Happy quotes

A collection of quotes on the topic of life, happy, happiness, happiness.

Best happy quotes

Thomas Aquinas photo

„There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.“

—  Thomas Aquinas Italian Dominican scholastic philosopher of the Roman Catholic Church 1225 - 1274

Confucius photo

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

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 BC

Attributed on the internet but not found in print prior to an attribution in Aero Digest, Vols. 58–59, 1949, p. 115 https://books.google.com/books?id=q2ofAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22Life+is+simple%22+but+we+insist+on+making+it+complicated&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22Life+is+simple%22+
Misattributed, Not Chinese

William James photo

„Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

John Lennon photo
T.S. Eliot photo

„Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.“

—  T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965

Preface to Transit of Venus: Poems by Harry Crosby (1931)

George Sand photo

„There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.“

—  George Sand French novelist and memoirist; pseudonym of Lucile Aurore Dupin 1804 - 1876

Stephen Hawking photo

„Life would be tragic if it weren't funny.“

—  Stephen Hawking British theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author 1942 - 2018

As quoted in "The Science of Second-Guessing", The New York Times (12 December 2004)

Dr. Seuss photo

„Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Often attributed to Dr. Seuss without citation; also cited as an anonymous proverb.
This quote has also been attributed to Gabriel García Márquez, in Spanish: "No llores porque ya se terminó, sonríe porque sucedió."
Compare lines from In Memoriam A.H.H. of Tennyson:
  'Tis better to have loved and lost
  Than never to have loved at all.
Disputed
Variant: Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

Gabriel García Márquez photo
Albert Einstein photo

„Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Letter to his son Eduard (5 February 1930), as quoted in Walter Isaacson, Einstein: His Life and Universe (2007), p. 367
1930s

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Matka Tereza photo

„The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway!“

—  Matka Tereza Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin 1910 - 1997

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Robert Baden-Powell photo

„The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.“

—  Robert Baden-Powell lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement 1857 - 1941

Letter (September 1940)

Oprah Winfrey photo

„Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

Variant: Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.

Marilyn Monroe photo
John Lennon photo

„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 English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

Variant: 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.

Matka Tereza photo

„Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway!“

—  Matka Tereza Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin 1910 - 1997

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Matka Tereza photo

„If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway!“

—  Matka Tereza Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin 1910 - 1997

This is a variant or paraphrase of The Paradoxical Commandments, by Kent M. Keith, student activist, first composed in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders, which had hung on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta, India, and have sometimes become misattributed to her. The version posted at his site http://www.paradoxicalcommandments.com begins:
Misattributed
Context: People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

Michael Jordan photo

„Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.“

—  Michael Jordan American retired professional basketball player and businessman 1963

Variant: Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.

Benjamin Disraeli photo

„Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881

Books, Coningsby (1844), Lothair (1870)
Variant: Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

Dr. Seuss photo

„To the world you may be one person; but to one person you may be the world.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Jennifer Aniston photo

„There are no regrets in life, just lessons.“

—  Jennifer Aniston television and film actress from the United States 1969

Mark Twain photo

„The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Variant of this quote "The best way to cheer yourself is to cheer somebody else up." is misattributed to Albert Einstein.
Source: According Quote Investigator Mark Twain did write a version of this saying in a personal notebook in 1896, and it was published by 1935 in “Mark Twain’s Notebook”. https://quoteinvestigator.com/2012/12/21/cheer-somebody/

Maya Angelou photo
Anne Frank photo

„Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.“

—  Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945

Citát „The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.“
Louisa May Alcott photo

„The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.“

—  Louisa May Alcott American novelist 1832 - 1888

Variant: The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.

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Les Brown photo

„Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.“

—  Les Brown American politician 1945

Variant: Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living out fears.

Lucille Ball photo
Benjamin Franklin photo

„Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late. “

—  Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, a… 1706 - 1790

Will Ferrell photo
Aristotle photo

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

—  Aristotle Classical Greek philosopher, student of Plato and founder of Western philosophy -384 - -321 BC

Ayn Rand photo

„Success is getting what you want..
Happiness is wanting what you get.“

—  Dale Carnegie American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955

Variant: Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

„Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.“

—  Dale Carnegie, book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living

Source: How to Stop Worrying and Start Living (1948), p. 237. Part 8 : How I Conquered Worry,

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Robert A. Heinlein photo

„Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, book Stranger in a Strange Land

"Jubal Harshaw" in the first edition (1961); the later 1991 "Uncut" edition didn't have this line, because it was one Heinlein had added when he went through and trimmed the originally submitted manuscript on which the "Uncut" edition is based. Heinlein also later used a variant of this in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls where he has Xia quote Harshaw: "Dr. Harshaw says that 'the word "love" designates a subjective condition in which the welfare and happiness of another person are essential to one's own happiness.'"
Source: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961; 1991)

Maya Angelou photo

„My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.“

—  Maya Angelou American author and poet 1928 - 2014

Shared on her Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/MayaAngelou/posts/10150251846629796, July 4, 2011

Cesare Pavese photo

„The only joy in the world is to begin.“

—  Cesare Pavese Italian poet, novelist, literary critic, and translator 1908 - 1950

C.G. Jung photo

„Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.“

—  C.G. Jung, book Memories, Dreams, Reflections

ii. America: The Pueblo Indians http://books.google.com/books?id=w6vUgN16x6EC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Jung+Memories+Dreams+and+Reflections&hl=en&sa=X&ei=LLxKUcD0NfSo4APh0oDABg&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false (Extract from an unpublished ms) (Random House Digital, 2011).
Memories, Dreams, Reflections (1963)
Context: We always require an outside point to stand on, in order to apply the lever of criticism. This is especially so in psychology, where by the nature of the material we are much more subjectively involved than in any other science. How, for example, can we become conscious of national peculiarities if we have never had the opportunity to regard our own nation from outside? Regarding it from outside means regarding it from the standpoint of another nation. To do so, we must acquire sufficient knowledge of the foreign collective psyche, and in the course of this process of assimilation we encounter all those incompatibilities which constitute the national bias and the national peculiarity. Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. I understand England only when I see where I, as a Swiss, do not fit in. I understand Europe, our greatest problem, only when I see where I as a European do not fit into the world. Through my acquaintance with many Americans, and my trips to and in America, I have obtained an enormous amount of insight into the European character; it has always seemed to me that there can be nothing more useful for a European than some time or another to look out at Europe from the top of a skyscraper. When I contemplated for the first time the European spectacle from the Sahara, surrounded by a civilization which has more or less the same relationship to ours as Roman antiquity has to modem times, I became aware of how completely, even in America, I was still caught up and imprisoned in the cultural consciousness of the white man. The desire then grew in me to carry the historical comparisons still farther by descending to a still lower cultural level.

On my next trip to the United States I went with a group of American friends to visit the Indians of New Mexico, the city-building Pueblos...

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Anne Frank photo
Douglas Adams photo

„I'd far rather be happy than right any day.“

—  Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy pentalogy

Source: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Marcel Duchamp photo
Sören Kierkegaard photo

„Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

Source: The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Orienting Deliberation on the Dogmatic Issue of Hereditary Sin

Red Symons photo

„No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent.“

—  Red Symons Australian broadcaster and musician 1949

Attributed quotes

Вивиан Грин photo
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Albert Camus photo

„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 French author and journalist 1913 - 1960

Source: "Intuitions" (October 1932), published in Youthful Writings (1976)

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Thich Nhat Hanh photo

„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 Religious leader and peace activist 1926

Source: The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching: Transforming Suffering into Peace, Joy, and Liberation

Anne Frank photo
Andrew Carnegie photo
Ernest Hemingway photo

„Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.“

—  Ernest Hemingway, book The Garden of Eden

Marita in Ch. 11
Source: The Garden of Eden (1986)

Sören Kierkegaard photo

„Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

Attributed to Kierkegaard in a number of books, the earliest located on Google Books being the 1976 book Jack Kerouac: Prophet of the New Romanticism by Robert A. Hipkiss, p. 83 http://books.google.com/books?id=g_JaAAAAMAAJ&q=%22problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor. In the 1948 The Hibbert Journal: Volumes 46-47 the quote is referred to as "the famous Kierkegaardian slogan" on p. 237 http://books.google.com/books?id=UuDRAAAAMAAJ&q=%22the+famous+Kierkegaardian+slogan+life+is+not+a+problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor, which may be intended to suggest the phrase is Kierkegaard-esque rather than being something written by Kierkegaard. In reality this seems to be a slightly altered version of the quote "The mystery of life is not a problem to be solved; it is a reality to be experienced" which appeared in the 1928 book The Conquest of Illusion by Jacobus Johannes Leeuw, p. 9 http://books.google.com/books?id=OFdVAAAAMAAJ&q=%22not+a+problem+to+be+solved%22#search_anchor.
Misattributed

Oprah Winfrey photo
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Thomas Szasz photo

„Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.“

—  Thomas Szasz Hungarian psychiatrist 1920 - 2012

"Emotions", p. 36.
The Second Sin (1973)

Alice Munro photo
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Ben Jonson photo

„True happiness
Consists not in the multitude of friends,
But in the worth and choice.“

—  Ben Jonson, Cynthia's Revels

Cynthia's Revels (1600), Act III, scene ii

Ingrid Bergman photo
Groucho Marx photo
Robin S. Sharma photo

„the purpose of life is the life of purpose“

—  Robin S. Sharma, book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Source: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Mitch Albom photo

„There is no such thing as 'too late' in life.“

—  Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Source: Tuesdays with Morrie

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Marcus Aurelius photo

„The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts; therefore guard accordingly.“

—  Marcus Aurelius, book Meditations

Variant: The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.
Source: Meditations

Hunter S. Thompson photo

„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 American journalist and author 1937 - 2005

"Security" (1951); excerpted in Outlaw Journalist: The Life & Times of Hunter S. Thompson (2008), page 15
1950s

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Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Disputed
Variant: No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.
Source: Sometimes claimed to appear in her book This is My Story, but in The Quote Verifier by Ralph Keyes (2006), Keyes writes on p. 97 that "Bartlett's and other sources say her famous quotation can be found in This is My Story, Roosevelt's 1937 autobiography. It can't. Quotographer Rosalie Maggio scoured that book and many others by and about Roosevelt in search of this line, without success. In their own extensive searching, archivists at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, have not been able to find the quotation in This Is My Story or any other writing by the First Lady. A discussion of some of the earliest known attributions of this quote to Roosevelt, which may be a paraphrase from an interview, can be found in this entry from Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2011/03/30/not-inferior/.

Stephen Fry photo

„Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy.“

—  Stephen Fry English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist 1957

Freya Stark photo

„There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.“

—  Freya Stark British explorer and writer 1893 - 1993

The Journey's Echo (1963), p. 161 https://books.google.com/books?id=xlFbAAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22There+can+be+no+happiness+if+the+things+we+believe+in+are+different+from+the+things+we+do.%22.

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„Happiness is not a goal… it's a by-product of a life well lived.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Variant: Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product.
Source: You Learn by Living (1960), p. 95
Context: Happiness is not a goal, it is a by-product. Paradoxically, the one sure way not to be happy is deliberately to map out a way of life in which one would please oneself completely and exclusively.

Robert Frost photo

„Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

Title of poem (1942)
1940s

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Richard Bach photo

„There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.“

—  Richard Bach American spiritual writer 1936

Illusions : The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah (1977)
Source: Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah

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Roald Dahl photo

„If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.“

—  Roald Dahl British novelist, short story writer, poet, fighter pilot and screenwriter 1916 - 1990

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Albert Schweitzer photo

„Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.“

—  Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965

Variant: Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

Albert Schweitzer photo

„Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.“

—  Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965

Variant: Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.

Yogi Berra photo

„No matter where you go, there you are“

—  Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015

Source: When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes

George Burns photo

„Happiness is having a loving, close knit family in another city.“

—  George Burns American comedian, actor, and writer 1896 - 1996

As quoted in The Mammoth Book of Zingers, Quips, and One-Liners (2004) by Geoff Tibballs, p. 251

Groucho Marx photo
Anne Frank photo

„Whoever is happy will make others happy.“

—  Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945

Source: The Diary of a Young Girl

Ingrid Bergman photo
Babe Ruth photo

„Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.“

—  Babe Ruth American baseball player 1895 - 1948

As quoted in Weird Ideas That Work : 11 1/2 practices for promoting, managing, and sustaining innovation (2001) by Robert I. Sutton, p. 95

Albert Camus photo

„To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.“

—  Albert Camus, book The Fall

The Fall (1956)

Arnold Schoenberg photo

„…if it is art, it is not for all, and if it is for all, it is not art.“

—  Arnold Schoenberg, book Style and Idea

from New Music, Outmoded Music, Style and Idea (1946); as quoted in Style and Idea (1985), p. 124
1940s

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„Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.“

—  Hosea Ballou American Universalist minister (1771–1852) 1771 - 1852

Manuscript, Sermons; reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 350.

José Martí photo

„Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.“

—  José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895

Martí : Thoughts/Pensamientos (1994)
Context: Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity. He who seeks it elsewhere will not find it for, having drunk from all the glasses of life, he will find satisfaction only in those.

„The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return.“

—  Eden ahbez American songwriter and recording artist 1908 - 1995

"Nature Boy" (1948)
The greatest thing you'll ever learn is to love and be loved, just to love and be loved.
His assertion to Joe Romersa, of how his lyrics should be corrected, saying that "To be loved in return, is too much of a deal, and that has nothing to do with love."
Context: While we spoke of many things
Fools and kings
This he said to me:
"The greatest thing you'll ever learn
Is just to love and be loved in return."

Aesop photo

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

—  Aesop, book The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion and the Mouse.
Variant: No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

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„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

Variant: 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.
Source: How to Win Friends and Influence People