Happiness Quotes

The pursuit of happiness is one adventure all of us have to endure in our lives. The sad part is, majority of the people (as well as those who lived before us and those who’ll outlive us) would see a sad ending making the whole endeavor go to waste.

As long as people equate happiness with the size of one’s savings accounts chances are it’ll remain a mystery to most of us. Knowing where your happiness lie is the first step in this long journey. While most of us could complete a book-long list of the things that could make us happy, the folks we have below have made moving definitions of happiness using a few lines. Take a look and may these quotes inspire you on your own pursuit.

  1. Happiness is a way station between too much and too little. Channing Pollock
  2. That state of life is most happy where superfluities are not required and necessities are not wanting. Plutarch
  3. It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys. Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  4. 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
  5. When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. Helen Keller
  6. The belief that youth is the happiest time of life is founded on fallacy. The happiest person is the person who thinks the most interesting thoughts, and we grow happier as we grow older. William Lyon Phelps
  7. Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy. Karl Marx
  8. We meet this evening, not in sorrow, but in gladness of heart. Abraham Lincoln
  9. We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same. Carlos Castaneda
  10. Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get. Bernard Meltzer
  11. 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
  12. Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. Orison Swett Marden
  13. There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn. Samuel Johnson
  14. I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them. John Stuart Mill
  15. Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open. Rose Lane
  16. Happiness is the soul’s joy in the possession of the intangible. William George Jordan
  17. The greedy search for money or success will almost always lead men into unhappiness. Why? Because that kind of life makes them depend upon things outside themselves. André Maurois
  18. The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good. Bertrand Russell
  19. All happy people are grateful. Ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think that being unhappy leads people to complain, but it’s truer to say that complaining leads to people becoming unhappy. Dennis Prager
  20. In vain do they talk of happiness who never subdued an impulse in obedience to a principle. He who never sacrificed a present to a future good, or a personal to a general one, can speak of happiness only as the blind speak of color. Horace Mann
  21. I wish you all the joy that you can wish. William Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice)
  22. Unhappiness is the hunger to get; happiness is the hunger to give. . . . If the individual should set out for a single day to give happiness, to make life happier, brighter and sweeter, not for himself but for others, he would find a wondrous revelation of what happiness really is. William George Jordan
  23. Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens. Douglas Jerrold
  24. Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. Oliver Wendell Holmes
  25. To describe happiness is to diminish it. Henri Stendahl
  26. Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with. Mark Twain
  27. I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others. Thomas Jefferson
  28. A man can refrain from wanting what he has not and cheerfully make the best of a bird in the hand. Seneca
  29. Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love and do what you will. Dan Millman
  30. The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. Victor Marie Hugo
  31. Natural joy brings no headaches and no heartaches. Elbert Green Hubbard
  32. Good nature is worth more than knowledge, more than money, more than honor… Henry Ward Beecher
  33. The way to happiness: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised. C. Mattern
  34. Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. Count Leo Tolstoy

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