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450 Inspiring Happiness Quotes To Brighten Your Life (2023)

Updated: Jan 15, 2023

1. “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


2. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. ” ―Epictetus


3. “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”


4. “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


5. “Laughing at our mistakes can lengthen our own life. Laughing at someone else’s can shorten it.”


6. “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” —Winnie the Pooh


7. “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” —Lucille Ball


8. “Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.”


9. “Simplicity makes me happy.”


10. “We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.” ~ Walter Savage Landor


11. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” ~ Elbert Hubbard


12. “Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.”


13. “For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.”


14. “Happiness is the best makeup” ~ Drew Barrymore​


15. “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.”


16. “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.” ~ Steve Marabol


17. “Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.” ~ Albert Schweitzer


18. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.” ―Ralph Waldo Emerson


19. “We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.” ~ George Bernard Shaw


20. “That’s your unlimited desires that are clouding your peace, your happiness.”


21. “Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.”


22. “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”


23. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”


24. “There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.”


25. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~ Omar Khayyam


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


27. “I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.” ~ Paul Simon


28. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”


29. “Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things.”


30. “Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ―Guillaume Apollinaire


31. “To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.” ~ Gustave Flaubert


32. “We are all happy if we but knew it.” ―Fyodor Dostoyevsky


33. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.” ―Audrey Hepburn


34. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” —Marcus Aurelius Antoninus


35. “Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.”


36. “You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.” ―Andy Warhol


37. “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” ~ Marcus Aurelius


38. “The truly wise and happy are never rushed.”


39. “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.” ~ Dalai Lama


40. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony” ~ Mahatma Gandhi


41. “The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.” ~ Thucydides


42. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”


43. “Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”


44. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ―J.R.R. Tolkien


45. “Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.” ~ Sri Chinmoy


46. “True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” ~ Helen Keller


47. “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” ―Aeschylus


48. “Happiness is a warm puppy.” ―Charles M. Schulz


49. “Recognizing and appreciating what you have in life brings happiness.” ~ Invajy


50. “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.”


51. “Happiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.” ~ Walt Whitman


52. “One must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy.” —Leo Tolstoy


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


54. “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”


55. “Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.”


56. “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.”


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


58. “The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are.”


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


60. “A flower blossoms for its own joy.” ―Oscar Wilde


61. “People should find happiness in the little things, like family.” ~ Amanda Bynes


62. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln


63. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ―Marcus Aurelius


64. “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


65. Happiness is a state where nothing is missing. ~ Naval Ravikant


66. “Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life.” ~ J. K. Rowling


67. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama


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


69. “Your work is discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”


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


71. “The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.” ~ Aesop


72. “Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” ~ Herman Cain


73. “The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”


74. “Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘all the things that could go wrong.’” ~ Marianne Williamson


75. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”


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


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


78. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”


79. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” ~ Steve Maraboli


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


81. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”


82. “The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” ~ William Morris


83. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.” ~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez


84. “Happiness is a myth we seek,


85. Like river speeding to the plain,


86. “The secret of happiness is low expectations.” ~ Barry Schwartz


87. “The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.”


88. “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”


89. “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.”


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


91. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”


92. “It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”


93. “A failure is like fertilizer; it stinks to be sure, but it makes things grow faster in the future.”


94. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”


95. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” ~ Albert Camus


96. “Happiness is acceptance.”


97. “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”


98. “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” —Abraham Lincoln


99. “The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”


100. “Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.” ―Robert Anthony


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


102. “Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections” ―Bob Marley


103. “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


104. “If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”


105. “Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.” ~ Alan Cohen


106. Also Read : How to be Happy?


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


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


109. “Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.” ―Orhan Pamuk


110. “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon”


111. “People say that money isn’t the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.” ~ Joan Rivers


112. “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


113. “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” ~ Eric Hoffer


114. “The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” ~ Ashley Montagu


115. “If you want happiness for an hour—take a nap. If you want happiness for a day—go fishing. If you want happiness for a year—inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime—help someone else.” —Chinese Proverb


116. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. —Helen Keller


117. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


118. “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


119. “Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.”


120. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


121. “Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


122. “We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”


123. “Be happy. It really annoys negative people.”


124. “The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” ―Martha Washington


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


126. “Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.” ~ Buddha


127. “The habit of being happy enables one to be freed, or largely freed, from the domination of outward conditions.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson


128. “If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”


129. “If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.”


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


131. “Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.” —Shonda Rhimes


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


133. If manifested surely irks;


134. “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” —L.M. Montgomery


135. “[F]or just one second, look at your life and see how perfect it is. Stop looking for the next secret door that is going to lead you to your real life. Stop waiting. This is it: there's nothing else. It's here, and you'd better decide to enjoy it or you're going to be miserable wherever you go, for the rest of your life, forever.” ―Lev Grossman


136. “There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.” ~ Freya Stark


137. “We become what we think about.”


138. “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.”


139. “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


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


141. “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.”


142. “I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”


143. “Happiness is a place between too much and too little.” ~ Finnish proverb


144. “A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.” ~ Helen Keller


145. “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” ~ Mary Lou Retton


146. “The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy for yourself and yourself.” ―Ellen DeGeneres


147. “To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” ~ Bertrand Russell


148. “Happiness is always the serendipitous result of looking for something else.” ~ Dr. Idel Dreimer


149. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”


150. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” ~ Mark Twain


151. Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity. —Carl Jung


152. “The only joy in the world is to begin.”


153. “One joy scatters a hundred griefs.” ~ Chinese Proverb


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


155. “Being happy never goes out of style.” ~ Lilly Pulitzer


156. “Happiness does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness.”


157. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” ~ George Burns


158. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” —James Oppenheim


159. “If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.” —Andy Rooney


160. “Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” ~ Ayn Rand


161. “We can’t control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.” ~ David C. Hill


162. “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


163. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein


164. “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


165. “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


166. “There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes.” ―C.S. Lewis


167. “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” ―Charles Dickens


168. “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” ―J.M. Barrie


169. “If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.” ~ Mother Teresa


170. “Happiness is a warm puppy.”


171. “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


172. “It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”


173. Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. —Bernard Meltzer


174. “If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.”


175. “If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more. ” ~ Roy T. Bennett


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


177. “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


178. “The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” ~ Woody Allen


179. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”


180. “If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.'


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


182. “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


183. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” ~ Robert Frost


184. “I shall take the heart. For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.” ―L. Frank Baum


185. “I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.” ―Elizabeth Gilbert


186. Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs--even though checkered by failure--than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. —Theodore Roosevelt


187. “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


188. “Happiness only real when shared.” ―Christopher McCandless


189. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared." —Buddha (101 Buddha Quotes)


190. We all get report cards in many different ways, but the real excitement of what you're doing is in the doing of it. It's not what you're gonna get in the end—it's not the final curtain—it's really in the doing it, and loving what you're doing. —Ralph Lauren


191. “The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”


192. “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”


193. “Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another's happiness than in your own.” ―Honoré de Balzac


194. “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


195. “Happiness, in truth, lies within you. Starting from you and ending with you.” ~ Invajy


196. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou


197. “It is essential to happiness that our way of living should spring from our own deep impulses and not from the accidental tastes and desires of those who happen to be our neighbors, or even our relations.” ―Bertrand Russell


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


199. “The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?


200. “There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” ―Stephen Chbosky


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


202. “All happiness depends on courage and work.” ―Honoré de Balzac


203. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ~ Marthe Troly-Curtin


204. “Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ~ Joseph Addison


205. His aspiration to the heights;


206. “There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path.” ~ Buddha


207. “Don't rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can't love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”


208. “Happiness is a state of mind. It's just according to the way you look at things.”


209. “The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go. ” ~ Dodinsky


210. “Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.” ―John Lennon


211. “Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” ~ Benjamin Franklin


212. “Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”


213. “Your problem is you’re… too busy holding onto your unworthiness.”


214. “You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it’s your last. Bullshit. Life is long. You’re probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you’re gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next fifty years.”


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


216. “Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt


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


218. “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.”


219. “Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.”


220. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius


221. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” ~ Audrey Hepburn


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


223. “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.”


224. “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”


225. “And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”


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


227. “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.”


228. “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


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


230. “Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.”


231. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. ” ―William James


232. “A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.” ~ Bernard de Fontenelle


233. “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”


234. “I do not think we have a ‘right’ to happiness. If happiness happens, say thanks.” ―Marlene Dietrich


235. “Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”


236. “The secret of a happy life is respect. Respect for yourself and respect for others.” ―Ayad Akhtar


237. “Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.”


238. “Happiness is an inside job.” ~ William Arthur Ward


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


240. “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


241. “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.”


242. “Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” ~ William James


243. “A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”


244. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” ~ Dalai Lama


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


246. “Happiness is like a cloud — if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.” ~ Sarah McLachlan


247. “Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”


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


249. “I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” —Douglas Adams


250. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ~ Dalai Lama


251. “If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” —Edith Wharton


252. “Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.” ~ Christian Dior


253. “You must be the best judge of your own happiness.” ―Jane Austen


254. “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” ~ Mother Teresa


255. “The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.” —Andre Maurois


256. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” ―Oprah Winfrey


257. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” ~ Rita Mae Brown


258. “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.”


259. “Happiness is a risk. If you’re not a little scared, then you’re not doing it right.” ―Sarah Addison Allen


260. “Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne


261. “It's a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”


262. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.”


263. “Happiness is living in the present moment. Mindfulness makes you happier than ever before.” ~ Invajy


264. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”


265. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them.” ―Steve Maraboli


266. “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


267. “There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh


268. “We are born with happiness, joy and fun; Why do we search it outside?” ~ Invajy


269. “There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.”


270. “I may be a living legend, but that sure don't help when I've got to change a flat tire.”


271. “You can't buy happiness” ―Kurt Cobain


272. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” —Oscar Wilde


273. “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” ~ Dale Carnegie


274. “Why should we build our happiness on the opinions of others, when we can find it in our own hearts?” ―Jean-Jacques Rousseau


275. “Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.”


276. “Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference” ~ Naval Ravikant


277. “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —Marcel Proust


278. “Happiness comes in waves. you will find it again.” ~ Invajy


279. “Happiness walks step by step just right beside you; if you look at it mindfully.” ~ Invajy


280. Chinese Proverb about Happiness


281. Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. —Margaret Lee Runbeck


282. “The mere sense of living is joy enough.”


283. “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”


284. “It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.”


285. “The grass is always greener where you water it.”


286. “Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.” ~ Stephen Fry


287. “This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn't the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”


288. “Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.” ~ Alan Cohen


289. “Independence is happiness.”


290. “Why not seize the pleasure at once? -- How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!” ―Jane Austen


291. “The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.”


292. “Roll with the punches and enjoy every minute of it.”


293. “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” ―Michael J. Fox


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


295. “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”


296. “On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.”


297. “I needed to stop being what everyone thought I was.” ―Sarah Addison Allen


298. “Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.”


299. “So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”


300. “Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” —Albert Schweitzer


301. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”


302. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”


303. “Happiness is acceptance” ~ Invajy


304. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” —Mahatma Gandhi


305. “The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”


306. When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see in truth that you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”


307. “Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” ~ Frank Tyger


308. “There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”


309. “Happiness, search it in the outer world and you’ll be exhausted. Search it inside you’ll find a path.” ~ Invajy


310. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”


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


312. “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”


313. “True happiness is…to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” ~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca


314. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer


315. “Got no checkbooks, got no banks. Still I'd like to express my thanks—I've got the sun in the mornin' and the moon at night.” ―Irving Berlin


316. “So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?” ―Hunter S. Thompson


317. “Before you marry a person, you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.”


318. Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. —Dale Carnegie


319. “All happiness depends on courage and work.”


320. “If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”


321. “Happiness is contagious, spread this among people surrounding you.” ~ Invajy


322. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”


323. “To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.” —Mary Stuart


324. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


325. “Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.”


326. “All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.” ~ Baruch Spinoza


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


328. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” ~ Helen Keller


329. “Happiness [is] only real when shared”


330. And longs for other distant flights.”


331. “When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.” ~ Invajy


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


333. “The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” ~ James M. Barrie


334. “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


335. “The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.” ~ William Saroyan


336. “Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.” ~ Leo Tolstoy


337. When he attains his goal, he cools


338. “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


339. “To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”


340. “Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” ~ Dennis Waitley


341. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”


342. “If you want to find happiness, find gratitude.” ―Steve Maraboli


343. “Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.” ~ Marquis de Condorcet


344. “I'd far rather be happy than right any day.”


345. “Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”


346. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.


347. “Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.” ~ Roy T. Bennett


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


349. “There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ~ George Sand


350. “Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” ―Daphne du Maurier


351. “Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”


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


353. “Do not look for happiness outside yourself. The awakened seek happiness inside.” ―Peter Deunov


354. “If you do not mess your mind, you will naturally be joyful.” ~ Sadhguru


355. “The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.”


356. “Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.”


357. “The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”


358. “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”


359. “Whoever is happy will make others happy.” ―Anne Frank


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


361. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” ~ Confucius


362. “Be happy. It really annoys negative people.” ~ Ricky Gervais


363. Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. —Chinese Proverb


364. “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


365. “We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.” ~ William James


366. “All I ask is one thing, and I’m asking this particularly of young people: please don’t be cynical. I hate cynicism, for the record, it’s my least favorite quality and it doesn’t lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.” ―Conan O'Brien


367. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”


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


369. “Be happy in your body. It’s the only one you’ve got, so you might as well like it.” ~ Keira Knightley


370. “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Ludwig Jacobowski


371. “You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”


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


373. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”


374. “I've learned ....That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.” ―Andy Rooney


375. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.


376. “Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


377. “Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.” ―Thomas Mann


378. “The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.” —Louisa May Alcott


379. “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


380. “Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.” ~ Invajy


381. “I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true.”


382. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


383. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” —Aristotle


384. “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”


385. “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” ~ Mother Theresa


386. “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.”


387. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”


388. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.” —Mother Teresa


389. “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” ~ Albert Einstein


390. If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you. —Lao Tzu


391. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”


392. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~ Jim Rohn


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


394. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”


395. “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” ~ Dale Carnegie


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


397. “Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”


398. “Happiness is a state of activity.”


399. “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.”


400. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” ~ Oscar Wilde


401. “The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.” ~ Goldie Hawn


402. “People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.”


403. “If you want to be happy, be.”


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


405. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” ~ James Oppenheim


406. “We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”


407. “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” —Franklin D. Roosevelt


408. “The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.” —Victor Hugo


409. “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” ~ Carl Sandburg


410. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~ Aristotle


411. “Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.” ~ Milton Erickson


412. “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.”


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


414. “Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear” ―Taylor Swift


415. “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”


416. “Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.” ~ Gretta Brooker Palmer


417. “Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”


418. “Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve.” ~ Robert S. Lynd


419. Also Read : Facts about happiness


420. “Happiness is like those palaces in fairytales whose gates are guarded by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it.” ―Alexandre Dumas


421. “Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”


422. “Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” ~ Chinese proverb


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


424. “A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” ~ Albert Einstein


425. “The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.” ~ George Bernard Shaw


426. “Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.” ~ Friedrich Schiller


427. “Happiness is inversely correlated with desire.” ~ Invajy


428. “Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.”


429. “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” ~ Dale Carnegie


430. “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.”


431. “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” ~ Steven Kloves


432. “Happiness is not you get what you like. Happiness is you like what you get.” ~ Invajy


433. “Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness.”


434. “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.


435. “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” ~ Henry Ward Beecher


436. “Every time you feel yourself being pulled into other people’s drama, repeat these word: Not my circus, not my monkeys.”


437. “What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” ~ Confucius


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


439. “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.”


440. “Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.” ~ Colette


441. “If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ~ Andrew Carnegie


442. “For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.


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


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


445. Also Read : Inspirational Story – Happiness is within You


446. “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” —Dalai Lama


447. “Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.”


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


449. On its arrival slows and murks.


450. “Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” ~ Lou Holtz

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