• ~Abraham LincolnHappiness is a form of courage.
  • ~Andrew DelbancoHappiness is breathlessly chasing you.
  • ~Iris MurdochHappiness is...

~ColetteThe foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

~Eleanor RooseveltHappiness is a direction, not a place.

~Author UnknownThere is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.

~Dalai LamaHappiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower.

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.

~Robert Brault, There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way.

~Berke BreathedThe secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness.
~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.


Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.

~William Morris, "The Aims of Art," 1887

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.


With penetrating insight, the mystics will tell us that when we have a desire for a certain thing, a certain experience, and we fulfill that desire, the happiness we feel is not something given by that thing or experience; it is due to having no craving for a little while.

~John SucklingHappiness is distraction from the human tragedy.

~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.

~Anton ChekhovHappiness is an inside job.

~Terri Guillemets

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

~George Bernard ShawHappiness is the natural flower of duty.

A few rays of happiness do, indeed, sometimes illuminate our horizon, but the passing clouds seldom fail to convince us that their duration is not to be depended upon.

~Mildred Barthel[U]sefulness is happiness, and...

~Charles Caleb Colton

We enter life with brilliant expectations of happiness: we picture to ourselves a scene of continued enjoyments, which, when viewed at a distance, enchants the eye and captivates the fancy; but when the hand of time has brought nearer to us the glowing picture which we formed in our youth, how are its colours faded, and our expectations disappointed!

~Abd-El-RahamHappiness is the soundtrack of my life.

~Edmond Manning,

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

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~Robert Brault,

In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness — otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?