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105 Inspiring Happiness Quotes

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Perspective Happiness Quotes


Louisa May Alcott Knew Where to Find It

“The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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Abraham Lincoln Made Up His Mind

Just because “no evidence exists to suggest” that Abraham Lincoln said this doesn’t mean he didn’t say it.

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

– Abraham Lincoln


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Dale Carnegie Really Thought About It

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

– Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

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Daphne du Maurier Kept Her Eyes on the Prize

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”

― Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca

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Douglas Adams Was Right About This One!

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”

– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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Epictetus Knew What to Want

“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”

― Epictetus

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Check out How Having Few Wants Leads to More Happiness.


John Lennon Understood Life

I love this John Lennon quote. At five years old he was already questioning instead of complying.

When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.

– John Lennon

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Marcus Aurelius Thought It Through

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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Martha Washington Had the Right Disposition

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”

― Martha Washington

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Steve Maraboli Had No Problem With This One

“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

– Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free


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W.P. Kinsella Knows What He Wants

“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.”

– W.P. Kinsella

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William Saroyan Gets It!

Even though he doesn’t require it.

“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”

– William Saroyan, My Heart’s in the Highlands

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Gerard Way on Perfection

“Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

– Gerard Way

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Groucho Had the Power!

I bet you expected to see Groucho Marx in the funny quotes section. Me too!

“I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

– Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

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“Be optimistic. Act. Repeat.”

– Shayne Seymour

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Check out Optimism Is Not Enough.


Love and Wisdom

“Love says ‘I am everything’.
Wisdom says ‘I am nothing’.
Between the two, my life flows.”

– Nisargadatta Maharaj

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What is Experience?

“My experience is what I agree to attend to.”

– William James

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Obsess much, Aristotle?

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

– Aristotle


Against the Wind

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

– Henry Ford


Safe in the Harbor

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.”

– John A. Shedd


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“The ability to find pleasure in the small things is a special gift.”

– Tammy Hader

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Check out Training a Happier Brain — Week Two of Three.


“Realize the fact that you simply live and not live for.”

– Bruce Lee



“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.”

– Ben Jonson



“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


Funny Happiness Quotes

I had a really hard time finding funny happiness quotes. First of all, when I searched for them I didn’t get many results. Secondly, many of what returned were funny, but not about happiness. Thirdly, most of the happiness quotes I found weren’t that funny.

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They were the kind of funny that may have been funny in the 40s or 50s, but they did not pass my stringent requirements for modern humor.

I’ll say that I do not recommend seeking humor or happiness with the same level of scrutiny I do. That’s my job. I take Happiness seriously so you don’t have to.

As I scour the webs, books and movies for Happiness Quotes to add to this page I’ll have my Quotes Radar — my qoudar? quotdar? Hapquodar? — on extra alert for the funny ones.

Even if I have to write them myself!


“You can’t rollerskate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to.”

– Roger Miller

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“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”

– Elbert Hubbard

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Reba McEntire’s Three Things

Including a funny bone! How much have you laughed today?

“To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”

– Reba McEntire

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“You can’t take a shower in a parakeet cage, but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to.”

– Roger Miller

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“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”

– George Burns


“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

– Oscar Wilde

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“You can’t go swimming in a baseball pool, but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to.”

– Roger Miller

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“I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”

– J.D. Salinger

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“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because, on the whole, it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”

– Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy



“You can’t drive around with a tiger in your car, but you can be happy if you’ve a mind to.”

-Roger Miller

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“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”

– Mark Twain


“You can’t go fishing in a watermelon patch, but you can be #happy if you’ve a mind to.”

-Roger Miller

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A tall cold beer drowns the taste of an ugly day.”

– Tammy Hader

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“Laughter is poison to fear.”

– George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

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“When the first baby laughed for the first time, its laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of fairies.”

– J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Action for Happiness Quotes


William James on Action

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.”

― William James

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Susan Polis Schutz on Taking the Power

“This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. Take the power to walk in the forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your life happy.”

– Susan Polis Schutz

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Sri Chinmoy Conquered Himself

“I am very happy
Because I have conquered myself
And not the world.
I am very happy
Because I have loved the world
And not myself.”

– Sri Chinmoy

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John Barrowman Sings It!

“I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.”

– John Barrowman

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Eleanor Roosevelt Lived Right!

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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Hunter S. Thompson Braved the Storm!

“So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself: who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed?”

– Hunter S. Thompson

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The Grand Essentials!

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

– George Washington Burnap

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Paracelsus Wasn’t Lazy!

“Happiness does not consist in laziness… In labour and in sweat must each man use the gifts that God conferred upon him on earth.”

– Paracelsus

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Climbing Toward the Peak

“Attaining lasting happiness requires that we enjoy the journey on our way toward a destination we deem valuable. Happiness is not about making it to the peak of the mountain nor is it about climbing aimlessly around the mountain; happiness is the experience of climbing toward the peak.”

– Tal Ben-Shahar

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“Happiness is a skill, a habit, a study, and a choice.”

– Dr. Christine Bradstreet

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Check out Confession: For Much of my Life I Wasn’t Happy.


“All blame is a waste of time.”

– Dr. Wayne Dyer


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“I find my greatest pleasure, and so my reward, in the work that precedes what the world calls success.”

– Thomas A. Edison



“I’m learning as I go, not before I go.”

– Frank McKinley

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“Happiness is a state of activity.”

– Aristotle

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“Human beings are only happy when they are reaching toward their highest potential.”

– Barry Michels & Phil Stutz


“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.”

– Carrie Jones, Need

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

– Dalai Lama XIV

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“Happy people learn that happiness, like sweat, is a by-product of activity. You can only achieve happiness if you are too busy living your life to notice whether you are happy or not.”

– Frank Pittman


“Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.”

– Oscar Levant


“Happy people produce. Bored people consume.”

– Stephen Richards


“Comfort kills! If your goal in life is to be comfortable, I guarantee two things. First, you will never be rich. Second, you will never be happy. Happiness doesn’t come from living a lukewarm life, always wondering what could have been. Happiness comes as a result of being in our natural state of growth and living up to our fullest potential.”

– T. Harv Eker


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“Give the gift of words, of gratitude, in the form of a letter.”

– Alicia T. Rust

Check out A Sincere Gift of Happiness at Christmastime.


“All happiness depends on courage and work.”

– Honoré de Balzac


Happiness Quotes About Gratitude

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.”

– Amy Collette



“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

– Melody Beattie



“Happiness cannot be traveled to owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

– Denis Waitley



“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

– Gilbert C. Chesterton



“Gratitude will shift you to a higher frequency, and you will attract much better things.”

– Rhonda Byrne



“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”

– Willie Nelson



“Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives of all those around you.”

– Eileen Caddy



“Gratitude is the sweetest thing in a seekers life – in all human life. If there is gratitude in your heart, then there will be tremendous sweetness in your eyes.”

– Sri Chinmoy



“The more grateful I am, the more beauty I see.”

– Mary Davis


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“The root of joy is gratefulness.”

– David Steindl-Rast



“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”

– Epictetus


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”

– Melody Beattie



“Being thankful is not always experienced as a natural state of existence, we must work at it, akin to a type of strength training for the heart.”

– Larissa Gomez



“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey



“Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals. If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”

– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”

– Robert Brault


“All of our problems stem from our inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

– Pascal


Chasing Happiness Quotes


Stop Trying to be Happy

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.”

– Edith Wharton

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Chasing a Frightened Cat

“The act of chasing joy is like chasing a frightened cat. The more we run after it, the more elusive it becomes. In contrast, the happiest times often pop up at the least expected times, often when we aren’t pursuing them.”

– Dr. Charles Fay

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“The most beautiful moments in life are moments when you are expressing your joy, not when you are seeking it.”

– Jaggi Vasudev


“Joy weathers any storm: Happiness rides the waves.”

– Todd Stocker


Quotes About the Pursuit of Happiness


“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

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“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”

– Aldous Huxley

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Ayn Rand Saw the Value

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

– Ayn Rand

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Quotes About Worry


Marianne Williamson Thought Like a Child

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.”

– Marianne Williamson

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Quotes About Presence


Seneca Was Right Where He Was

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”

– Seneca



“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”

– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart


Happiness Quotes About Friends


John Lennon Knew What Counted Most

Although, I would suggest that tears are as necessary for happiness as smiles. How bad times contribute to happiness in the long run.  We can learn to see the lessons, experience and resilience we can gain from tears. Tears can lead to smiles.

Spending quality time with friends is one of the best ways to nurture happiness.

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

– John Lennon

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You Can’t Give Happiness

“The only way to give happiness is to teach that happiness can’t be given.”

– Shayne Seymour

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“Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.”

– Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart



“Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves; the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.”

– Gordon B. Hinckley

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

– Mark Twain


“Happiness [is] only real when shared.”

– Jon Krakauer, Into the Wild



“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”

– Charlotte Brontë

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“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

– Martin Luther King Jr.

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Happiness Quotes About Expectations


Jodi Picoult Did the Math

“A mathematical formula for happiness: Reality divided by Expectations. There were two ways to be happy: improve your reality or lower your expectations.”

– Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

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Happiness Quotes About Struggle


No Protection from Sadness

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”

– Jonathan Safran Foer

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Uncomfortable is Better!

“It’s better to be happy than comfortable, if you can’t have both.”

– Emma Bull



“No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

– Gabriel García Márquez

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“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

– Osho, Everyday Osho: 365 Daily Meditations for the Here and Now

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“Maybe the truth is, there’s a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things.”

– Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants


“You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.”

– Lauren Oliver, Delirium

Happiness Quotes About Pets


Charles Schulz had the Most Famous Puppy Ever!

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”

– Charles M. Schulz

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Happiness Quotes About Kindness


Mother Teresa Knew a Thing or Two About Kindness

“Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

– Mother Teresa

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