Happiness Quotes

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”  the Dalai Lama (lots of lovely quotes from him here)

“Happiness is a form of courage.” – George Holbrook Jackson

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

“Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius (121-180), Roman emperor & philosopher

“Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of filling a vacuum, it makes one.” – Benjamin Franklin, American statesman (1706-90).

“Happiness isn’t a state, it’s a skill. It’s the skill of knowing how to take what life throws your way and make the most of it.” – Gary Null

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castañeda

“Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ seen on a poster

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” ~ F.H. Bradley

“Two centuries of philosophers stand in opposition to the modern American recipe for happiness and fulfillment. You can’t buy your way in. You can’t amuse yourself in. You can’t even expect falling in love to deliver you. The most promising way to happiness is, perhaps, through creativity, through literally creating a fulfilling life for yourself by identifying some unique talent or passion and devoting a good part of your energy to it, forever.” ~ Kalle Lasn/Bruce Grierson in Utne Reader

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.” ~ Charles H. Spurgeon, English cleric (1834 – 1892)

“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

“Despair says I cannot lift that weight. Happiness says I do not have to.” – James Richardson, poet, The Best American Poetry 2001 (Scribner, 2001)

“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only does so as the unintended side effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself.”– Victor Frankl

“It has ever been my way to extract the sweet rather than the bitter from the cup of life, and surely it is best and wisest so to do… Since we are here, let us make the best of it, and bear with cheerfulness the lot we have chosen. I believe that one of the chief ingredients in human happiness is a capacity for enjoying the blessings we possess.” – Catherine Parr Trail, quoted in the book In the Embroidered Tent – 5 Gentlewomen in Early Canada, by Marian Fowler

“I feel that my mission is, wherever I am, to express my feeling about the importance of kindness, compassion, and the true sense of brotherhood. I practice these things. It gives me more happiness, more success. If I practiced anger or jealousy or bitterness, no doubt my smile would disappear.” – The Dalai Lama

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it.” – Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell, philosopher, The Sun (August 2002) – Utne Nov-Dec 2002

“The unhappy person resents it when you try to cheer him up, because that means he has to stop dwelling on himself and start paying attention to the universe. Unhappiness is the ultimate form of self-indulgence. When you’re unhappy, you get to pay a lot of attention to yourself. You get to take yourself oh so very seriously.” – Tom Robbins, *Jitterbug Perfume*

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success.If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain

“Happiness is a mystery like religion, and should never be rationalized.” – G. K. Chesterton

“It seems to me a step beyond happiness – happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you’re lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love.” – Adela Rogers St. Johns (1894-1988), American writer

“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

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller (1880-1968), American writer and lecturer

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” – Robert Frost

“Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it.” (source unknown)

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, but it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” ~ Agnes Repplier

“The biggest obstacle to happiness is not a lack of having, but a lack of being.” – Alain Lipietz

“People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abe Lincoln

“The purpose of life is not to be happy – but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.” ~ Leo Rosten

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Paul Dudley White, physician (1886-1973)

“The sum of the whole is this: Walk and be happy, walk and be healthy.  The best way to lengthen our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose.” – Charles Dickens

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (quoted on menu at C’est What? restaurant in Toronto)

“A spiritual life is not about being self-conscious, or wearing a button that says “I’m a bodhisattva!” It is about doing what you have to do with no attachment to outcome. True compassion just does what needs to be done because it’s the only thing to do – just because it’s natural and ordinary, like smoothing your pillow at night. Sometimes the outcome can seem to be a happy one. And often enough we are faced with so-called failure. And thus it is.” – Joan Halifax in “Being with Dying – Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death.”

“You can never get ENOUGH of what you DON’T NEED to make you happy.” ~ Eric Hoffer

“Stay open.” – Yo-Yo Ma in a lovely interview with Shad, in August 2015, on q, here.   On that page: 'At the end of the interview, Shad hit Yo-Yo Ma with this Big Question: “Having meditated on the arc of life through music in the course of making this album, what’s your biggest piece of life advice for the rest of us?” His reply? “Stay open. I think when people are afraid, we close up, we close ranks, we go into a shell, we become intolerant. Because we’re trying to be self-protective. Having friends, trusting people, collaborating, and being empathetic can lead to ... the scaffolding to get to hope.  For me, being open and being generous is huge. It actually can lead to happiness, oddly enough. Happiness, I think, is a by-product of — I didn’t say it, Freud said it —work and love … Hey, you suddenly realize, I’m happy.”

“This is the true joy in life – the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. The being a force of nature, instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. For the harder I work, the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch I’ve got to hold up for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it to future generations.” – George Bernard Shaw