coelho

Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.

--Pablo Picasso

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There is the love and marriage and family kind of happiness, which is exceedingly boring to describe but nonetheless is important to have and dreadful not to have.

--P.J. O'Rourke

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Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.

--Norman Vincent Peale

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Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.

--Napoleon Hill

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I do believe that if you haven't learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness.

--Nana Mouskouri


First and foremost, you've got to make yourself happy. Essentially being who you are is the most important thing. When you're after truth, happiness always comes.

--Nadia Giosia

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Everyday interactions we have with other people are definitely contagious, in terms of happiness.

--Nicholas A. Christakis

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Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.

--Margaret Lee Runbeck

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We all of us deserve happiness or none of us does.

--Mary Gordon

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Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.

--Marie Osmond

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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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The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.

--Milan Kundera


Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.

--Mary Baker Eddy

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What humans want is not just happiness. They want justice; they want meaning.

--Martin Seligman


Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.

--Marquis de Sade

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Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.


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I just hope I can spread some of the happiness that's been coming my way.

--Kenny Rogers

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There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness.

--Liberty Hyde Bailey

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People let their own hang-ups become the obstacles between them and personal happiness.

--Lucinda Williams

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I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it.

--Lupita Nyong'o

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Happiness is the only thing worth fighting for in your life.

--Lilly Singh

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All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.

--John Gunther

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Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness.

--John Howe

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Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.

--Jacques Prevert

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Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.

--J. Donald Walters

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Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.

--John Stossel

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The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.

--John Mason Brown

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Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.

--John Harrigan


I used to say that 'happy' was like 'lucky,' kind of imaginary. But now that I'm married and have children, I find that happiness is a real space.

--Jeffrey Wright

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Happiness is not the same as life satisfaction, while neither are identical to what we might call flourishing.

--Julian Baggini


Good and productive labor is valuable, and it doesn't mean you have to have a fancy job description. You don't have to become rich. You can be ordinary. Happiness lies there. Do good work, create good work for others.

--Jay Parini

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I think happiness comes from self-acceptance. We all try different things, and we find some comfortable sense of who we are. We look at our parents and learn and grow and move on. We change.

--Jamie Lee Curtis

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God dislikes evil, and no happiness can be built on hate. Love one another as brothers.

--Josephine Baker

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Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.

--John Dryden

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To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own -- this is happiness.

--J.B. Priestley

A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug.

--Josh Billings


It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness.

--Jules Verne

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The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

--Jim Rohn

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

--Jane Austen

Happiness is mental harmony; unhappiness is mental inharmony.

--James Allen

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The most simple things can bring the most happiness.

--Izabella Scorupco

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

--Ingrid Bergman

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The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.

--Gertrude Jekyll

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.

--Henry Ward Beecher

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

--Guillaume Apollinaire

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

--Greg Anderson


If you are happy, you can give happiness. If you don't love yourself and if you are unhappy with yourself, you can't give anything else but that.

--Gisele Bundchen

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

--George Washington

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What makes me happy is the appreciation of people around me.

--Nadia Comaneci

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You are in charge of your own happiness; you don't need to wait for other people's permission to be happy.

--Roy T. Bennett

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Stop giving other people the power to control your happiness, your mind, and your life. If you don't take control of yourself and your own life, someone else is bound to try.

--Roy T. Bennett

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I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.

--Jonathan Safran Foer

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I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.

--Alexandre Dumas


It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.

--Arthur Schopenhauer


Happiness is the bomb cosmetic! When I'm smiling, sometimes I'm giving thanks for all the things I have rather than worrying about the things I don't.

--Yaya DaCosta

The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.

--V.S. Pritchett

You can have a lot of unhappiness by not having money, but the reverse is no guarantee of happiness.

--Philip Kaufman


Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

--Frank Tyger

Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.

--Roy T. Bennett

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

--Nathaniel Hawthorne

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



The happiness of life is made up of the little charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment.

--Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.

--Marcus Aurelius

Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy.

--J.M. Reinoso

Happiness is a form of courage.

--Holbrook Jackson

Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.

--Alain de Botton

Happiness, I do not know where to turn to discover you on earth, in the air or the sky; yet I know you exist and are no futile dream.

--Rosalia de Castro

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

--Victor Hugo

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man.

--William Beveridge

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

It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power.

--William Wilberforce

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.

--Willa Cather

Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.

--William Cowper

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.

--Wayne Gretzky

The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.

--Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Happiness for me is totally just being at peace knowing that, everything I'm doing, God is pleased with that. It's complete peace for me.

--Tyler Perry

A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose.

--Tom Wilson

When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.

--Thornton Wilder

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

--Thomas Merton

The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.

--Thomas Carlyle

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.

--Thomas Jefferson

Happiness is definitely a priority in our household. That the kids are happy and everybody is comfortable. Self-esteem is very important.

--Tracy Pollan

There is even a happiness -- that makes the heart afraid.

--Thomas Hood

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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

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Don't let your happiness depend on something you may lose.

--C. S. Lewis

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Nothing can take your joy; you have to give it away. You're in complete control of your happiness.

--Joel Osteen

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I felt once more how simple and frugal a thing is happiness:
a glass of wine, a roast chestnut, a wretched little brazier, the sound of the sea. Nothing else.

--Nikos Kazantzakis

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Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.

--J. Petit Senn

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Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference.

--Naval Ravikant

Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.

--Shawn Achor

I have a talent for happiness. I look with the eyes of a painter, and I see beauty.

--Sylvia Kristel

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The arrival of any child brings you a lot of happiness.


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Feminism's agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.

--Susan Faludi

For me, the opposite of happiness isn't sadness but boredom.

--Sushant Singh Rajput

A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it, she knows the meaning of true generosity, happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with a courage and grace.

--Suze Orman


The problem is that, partly because we are women, a large measure of our happiness depends on our relationships -- including, unavoidably, our relationships with men.

--Sandra Tsing Loh

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I'm passionate about everything, like my family and friends. Anybody I am talkin' to is gonna be bona fide real. There is no substitution for happiness. Period.

--Suge Knight

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.


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Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone.

--Sigmund Freud

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.

--Samuel Johnson

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Happiness is the legal-tender of the soul. Joy is wealth.

--Robert Green Ingersoll

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A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains, he gives to others.

--Robert Green Ingersoll

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No one is perfect... absolutely no one. Like precious stones, we have a few flaws, but why focus on that? Focus on what you like about yourself, and that will bring you happiness and peace.

--Richard Simmons

I'd learned how much happiness money can bring you. Very little.

--Rick Pitino

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Most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But I know I am successful, wealthy, and connected because I am happy.

--Richard Branson

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Those who know me know I'm passionate about lists, and top of my list of priorities is my family. My wife Joan and I do not consider our legacy to our children to be wealth or fame but the opportunity to pursue happiness by following their own path.

--Richard Branson

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Eternal principles that govern happiness apply equally to all.

--Russell M. Nelson


Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.

--Red Skelton

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Happiness is a mysterious concept. It seems to work best as futurity: at that point I will be happy, et cetera. I feel like I experience small pieces of joy day to day.

--Rachel Kushner

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This obedience to the voice of the Earth is more important for our future happiness... than the desires of the moment.

--Pope Benedict XVI


I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor.

--Pierre Corneille

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We have the tendency to run away from suffering and to look for happiness. But, in fact, if you have not suffered, you have no chance to experience real happiness.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh

Every moment of your life that is not a complete nightmare is happiness.

--Merrill Markoe

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My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.

--Michael J. Fox

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We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.

--Maxwell Maltz

When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.

--Malcolm Forbes

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Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.

--Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

For me, happiness is doing my best and trying to be helpful.

--Ken Kercheval

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There are no plans that always work in life. For me, the secret to happiness is being positive and looking at the brighter side of my life.

--Karisma Kapoor


I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a 'one size fits all' standard for happiness.

--Kanye West

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Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.

--Leo Rosten


Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!

--Ludwig van Beethoven

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One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.

--Leo Tolstoy

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What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.

--Leo Buscaglia

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The only really important thing, at the end of the day, is your health. If you haven't got that, then all the money in the world isn't going to bring you happiness.

--John Caudwell

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.

--John Lubbock

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Just stop for a minute and you'll realize you're happy just being. I think it's the pursuit that screws up happiness. If we drop the pursuit, it's right here.

--James Hillman

Happiness isn't happiness unless there's a violin-playing goat.

--Julia Roberts

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Bookstore operators tell us that the books which head the bestseller list are books on peace and happiness.

--Joseph B. Wirthlin

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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.

--Jose Marti

Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.

--John C. Maxwell

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I have discovered the secret of happiness -- it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.

--John Burroughs

I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness.

--Ian K. Smith

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

--Hosea Ballou

There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.

--Henry Drummond

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

--Helen Keller

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

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

--H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.

--George Sand

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

--George Burns

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

--Dalai Lama

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

--Anne Frank

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Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.

--Norman Vincent Peale

Longer Version:

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities. Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with self-confidence you can succeed. A sense of inferiority and inadequacy interferes with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realization and successful achievement.


The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.

--Marcel Pagnol

Whoever is happy will make others happy too.

--Anne Frank

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The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

--George Bernard Shaw

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America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.

--John Updike

I might look successful and happy being in front of you today, but I once suffered from severe depression and was in total despair.

--Ji-Hae Park

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Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent.

--Dennis Prager

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Not one of us can rest, be happy, be at home, be at peace with ourselves, until we end hatred and division.

--John Lewis

Brotherhood is not just a Bible word. Out of comradeship can come and will come the happy life for all.

--Heywood Broun

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Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.

--Anne Frank

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

--Marcus Aurelius

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Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.

--Dalai Lama

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Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

You can be happy where you are.

--Joel Osteen

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Be happy, and a reason will come along.

--Robert Breault

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You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.

--Alyson Noel

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

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A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

--George Bernard Shaw

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Don't Worry Be Happy.

--Meher Baba

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To be happy, make others happy.

--Stephen Richards

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Happiness depends upon ourselves.


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We are all happy if we but knew it.

--Fyodor Dostoevsky


Do not wait for a reason to be happy.

--Mason Cooley

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

--Dalai Lama

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.

--Augustine of Hippo

If you want to be happy, be.

--Leo Tolstoy

A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.

--Andre Maurois

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

--Omar Khayyam

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

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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

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

--Bertrand Russell

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

--Abraham Lincoln

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Cherish all your happy moments; they make a fine cushion for old age.

--Booth Tarkington

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The only joy in the world is to begin.

--Cesare Pavese

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

--James Oppenheim

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Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.

--Ariana Grande

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Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.

--Milton H. Erickson

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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

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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


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