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

— John Barrymore

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

— Dalai Lama

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

— Abraham Lincoln

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.

— Martha Washington

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

— Mahatma Gandhi

Some cause happiness wherever they go others whenever they go.

— Oscar Wilde

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

— Dalai Lama

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin what else does a man need to be happy?

— Albert Einstein

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.

— Dalai Lama

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

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

— William E. Gladstone

Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.

— Alice Walker

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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

— Benjamin Franklin

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.

— Ayn Rand

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

— Charles Spurgeon

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

— Aristotle

Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.

— Dale Carnegie

Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.

— Ambrose Bierce

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

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.

— Helen Keller

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

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

— Ernest Hemingway

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

— Epictetus

Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.

— George Bernard Shaw

There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.

— Mark Twain

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

— Andre Maurois

Happiness is not a goal it is a by-product.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

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

— Thomas Jefferson

Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.

— Clare Boothe Luce

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

— Benjamin Disraeli

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

— Helen Keller

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

— Bernard Meltzer

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

— Richard Bach

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

— Albert Camus

Love is trembling happiness.

— Khalil Gibran

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

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

— Albert Schweitzer

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

— Thomas Merton

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

— Robert Frost

If you want to be happy, be.

— Leo Tolstoy

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

— Omar Khayyam

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

— Bertrand Russell

In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?

— Leslie Caron

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

— Albert Camus

True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.

— Ovid

You can be happy where you are.

— Joel Osteen

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.

— Ayn Rand

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

— Lydia M. Child

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.

— Bertolt Brecht

A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.

— Bette Davis

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.

— Napoleon Hill

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

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

— Leo Buscaglia

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

— Jane Austen

Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.

— Bertrand Russell

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

— George Sand

Happiness is an inside job.

— William Arthur Ward

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

— Richard Bach

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

— Baruch Spinoza

Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.

— Deepak Chopra

Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.

— Andy Rooney

There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.

— Aldous Huxley

Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.

— Princess Diana

Never mind your happiness do your duty.

— Peter Drucker

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

Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.

— Marquis de Sade

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

— Plutarch

All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.

— Lord Byron

You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.

— Ernie Banks

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

— Arthur Schopenhauer

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.

— Ambrose Bierce

I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.

— J. D. Salinger

Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.

— Blaise Pascal

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

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.

— Bertrand Russell

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

— Baltasar Gracian

It is not God’s will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.

— Immanuel Kant

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

— Malcolm Forbes

Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.

— Alexandre Dumas

Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.

— Friedrich Schiller

Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.

— George Sand

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.

— Ogden Nash

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.

— Douglas William Jerrold

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.

— Carl Sandburg

If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.

— Maurice Chevalier

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

— Leo Rosten

Happiness is a direction, not a place.

— Sydney J. Harris

Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.

— Andre Gide

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.

— Ben Jonson

Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.

— Anatole France

It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness poverty and wealth have both failed.

— Kin Hubbard

Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.

— Euripides

Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.

— David Lee Roth

Happiness isn’t something you experience it’s something you remember.

— Oscar Levant

Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.

— Desiderius Erasmus

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.

— Agnes Repplier

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.

— Ashley Montagu

To describe happiness is to diminish it.

— Stendhal

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.

— Sophocles

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.

— Arnold Bennett

If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and not from the world.

— David Brainerd

Desire is individual. Happiness is common.

— Julian Casablancas

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.

— Rita Mae Brown

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.

— Adam Smith

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.

— Don Marquis

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

— Sarah McLachlan

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

— Lucinda Williams

Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.

— John Stuart Mill

Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.

— Baruch Spinoza

Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.

— Benjamin Spock

Happiness seems made to be shared.

— Pierre Corneille

There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.

— Denis Diderot

The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.

— Ernest Dimnet

Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.

— Sam Levenson

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.

— Austin O’Malley

Happiness does not consist in self-love.

— Joseph Butler

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

— Pearl S. Buck

To buy happiness is to sell soul.

— Douglas Horton

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

— John Dryden

Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided.

— Alphonse Karr

Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else.

— Alphonse Karr

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

— Linus Pauling

Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.

— George Sand

We possess only the happiness we are able to understand.

— Maurice Maeterlinck

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.

— William Ellery Channing

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

— Leon Kass

To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.

— Charlotte Perkins Gilman

We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.

— Walter Savage Landor

The right to happiness is fundamental.

— Anna Pavlova

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

— Joseph Franklin Rutherford

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

— Joseph Roux

There is happiness in duty, although it may not seem so.

— Jose Marti

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.

— F. H. Bradley

Happiness will come from materialism, not from meaning.

— Andrei Platonov

So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some.

— Booth Tarkington

Happiness is hard to recall. Its just a glow.

— Frank McCourt

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

— William Dean Howells

There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.

— Alfred de Musset

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.

— C. S. Lewis

If we can but prevent the government from wasting the labours of the people, under the pretence of taking care of them, they must become happy.

— Thomas Jefferson

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

— Jim Rohn

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

— Buddha

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

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.

— Buddha

The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.

— Benjamin Franklin

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.

— Helen Keller

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

— Democritus

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.

— Dalai Lama

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness 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

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

— Euripides

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own… Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.

— Robert A. Heinlein

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.

— Benjamin Franklin

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.

— Kevyn Aucoin

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

— Victor Hugo

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

Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.

— George Washington

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.

— Thomas Jefferson

But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.

— William Shakespeare

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

— George Burns

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

— William Morris

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

— Thomas Jefferson

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

— Khalil Gibran

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

— Dale Carnegie

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

— John W. Gardner

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.

— Mahatma Gandhi

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.

— Helen Keller

Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.

— Helen Keller

Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.

— Chanakya

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.

— Billy Graham

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness.

— Benjamin Franklin

It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.

— George Bernard Shaw

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

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.

— Dale Carnegie

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

— Confucius

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Joseph Addison

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

— Aristotle

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.

— Aristotle

Don’t wish me happiness – I don’t expect to be happy it’s gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.

— Honore de Balzac

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.

— Henry David Thoreau

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.

— Plato

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

Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.

— Bill Vaughan

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

— John Dewey

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

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

— William Butler Yeats

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

— Henry David Thoreau

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

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

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Independence is happiness.

— Susan B. Anthony

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

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

— George Bernard Shaw

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

I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn’t one I’ll have to fight for as long as I live. I wonder if it’s worth it.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

Happiness can exist only in acceptance.

— George Orwell

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.
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Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have it depends solely on what you think.

— Dale Carnegie

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.

— Chanakya

There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.

— Nelson Mandela

The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.

— Elbert Hubbard

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

The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift.

— Ellen DeGeneres

There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.

— Henry Ford

Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.

— Abdul Kalam

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

The word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.

— Carl Jung

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

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

— Plato

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

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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

Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money’s not related to happiness.

— Paulo Coelho

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

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

— Henry Ford

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.

— Charlie Chaplin

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

The happiness of society is the end of government.

— John Adams

The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.

— Chanakya

Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.

— Daniel Boone

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.

— Thomas Paine

The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping .

— Dale Carnegie

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.

— Bertrand Russell

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.

— Bertrand Russell

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

— Henry Ward Beecher

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

— William James

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

— Victor Hugo

God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Chuck Palahniuk

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

— Dante Alighieri

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.

— Epictetus

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

— Marcel Proust

Money is human happiness in the abstract he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

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

— Leo Tolstoy

For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another’s happiness.

— Aeschylus

Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman – or a bad woman it depends on how much happiness you can handle.

— George Burns

I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.

— Bertrand Russell

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.

— Bertrand Russell

It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.

— Denis Waitley

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

What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.

— Sigmund Freud

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.

— Bertrand Russell

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

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

— Victor Hugo

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

— Tom Wilson

The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.

— Karl Marx

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

— Victor Hugo

Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people’s happiness.

— Aldous Huxley

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

— Nana Mouskouri

Where fear is, happiness is not.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

— Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

— Victor Hugo

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.

— William James

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

— Wayne Gretzky

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.

— Bertrand Russell

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.

— Immanuel Kant

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

— Maria Montessori

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.

— George Orwell

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

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

— Bertrand Russell

Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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

— Guillaume Apollinaire

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

— Richard Bach

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

— Michael J. Fox

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

— Edmund Burke

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

— Robert Green Ingersoll

When ambition ends, happiness begins.

— Thomas Merton

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.

— Epictetus

Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth.

— William Blake

Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?

— Chuck Palahniuk

A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.

— James Allen

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

Imagination disposes of everything it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.

— Blaise Pascal

Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.

— William S. Burroughs

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.

— Samuel Johnson

Happiness is a how not a what. A talent, not an object.

— Hermann Hesse

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.

— Immanuel Kant

Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.

— Ambrose Bierce

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

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

It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.

— Thomas Carlyle

When you’re passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection.

— Debra Messing

The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.

— Quentin Crisp

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

— Thomas Carlyle

We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration.

— Alanis Morissette

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.

— George Santayana

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

— Saint Augustine

In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.

— Frederick Douglass

While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure.

— Bryant H. McGill

Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.

— Zhuangzi

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!

— William Hazlitt

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.

— Benjamin Disraeli

No man chooses evil because it is evil he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.

— Mary Wollstonecraft

Happiness is your own treasure because it lies within you.

— Prem Rawat

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

— Robert Green Ingersoll

I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.

— Martha Washington

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.

— Gustave Flaubert

Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.

— Anton Chekhov

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.

— Joseph Addison

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

Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then.

— Anthony Hopkins

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.

— Charles Caleb Colton

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

— Thucydides

The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.

— George Eliot

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

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 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

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.

— W. Somerset Maugham

Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one’s self to do without it.

— George Eliot

A woman’s heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.

— George Eliot

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

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.

— Phillips Brooks

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.

— Christian Nestell Bovee

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

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.

— Honore de Balzac

Man’s only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever.

— John Ruskin

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

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

— Ingrid Bergman

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.

— George A. Sheehan

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.

— Virginia Woolf

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness poverty and wealth have both failed.

— Kin Hubbard

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

— John Stuart Mill

Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness.

— David Sarnoff

I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness.

— Lord Byron

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.

— Francis Bacon

Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.

— Samuel Johnson

Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.

— Jane Austen

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

— Spike Milligan

I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.

— Bo Derek

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

— Heraclitus

I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about.

— Taylor Swift

Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.

— Andre Maurois

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

Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.

— Langston Hughes

While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love.

— Bo Bennett

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

— Robert Baden-Powell

Little islands of human happiness, peace, and prosperity are so exceptional at this point in history that I’m not even sure we can draw lessons from them.

— P. J. O’Rourke

The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

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

— Harold Kushner

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.

— Sophocles

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

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

— Thomas Huxley

Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.

— Bryant H. McGill

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

— Sivananda

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

I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.

— Samuel Johnson

We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.

— Samuel Johnson

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.

— Samuel Johnson

There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.

— Samuel Johnson

There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern… No, Sir 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

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.

— Aeschylus

Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.

— George Santayana

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.

— Horace

There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man – that is, the more divine – the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish.

— Miguel de Unamuno

I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.

— Malcolm Muggeridge

Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.

— Marcel Proust

Music should probably provide answers in terms of lyrical content, and giving people a sense of togetherness and oneness, as opposed to being alone in their thoughts and dilemmas or regrets or happiness or whatever.

— Peabo Bryson

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

To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.

— James Madison

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.

— Charles Caleb Colton

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.

— Nathaniel Hawthorne

Money may not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it!

— Freddie Mercury

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

— Ted Nugent

Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.

— Carrie Underwood

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.

— Joseph Addison

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

— Doug Larson

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