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.
resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling
of happiness dwells in the soul.
happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your
thoughts; therefore guard accordingly.
with many interests live, not only longest, but happiest.
George Matthew Allen
the hopes of reaching the moon men fail to see the flowers
that blossom at their feet.
is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness;
it is generally the by-product of other activities.
is only one person who could ever make you happy, and
that person is you.
David Burns, Intimate Connections
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
man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no
more, garnering the simple goodness of life.
is no happiness except in the realization that we have
consists in activity: such is the constitution of our
nature; it is a running stream, and not a stagnant pool.
John M. Good
is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck
light heart lives long.
deem those happy who, from the experience of life, have
learned to bear its ills, without being overcome by
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
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
Charles Caleb Colton
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
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
is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides
of the mind.
yourself with contentment, for this is an impregnable
depends more on the inward disposition of mind than
on outward circumstances.
is only one way to happiness, and that is to cease worrying
about things which are beyond the power of our will.
happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy
may not always bring happiness;
but there is no happiness without action.
effort from great motives is the best definition of
a happy life.
William Ellery Channing
greater part of our happiness depends on our dispositions,
and not on our circumstances.
is more to life than increasing its speed.
grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked
in strangers' gardens.
is where we find it, but rarely where we seek it.
J. Petit Senn
be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.
only way on earth to multiply happiness is to divide
depends upon ourselves.
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.
of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
man is happy who does not think himself so.
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