Happiness – select quotes


True happiness… arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self.
~ Joseph Addison

To love is to suffer. To avoid suffering, one must not love. But then, one suffers from not loving. Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer. To be happy is to love. To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy. Therefore, to be happy, one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness. I hope you’re getting this down.
~ Woody Allen

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

The strength and the happiness of a man consists in finding out the way in which God is going and going in that way, too.
~ Henry Ward Beecher

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
~ Rita Mae Brown

Remember, happiness doesn’t depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.
~ Dale Carnegie

Seek to do good and you will find that happiness will run after you.
~ James Freeman Clarke

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

Happy is the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have liv’d today.
~ John Dryden, in “Translation of Horace”

I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves — such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine.
~ Albert Einstein, in The World As I See It

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

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

Being miserable is a habit. Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours.
~ Tom Hopkins

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
~ Kin Hubbard

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
~ Victor Hugo

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
~ Helen Keller

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
~ Abraham Lincoln

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life — happiness, freedom, and peace of mind — are always attained by giving them to someone else.
~ Peyton Conway March

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.
~ John Stuart Mill

How happy a person is depends upon the depth of his gratitude.
~ John Miller

As the astronauts soar into the vast eternities of space, on earth the garbage piles higher; as the groves of academe extend their domain, the alumni’s arms reach lower; as the phallic cult spreads, so does impotence. In great wealth, great poverty; in health, sickness; in numbers deception. Gorging, left hungry; sedated, left restless; telling all, hiding all; in flesh united, forever separate. So we press on through the valley of abundance that leads to the wasteland of stiety, passing through the gardens of fantasy; seeking happiness every more ardently, and finding despair even more surely.
~ Malcolm Muggeridge, in “The Great Liberal Deathwish”

Happiness is neither within or without us—it is in God and only when God is in us is happiness within and without us.
~ Blaise Pascal

All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.
~ Blaise Pascal

If thou wouldst be happy, bring thy mind to thy condition, and have an indifferency for more than what is sufficient.
~ William Penn

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
~ Ayn Rand

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.
~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
~ Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is essentially a state of going somewhere, wholeheartedly, one-directionally, without regret or reservation.
~ William Sheldon

Happiness is mostly a byproduct of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.
~ Benjamin Spock

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.
~ Leon Suenens

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.
~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.
~ Martha Washington


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