We all want to be happy. Happiness is everybody’s fundamental goal in life. We study in order to be happy later in life. We’re dating and getting married to enter happiness. We buy big houses and other stuff for the purpose of happiness. We do all sorts of crazy things just to reach happiness (have you watched Will Smith’s “The Pursuit of Happiness”?). This is what we do throughout our lives: pursue happiness.

Therefore, I am always keen to find out what others think about happiness. Having lived for many years, what can other people, from all walks of life, say about happiness? There are some very interesting quotes and sayings on happiness below. Check them out.

  1. “Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” Jim Rohn
  2. “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
  3. “Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.” Aldous Huxley
  4. “Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi
  5. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” Ingrid Bergman
  6. “It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” Agnes Repplier
  7. “Happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” Roy Goodman
  8. “Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.” Helen Keller
  9. “Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen.” Stacey Charter
  10. “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
  11. “Happiness is inward and not outward, and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.” Henry Van Dyke
  12. “If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we’d have a pretty good time.” Edith Wharton
  13. “If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi desert. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under a radiator.” W. Beran Wolfe
  14. “One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” Rita Mae Brown
  15. “If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a month – get married. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime – help someone else.” Chinese proverb
  16. “It turns out we’re all taking different paths in pursuit of the same goal: happiness.” Sage Soong
  17. “In order to be utterly happy, the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past.” André Gide
  18. “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
  19. “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” Oscar Wilde
  20. “The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved – loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.” Victor Hugo
  21. “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
  22. “Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.” Burton Hills
  23. “The road to happiness lies in two simple principles: find what it is that interests you and that you can do well, and when you find it, put your whole soul into it – every bit of energy and ambition and natural ability you have.” John D. Rockefeller III
  24. “There are two ways to spread happiness; either be the light who shines it or be the mirror who reflects it.” Edith Wharton
  25. “True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in their worth and choice.” Samuel Johnson
  26. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life when all that we need to make us happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” Charles Kingsley
  27. “The key to your happiness is to own your slippers, own who you are, own how you look, own your family, own the talents you have, and own the ones you don’t. If you keep saying your slippers aren’t yours, then you’ll die searching, you’ll die bitter, always feeling you were promised more.” Abraham Verghese
  28. “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 which has opened for us.” Helen Keller
  29. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha
  30. “Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” William Feather
  31. “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” Ernest Hemingway
  32. “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Mark Twain
  33. “The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  34. “To fill the hour – that is happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  35. “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it… And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” Elizabeth Gilbert
  36. “There is no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” Sage Soong
  37. “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” Carl Jung
  38. “Very little is needed to make a happy life. It is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” Marcus Aurelius
  39. “Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” Sage Soong
  40. To live happily is an inward power of the soul.” Marcus Aurelius
  41. “Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” Dale Carnegie
  42. “May your every wish be granted.” Ancient Chinese Curse
  43. Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” Benjamin Disraeli
  44. “Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of others.” Ambrose Bierce
  45. “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring family in another city.” George Burns
  46. “A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.” Bette Davis
  47. “The poor man is happy; he expects no change for the worse.” Demetrius
  48. “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln
  49. “The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.” Marcus Aurelius
  50. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” Albert Camus
  51. “Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable than risk being happy.” Robert Anthony
  52. “Money never prevented anyone from being happy or unhappy.” Eddie Barclay
  53. “The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.” F. H. Bradley
  54. “The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” Allan K. Chalmers
  55. “Don’t mistake pleasures for happiness. They are a different breed of dog.” Josh Billings
  56. “Happiness is a mystery like religion, and it should never be rationalized.” G.K. Chesterton
  57. “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
  58. “Happiness depends, as Nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.” William Cowper
  59. “For each ecstatic instant, we must an anguish pay in keen and quivering ratio to the ecstasy.” Emily Dickinson
  60. “The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.” George Eliot
  61. “Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  62. “To fill the hour-that is happiness.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  63. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” Epictetus
  64. “Too much good fortune can make you smug and unaware. Happiness should be like an oasis, the greener for the desert that surrounds it.” Rachel Field
  65. “Instant gratification takes too long.” Carrie Fisher
  66. “A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.” Anatole France
  67. “Whoever is happy will make others happy too. He who has courage and faith will never perish in misery.” Anne Frank
  68. “The US Constitution does not guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.” Benjamin Franklin
  69. “Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” Robert Frost
  70. “Yes, there is Nirvana; it is in leading your sheep toa green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.” Khalil Gibran
  71. “A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning.” Lillian Gish
  72. “He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” Johann Von Goethe
  73. “Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.” Roy M. Goodman
  74. “We all of us deserve happiness or none of us does.” Mary Gordon
  75. “To love what you do and feel that it matters –how could anything be more fun?” Catherine Graham
  76. “There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy.” J. Grenfell
  77. “Simplicity, clarity, singleness: these are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy.” Richard Halloway
  78. “There is an hour wherein a man might be happy all his life, could he find it.” George Herbert
  79. “Happiness is how, not what: a talent, not an object.” Herman Hesse
  80. “To be able to throw one’s self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman’s smile — that is happiness.” Herman Hesse
  81. “Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.” Burton Hills
  82. “It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.” Kin Hubbard
  83. “The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular reason for being happy except that they are so.” William Inge
  84. “Happiness is not a reward–it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment–it is a result.” Robert Green Ingersoll
  85. “The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family…. public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one’s family and affairs.” Thomas Jefferson                       
  86. “If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” Edith Wharton      
  87. “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” Jane Austen     
  88. “Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” Daphne Du Maurier      
  89. “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” Albert Camus     
  90. “Man is preceded by a forest and followed by a desert.” Sage Soong
  91. “…happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it…” Aristotle         
  92. “There is an hour wherein a man might be happy all his life, could he find it.” George Herbert      
  93. “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     
  94. “Money and time are the heaviest burdens in life: and among mortals, those who are most unhappy are the ones who have more than they need.” Samuel Johnson     
  95. “There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.” Samuel Johnson     
  96. “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all that we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.” Charles Kingsley     
  97. “Happiness comes fleetingly now and then, to those who have learned to do without it, and to them only.” Don Marquis      
  98. “Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.” Alice Meynell     
  99. “Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.” Austin O’Malley     
  100. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” James Oppenheim      
  101. “Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring.” Chinese Proverb     
  102. “Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.” Swedish Proverb      
  103. “Happiness is not funny.” Charles M. Schulz     
  104. “Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.” Albert Schweitzer     
  105. “The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether yoiu are happy or not.” George Bernard Shaw      
  106. “My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?” Charles M. Schulz     
  107. “Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.” Sage Soong
  108. “The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.” Jeremy Bentham      
  109. “Happiness is the light on the water. The water is cold and dark and deep.” William Maxwell     
  110. “I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.” Henry Miller     
  111. “Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.” Jean-Jacques Rousseau      
  112. “No man is happy. he is, at best, fortunate.” Solon     
  113. “Happiness is a perpetual possession of being well-deceived.” Jonathan Swift      
  114. “It isn’t necessary to be rich and famous to be happy. It’s only neccesary to be rich.” Alan Alda      
  115. “Happiness grows at our firesides and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.” D. Jerrard

Happiness is like a crystal,

Fair and exquisite and clear,

Broken in a million pieces,

Shattered, scattered, far and near.

Now and then along life’s pathway,

Lo! some shining fragments fall;

But there are so many pieces

No one ever finds them all.

You may find a bit of beauty,

Or an honest share of wealth,

While another, just beside you

Gathers honor, love, or health.

Vain to choose or grasp unduly,

Broken is the perfect ball;

And there are so many pieces

No one ever finds them all.

Yet the wise, as on they journey,

Treasure every fragment clear,

Fit them as they may together,

Imagining the shattered sphere,

Learning ever to be thankful,

Though their share of it is small;

For it has so many pieces 

No one ever finds them all.

Priscilla Leonard

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