One joy scatters a hundred griefs. - Chinese Proverb






Happiness Quotes

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

woman on a couch with flowers at her feet
  In the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers that blossom at their feet. - Albert Schweitzer

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.
Democritus

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly.
Marcus Aurelius

People with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
George Matthew Allen

Happiness is not a goal, but a by-product.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.
Aldous Huxley




train arriving at station
  Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. - Margaret Lee Runbeck

There is only one person who could ever make you happy, and that person is you.
David D. Burns, M.D., Intimate Connections

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions—the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss, a smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment in the disguise of a playful raillery, and the countless other infinitesimal of pleasurable thought and genial feeling.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.
Baron Alexander von Humboldt

The man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of life.
Euripides

There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
Henry Ford

Happiness consists in activity: such is the constitution of our nature; it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.
John M. Good

Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck

A light heart lives long.
William Shakespeare

We deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by them.
Juvenal

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 otherit 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.
Charles Caleb Colton

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The chances are that you have already come to believe that happiness is unattainable. But men have attained it. And they have attained it by realising that happiness does not spring from the procuring of physical or mental pleasure, but from the development of reason and the adjustment of conduct to principles.
from How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.
Alice Meynell

Fortify yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable fortress.
Epictetus

Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
Benjamin Franklin

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

I do not like the idea of happiness—it is too momentary. I would say that I was always busy and interested in something—interest has more meaning than happiness.
Georgia O'Keefe

You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy

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

Great effort from great motives is the best definition of a happy life.
William Ellery Channing

The greater part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances.
Martha Washington

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life, than on the nature of those events themselves.
Baron Alexander von Humboldt

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
Lin Yutang

There is more to life than increasing its speed.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

Happiness is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
J. Petit Senn

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
Albert Camus

The only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide it.
Paul Scherer

Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Aristotle

Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,—as though that time should be of another make from this which has already come and is ours.
Thomas Fuller

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
George Santayana

No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Publilius Syrus

Our minds are as different as our faces: we are all traveling to one destination; happiness; but few are going by the same road.
Charles Caleb Colton


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