Quotations: Happiness

Rules for your attitude

Happiness & Happy

“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.” —John Stuart Mill

Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“Bliss lies in our taste, not in the things themselves; we are happy when we have what we like, not what other people find attractive.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“Do not seek for things to happen the way you want them to; rather, wish that what happens happens the way it happens: then you will be happy.” —Epictetus

“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” —Frank Tyger

“Enjoying God is better than enjoying yourself.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“For since reason alone brings man to perfection, reason alone, when perfected, makes man happy.” —Seneca

“Give yourself permission to be happy. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around you, what matters is what’s going on inside you.” —Hal Elrod

“Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. It is only after you have faced up to this fundamental rule and learned to distinguish between what you can and can’t control that inner tranquility and outer effectiveness become possible.” —Epictetus, The Art of Living

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” —Albus Dumbledore

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” —George Orwell

“Happiness can exist only without expectations.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Happiness comes to those who bring happiness to others.” —Zoroaster

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” —Aristotle

“Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.” —Leo Tolstoy, 1828–1910, Russian writer and philosopher

“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” —Dale Carnegie

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.” —Aeschylus

“Happiness is a state of mind.” —Anonymous

“Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” —Walt Disney

“Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.” —Francesca Reigle

“Happiness is an inside job.” —William Arthur Ward

“Happiness is experienced largely in striving towards a goal, not in having attained things, because our nature is always to want to go on to the next endeavor.” ―Albert Ellis, The Art & Science of Rational Eating

“Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.” —Napoleon Hill

“Happiness is inward and not outward; and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.” —Henry Van Dyke

“Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” —Henry David Thoreau, 1817–1862, American writer and philosopher

“Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.” —Alice Meynell

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” —Margaret B. Runbeck

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” —Dalai Lama XIV

“Happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.” —Desiderius Erasmus

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” —Ayn Rand

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.” —Chung Tzu

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold; happiness dwells in the soul.” —Democritus

“Happy is the man who early learns the wide chasm that lies between his wishes and his powers.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“He is a happy man who has the faculty to forget.” —Hell’s Island (movie)

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“If you pursue happiness, you are an ordinary person. If happiness pursues you, you are an extraordinary person. Do not chase happiness; let it chase you.” ―Peter Deunov

“If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.” —Richard Bach

“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

“Men’s happiness and unhappiness depend on their temperaments, no less than on fortune.” —Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.” —Michael J. Fox

“People are mainly happy when they are working to complete something that they want to get done.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.” —Dale Carnegie

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Speak and act from unwise thoughts, and sorrow will follow you as surely as the wheel follows the ox who draws the cart. Speak and act from wise thoughts and happiness will follow you as closely as your shadow, unshakeable.” —Dhammapada

“Success can have harsher costs than failure.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Suffering is not the opposite of happiness; it is the veiling of happiness. It is a call from happiness itself, reminding us that we have mistaken our Self for an idea, an image or an object.” —Rupert Spira

“The answer lies within ourselves. If we can’t find peace and happiness there, it’s not going to come from the outside.” —Tenzin Palmo

“The first to apologize is the bravest. The first to forgive is the strongest. The first to forget is the happiest.” —Zig Ziglar

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts, therefore guard accordingly; and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue, and reasonable nature.” —Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” —Eric Hoffer

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” —Epictetus

“Those only are happy who have their minds fixed on some object other than their own happiness.” —John Stuart Mill

“Too many people are unaware that it is not outer events or circumstances that will create happiness; rather, it is our perception of events and of ourselves that will create, or uncreate, positive emotions.” ―Albert Ellis, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” —Marcus Aurelius

“We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.” —Anne Frank

“Your basic goals are to remain alive and be reasonably happy. Whatever discomfort, pain, or unhappiness you experience whether it be physical or mental you observe, think about it, and push yourself to reduce it.” —Albert Ellis

“Your happiness exists in direct proportion to how little you think about yourself, have self-stories, and identify with ego concepts and images.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

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