Happiness Quotes and Proverbs
Democritus, (460?-370? BC)
Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness
dwells in the soul.
To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
It doesn't matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations.
If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn't matter if the
room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years - we turn on the
light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness,
the light has been turned on.
Happiness comes from spiritual wealth, not material wealth... Happiness comes
from giving, not getting. If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot
stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy,
we must scatter it. .
Ursula K. LeGuin
I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns
it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often
don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy.
Mary Baker Eddy
Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it
cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.
Take care of yourself. Good health is everyone's major source of wealth. Without
it, happiness is almost impossible.
The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and
not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with
us in our minds wherever we go.
Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.
All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.
Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.
The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are
Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.
The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour.
Diogenes Laertius, Zeno
One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear
or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness
The supreme happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved loved
for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Everything exists in limited quantity - especially happiness.
The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved - loved for
ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
John B. Sheerin
Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. It is not something we
see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something
Think of all the beauty thats still left in and around you and be happy!
Allan K. Chalmers
The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and
Happiness is enhanced by others but does not depend upon others.
Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.
Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.
Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.
I can only think of one thing greater than being happy and that is to help another
to be happy, too.
...happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of
virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it...
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're
not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly
in the winter woods.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst
Allan K. Chalmers
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and
something to hope for.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and
yet the same.
Aristotle, In Philosophy
Happiness is something final and complete in itself, as being the aim and end
of all practical activities whatever .... Happiness then we define as the active
exercise of the mind in conformity with perfect goodness or virtue.
Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable,
but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness
is equally unattainable.
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.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously
consent to share them.
Charles Caleb Colton
Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels
us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
Luckier than one's neighbor, but still not happy.
A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.
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.
No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
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
There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but onekeep from
telling their happiness to the unhappy.
Happiness is a warm puppy.
Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
When I meet people from other cultures I know that they too want happiness and
do not want suffering, this allows me to see them as brothers and sisters.
The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to
catch it yourself.
Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation.
Roy M. Goodman
Remember that happiness is a way of travel not a destination.
Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.
William Makepeace Thackeray
Good humor is one of the best articles of dress one can wear in society.
Happiness is an expression of the soul in considered actions.
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
The Dalai Lama
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy,
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find
E. B. White
When I was a child people simply looked about them and were moderately happy;
today they peer beyond the seven seas, bury themselves waist deep in tidings,
and by and large what they see and hear makes them unutterably sad.
Johann von Goethe
He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.
Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness
is his indisputable right.
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at
the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.
And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one
Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
The happy man is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the
gloomiest person happy.
Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope
and enterprise and change.
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
I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.
The essentials to happiness are something to love, something to do, and something
to hope for.
It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself.