Are you happy? Do you even really understand what it means to be happy? Here are some of the best quotes on happiness, from famous people who knew what Happiness is all about…
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it.
Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.
If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have paradise in a few years.
All I can say about life is, Oh God, enjoy it!
I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
–J. D. Salinger
The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.
–C. P. Snow
Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Sometimes it’s hard to avoid the happiness of others.
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.
The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth.
–George Bernard Shaw
To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.
Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
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.
I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!
Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
–Henry David Thoreau
If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.
–Immanuel Hermann Fichte
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.
Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one spot.
It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
I’ve grown to realize the joy that comes from little victories is preferable to the fun that comes from ease and the pursuit of pleasure.
Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.
–Jean Jacques Rousseau
True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
Very little is needed to make a happy life.
–Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
In order for people to be happy, sometimes they have to take risks. It’s true these risks can put them in danger of being hurt.
When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.
I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.
Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.
No man is happy who does not think himself so.
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
–Rita Mae Brown
Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.
Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness.
Remember that happiness is a way of travel – not a destination.
–Roy M. Goodman
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