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Inspiring Happiness Quotes

Everyone loves quotes. Inspiring quotes adorn shirts, mugs, posters and email signatures. You know you want to be the one who shares the best quotes with your friends. This page is the ultimate source for inspiring and easily-shareable happiness quotes!

Happiness Quotes

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I’m putting lots of hours into this page. I’m finding quotes, creating the images and formatting the page. I love doing it. It just takes a lot of time.

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Perspective Happiness Quotes


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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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.”

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


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.


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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Check out Finding Beauty in the Simple Things!


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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Check out Nurturing a Positive Disposition.


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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Check out Look Beyond Imperfections.


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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Yes, I’ll Include Mine Too!

“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


What is Experience?

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

– William James


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.”

– John A. Shedd


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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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Check out Do Not Take Life Too Seriously.


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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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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Check out No Happiness Without Action!


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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Check out Conquer Yourself and Love the World to be Happy.


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


“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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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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Check out Stop Trying to Be Happy So You Can Be Happy!


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


Self Love Quotes


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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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

Check out Happiness Isn’t Something You Can Give.

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


Happiness Quotes About Pets


Charles Schulz had the Most Famous Puppy Ever!

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”

– Charles M. Schulz

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Check out How happiness is like a puppy.

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

Have I Missed Any Happiness Quotes?

I’d love to have them. Please share yours in the comments below, because we could all use a little more happiness!


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