102 Inspiring Happiness Quotes (images)

Here are 102 of the best happiness quotes I could find from the past. And please keep in mind, happiest and smartest people are the ones who chase nothing. They just say “yes” to what happens.

This Sunday I’d choose to look back into history for some motivation and to see what the wise people who have stepped on this earth can tell us about happiness and how to unseal it.

Happy reading!

1. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

2. The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

4. A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Bernard Le Fontenelle


5. Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.

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

7. 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 year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.
Chinese Proverb

8. There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures , and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.
Charlotte Bronte

9. Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
Winnie the Pooh

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

11. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.
Dalai Lama

12. We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
Frederick Keonig

13. If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
Edith Wharton

14. The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
J. Robert Oppenheimer

15. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
Thich Nhat Hanh

16. The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.
Eric Hoffer

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

18. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and I’m grateful for that. Money is the longest route to happiness.
Evangeline Lilly

19. It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
Agnes Repplier

20. Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Marthe Troly-Curtin

21. A happy life is made up of little things…a gift sent, a letter written, a call made, a recommendation given, transportation provided, a cake made, a book lent, a check sent.
Carol Holmes

22. There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
George Sand

23. Happiness is a place between too much and too little.
Finnish Proverb

24. Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.
George Sand

25. How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.
Gerald Jampolsky

26. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

27. For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe.
Larry Eisenberg

28. Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.
Gretta Brooker Palmer

29. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
James M. Barrie

30. 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

31. In order to be utterly happy, the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past.
Andre Gide

32. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
Jonathan Safran Foer

33. For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.

34. 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

35. You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.
Lauren Oliver

36. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.
James M. Barrie

37. A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
Albert Einstein

38. Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
Eleanor Roosevelt

39. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

40. In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?
Leslie Caron

41. There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.
James M. Barrie

42. Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.
Friedrich Schiller

43. Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
Andy Rooney

44. The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are, and not who people think you are.
Goldie Hawn

45. The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have.
Woody Allen

46. Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
Margaret Lee Runbeck

47. Happiness is holding someone in your arms and knowing you hold the whole world.
Organ Pamuk

48. Happiness is a well-balanced combination of love, labour, and luck.
Mary Wilson Little

49. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

50. One of the simplest ways to stay happy is by letting go of the things that make you sad.
Tinku Razoria

51. You can never be really happy if you keep holding to those bad memories which makes you sad.
Tehzeeb Kazmi

52. Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.
Albert Schweitzer

53. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
Mark Twain

54. Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.
Roy T. Bennett

55. If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
Edith Wharton

56. Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

57. Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.
Herman Hesse

58. No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

59. The happiness of life is made up of the little charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look, a heartfelt compliment.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

60. Happiness comes from within, not from without.
David DeNotaris

61. Happiness is not the absence of problems; but the ability to deal with them.
Jack Brown

63. Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.

64. If being happy is important to you, try this: instead of regretting all you lack, celebrate all you've got.
Brian Vaszily

64. That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau

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

66. You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Albert Camus

67. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one's neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.
Leo Tolstoy

68. Happiness adds and multiplies, as we divide it with others.
A. Nielsen

69. No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
Eleanor Roosevelt

70. You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.

71. For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.
Andy Rooney

72. Trying to be happy without giving to others is like trying to kiss alone.
Brian Vaszily

73. On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.
William R. Inge

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

75. Judge nothing, you will be happy. Forgive everything, you will be happier. Love everything, you will be happiest.
Sri Chinmoy

76. The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
Andre Maurois

77. Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.
Marquis de Condorcet

78. No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
Barbara DeAngelis

79. The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.
William Saroyan

80. There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human—in not having to be just happy or just sad in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.
C. JoyBell C

81. We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw

82. Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
Fyodor Dostoevsky

83. Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.
Leo Buscaglia

84. The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.
Carrie Jones

85. We can’t control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.
David C. Hill

86. Too often in life, something happens and we blame other people for us not being happy or satisfied or fulfilled. So the point is, we all have choices, and we make the choice to accept people or situations or to not accept situations.
Tom Brady

87. I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.
Dalai Lama

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

89. 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

90. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
Jim Rohn

91. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.
Jonathan Safran Foer

92. 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

93. 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

94. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

95. All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.
Horace Friess

96. The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.
Thich Nhat Hanh

97. The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Allan K. Chalmers

98. Happiness is a state of mind. It's just according to the way you look at things.
Walt Disney

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

100. The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.
Anne Frank

101. Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
Mother Theresa

102. The key to being happy is knowing you have the power to choose what to accept and what to let go.

Choose your favorite happiness quotes from those above, and put them up where you’ll be sure to see them often. Then, use them as encouragement to live your best life.