50 Happiness Quotes

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Happiness is something that we all seek. If you know how to be happy when times are tough, you have discovered true wisdom.

What is happiness and how do we achieve it? What makes you happy?  What is the secret to true joy and happiness regardless of age, race, culture and circumstances? Here are fifty happiness quotes to open your heart to JOY in life and put a smile on your face.

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What is the secret to happiness? How do we find it and how do we keep it?

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” ~John Barrymore

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“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”  ~C. S. Lewis

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“The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Happy old man

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama

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

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“Happiness is spiritual, born of Truth and Love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.”  ~Mary Baker Eddy

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“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” ~Thomas Jefferson

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“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.” ~John Templeton

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“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~Jim Rohn

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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” ~Buddha

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Happy children

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley

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“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul.” ~Democritus

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“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.” ~Sharon Salzberg

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“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” ~C. S. Lewis

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“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.” ~George Washington

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“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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Smiling woman

“To live happily is an inward power of the soul.” ~Aristotle

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“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.” ~Martha Washington

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“Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.” ~Rabbi Hyman Schachtel

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“All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin.” ~Lord Byron

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“The world of those who are happy is different from the world of those who are not.” ~Ludwig Wittgenstein

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“Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.” ~Alice Meynell

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“There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one — keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.”  ~Mark Twain

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“The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” ~Victor Hugo

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Happy Cat

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” ~Margaret Lee Runbeck

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“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 we are.” ~John B. Sheerin

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“Think of all the beauty that is still left in and around you and be happy!” ~Anne Frank

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“The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ~Allan K. Chalmers

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“Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead.”  ~Scottish Proverb

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happy baby

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.”  ~Robert Anthony

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“I can only think of one thing greater than being happy and that is to help another to be happy, too.”  ~Jim Thomson

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“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.”  ~Aristotle

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“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.

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“They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.” ~Edith Wharton

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“The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”  ~Allan K. Chalmers

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Happy old woman

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

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“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.”  ~Anne Frank

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“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.”  ~Aristotle

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“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.”    ~Primo Levi

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“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”   ~Aristotle

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“Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.”  ~St. Augustine

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“You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.”  ~Albert Camus

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Happy teenagers

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”  ~Oscar Wilde

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“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.”    ~Charles Caleb Colton

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“Luckier than one’s neighbor, but still not happy.”  ~Euripedes

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“A great obstacle to happiness is to anticipate too great a happiness.”  ~Fontenelle

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“No man can be happy without a friend, nor be sure of his friend till he is unhappy.”  ~Thomas Fuller


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“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 for himself.”  ~Samuel Johnson

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Happy dog

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”   ~Buddha

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“Happiness is a warm puppy.”  Charles Schulz

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“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.”   ~Dalai Lama

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“Don’t Worry.  Be Happy” ~Meher Baba

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Jean E. DartThis article is written by Jean Voice Dart,  M.S. Special Education from Illinois State University.
  Jean is a published author and has written hundreds of health articles as well as hosting a local television program, “Making Miracles Happen.”  She is a Registered Music Therapist, Sound Therapist, and Master Level Energetic Teacher, and is the Executive Director, founder and Health and Wellness Educator of the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance.  The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3  nonprofit health and wellness education organization.  For more information about  the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com.

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