115 Happiness Quotes
To Know About Happiness



Welcome to Happiness Quotes. The entire humanity as well as the animal world has only one aim – to attain happiness. But do we really know what is happiness? The following happiness quotes will give you an idea of what is happiness, what it isn’t and how to achieve it.

Almost everybody seems to agree on this – happiness isn’t about possessing money or things that money can buy. It is not an external thing but an internal one. That it is not a destination but the journey. Whatever it is, you can find your own definition in the happiness quotes given below.

Happiness Quotes - I

If your happiness depends upon
what is happening outside of
you, you are a slave to the
external situation.
~ Sadhguru

If your happiness depends upon
what is happening outside of
you, you are a slave to the
external situation.
Sadhguru

Stop pushing so hard on the
door looking for happiness.
It opens inward.
~ Anonymous

Stop pushing so hard on the
door looking for happiness.
It opens inward.
Anonymous


  • For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
    ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.
    ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
    ~ Mahatma Gandhi
  • 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
  • Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
    Dalai Lama XIV

Happiness Quotes - II

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

  • The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.
    ~ Audrey Hepburn
  • 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
  • It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.
    ~ Dale Carnegie
  • No medicine cures what happiness cannot.
    ~ Gabriel García Márquez
  • Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
    ~ Marcel Proust
  • Take responsibility of your own happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.
    ~ Roy T. Bennett

Happiness Quotes - III

  • If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.
    ~ Roy T. Bennett
  • Hope
    Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
    Whispering 'it will be happier'...
    ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
    ~ Mark Twain
  • Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.
    ~ Roy T. Bennett
  • Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.
    ~ Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.
    W. P. Kinsella
  • Happiness [is] only real when shared.
    Jon Krakauer

Happiness Quotes - IV

  • The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.
    ~ Bette Midler
  • Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.
    ~ Ayn Rand
  • Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.
    ~ Orhan Pamuk
  • Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.
    ~ Steve Maraboli
  • The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
    ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.
    ~ Alexandre Dumas
  • All happiness depends on courage and work.
    ~ Honoré de Balzac
  • The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.
    ~ Mark Twain

Happiness Quotes - V

  • Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.
    ~ Mother Teresa
  • The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
    ~ George Washington Burnap
  • I'd far rather be happy than right any day.
    ~ Douglas Adams
  • Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.
    ~ Charlotte Bronte
  • One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
    ~ Rita Mae Brown
  • Happiness depends upon ourselves.
    Aristotle
  • Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
    Guillaume Apollinaire

Happiness Quotes - VI

  • True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.
    ~ Seneca
  • 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
  • Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others...By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.
    ~ Gordon B. Hinckley
  • Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
    Aristotle
  • Maybe the truth is, there's a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn't having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it's about stringing together all the little things.
    Ann Brashares
  • 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.
  • Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That's its balance.
    ~ Osho Rajneesh
  • Whoever is happy will make others happy.
    ~ Anne Frank

Happiness Quotes - VII

  • The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.
    ~ Carrie Jones
  • Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.
    ~ Daphne Du Maurier
  • Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.
    ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
  • 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
  • A mathematical formula for happiness:Reality divided by Expectations.There were two ways to be happy:improve your reality or lower your expectations.
    ~ Jodi Picoult
  • Happiness is not a goal...it's a by-product of a life well lived.
    Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called All the Things That Could Go Wrong.
    Marianne Williamson

Happiness Quotes - VIII

  • I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.
    ~ Groucho Marx
  • Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
    ~ William James
  • The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.
    ~ Louisa May Alcott
  • A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
    ~ John Keats
  • Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.
    ~ Marcus Aurelius
  • The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
    ~ Martha Washington
  • 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

Happiness Quotes - IX

  • I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.
    ~ Audrey Hepburn
  • Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
    ~ J. Richard Lessor
  • I am very happy
    Because I have conquered myself
    And not the world.
    I am very happy
    Because I have loved the world
    And not myself.
    ~ Sri Chinmoy
  • There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will.
    ~ Epictetus
  • All who joy would win
    Must share it -- Happiness was born a twin.
    ~ George Gordon (Lord) Byron
  • Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Money may not buy happiness, but I'd rather cry in a Jaguar than on a bus.
    Françoise Sagan

Happiness Quotes - X

  • The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.
    ~ Carlos Castaneda
  • Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.
    ~ Dale Carnegie
  • Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.
    ~ Dalai Lama XIV
  • Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You'll definitely be happier.
    ~ Simone Elkeles
  • The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
    ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.
    ~ Ben Carson
  • The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
    ~ James Matthew Barrie
  • I shall take the heart. [...] For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.
    ~ L. Frank Baum

Happiness Quotes - XI

  • Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it.
    ~ Alexandre Dumas
  • Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own.
    ~ Honoré de Balzac
  • Happiness is the object and design of our existence; and will be the end thereof, if we pursue the path that leads to it; and this path is virtue, uprightness, faithfulness, holiness, and keeping all the commandments of God.
    ~ Joseph Smith
  • My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.
    ~ Michael J. Fox
  • In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.
    ~ Dieter F. Uchtdorf
  • One is happy as a result of one's own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.
    George Sand

Happiness Quotes - XII

  • I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
    ~ Albert Schweitzer
  • The way I define happiness is being the creator of your experience, choosing to take pleasure in what you have, right now, regardless of the circumstances, while being the best you that you can be.
    ~ Leo Babauta
  • Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.
    ~ Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • Rules for happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.
    ~ Immanuel Kant
  • That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. When it comes to one, it comes as naturally as sleep.
    ~ Willa Cather
  • Happiness is a state of mind, a choice, a way of living; it is not something to be achieved, it is something to be experienced.
    ~ Steve Maraboli
  • The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.
    ~ Desiderius Erasmus
  • A man wants to earn money in order to be happy, and his whole effort and the best of a life are devoted to the earning of that money. Happiness is forgotten; the means are taken for the end.
    ~ Albert Camus
(Three happy friends.)
Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.
~ Epicurus

Of all the means to insure happiness throughout the whole life, by far the most important is the acquisition of friends.
Epicurus

(Man climbing a mountain.)
Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
~ Andy Rooney

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

Happiness Quotes - XIII

  • A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
    ~ Hugh Downs
  • My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.
    ~ Socrates
  • Money is numbers and numbers never end. If it takes money to be happy, your search for happiness will never end.
    ~ Bob Marley
  • No one can grant you happiness. Happiness is a choice we all have the power to make.
    ~ Dean Koontz
  • Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty; but learn to be happy alone.
    ~ Saul Bellow
  • Happiness doesn't come from achievements, or money, or any sort of treasure. Happiness is a frame of mind, not a destination. It's appreciating what you've got and building relationships with those around you.
    Janette Rallison
  • It's what's in yourself that makes you happy or unhappy.
    Agatha Christie

Happiness Quotes - XIV

  • 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
  • The most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it.
    ~ Jaggi Vasudev
  • Happiness is based on a just discrimination of what is necessary, what is neither necessary nor destructive, and what is destructive.
    ~ Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Be happy for no reason, like a child. If you are happy for a reason, you’re in trouble, because that reason can be taken from you.
    ~ Deepak Chopra
  • 'Tis never the place, but the people one shares it with who are the cause of our happiest memories.
    ~ Susanna Kearsley
  • It is my observations, though, that happiness limits the amount of suffering one is willing to inflict upon others.
    ~ Jacqueline Carey
  • The secret of happiness: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.
    ~ Daniel C. Dennett
  • You don't feel like smiling? Then what? Force yourself to smile. Act as if you were already happy, and that will tend to make you happy.
    ~ Celeste Ng

Happiness Quotes - XV

  • Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
    ~ Margaret Lee Runbeck
  • Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.
    ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Maybe this is a characteristic of happy people. An ability to be entertained by the world.
    ~ Clare Morrall
  • Happiness is having the freedom to do what you love.
    ~ A.G. Stranger
  • Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
    ~ Benjamin Disraeli
  • When you win and the other fellow loses, what do you see? A losing face. There is great joy in losing and making the other person win and have a happy face. Who will be the happiest person? The one who brings happiness to others.
    Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • Happiness must be grown in one's own garden.
    Mary Engelbreit

Happiness Quotes - XVI

  • The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
    ~ Epictetus
  • The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
    ~ Oprah Winfrey
  • Happiness is the pleasantest of emotions; because of this, it is the most dangerous. Having once felt happiness, one will do anything to maintain it, and losing it, one will grieve.
    ~ Kij Johnson

(End of Happiness Quotes)


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