Quotations about Happiness 2

So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some.  ~Booth Tarkington

Jumping for joy is good exercise.  ~Author Unknown

Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy.  ~J.M. Reinoso

We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity.  Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.  ~Thomas Merton, 1955

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.  ~Mother Teresa

Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

She thinks that happiness is a mat that sits on her doorway.  ~Rob Thomas, "3 A.M."

Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.  ~Gretta Brooker Palmer

Happiness is a way station between too little and too much.  ~Channing Pollock, Mr. Moneypenny

The happy have whole days,
and those they choose.
The unhappy have but hours,
and those they lose.
~Colley Cibber

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.  ~Charles L. Morgan

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.  ~Iris Murdoch

Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.  ~Thomas Szasz

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.  ~Niccolo Machiavelli

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.  ~Author Unknown

The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things.  ~Ernest Dimnet

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.  ~Chinese Proverb

Doing cartwheels in the green grass of happiness and skipping high towards the blue heavenly skies of joy! ~Terri Guillemets

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.  ~George Bernard Shaw, Candida, 1898

One should be either sad or joyful.  Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.  ~Eugene O'Neill

A man's as miserable as he thinks he is.  ~Seneca

One filled with joy preaches without preaching.  ~Mother Teresa

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.  ~Joseph Joubert

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.  ~Thornton Wilder

Be happy.  It's one way of being wise.  ~Colette

Whatever you put aside to seek happiness, remember where you put it.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness.  ~Frederich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.  ~William Saroyan

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.  ~Anton Chekhov

Happiness is an inside job. ~William Arthur Ward

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

Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.  ~Don Herold

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.  ~Taisen Deshimaru

It is strange what a contempt men have for the joys that are offered them freely.  ~Georges Duhamel

If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal - that is your success.  All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.  ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.  ~J.D. Salinger

There is no expert on what happiness is but many on what it might have been.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day
Without suspecting our abode until we drive away.
~Emily Dickinson

Happiness is a function of accepting what is.  ~Werner Erhard

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.  ~Maxim Gorky

Let a joy keep you.  Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.  ~Carl Sandburg

Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.  ~John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863

When you're really happy, the birds chirp and the sun shines even on cold dark winter nights - and flowers will bloom on a barren land.  ~Terri Guillemets

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.  ~Joseph Addison

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought.  Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.  ~Samuel Johnson

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.  ~Freya Stark, The Journey's Echo

Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle.  ~Paulo Coelho

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness - otherwise how would you know when you're happy?  ~Leslie Caron

On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.  ~William R. Inge

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.  ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956

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

Joy is not in things; it is in us.  ~Richard Wagner

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

Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth:  we got a lot more for our money back when we had no money.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.  ~Don Marquis

If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that's enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

When a man has lost all happiness, he's not alive.  Call him a breathing corpse.  ~Sophocles

Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.  ~Hosea Ballou

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.  ~Charles Caleb Colton

Some pursue happiness, others create it.  ~Author Unknown

Happiness pulses with every beat of my heart. ~Terri Guillemets

Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.  ~Benjamin Franklin

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.  ~Epictetus

Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment.  ~Author Unknown

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.  ~George Bernard Shaw

Happiness is the natural flower of duty.  ~Phillips Brooks

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?  ~Albert Camus

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.  ~Thomas Jefferson

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.  ~Charles Kingsley

You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you'll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance.  ~Lavetta Sue Wegman

It is a comely fashion to be glad; Joy is the grace we say to God.  ~Jean Ingelow

With some whose nerves have a deep covering of fat, happiness is less of a problem that it is an accident of anatomy.  ~Attributed to Henry S. Haskins

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert.  He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.  He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself.  He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day.  ~W. Beran Wolfe

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of.  You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.  ~Albert Camus

Looking back on a happy life, one realizes that one was not happy all the time.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health, as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life.  ~John Ruskin

Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other.  ~Norman Bradburn

Cheerfulness is the very flower of health.  ~Proverb

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.  ~Josh Billings

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it.  ~William Feather

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.  ~Johnny Carson

It is not happiness until you capture it and store it out of the reach of time.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse.  I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.  ~J.D. Salinger

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.  ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.  ~Marcel Proust

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.  ~Author Unknown

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.  ~Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

Don't shade your eyes from the bright joy of the world. ~Terri Guillemets

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response.  ~Mildred Barthel

[U]sefulness is happiness, and... all other things are but incidental.  ~Lydia Maria Child, The American Frugal Housewife, 1829

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.  ~Robert Frost

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash.  ~Author Unknown

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

Many people are extremely happy, but are absolutely worthless to society.  ~Charles Gow

To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming - a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve.  ~Robert S. Lynd

I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot:  they amount to fourteen.  ~Abd-El-Raham

Happiness is the soundtrack of my life. ~Terri Guillemets

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase:  if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.  ~C.P. Snow

Happiness:  an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.  ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary


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