These happiness quotes remind us of what happiness really is - a state of mind, not a condition.
Our desire to be happy is a common one.
You would think that happiness is a simple thing, but we humans can certainly make it complicated.
We start out as infants and toddlers giggling as we watch a puppy, but by the time we are adults we sometimes have forgotten how simple things can make us the happiest and that it really is in our control.
I hope these quotes about happiness make you think, remind you of what's important in your life, or maybe bring a smile to your face.
"Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude."
"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."
"Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul."
Two great happiness quotes from Ghandi:
"Man's happiness really lies in contentment."
"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
One of my favorite happiness quotes:
"You have to believe in happiness, or happiness never comes."
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
"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."
"Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions."
"The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself."
"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."
More great happiness quotes...
"It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness."
"Love is trembling happiness."
"You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all."
"Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted."
"Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness."
"When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things - not the great occasions - that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness."
"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."
"Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties."
"Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort."
Franklin D. Roosevelt
"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."
"What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?"
"Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels."
"You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness."
Another of my favorite happiness quotes:
"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."
"To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin."
"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."
"Happiness isn't happiness unless there's a violin-playing goat."
"Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think."
"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."
"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
"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"
"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."
"We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it."
George Bernard Shaw
"Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill."
More happiness quotes to make us think...
"The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping."
"The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves."
"Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory."
"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful."
"Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief."
Marcus Tullius Cicero
"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."
"The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others."
"Happiness... it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."
Vincent Van Gogh
"Where fear is, happiness is not."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future."
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us."
"Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times."
"Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination."
More fantastic happiness quotes:
"Exude happiness and you will feel it back a thousand times.
"Happiness is the ability to recognize it.
"Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling."
Margaret Lee Runbeck
"I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."
"The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it."
"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
"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."
"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."
"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
And of course, happiness quotes from Ogden Nash will be humorous:
"Happiness is having a scratch for every itch."
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