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Don't put the key to happiness in someone else's pocket. ~Author Unknown

The Declaration of Independence only holds as a truth of the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~Author Unknown

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. ~Jacques Prévert

If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are. ~Palmer Sondreal

Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy. ~Robert Anthony

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

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

Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around. ~E.L. Konigsburg

Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy. ~Cynthia Nelms

Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. ~Robertson Davies

Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. ~Norm Papernick

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

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. ~Colette

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. ~James Openheim

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open. ~John Barrymore

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. ~H. Jackson Brown

It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard

Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack. ~Hazelmarie Elliott ("Mattie")

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~Margaret Young

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. ~St. Augustine

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931

This is my "depressed stance." When you’re depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you’ll start to feel better. If you’re going to get any joy out of being depressed, you’ve got to stand like this. ~Charles M. Schulz

Pleasure is spread through the earth
In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
~William Wordsworth, 1806

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln

Happiness is a form of courage. ~Holbrook Jackson

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. ~Jean de La Bruyere

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys. ~Christian Nestell Bovee

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

Every now and then,
when the world sits just right,
a gentle breath of heaven
fills my soul with delight...
~Hazelmarie "Mattie" Elliott, A Breath of Heaven

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. ~Berke Breathed

The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory. ~Albert Schweitzer

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Happiness is a direction, not a place. ~Sydney J. Harris

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. ~Janet Lane

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~Author Unknown

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama

Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. ~Author Unknown

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. ~Lady Blessington

The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1. ~Author Unknown

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. ~Bernard de Fontenelle

Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness? ~Yevgeny Zamyatin

A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap. ~Miriam Muhammad

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. ~Immanuel Kant

Man must search for what is right, and let happiness come on its own. ~Johann Pestalozzi

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~Henry Ward Beecher

If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. ~Sigmund Freud

There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. ~Salvador Dali

The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony. ~V.S. Pritchett

We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. ~Walter Savage Landor

The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. ~George Bernard Shaw

Real elation is when you feel you could touch a star without standing on tiptoe. ~Doug Larson

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. ~Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954

Be happy, and a reason will come along. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

You can only have bliss if you don’t chase it. ~Henepola Gunaratana (Bhante G)

If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. ~Bertrand Russell

The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment. ~Doug Larson

I think the key to life is just being a happy person, and happiness will bring you success. ~Diego Val

Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don’t go through life creaking. ~H.W. Byles

What I’m looking for is a blessing that’s not in disguise. ~Kitty O’Neill Collins

My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. ~William Shakespeare

Isn’t it cool when the days that are supposed to feel good, actually do? ~Jim Carrey

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. ~John Stuart Mill, Autobiography, 1873

You can’t postpone sorrow, so why would you postpone happiness? ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way. ~Thich Nhat Hanh

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, ***Dave Does the Blog (hill-kleerup.org/blog)

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

We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy. ~Allen J. Lefferdink

The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable. ~Joseph Roux

The search for happiness is unlike any other search, for we search last in the likeliest places. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves. ~Andrew Delbanco

Happiness is the feeling you’re feeling when you want to keep feeling it. ~Author Unknown

Joy is a flower that blooms when you do. ~Author Unknown

So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some. ~Booth Tarkington

Jumping for joy is good exercise. ~Author Unknown

Joy never feasts so high as when the first course is of misery. ~John Suckling

Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy. ~J.M. Reinoso

We cannot be happy if we expect to live all the time at the highest peak of intensity. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony. ~Thomas Merton, 1955

Enjoyment is just the sound of being centered. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. ~Mother Teresa

Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

She thinks that happiness is a mat that sits on her doorway. ~Rob Thomas, "3 A.M."

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

Happiness is a way station between too little and too much. ~Channing Pollock, Mr. Moneypenny

The happy have whole days,
and those they choose.
The unhappy have but hours,
and those they lose.
~Colley Cibber

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up. ~Charles L. Morgan

Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. ~Iris Murdoch

Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. ~Thomas Szasz

When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content. ~Niccolo Machiavelli

The greatest gift we give to someone who loves us is simply to be happy. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness. ~Author Unknown

The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things. ~Ernest Dimnet

One joy scatters a hundred griefs. ~Chinese Proverb

Doing cartwheels in the green grass of happiness and skipping high towards the blue heavenly skies of joy! ~Terri Guillemets

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. ~George Bernard Shaw, Candida, 1898

One should be either sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers. ~Eugene O’Neill

A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is. ~Seneca

One filled with joy preaches without preaching. ~Mother Teresa

Misery is almost always the result of thinking. ~Joseph Joubert

My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate. ~Thornton Wilder

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. ~Colette

Whatever you set aside to seek happiness, remember where you put it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

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

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ~Anton Chekhov

Happiness is an inside job. ~William Arthur Ward

Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens. ~Douglas Jerrold

Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it. ~Don Herold

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be. ~Taisen Deshimaru

It is strange what a contempt men have for the joys that are offered them freely. ~Georges Duhamel

If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal — that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. ~Henry David Thoreau, Walden

The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid. ~J.D. Salinger

There is no expert on what happiness is but many on what it might have been. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

If a person’s basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. On the other hand, if someone is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any form of emotional distress, then even if he or she happens to be enjoying physical comforts, he will not really be able to experience the happiness that these could bring. ~Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

Eden is that old fashioned House
We dwell in every day
Without suspecting our abode
Until we drive away...
~Emily Dickinson

Happiness is a function of accepting what is. ~Werner Erhard

If you flatter yourself properly you will be better able to enjoy yourself. Stretch your joy so that others enjoy you too. ~Willis Goth Regier, In Praise of Flattery, 2007

Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is. ~Maxim Gorky

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by. ~Carl Sandburg

We never give up wanting things for ourselves, but there comes a day when what we want for ourselves is someone else’s happiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind. ~John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863

Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though it were his own. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

When you’re really happy, the birds chirp and the sun shines even on cold dark winter nights — and flowers will bloom on a barren land. ~Terri Guillemets

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. ~Joseph Addison

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. ~Samuel Johnson

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. ~Freya Stark, The Journey’s Echo

Considering the way the world is, one happy day is almost a miracle. ~Paulo Coelho

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

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

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

To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others. ~Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956

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

Sometimes we don’t find the thing that will make us happy because we can’t give up the thing that was supposed to. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Joy is not in things; it is in us. ~Richard Wagner

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

Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth: we got a lot more for our money back when we had no money. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. ~Don Marquis

If someone loves a flower of which just one example exists among all the millions and millions of stars, that’s enough to make him happy when he looks at the stars. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French by Richard Howard

Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine. ~Henry Ward Beecher

No matter how carefully you plan your life, in the end your happiness comes down to someone who one day just walked into it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

[T]he beautiful world of blossom and love and friendship had lost none of its power to please her fancy and thrill her heart... life still called to her with many insistent voices. ~L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables  [the comfort of knowing the world goes on after grief, and we can too —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse. ~Sophocles

One day you just say "To heck with it," and you go looking for trouble, and you find happiness. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

May I have, through life, a perfect digestion
And, also, the full price of a meal!
And may I, I pray, have a comfortable bed,
Which is asking, I know, a great deal!
~Gertrude T. Buckingham, "My Prayer"

Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960

Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit. ~Hosea Ballou

I don't think most people want to be unhappy. It's just something they've gotten good at. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

I think Joy sleeps in strange places. We're always looking for her in shiny, happy, fun times, assuming that Joy prefers her twin brother, Pleasure, when she often hangs out with her somewhat stoic big sister, Strength. Joy is not always easy to recognize, dirt-smudged and sweating, brambles in her hair. I want to believe she sometimes wears a ski mask. ~Edmond Manning, King Perry

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread. ~Charles Caleb Colton

Some pursue happiness, others create it. ~Author Unknown

We enter life with brilliant expectations of happiness: we picture to ourselves a scene of continued enjoyments, which, when viewed at a distance, enchants the eye and captivates the fancy; but when the hand of time has brought nearer to us the glowing picture which we formed in our youth, how are its colours faded, and our expectations disappointed! We lean on the world and find it a broken reed.... A few rays of happiness do, indeed, sometimes illuminate our horizon, but the passing clouds seldom fail to convince us that their duration is not to be depended upon. ~, "The Benefits of Affliction," The Christian Guardian, and Church of England Magazine, December 1825

Happiness pulses with every beat of my heart. ~Terri Guillemets

Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom. ~Benjamin Franklin

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things. ~Epictetus

Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment. ~Author Unknown

Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not. ~George Bernard Shaw

Happiness is the natural flower of duty. ~Phillips Brooks

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? ~Albert Camus

Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. ~Thomas Jefferson

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. ~Charles Kingsley

You need to learn to be happy by nature, because you’ll seldom have the chance to be happy by circumstance. ~Lavetta Sue Wegman

It is a comely fashion to be glad; Joy is the grace we say to God. ~Jean Ingelow

With some whose nerves have a deep covering of fat, happiness is less of a problem that it is an accident of anatomy. ~Attributed to Henry S. Haskins

Find a place where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. ~Joseph Campbell

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 the radiator. He will not be striving for it as a goal in itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of the day. ~W. Beran Wolfe

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

Looking back on a happy life, one realizes that one was not happy all the time. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health, as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life. ~John Ruskin

Happiness is the resultant of the relative strengths of positive and negative feelings rather than an absolute amount of one or the other. ~Norman Bradburn

Cheerfulness is the very flower of health. ~Proverb

With penetrating insight, the mystics will tell us that when we have a desire for a certain thing, a certain experience, and we fulfill that desire, the happiness we feel is not something given by that thing or experience; it is due to having no craving for a little while. ~Eknath Easwaran, The Mantram Handbook

[T]he true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life... ~William Morris, "The Aims of Art," 1887

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time. ~Josh Billings

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

Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill. ~Johnny Carson

It is not happiness until you capture it and store it out of the reach of time. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy. ~J.D. Salinger

Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. ~Author Unknown

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. ~Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness

Don’t shade your eyes from the bright joy of the world. ~Terri Guillemets

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. ~Mildred Barthel

[U]sefulness is happiness, and... all other things are but incidental. ~Lydia Maria Child, The American Frugal Housewife, 1829

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. ~Robert Frost

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. ~Author Unknown

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

Many people are extremely happy, but are absolutely worthless to society. ~Charles Gow

To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming — a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière

Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve. ~Robert S. Lynd

So often the shortest distance to happiness is the length of an about-face. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com

I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot: they amount to fourteen. ~Abd-El-Raham

Happiness is the soundtrack of my life. ~Terri Guillemets

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it. ~C.P. Snow

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary


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