Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it (George Eliot).
Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best (Bulwer).
The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and the beginning of his life (Goethe).
Happiness can be built only on virtue, and must of necessity have truth for its foundation (Coleridge).
Do not speak of your happiness to less fortunate than yourself (Plutarch).
It is better to desire the things we have than to have the things we desire (Henry Van Dyke).
Happiness is not having what you want. It's wanting what you have (Unknown).
Happiness is neither within us only, or without us; it is the union of ourselves with God (Pascal).
Seek happiness for its own sake, and you will not find it; seek for duty, and happiness will follow as the shadow comes with the sunshine (Tryon Edwards).
Men of the noblest dispositions think themselves happiest when others share their happiness with them (Jeremy Taylor).
All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin (Byron).
Happiness consists in the attainment of our desires, and in our having only right desires (Augustine).
The strength and the happiness of a man consists in finding our the way in which God is going, and going in that way, too (H. W. Beecher).
The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken (Longfellow).
Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring (Chinese Proverb).
Happiness is like the statue of Isis, whose veil no mortal ever raised (L. E. Landon).
No person is either so happy or so unhappy as he imagines (Rochefoucauld).
We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy, than in endeavoring to be so ourselves (Goldsmith).
This is the true joy of life--the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one, the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown to the scrap-heap; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish clod of ailments and grievances (G. Bernard Shaw).
Wealth I ask not, hope nor love, nor a friend to know me; all I ask, the heavens above me, and the road below me (Robert Louis Stevenson).
Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye (Austin O'Malley).
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet (James Openheim).
If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it (Andy Rooney).
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be (Abraham Lincoln).
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved (Victor Hugo).
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go (Oscar Wilde).
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 opened for us (Helen Keller).
The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for (Allan K. Chalmers).
Action may not
always bring happiness; but there is
no happiness without action (Benjamin Disraeli).
not a destination. It is a method of life.
cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be
Be happy while
you're living, for you're a long time dead.
The joy that
isn't shared dies young.
No man is happy
who does not think himself so.
through a door you didn't know you left open.
What is given
by the gods more desirable than a happy hour?
up in height for what it lacks in length.
Often the greatest
enemy of present happiness is past happiness too
A joy that's
shared is a joy made double.
but a dream, and tomorrow only a vision, but today well
lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness and every tomorrow a
vision of hope...
attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more
things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they
will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be
who you really are, then, do what you need to do, in order to have what
It may be that
true happiness lies in the conviction that one has irremediably lost
happiness. Then we can begin to move through life without hope or fear, capable of finally enjoying all the small pleasures, which are the most lasting.
Fate often puts
all the material of happiness into a man's hands just to see how
miserable he can make himself with them.
We act as though
comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life when all that
we need to make
us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
John Mason Brown
Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.
Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
What is the
worth of anything,
But for the happiness 'twill bring?
Richard Owen Cambridge.
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 month -- get married.
If you want happiness for a year -- inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime -- help someone else.
of a man prolongeth his days.
The Bible: Ecclesiasticus. XXX. 22
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens.
have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained
through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
We are never
so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.
the most happy the one who made the most people happy.
Success is getting
and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with
what you get.
Act happy, feel
happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and
do what you will.
I have learned
to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting
to satisfy them.
John Stuart Mill.
Until you make
peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.
Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Brooker Palmer.
It is not easy
to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
The good life,
as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you
happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.
No joy can equal
the joy of serving others.
I don't know
what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among
you who will
be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.
I wish you all
the joy that you can wish.
William Shakespeare (Merchant of Venice).
and hot baths are the best cures for depression.
Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
If only we wanted to be happy, it would be easy; but we want to be happier than other people, which is difficult, since we think them happier than they are.
The happy man
is not he who seems thus to others, but who seems thus to himself.
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.
Man needs, for
his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise
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.
part of happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances.
seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make
for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.
We all live
with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet
of our lives is to be happy.
The 14th Dalai Lama
True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self, but the point is not only to get out you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand.
happiness of man ... is to have probed what is knowable and quietly to
revere what is unknowable.
You are forgiven
for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to
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.
Charles Caleb Colton
No man can be
happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.
It is better
to be happy for a moment and be burned up with beauty than to live a long
time and be bored all the while.
Even if happiness
forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.
Let us be grateful
to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our
Happiness walks on busy feet.
Happiness is nothing more than health and a poor memory.
The secret of
happiness is this: let your interests be wide as possible,
and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as
far as possible friendly rather than hostile.
It is neither
wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which
Happy the man,
and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who secure within can say:
Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today.
essentially a state of going somewhere wholeheartedly,
one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
William H. Sheldon
The more refined
one is, the more unhappy.
intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
To fill the
hour -- that is happiness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson He who laughs, lasts.
Very little is needed to make life happy. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything.
Every life has its dark and cheerful hours. Happiness comes from choosing which to remember.
Take time to be friendly. It is the road to happiness.
Happiness is found along the way - not at the end of the road.
A laugh is just like sunshine. It freshens all the day.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
It never hurts to crack a smile.
Good humor makes all things tolerable.
--Henry Ward Beecher
It is not doing the thing we like, but liking the thing we have to do that makes life happy.
Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.
Take time to laugh. It is the music of the soul.
Happiness involves working toward meaningful goals.
The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts; and the art of life is to have as many of them as possible.
--Mickel De Montaigne
If you don't enjoy what you have, how could you be happier with more?
Most smiles are started by another smile.
Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Few of us do as much as we want to for others. But there is always one gift we can bestow - a smile.
The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment, and the countless infinitesimals of pleasurable and genial feeling. Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Happiness sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. John Barrymore Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. Robert Frost
Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens... Douglas Jerrold Happiness is a Swedish sunset - it is there for all, but most of us look the other way and lose it. Mark Twain
You have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. Bernard Shaw
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of ones values Ayn Rand
Happiness is a state of non-contradictory joy- a joy without penalty or guilt, a joy that does not clash with any of your values and does not work for your own destruction, not the joy of escaping from your mind, but of using your minds fullest power, not the joy of faking reality, but of achieving values that are real, not the joy of a drunkard, but of a producer ... Ayn Rand
Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a different manifestation of the same thing. Swami Vivekananda
Do not lose joy in life as you grow old in years. Let not your `joie de vivre’ be crushed under the weight of years. Zarathushtra
Seek your happiness in the happiness of all. Zarathushtra
Happiness presents itself to man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow. Swami Vivekananda
Most people are about as happy as
they make up their minds to be.
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
If you want to lift yourself up,
lift up someone else.
Booker T. Washington 1856-1915
A kind heart is a fountain of gladness,
making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.
Cheerfulness and contentment are
great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of youthful looks.
Charles Dickens 1812-1870
The supreme happiness of life is
the conviction that we are loved.
Wheresoever you go, go with all
Success is getting what you want;
happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carneqie 1888-1955
Happiness is not having what you
want. It's wanting what you have.
Laugh and the world laughs with
Weep and you weep alone.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox 1850-1919
When one door of happiness closes,
Happiness is a conscious choice,
not an automatic response.
H. Mildred Barthel
The hours that make us happy make
John Masefield 1878-1967
Of all the unhappy people in the
world, the unhappiest are those who have not found something they want
to do. True happiness comes to him who does his work well, followed by
a relaxing and refreshing period of rest. True happiness comes from the
right amount of work for the day.
Lin Yutang 1895-1976
Grief can take care of itself, but
to get the full value out of a joy you must have somebody to divide it
Mark Twain 1835-1910
When one door of happiness closes, another opens. -Helen Keller
Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease
to be amused.
Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck
Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
-- Victor Borge
Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart.
- Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
- e. e. cummings
Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own
- Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but
it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.
- Herm Albright
Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles
- Jim Beggs
Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops
up, all our
irritations and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.
- Mark Twain
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.
- Horace Walpole
Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.
- Charlie Chaplin
A smile is rest to the weary, daylight to the discouraged,
sunshine to the sad, and an antidote for trouble.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to
enjoy simply,to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
- Storm Jameson
He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much
a master of the world as he who is ready to die.
- Giacomo Leopardi
Humor is a serious thing. I like to think of it as one of our
earliest natural resources, which must be preserved at all cost.
- James Thurber
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
- Edith Wharton
It's not peace I want, not mere contentment. It's boundless joy and
ecstasy for me.
Laughter is the brush that sweeps away the cobwebs of the heart.
- Mort Walker
One joy scatters a hundred griefs.
- Chinese Proverb
Seven days without laughter makes one weak.
- Mort Walker
The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.
- Mark Twain
Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever
solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.
- C.S. Lewis
Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day of your
Those who can laugh without cause have either found the
true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad.
- Norm Papernick
What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity.
- Joseph Addison
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length (Robert Frost).