Happiness Quotes – 25 The Best Ones
“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.”
― James Oppenheim
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
― John Lennon
“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.”
“Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.”
― Orhan Pamuk, Snow
“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss
“The Paradoxical Commandments
People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.
People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.
What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
― Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council
“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”
― Abraham Lincoln
“The Seven Social Sins are:
Wealth without work.
Pleasure without conscience.
Knowledge without character.
Commerce without morality.
Science without humanity.
Worship without sacrifice.
Politics without principle. ”
― Frederick Lewis Donaldson (From a sermon given by Frederick Lewis Donaldson in Westminster Abbey, London, on March 20, 1925.)
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.
To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.
To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”
― Christian D. Larson, Your Forces and How to Use Them
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.”
― Audrey Hepburn
“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”
― Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People
“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”
― W.P. Kinsella
“Happiness is only real when shared”
― Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild
“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”
― Ayn Rand
“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
― Albert Schweitzer
“Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.”
― Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Buddha taught the following to his son Rahula (from “Old path white clouds” by Thich Nhat Hahn):
“Rahula, practice loving kindness to overcome anger. Loving kindness has the capacity to bring happiness to others without demanding any-thing in return.
Practice compassion to overcome cruelty. Compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.
Practice sympathetic joy to overcome hatred. Sympathetic joy arises when one rejoices over the happiness of others and wishes others well-being and success.
Practice non-attachment to overcome prejudice. Non-attachment is the way of looking at all things openly and equally. This is because that is. Myself and others are not separate. Do not reject one thing only to chase after another.
I call these the four immeasurables. Practice them and you will become a refreshing source of vitality and happiness for others.”
“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”
― George Bernard Shaw
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
― Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land
“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 year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
― Chinese Proverb
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
― Thích Nhất Hạnh
“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”
― Dennis Waitley