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quote by Samuel Johnson: Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. with background image: photo of author Samuel Johnson with quote

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.

--Samuel Johnson
quote by Andrew Carnegie: If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. with background image: photo of author Andrew Carnegie with quote

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.

--Andrew Carnegie
quote by Anne Frank: Whoever is happy will make others happy. with background image: photo of author Anne Frank with quote

Whoever is happy will make others happy.

--Anne Frank

quote by Friedrich Nietzsche: The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. with background image: photo of author Friedrich Nietzsche with quote

The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.

--Friedrich Nietzsche
quote by Gautama Buddha: In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom. with background image: photo of author Gautama Buddha with quote

In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom.

--Gautama Buddha
quote by Mark Twain: The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. with background image: photo of author Mark Twain with quote

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

--Mark Twain
quote by Joseph Addison: True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self. with background image: photo of author Joseph Addison with quote

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self.

--Joseph Addison

Longer Version:

True happiness 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.


quote by Lou Holtz: Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. with background image: photo of author Lou Holtz with quote

Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.

--Lou Holtz
quote by 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. with background image: photo of author Helen Keller with quote

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
quote by Charles Dickens: Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. with background image: photo of author Charles Dickens with quote

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.

--Charles Dickens


quote by Marcel Proust: Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. with background image: photo of author Marcel Proust with quote

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

--Marcel Proust
quote by Charles M. Schulz: Happiness is a warm puppy. with background image: photo of author Charles M. Schulz with quote

Happiness is a warm puppy.

--Charles M. Schulz

quote by John Lennon: Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. with background image: photo of author John Lennon with quote

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.

--John Lennon

quote by Robert A. Heinlein: Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own. with background image: photo of author Robert A. Heinlein with quote

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

--Robert A. Heinlein
quote by Niccolò Machiavelli: When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content. with background image: photo of author Niccolò Machiavelli with quote

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content.

--Niccolò Machiavelli

quote by Abraham Lincoln: Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. with background image: photo of author Abraham Lincoln with quote

Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

--Abraham Lincoln
quote by J. D. Salinger: The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid. with background image: photo of author J. D. Salinger with quote

The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.

--J. D. Salinger

quote by Aristotle: Happiness is a state of activity. with background image: photo of author Aristotle with quote

Happiness is a state of activity.

--Aristotle
quote by Werner Erhard: Happiness is a function of accepting what is. with background image: photo of author Werner Erhard with quote

Happiness is a function of accepting what is.

--Werner Erhard


quote by Pat Conroy: Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration. with background image: photo of author Pat Conroy with quote

Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.

--Pat Conroy

quote by Naval Ravikant: Happiness is the default state. It's what's there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life. with background image: photo of author Naval Ravikant with quote

Happiness is the default state. It's what's there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life.

--Naval Ravikant
quote by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. with background image: photo of author Nathaniel Hawthorne with quote

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained.

--Nathaniel Hawthorne
quote by Mignon McLaughlin: Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness. with background image: photo of author Mignon McLaughlin with quote

Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.

--Mignon McLaughlin

quote by Logan Pearsall Smith: There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. with background image: photo of author Logan Pearsall Smith with quote

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

--Logan Pearsall Smith
quote by John Stuart Mill: Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. with background image: photo of author John Stuart Mill with quote

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so.

--John Stuart Mill
quote by Jane Austen: I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve. with background image: photo of author Jane Austen with quote

I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.

--Jane Austen

quote by Honoré de Balzac: All happiness depends on courage and work. with background image: photo of author Honoré de Balzac with quote

All happiness depends on courage and work.

--Honore de Balzac
quote by Divyanka Tripathi: Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends. with background image: photo of author Divyanka Tripathi with quote

Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.

--Divyanka Tripathi




quote by Benjamin Franklin: Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom. with background image: photo of author Benjamin Franklin with quote

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

--Benjamin Franklin

quote by Amanda Bynes: People should find happiness in the little things, like family. with background image: photo of author Amanda Bynes with quote

People should find happiness in the little things, like family.

--Amanda Bynes

quote by Ayn Rand: Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. with background image: photo of author Ayn Rand with quote

Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.

--Ayn Rand
quote by Winifred Holtby: The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding. with background image: photo of author Winifred Holtby with quote

The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding.

--Winifred Holtby
quote by Lord Byron: To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin. with background image: photo of author Lord Byron with quote

To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin.

--Lord Byron
quote by Zoe Saldana: Happiness is nothing but temporary moments here and there -- and I love those. But I would be bored out of my mind if I were happy all the time. with background image: photo of author Zoe Saldana with quote

Happiness is nothing but temporary moments here and there -- and I love those. But I would be bored out of my mind if I were happy all the time.

--Zoe Saldana
quote by Yoko Ono: I relate to happiness as an ecstatic moment -- something you don't create, you encounter. with background image: photo of author Yoko Ono with quote

I relate to happiness as an ecstatic moment -- something you don't create, you encounter.

--Yoko Ono
quote by Virginia Postrel: The intimate contest for self-command never ends, and lifetime happiness requires finding the right balance between present impulses and future well-being. with background image: photo of author Virginia Postrel with quote

The intimate contest for self-command never ends, and lifetime happiness requires finding the right balance between present impulses and future well-being.

--Virginia Postrel
quote by Viktor Frankl: Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. with background image: photo of author Viktor Frankl with quote

Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.

--Viktor Frankl
quote by Victoria Osteen: As women, we're nurturers by nature. We want to make sure everyone is happy. That's a good thing, but we also have to put ourselves on that happiness list. with background image: photo of author Victoria Osteen with quote

As women, we're nurturers by nature. We want to make sure everyone is happy. That's a good thing, but we also have to put ourselves on that happiness list.

--Victoria Osteen
quote by Victor Hugo: To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.

--Victor Hugo
quote by Victor Hugo: The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. with background image: photo of author Victor Hugo with quote

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

--Victor Hugo


quote by Valerie Bertinelli: Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not. with background image: photo of author Valerie Bertinelli with quote

Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There's going to be stress in life, but it's your choice whether you let it affect you or not.

--Valerie Bertinelli
quote by William Dean Howells: The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number. with background image: photo of author William Dean Howells with quote

The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

--William Dean Howells
quote by Wendy Raquel Robinson: Until you can be happy, you can't facilitate happiness for anybody else. with background image: photo of author Wendy Raquel Robinson with quote

Until you can be happy, you can't facilitate happiness for anybody else.

--Wendy Raquel Robinson
quote by William Shenstone: What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim. with background image: photo of author William Shenstone with quote

What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim.

--William Shenstone
quote by William S. Burroughs: Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning. with background image: photo of author William S. Burroughs with quote

Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.

--William S. Burroughs
quote by Wilhelm von Humboldt: I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves. with background image: photo of author Wilhelm von Humboldt with quote

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.

--Wilhelm von Humboldt

quote by William Ewart Gladstone: Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness. with background image: photo of author William Ewart Gladstone with quote

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness.

--William E. Gladstone
quote by William Cowper: Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. with background image: photo of author William Cowper with quote

Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.

--William Cowper
quote by Walter Annenberg: The greatest happiness comes from being vitally interested in something that excites all your energies. with background image: photo of author Walter Annenberg with quote

The greatest happiness comes from being vitally interested in something that excites all your energies.

--Walter Annenberg
quote by Thomas Traherne: More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery. with background image: photo of author Thomas Traherne with quote

More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.

--Thomas Traherne

quote by Tom Waits: We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. with background image: photo of author Tom Waits with quote

We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.

--Tom Waits

Longer Version:

We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness. We are monkeys with money and guns.




quote by Thucydides: The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage. with background image: photo of author Thucydides with quote

The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.

--Thucydides
quote by Thomas Szasz: 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. with background image: photo of author Thomas Szasz with quote

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.

--Thomas Szasz

quote by Thomas Merton: Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. with background image: photo of author Thomas Merton with quote

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.

--Thomas Merton

quote by Thích Nhất Hạnh: There is no way to happiness -- happiness is the way. with background image: photo of author Thích Nhất Hạnh with quote

There is no way to happiness -- happiness is the way.

--Thích Nhất Hạnh
quote by Thomas Jefferson: Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. with background image: photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.

--Thomas Jefferson
quote by Thomas Jefferson: Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. with background image: photo of author Thomas Jefferson with quote

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

--Thomas Jefferson
quote by Ted Nugent: I hump the wild to take it all in, there is no bag limit on happiness. with background image: photo of author Ted Nugent with quote

I hump the wild to take it all in, there is no bag limit on happiness.

--Ted Nugent
quote by Tecumseh: Before the palefaces came among us, we enjoyed the happiness of unbounded freedom and were acquainted with neither riches, wants, nor oppression. with background image: photo of author Tecumseh with quote

Before the palefaces came among us, we enjoyed the happiness of unbounded freedom and were acquainted with neither riches, wants, nor oppression.

--Tecumseh

quote by Tim Ferriss: I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things. with background image: photo of author Tim Ferriss with quote

I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things.

--Tim Ferriss
quote by Storm Jameson: Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. with background image: photo of author Storm Jameson with quote

Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.

--Storm Jameson
quote by Sarah Orne Jewett: It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one's uses. with background image: photo of author Sarah Orne Jewett with quote

It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one's uses.

--Sarah Orne Jewett

quote by Stefan Sagmeister: To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless. with background image: photo of author Stefan Sagmeister with quote

To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.

--Stefan Sagmeister

quote by Scott Weiss: Your happiness is at the intersection of your passions and learning from great people. with background image: photo of author Scott Weiss with quote

Your happiness is at the intersection of your passions and learning from great people.

--Scott Weiss
quote by Sydney Smith: Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. with background image: photo of author Sydney Smith with quote

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.

--Sydney Smith
quote by Sushant Singh Rajput: The closest synonym of happiness is excitement, and you can generate it by doing something that you can't completely comprehend. This understanding makes the process rich and exciting. with background image: photo of author Sushant Singh Rajput with quote

The closest synonym of happiness is excitement, and you can generate it by doing something that you can't completely comprehend. This understanding makes the process rich and exciting.

--Sushant Singh Rajput
quote by Steve Gleason: I believe happiness is a choice. Some days it is a very difficult choice. with background image: photo of author Steve Gleason with quote

I believe happiness is a choice. Some days it is a very difficult choice.

--Steve Gleason

quote by Suze Orman: When you're happy you find pure joy in your life. There are no regrets in this state of happiness -- and that's a goal worth striving for in all areas of your life. with background image: photo of author Suze Orman with quote

When you're happy you find pure joy in your life. There are no regrets in this state of happiness -- and that's a goal worth striving for in all areas of your life.

--Suze Orman
quote by Susan B. Anthony: Independence is happiness. with background image: photo of author Susan B. Anthony with quote

Independence is happiness.

--Susan B. Anthony
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