Best Quotes About Happiness

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. -Oscar Wilde

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. -John Dewey

Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride. -Charles Caleb Colton

We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence. -Joseph Roux

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. -Sophocles

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, Jr.

Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness. -Andre Gide

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. -Bertrand Russell

How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy. -Paul Sweeney

He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts. -Samuel Johnson

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. -Desiderius Erasmus

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. -Confucius

I've made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I'm convinced of the opposite. -Bertrand Russell

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

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. -Kin Hubbard

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. -George Bernard Shaw

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

Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them. -Don Marquis

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. -Freya Stark

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you'll never find it. -Carrie Snow

Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her. -Ambrose Bierce

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

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

What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told. -Andre Gide

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be. -John Dryden

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours. -Dale Carnegie

Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service. -Henry Ford

Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then. -Anthony Hopkins

Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman – or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle. -George Burns

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants. -Jimmy Carter

All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast. -John Gunther

I think writing about unhappiness is probably the source of my popularity, if I have any-after all, most people are unhappy, don't you think? -Philip Larkin

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. -Ashley Montagu

When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole. -Thornton Wilder

The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself. -Ernest Hemingway

Don't wish me happiness – I don't expect to be happy it's gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. -Rita Mae Brown

The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life. -Lucan

Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. -Heraclitus

I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them. -John Stuart Mill

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. -Thomas Jefferson

Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. -Bertrand Russell

If thou be industrious to procure wealth, be generous in the disposal of it. Man never is so happy as when he giveth happiness unto another. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. -Buddha

Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society. -Henry St. John

It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive. -W. Somerset Maugham

Worldly wealth is the Devil's bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun. -Robert Burton

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. -Carl Sandburg

The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping . -Dale Carnegie

Beauty is the promise of happiness. -Edmund Burke

There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true. -Francois Fenelon

In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends on the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part. -Jeremy Collier

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying. -Langston Hughes

Never mind your happiness; do your duty. -Peter Drucker

The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness. -Virginia Woolf

When ambition ends, happiness begins. -Thomas Merton

The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number. -William Dean Howells

The secret of happiness is something to do. -John Burroughs

We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness. -Maxwell Maltz

Where fear is, happiness is not. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it. -Maurice Maeterlinck

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

Growth itself contains the germ of happiness. -Pearl S. Buck

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

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

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile. -Bertrand Russell

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. -Henry David Thoreau

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

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. -John W. Gardner

True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all. -Horace

The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness. -Milan Kundera

If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it. -Epictetus

There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. -Henry Ford

The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. -Victor Hugo

America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered. -Louis D. Brandeis

Much unhappiness has come into the world because of bewilderment and things left unsaid. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values. -Ayn Rand

Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime! -Lawrence G. Lovasik

I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now. -Peter McWilliams

Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty. -Louis D. Brandeis

Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort. -Helen Gurley Brown

If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow. -William Lyon Phelps

Being rich and famous isn't all happiness and at times the pressures have got to me. -Frida Lyngstad

Money cannot buy happiness. -Frida Lyngstad

My travels led me to where I am today. Sometimes these steps have felt painful, difficult, but led me to greater happiness and opportunites. -Diana Ross

If I have to apply five turns to the screw each day for the happiness of Argentina, I will do it. -Evita Peron

I don't really care how I am remembered as long as I bring happiness and joy to people. -Eddie Albert

There is nothing in the world so much admired as a man who knows how to bear unhappiness with courage. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. -Charles Spurgeon

There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow. -Alfred de Musset

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life. -Linus Pauling

Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. -Albert Camus

To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for. -Henry Van Dyke

The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. -Alfred Lord Tennyson

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. -Kin Hubbard

A really great talent finds its happiness in execution. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness. -Aristotle

Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage. -Laura Schlessinger

Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness. -Maurice Maeterlinck

The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government. -Thomas Jefferson

I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual. -Samuel Johnson

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

Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy. -Frances Burney

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own… Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy. -Robert A. Heinlein

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable. -Clare Boothe Luce

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. -Blaise Pascal

Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it. -David Lee Roth

The one happiness is to shut one's door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life. -Eleonora Duse

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. -Benjamin Franklin

Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government. -Aristotle

What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. -Sigmund Freud

We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself. -Samuel Johnson

No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right. -Helen Keller

A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one's life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted. -George Santayana

There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy. -Mark Twain

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult. -Samuel Johnson

There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool. -Charles Caleb Colton

There is an old saying that money can't buy happiness. If it could, I would buy myself four hits every game. -Pete Rose

Life finds its purpose and fulfillment in the expansion of happiness. -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die. -Pierre de Coubertin

Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time. -Pablo Picasso

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. -John Mason Brown

To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. -Gustave Flaubert

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us. -Henri Matisse

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. -Dale Carnegie

It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe. -Thomas Paine

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. -C. S. Lewis

Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it. -George Eliot

The U. S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself. -Benjamin Franklin

I do not say think as I think, but think in my way. Fear no shadows, least of all in that great spectre of personal unhappiness which binds half the world to orthodoxy. -Thomas Huxley

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention. -Greg Anderson

What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money. -Henny Youngman

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances. -Martha Washington

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 Morgan

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

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness. -Thomas Jefferson

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

One must never look for happiness: one meets it by the way. -Isabelle Eberhardt

A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. -Elsa Schiaparelli

It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit. -Denis Waitley

There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man – that is, the more divine – the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish. -Miguel de Unamuno

My routines come out of total unhappiness. My audiences are my group therapy. -Joan Rivers

You've got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world's most powerful – and neglected – secret to success and happiness. -Percy Ross

Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever. -John Ruskin

I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain. -Arthur Rimbaud

The happiness of society is the end of government. -John Adams

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 De Angelis

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. -Jane Austen

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions. -Joseph Addison

A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings. -James Allen

The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions. -George Eliot

Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness. -Euripides

No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness. -Hosea Ballou

Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison. -Georges Bataille

There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. -Francis Bacon

We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. -Honore de Balzac

There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness. -Charles Baudelaire

The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing. -Walter Benjamin

A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug. -Josh Billings

What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness. -Lord Byron

Unhappiness in a child accumulates because he sees no end to the dark tunnel. The thirteen weeks of a term might just as well be thirteen years. -Graham Greene

He felt the loyalty we feel to unhappiness – the sense that is where we really belong. -Graham Greene

I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being. -Edward Gibbon

Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won't have to hunt for happiness. -William E. Gladstone

Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own. -William E. Gladstone

The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. -C. S. Lewis

Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness. -Anatole France

Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others. -Henry Fielding

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken. -Leo Tolstoy

Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness. -Immanuel Kant

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves. -Victor Hugo

Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best. -Napoleon Hill

The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys. -Alphonse de Lamartine

One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person. -William Feather

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it. -William Feather

This is true enough, but success is the next best thing to happiness, and if you can't be happy as a success, it's very unlikely that you would find a deeper, truer happiness in failure. -Michael Korda

The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government. -Thomas Chandler Haliburton

The groundwork of all happiness is health. -Leigh Hunt

I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves. -Wilhelm von Humboldt

More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery. -Thomas Traherne

To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness. -Thomas Traherne

Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning. -John Dewey

There is only one passion, the passion for happiness. -Denis Diderot

The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. -Benjamin Disraeli

Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness. -Fyodor Dostoevsky

Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague. -Norman Douglas

The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong. -Jeremy Bentham

To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious? -Christopher Hampton

That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others. -James Thomson

Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime. -Charles Maurice de Talleyrand

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. -Democritus

If thou suffer injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it. -Democritus

Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. -George Sand

Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness. -George Sand

Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness. -David Sarnoff

The will of man is his happiness. -Friedrich Schiller

There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment. -Swami Sivananda

Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character. -George Santayana

It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness. -George Santayana

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy. -Philip Sidney

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? -Adam Smith

Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. -Sydney Smith

To describe happiness is to diminish it. -Stendhal

Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources. -Herbert Spencer

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. -Albert Schweitzer

The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done. -Thomas Carlyle

It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five. -Thomas Carlyle

See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you. -James Freeman Clarke

The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency. -Quentin Crisp

The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves. -William Ellery Channing

Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose. -William Cowper

Those who seek happiness miss it, and those who discuss it, lack it. -Holbrook Jackson

True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice. -Ben Jonson

We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. -Thomas Jefferson

There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern. -Samuel Johnson

Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it. -Samuel Johnson

I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus. -Malcolm Muggeridge

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

Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool. -Andre Maurois

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

Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. -Zhuangzi

Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance. -Maurice Maeterlinck

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity. -Rollo May

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all. -Ogden Nash

What happiness is there which is not purchased with more or less of pain? -Margaret Oliphant

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness. -George Orwell

To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own – this is happiness. -J. B. Priestley

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory. -Norman Vincent Peale

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself. -Plutarch

Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below. -Alexander Pope

There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people. -Anwar Sadat

Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes. -Euripides

There is something in the pang of change More than the heart can bear, Unhappiness remembering happiness. -Euripides

Households, cities, countries, and nations have enjoyed great happiness when a single individual has taken heed of the Good and Beautiful. Such people not only liberate themselves; they fill those they meet with a free mind. -Philo

I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition. -Martha Washington

I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. -Martha Washington

Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment. -Mahatma Gandhi

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

It is work, work that one delights in, that is the surest guarantor of happiness. But even here it is a work that has to be earned by labor in one's earlier years. One should labor so hard in youth that everything one does subsequently is easy by comparison. -Ashley Montagu

Fun I love, but too much fun is of all things the most loathsome. Mirth is better than fun, and happiness is better than mirth. -William Blake

Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness. -Benjamin Franklin

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. -Plato

How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure. -William James

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success. -William Ellery Channing

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it. -Nathaniel Hawthorne

Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping. -Gertrude Stein

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. -Guillaume Apollinaire

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. -Willa Cather

For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair. -Anne Morrow Lindbergh

You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace. -Ernie Banks

I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness. -Havelock Ellis

Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that. Yes, yes, it's the most comical thing in the world. -Samuel Beckett

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. -Leo Buscaglia

When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness. -Malcolm Forbes

Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants. -Benjamin Franklin

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. -Franz Kafka

When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness. -Bob Hope

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. -Sophocles

Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money. -Arthur Schopenhauer

What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away? -Logan Pearsall Smith

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

Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness. -Emil Cioran

Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure. -Samuel Johnson

We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve. -Maxwell Maltz

While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love. -Bo Bennett

If you have not taken the time to define what happiness means to you, what have your spent your whole life pursuing? -Bo Bennett

One's work usually occupies more than half of one's waking life. Choosing work that does not bring happiness will lead to a life that is mostly disappointing. -Bo Bennett

My greatest happiness is to serve my gracious King and Country and I am envious only of glory; for if it be a sin to covet glory I am the most offending soul alive. -Horatio Nelson

Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness. -Bryant H. McGill

While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure. -Bryant H. McGill

Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions; it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else. -Alphonse Karr

Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow. -Monica Edwards

You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness. -Julia Roberts

Money won't buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem. -Bill Vaughan

When you're passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection. -Debra Messing

That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers. -Francis Hutcheson

I enjoy being happy every day, and hopefully you can hear my happiness in my music. Life is beautiful. -Christina Milian

People truly reaching across boundaries – be they religious or race, political or geographic. A state that is sincerely civil and respectful of each individual's pathway toward life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be our goal. -Jon Huntsman, Jr.

No true and permanent fame can be founded except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind. -Charles Sumner

There is even a happiness – that makes the heart afraid. -Thomas Hood

Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness. -John Howe

Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness. -Harold Kushner

The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. -Robert Baden-Powell

Bring love and peace and happiness and beautiful lives into the world in my honor. Thank you. Love you. -Aron Ralston

I say there is not more happiness for me than the freedom of my Homeland. -Islom Karimov

May there always be peace, love and happiness in every house. -Islom Karimov

Your destiny is my destiny. Your happiness is my happiness. -Islom Karimov

I will always stay close to all compatriots, and share together the happiness and suffering. -Norodom Sihamoni

I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naive. That's because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life. -Tobey Maguire

Heaven takes care that no man secures happiness by crime. -Vittorio Alfieri

I'd rather have happiness than money. People ask for it. Sometimes when I don't have it. I make other people's problems my problem because they want me to; they ask me to. -Brenda Fassie

I don't know the true meaning of happiness. -Jonathan Davis

The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness. -Harry Harrison

It was a joy to be a part of the team that created Round The Horne. I was involved with the show at a time of my life when I was very happy., and that happiness overflowed into the scripts. -Barry Took

The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always, rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy. -J. Donald Walters

It's good to follow the path of personal happiness to some extent. People tend to get upset however when you drive a steamroller down it. -Simon Travaglia

We create our own unhappiness. The purpose of suffering is to help us understand we are the ones who cause it. -Willie Nelson

The applause was so loud and insistent that I had to respond with several encores. I was numb with happiness, when it was over, I knew that this alone must be my life and my world. -Leni Riefenstahl

It is in his knowledge that man has found his greatness and his happiness, the high superiority which he holds over the other animals who inhabit the earth with him, and consequently no ignorance is probably without loss to him, no error without evil. -James Smithson

Now I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers and laid entwined together on a bed of clover and left there to sleep, left there to dream of their happiness. -Conor Oberst

The People have a right to the Truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. -Frank Norris

It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish. -Robert Herrick

The sexes were made for each other, and only in the wise and loving union of the two is the fullness of health and duty and happiness to be expected. -William Hall

Try to put your happiness before anyone else's, because you may never have done so in your entire life, if you really think about it, if you are really honest with yourself. -Margaret Cho

Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There's immense happiness that can come from working towards that. -Nick Cave

My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind – intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect. -D. H. Lawrence

I hump the wild to take it all in, there is no bag limit on happiness. -Ted Nugent

Lots of people I know have bootlegged tapes of performances and if they play it I will be transported back sometimes with happiness, sometimes with horror. -Chris Bailey

The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted. -Jonathan Edwards

It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. -Hugo Black

I've never felt like I was in the cookie business. I've always been in a feel good feeling business. My job is to sell joy. My job is to sell happiness. My job is to sell an experience. -Debbi Fields

A good education is another name for happiness. -Ann Plato

I don't get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing – that around the world everybody's after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day. -Paul Thomas Anderson

Well may the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country's peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family. -James K. Polk

Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness, which this world affords. -William Samuel Johnson

Only after I faced the unhappiness of my first marriage did I start on the path of personal growth. -Judith Wright

I learned that people everywhere are basically the same and have similar goals that we do. They want health and happiness and the opportunity to provide for their families. -Steve Kerr

Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified? -Chuck Palahniuk

One's happiness depends less on what he knows than on what he feels. -Liberty Hyde Bailey

There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness. -Liberty Hyde Bailey

Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are. -Princess Diana

I don't think that sin and pursuing happiness are not necessarily the same thing. -Dan Savage

How can you tell somebody whose is pursuing happiness that they're somehow not American when that was the very first promise that America made? -Dan Savage

Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness. -Chanakya

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. -Chuck Palahniuk

Although images of perfection in people's personal lives can cause unhappiness, images of perfect societies – utopian images – can cause monstrous evil. In fact, forcefully changing society to conform to societal images was the greatest cause of evil in the twentieth century. -Dennis Prager

Given the amount of unjust suffering and unhappiness in the world, I am deeply grateful for, sometimes even perplexed by, how much misery I have been spared. -Dennis Prager

The white man's happiness cannot be purchased by the black man's misery. -Frederick Douglass

Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain. -John Stuart Mill

I don't like Paris so much, and it's only eight shows. I mean, don't tell them that, of course. But everyone always thinks they're so important. And I'm sure they are. But to me, my happiness is more important. -Gisele Bundchen

I was as happy doing theater in New York for little or no money as I am now doing television for more money. The happiness, I guess, comes out of it being a good job. The success has to do with the fact that it's a good job that will continue. -David Hyde Pierce

The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it. -Jacques Yves Cousteau

Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving the citizen as much freedom of action and of being as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner. -James Fenimore Cooper

No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. -Mary Wollstonecraft

The purpose of human life and the sense of happiness is to give the maximum what the man is able to give. -Alexander Alekhine

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man. -William Beveridge

I love walking down the street and seeing faces and drama and happiness and sadness and dirt and cleanliness. -Ric Ocasek

The cause of justice is the cause of humanity. Its advocates should overflow with universal good will. We should love this cause, for it conduces to the general happiness of mankind. -William Godwin

Power, after love, is the first source of happiness. -Stendhal

A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness. -Stendhal

There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating. -Frederick Delius

The free market economy is supposed to be the only path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity, power and influence of nations. -Omar Bongo

I think government has a major role to play in helping us with the pursuit of happiness. -William Weld

There once was a demographic survey done to determine if money was connected to happiness and Ireland was the only place where this did not turn out to be true. -Fiona Shaw

Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy. -Fiona Shaw

He who never sacrificed a present to a future good or a personal to a general one can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colors. -Olympia Brown

The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life, a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good, by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction. -Mortimer Adler

It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him. -Max Planck

An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves. -Lydia M. Child

A pencil and rubber are of more use to thought than a battalion of assistants. To happiness the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it. -Theodor W. Adorno

You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness. -Tracy Kidder

The Bourbon King was first ambassador of reason and human happiness. -Heinrich Mann

What I mean by that is that the point of life, as I see it, is not to write books or scale mountains or sail oceans, but to achieve happiness, and preferably an unselfish happiness. -Bernard Cornwell

But if you believe in Christ and that your main goal with your life is supposed to be to honor Him and do His will, then you don't have as much pressure as someone who bases all their happiness on whether they're a movie star. -Victoria Jackson

By mere burial man arrives not at bliss; and in the future life, throughout its whole infinite range, they will seek for happiness as vainly as they sought it here, who seek it in aught else than that which so closely surrounds them here – the Infinite. -Johann Gottlieb Fichte

He who avoids complaint invites happiness. -Abu Bakr

Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people. -Samuel Chase

No period of my life has been one of such unmixed happiness as the four years which have been spent within college walls. -Horatio Alger

Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs, in the interest of his own happiness, to walk in the path of humility and self-control, and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful. -Irving Babbitt

Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in terms of work or of enjoyment. -Irving Babbitt

There is happiness in duty, although it may not seem so. -Jose Marti

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness. -F. H. Bradley

For me, however, that beloved, glowing little word happiness has become associated with everything I have felt since childhood upon hearing the sound of the word itself. -Hermann Hesse

Nevertheless, whether in occurrences lasting days, hours or mere minutes at a time, I have experienced happiness often, and have had brief encounters with it in my later years, even in old age. -Hermann Hesse

This happiness consisted of nothing else but the harmony of the few things around me with my own existence, a feeling of contentment and well-being that needed no changes and no intensification. -Hermann Hesse

It was as if all of the happiness, all of the magic of this blissful hour had flowed together into these stirring, bittersweet tones and flowed away, becoming temporal and transitory once more. -Hermann Hesse

The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of. -Gilbert Murray

It's obvious, but perhaps worth saying, that happiness has virtually nothing to do with the state of your intellect. -Daniel Keys Moran

The most simple things can bring the most happiness. -Izabella Scorupco

The path I am trying so hard to follow is in fact the one that God my Father and His Son Jesus Christ want me to pursue. It has brought me deep happiness. -Clayton M. Christensen

This is why I belong, and why I believe. I commend to all this same search for happiness and for the truth. -Clayton M. Christensen

I always looked for a man to rescue me and bring me happiness. I bought into that myth, of course, and looked for my own Prince Charming. -Linda Evans

It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life, but I remember a great relief and happiness that I was finally getting somewhere, finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic. -Robert Wyatt

I had to try and find a way to express happiness without sounding corny. -Daniel Johns

I visited those friends who'd just had a baby, and she was washing dishes and he was cleaning the house, and I burst with happiness. And in their minds, they were in this terrible domestic rut. -Josh Lucas

Before the boat docked, however, he confessed because he was contemplating running for president, he couldn't separate from his wife. I believed him when he told me he faced a difficult choice between pursuing personal happiness and his political destiny. -Donna Rice

While I gave up God a long time ago, I never shook the habit of wanting to believe in something. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. -Sarah Vowell

Your dear baby has died innocent and blameless, and has been called away by an all wise and merciful Creator, most probably from a life to misery and misfortune, and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss. -George Mason

So I decided to move that scene in the doctor's office to two-thirds into the movie, after the viewers had come to know Ryan and Ali and share in their happiness. -Arthur Hiller

Music should probably provide answers in terms of lyrical content, and giving people a sense of togetherness and oneness, as opposed to being alone in their thoughts and dilemmas or regrets or happiness or whatever. -Peabo Bryson

I knew everything and received everything. But real happiness, is giving. -Alain Delon

The slave may be happy, but happiness is not enough. -Herbert Read

I will never forget my beautiful days with you in Shanklin, they are certainly the most pleasant ones of my life. Look, I have tears in my eyes just to think about it. I am furious to be here, it is the end of happiness for a whole year. -Camille Claudel

I can only point out a curious fact. Year after year the Nobel Awards bring a moment of happiness not only to the recipients, not only to colleagues and friends of the recipients, but even to strangers. -Alfred Hershey

I don't understand why Europeans and South Americans can take more sophistication. Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness major and their tragedy minor, and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord? Are they not experiencing complex emotions? -Joni Mitchell

Every man judges his own happiness and satisfaction with life in terms of his possession or lack of possession of those things that he considers worthwhile and valuable. -Meir Kahane

It is not only my laboratory and my place of work but also my home, so that on the 30th October I was able to share my happiness immediately with my students and collaborators and, at the same time, with my wife and family. -George Porter

When the honour is given to that scientist personally the happiness is sweet indeed. Science is, on the whole, an informal activity, a life of shirt sleeves and coffee served in beakers. -George Porter

I don't have any gnawing guilt over contributing to any unhappiness suffered by my husbands. They were as much to blame as I was. -Hedy Lamarr

Now an infinite happiness cannot be purchased by any price less than that which is infinite in value; and infinity of merit can only result from a nature that is infinitely divine or perfect. -Adam Clarke

I have a theory that the secret of marital happiness is simple: drink in different pubs to your other half. -Jilly Cooper

Every moment of your life that is not a complete nightmare is happiness. -Merrill Markoe

90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody's interested in the story. Happiness is happiness. -Cab Calloway

An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness. -Clara Barton

It is our happiness to live under the government of a PRINCE who is satisfied with ruling according to law; as every other good prince will – We enjoy under his administration all the liberty that is proper and expedient for us. -Jonathan Mayhew

Leibniz dedicated his life to efforts to educate people to understand that true happiness is found by locating their identity in benefitting mankind and their posterity. -Robert Trout

People let their own hang-ups become the obstacles between them and personal happiness. -Lucinda Williams

I see happiness as a by-product. I don't think you can pursue happiness. I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes the Founding Fathers made. -James Hillman

Just stop for a minute and you'll realize you're happy just being. I think it's the pursuit that screws up happiness. If we drop the pursuit, it's right here. -James Hillman

I know not why there is such a melancholy feeling attached to the remembrance of past happiness, except that we fear that the future can have nothing so bright as the past. -Julia Ward Howe

If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness. -Leon Kass

So I started chanting when I was nineteen, which was about twelve years ago, and it really had a huge impact on my outlook, happiness, and general creativity. -Duncan Sheik

According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people; but it is always your own happiness you seek. -John Buchanan Robinson

From the Taoist point of view, the natural result of this harmonious way of living is happiness. -Benjamin Hoff

I have to keep reminding myself: If you give your life to God, he doesn't promise you happiness and that everything will go well. But he does promise you peace. You can have peace and joy, even in bad circumstances. -Patricia Heaton

Everyone needs a certain amount of money. Beyond that, we pursue money because we know how to obtain it. We don't necessarily know how to obtain happiness. -Gregg Easterbrook

An order of government, established by such an all-wise, powerful being, must be good and perfect, and must be calculated to promote the permanent peace, happiness, and well-being of all his subjects. -Orson Pratt

We hear of the wealth of nations, of the powers of production, of the demand and supply of markets, and we forget that these words mean no more, if they mean any thing, then the happiness, and the labor, and the necessities of men. -Frances Wright

There's a higher form of happiness in commitment. I'm counting on it. -Claire Forlani

Politics are beautiful. They enable a community to live collectively with one another. It's not about stabbing each other in the back; it's about enabling people to reach their dreams and pursue happiness. -Ben Nicholson

For all its terrible faults, in one sense America is still the last, best hope of mankind, because it spells out so vividly the kind of happiness that most people actually want, regardless of what they are told they ought to want. -Ferdinand Mount

Our nation was founded on the principals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. -Leonard Boswell

So many people have said that to me, that what they really like about Alex is what she brings out in Marissa, and what this situation brings out in her, a hint of happiness and another side to her character. -Olivia Wilde

I've had at least my share of tragedy, but I have had far more than my share of happiness. -Pierre Salinger

For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness. -Thomas Bulfinch

I am happy as happiness goes, for a woman who has so many memories and who lives the lonely life of an actress. -Lillie Langtry

I guess happiness is not a state you want to be in all the time. -John Belushi

So, after awhile, you can only get so much happiness from a guy who's drunk come up and tell you you're great. -Rick Derringer

But what is after all the happiness of mere power? There is a greater happiness possible than to be lord of heaven and earth; that is the happiness of being truly loved. -Lafcadio Hearn

The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness. -Emanuel Swedenborg

The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives. -Gertrude Jekyll

Since, therefore, no man is born without faults, and he is esteemed the best whose errors are the least, let the wise man consider everything human as connected with himself; for in worldly affairs there is no perfect happiness under heaven. -Giraldus Cambrensis

If kind parents love their children and delight in their happiness, then he who is perfect goodness in sending abroad mortal contagions doth assuredly direct their use. -John Woolman

But it is my happiness to be half Welsh, and that the better half. -Richard Cobden

Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another. -Eustace Budgell

I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled to the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. -Victoria Woodhull

I ask the rights to pursue happiness by having a voice in that government to which I am accountable. -Victoria Woodhull

My life has run from misery to happiness. -Loretta Lynn

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art. -Clara Schumann

I've had a good life. Enough happiness, enough success. -Michael Landon

Fancy the happiness of Pinocchio on finding himself free! Without saying yes or no, he fled from the city and set out on the road that was to take him back to the house of the lovely Fairy. -Carlo Collodi

If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and not from the world. -David Brainerd

I have often met with happiness after some imprudent step which ought to have brought ruin upon me, and although passing a vote of censure upon myself I would thank God for his mercy. -Giacomo Casanova

There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. -Maria Mitchell

It is also rarer to find happiness in a man surrounded by the miracles of technology than among people living in the desert of the jungle and who by the standards set by our society would be considered destitute and out of touch. -Thor Heyerdahl

There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy. -Joyce Grenfell

The United States are a political state, or organized society, whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who live under its protection. -William H. Seward

You know the passage where Scarlett voices her happiness that her mother is dead, so that she can't see what a bad girl Scarlett has become? Well, that's me. -Vivien Leigh

I'm passionate about everything, like my family and friends. Anybody I am talkin' to is gonna be bona fide real. There is no substitution for happiness. Period. -Suge Knight

The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding. -Winifred Holtby

The greatest happiness comes from being vitally interested in something that excites all your energies. -Walter Annenberg

And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it. -Adam Weishaupt

Some of us learned in a school of philosophy which taught that all was for the common good and nothing for oneself and have never, in any case, regarded the pursuit of happiness as anything other than an aberration of the human spirit. -John Grierson

The greatest misfortune of the wise man and the greatest unhappiness of the fool are based upon convention. -Franz Schubert

You believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth it is centered in ourselves. -Franz Schubert

Law is stable; the societies we are speaking of are progressive. The greater or less happiness of a people depends on the degree of promptitude with which the gulf is narrowed. -Henry James Sumner Maine

If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man, you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

Life everlasting in a state of happiness is the greatest desire of all men. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

The inspired Scriptures make the clear distinction between false and true riches and make plain the reason why happiness is gained and fully enjoyed only by those who find true riches. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

We pray that every field of science may contribute in bringing happiness – not disaster – to human beings. -Kenichi Fukui

I'd learned how much happiness money can bring you. Very little. -Rick Pitino

Five or six hundred heads cut off would have assured your repose, freedom and happiness. -Jean-Paul Marat

You can have a lot of unhappiness by not having money, but the reverse is no guarantee of happiness. -Philip Kaufman

Is anyone serious about the politics of happiness? David Cameron dipped a toe in the water, using the word lightly, but denying the hard policies it implies. Labour shies away from it, but should take up the challenge. -Polly Toynbee

It is now possible to quantify people's levels of happiness pretty accurately by asking them, by observation, and by measuring electrical activity in the brain, in degrees from terrible pain to sublime joy. -Polly Toynbee

Happiness is a real, objective phenomenon, scientifically verifiable. That means people and whole societies can now be measured over time and compared accurately with one another. Causes and cures for unhappiness can be quantified. -Polly Toynbee

The strongest predictor of unhappiness is anyone who has had a mental illness in the last 10 years. It is an even stronger predictor of unhappiness than poverty – which also ranks highly. -Polly Toynbee

Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all, and that is well within the remit of the state. More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get, yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year. -Polly Toynbee

Could a government dare to set out with happiness as its goal? Now that there are accepted scientific proofs, it would be easy to audit the progress of national happiness annually, just as we monitor money and GDP. -Polly Toynbee

People need to realise what real happiness and success is, because success as an actor is fleeting. You can be up there one day and gone the next. -Chuck Norris

We have arrived at that point of time in which we are forced to see our own humiliation, as a nation, and that a progression in this line cannot be a productive of happiness, private or public. -Henry Knox

Even when there are times that we're not happy, happiness will creep in. -Dyan Cannon

I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn't one I'll have to fight for as long as I live. I wonder if it's worth it. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. -Georges Simenon

When Kate was born, she was born into a world of joy and happiness and confidence. The difference between the children is night and day. She's happy, she's thriving, she's full of self-confidence. I tell her she's beautiful every day before I send her off to school. -Lynn Johnston

Some of you read with me 40 years ago a portion of Aristotle's Ethics, a selection of passages that describe his idea of happiness. You may not remember too well. -Charles Van Doren

I often think you bring unhappiness on yourself, because if you don't like yourself very much, you allow yourself to be influenced by people who reinforce that. -Lynn Johnston

The last part, the part you're now approaching, was for Aristotle the most important for happiness. -Charles Van Doren

For my part, I do not feel that the scheme of future happiness, which ought by rights to be in preparation for me, will be at all interfered with by my not meeting again the man I have in my. mind. -James Payn

Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness all at the same time. -Artie Lange

As long as there are people who are not happy with their lot in life, as long as the United States is perceived to somehow be the cause of this unhappiness, there will be terrorism. -Cofer Black

I have kids and I want to have a long life and there are certain things that are conducive to that and certain things that aren't. I've opted for the road of happiness and long life. -Ethan Suplee

Mystery is gone to the certainty of technological principles. So the real terror, the real aggression against life comes in the form of the pursuit of our technological happiness. -Godfrey Reggio

Today, we stand as a united country and are much closer to the ideals set forth in our Constitution that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. -Jim Ryun

Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it. -Kevyn Aucoin

I think happiness comes from self-acceptance. We all try different things, and we find some comfortable sense of who we are. We look at our parents and learn and grow and move on. We change. -Jamie Lee Curtis

I think my capacity to change has given me tremendous happiness, because who I am today I am completely content to be. -Jamie Lee Curtis

As this world was not intended to be a state of any great satisfaction or high enjoyment, so neither was it intended to be a mere scene of unhappiness and sorrow. -Joseph Butler

Every man hath a general desire of his own happiness; and likewise a variety of particular affections, passions, and appetites to particular external objects. -Joseph Butler

The principle we call self-love never seeks anything external for the sake of the thing, but only as a means of happiness or good: particular affections rest in the external things themselves. -Joseph Butler

The sum of the whole is plainly this: The nature of man considered in his single capacity, and with respect only to the present world, is adapted and leads him to attain the greatest happiness he can for himself in the present world. -Joseph Butler

The Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes that happiness is the purpose of our lives. Through his teachings and leadership, he continues to make this world a better place in which to live. -Sidney Sheldon

But happiness is no respecter of persons. -Stephen Fry

It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people's business. -Dolley Madison

The Constitution guarantees us our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That's all. It doesn't guarantee our rights to charity. -Jesse Ventura

Fame is indeed beautiful and benign and gentle and satisfying, but happiness is something at once tender and brilliant beyond all things. -Mary MacLane

I want fame more than I can tell. But more than I want fame I want happiness. -Mary MacLane

She bowed her head, clasping her hands tightly before her upon the arm of his chair, for her heart yearned towards him, yet could not reach him, and it made her throat ache with unhappiness to meet that look of his that rested on her face without seeing it. -Georgette Heyer

History shows that our way of life is the stronger way. From it has come more wealth, more industry, more happiness, more human enlightenment than from any other way. -Wendell Willkie

Fame had brought me so much unhappiness. -Brigitte Bardot

The pursuit of happiness is in our Constitution. We're all entitled to have the best we can. -Loretta Swit

A great emigration necessarily implies unhappiness of some kind or other in the country that is deserted. -Thomas Malthus

When we were together, I loved you deeply and you gave me so much happiness I can never repay you. -Arthur Ashe

I do believe that if you haven't learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness. -Nana Mouskouri

Time the great destroyer of other men's happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor. -Isaac D'Israeli

The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star. -Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

I am deeply convinced that happiness does not exist in this world. -Taylor Caldwell

Anything you're good at contributes to happiness. -Bertrand Russell

The day of individual happiness has passed. -Adolf Hitler

Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man. -Oswald Chambers

We all of us deserve happiness or none of us does. -Mary Gordon

The right to happiness is fundamental. -Anna Pavlova

Every happiness is a hostage to fortune. -Arthur Helps

To buy happiness is to sell soul. -Douglas Horton

Love is trembling happiness. -Khalil Gibran

Independence is happiness. -Susan B. Anthony

There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery. -Dante Alighieri

Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Love is not a feeling of happiness. Love is a willingness to sacrifice. -Michael Novak

Eternal principles that govern happiness apply equally to all. -Russell M. Nelson

True religion… is giving and finding one's happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others. -William J. H. Boetcker

A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose. -Tom Wilson

We possess only the happiness we are able to understand. -Maurice Maeterlinck

Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. -Victor Hugo

Trifles make up the happiness or the misery of human life. -Alexander Smith

All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone. -Jean de la Bruyere

Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. -George Santayana

Happiness is mental harmony; unhappiness is mental inharmony. -James Allen

No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it. -Helen Keller

Happiness isn't happiness unless there's a violin-playing goat. -Julia Roberts

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

The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action. -Madame de Stael

There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. -Henry Drummond

Just try to be happy. Unhappiness starts with wanting to be happier. -Sam Levenson

There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness. -Aldous Huxley

There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel. -Anthony Trollope

The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible. -Bertrand Russell

Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action. -William James

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness. -Henry David Thoreau

Love is when the other person's happiness is more important than your own. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. -George Bernard Shaw

The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage. -Thucydides

To be happy is only to have freed one's soul from the unrest of unhappiness. -Maurice Maeterlinck

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness. -Arthur Schopenhauer

Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than happiness makes them good. -Walter Savage Landor

The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion. -Karl Marx

Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money. -Neil Simon

Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. -Spike Milligan

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child. -Maria Montessori

Sixty minutes of thinking of any kind is bound to lead to confusion and unhappiness. -James Thurber

The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control. -Ogden Nash

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness. -Bertrand Russell

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels. -Bertolt Brecht

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. -Edward de Bono

A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else. -Bette Davis

No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness. -Graham Greene

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. -Jeremy Bentham

We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness. -Pierre Corneille

Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness. -Baltasar Gracian

The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it. -Elbert Hubbard

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. -William Morris

To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive. -Matthew Arnold

Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. -Helen Keller

Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. -Alice Walker

A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience. -Sydney Smith

All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love. -Baruch Spinoza

Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery. -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness. -Richard Bach

Money may not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it! -Freddie Mercury

What leads to unhappiness, is making pleasure the chief aim. -William Shenstone

Every age has its happiness and troubles. -Jeanne Calment

God's children and their happiness are my reasons for being. -Red Skelton

I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness. -Queen Victoria

Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable. -Anton Chekhov

Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life, one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits. -Anna Pavlova

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

To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something. -Charlotte Perkins Gilman

God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there. -Billy Graham

Feminism's agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness. -Susan Faludi

Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years. -Ausonius

Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don't set any condition. -Arthur Rubinstein

A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. -Honore de Balzac

Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. -Khalil Gibran

People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made. -Joan Rivers

Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war. -William S. Burroughs

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy. -Wayne Gretzky

It's afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn't necessarily prove that you loved him. -Marguerite Duras

Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race. -Bertrand Russell

Seeing unhappiness in the marriage of friends, I was content to have chosen music and laughter as a substitute for a husband. -Elsa Maxwell

The only real happiness a ballplayer has is when he is playing a ball game and accomplishes something he didn't think he could do. -Ring Lardner

All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife. -Daniel Boone

Fashion is all about happiness. It's fun. It's important. But it's not medicine. -Donatella Versace

As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour. -Anthony Trollope

There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow. -Dorothea Brande

The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect. -Thomas Huxley

The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness. -Rutherford B. Hayes

Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work, reality often forces us to choose love or work. -Letty Cottin Pogrebin

I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared. -Montesquieu

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. -Hermann Hesse

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. -Helen Keller

You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness. -Brad Garrett

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves. -Ethel Percy Andrus

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

Seek happiness for its own sake, and you will not find it; seek for duty, and happiness will follow as the shadow comes with the sunshine. -Tryon Edwards

I wish people could achieve what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that that's not really what happiness is. -Alanis Morissette

I believe that my clothes can give people a better image of themselves – that it can increase their feelings of confidence and happiness. -Giorgio Armani

When a mother quarrels with a daughter, she has a double dose of unhappiness hers from the conflict, and empathy with her daughter's from the conflict with her. Throughout her life a mother retains this special need to maintain a good relationship with her daughter. -Terri Apter

There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life. -Mary Wortley Montagu

Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that! -Ludwig van Beethoven

It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace. -George Bernard Shaw

Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness. -Mason Cooley

Humor does not rescue us from unhappiness, but enables us to move back from it a little. -Mason Cooley

All people desire what they believe will make them happy. If a person is not full of desire for God, we can only conclude that he is engaged with another happiness. -William Law

There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy. -Chanakya

There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible. -Samuel Johnson

There is no truer cause of unhappiness amongst men than, where naturally expecting charity and benevolence, they receive harm and vexation. -Francois Rabelais

There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern… No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn. -Samuel Johnson

The older I get, the more I see that there really aren't huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be. I tend to walk a middle ground. -Paula Cole

Offspring, the due performance on religious rites, faithful service, highest conjugal happiness and heavenly bliss for the ancestors and oneself, depend on one's wife alone. -Guru Nanak

And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin. -Aeschylus

Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured. -Ambrose Bierce

To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it. -Victor Hugo

The faces of most American women over thirty are relief maps of petulant and bewildered unhappiness. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes. -William Shakespeare

A face is too slight a foundation for happiness. -Mary Wortley Montagu

Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men. -Victor Hugo

Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible. -Marcel Proust

Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people's happiness. -Aldous Huxley

So long as you don't feel life's paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn't matter, happiness or unhappiness. -D. H. Lawrence

Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class. -Plato

I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor. -Pierre Corneille

The happiness of one's own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one's own happiness, the happiness of others. -Paramahansa Yogananda

One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness. -Gustave Flaubert

Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates. -Jean de la Bruyere

Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness. -Louise Hart

Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations. -Red Skelton

The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there. -Chanakya

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others! -William Hazlitt

A woman's heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe. -George Eliot

Caring for children is a dance between setting appropriate limits as caretakers and avoiding unnecessary power struggles that result in unhappiness. -Charlotte Kasl

Alas! if the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man's stature as to his happiness. -Laurence Sterne

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

Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning. -William S. Burroughs

As a child is indulged or checked in its early follies, a ground is generally laid for the happiness or misery of the future man. -Samuel Richardson

In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge. -Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite. -Thomas Carlyle

Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt. -Joseph Addison

Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss! -Oliver Goldsmith

Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle. -F. Scott Fitzgerald

I have discovered the secret of happiness – it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy. -John Burroughs

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come. -Dalai Lama

I'm fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes – the finer things of life – would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense. -Coretta Scott King

A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him. -Soren Kierkegaard

The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it. -Hannah Arendt

I take it that the good of mankind means the attainment, by every man, of all the happiness which he can enjoy without diminishing the happiness of his fellow men. -Thomas Huxley

If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give. -Bertrand Russell

In securing the future of the planet, we secure happiness for ourselves. One of the aims of the Greens is to turn around the tide of pessimism amongst the young people of the world. -Bob Brown

A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States. -James Madison

When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away. -Anna Pavlova

Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment. -George Santayana

You should hurry up and acquire the cigar habit. It's one of the major happinesses. And so much more lasting than love, so much less costly in emotional wear and tear. -Aldous Huxley

We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other's happiness, not by each other's misery. -Charlie Chaplin

Maturity – among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates. -Dag Hammarskjold

Our principles are the springs of our actions. Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery. Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles. -Red Skelton

To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea. -James Madison

The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can't help it – can't help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it. -Marguerite Duras

The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth. -Malcolm Muggeridge

The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right. -Quentin Crisp

If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved. -Maurice Chevalier

God isn't compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness. -Aldous Huxley

For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another's happiness. -Aeschylus

I never was someone who was at ease with happiness. -Hugh Laurie

Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy. -Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Much unhappiness comes from walking alone. When there are several, it's somewhat different. I must get into the habit of listening to others, for what the others say concerns me, too. -Alfred Doblin

I want anyone who believes in life, liberty, pursuit of happiness to succeed. And I want any force, any person, any element of an overarching Big Government that would stop your success, I want that organization, that element or that person to fail. I want you to succeed. -Rush Limbaugh

I have my moments. Ever since I was a boy, I never was someone who was at ease with happiness. Too often I embrace introspection and self-doubt. I wish I could embrace the good things. -Hugh Laurie

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness. -Nicole Kidman

Unhappiness is something we are never taught about; we are taught to expect happiness, but never a Plan B to use to use when the happiness doesn't arrive. -Douglas Coupland

Inside every adult there's still a child that lingers. We're happiness merchants – giving people the opportunity to dream like children. -Guy Laliberte

No one is guaranteed happiness. You can pursue it, but if you happen to find success along the way on that road to happiness, Conservatives believe you should not be demonized or penalized for it. -Glenn Beck

And, in fact, you can find that the lack of basic resources, material resources, contributes to unhappiness, but the increase in material resources do not increase happiness. -Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The truth is that relative income is not directly related to happiness. Nonpartisan social-survey data clearly show that the big driver of happiness is earned success: a person's belief that he has created value in his life or the life of others. -Arthur C. Brooks

I always had a larger view. I'm interested in real life – my family, my friends. I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is. My happiness is way beyond roles and awards. -Amy Adams

We believe, as our founders did, that 'the pursuit of happiness' depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government. -Paul Ryan

When I first found out that I was an Idol finalist, I cried tears of happiness. I was just so happy, and my family was there and the fact that got to see that moment and share that moment with me was just everything to me. -Pia Toscano

I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about. -Taylor Swift

You always hear the phrase, money doesn't buy you happiness. But I always in the back of my mind figured a lot of money will buy you a little bit of happiness. But it's not really true. I got a new car because the old one's lease expired. -Sergey Brin

What you're seeing with Occupy Wall Street and the others are people who are unhappy and they're directing their unhappiness now toward Wall Street and toward those they think are doing too well in our society. -Colin Powell

You find happiness where you find it. -Anna Paquin

When you're in love, you're so happy that you want to tell people about it. But now I have to censor myself. You need to protect the happiness you have. -Emily Blunt

Getting pregnant wasn't easy, and I found that devastating. I really beat myself up for waiting so long when I'd always wanted children and family had been the basis of my happiness my whole life. -Emily Procter

If you asked somebody, 'what do you wish for in life?' they wouldn't say 'happiness.' I would have answered 'excitement, knowledge,' God knows – I mean, many, many different things, but certainly not 'happiness'. It seemed like a foreign concept to wish for something that specific and that singular. -Connie Nielsen

If you can measure success in this business based on happiness alone I feel like I've hit the lottery. -Justin Long

If we did not look to marriage as the principal source of happiness, fewer marriages would end in tears. -Anthony Storr

My parents- they've been my biggest influences and supporters since day one. They teach me every day that happiness comes from within and not from something outside of your heart. -Shawn Johnson

I love acting. It's my playground, it let's me explore. But my happiness in this world – my level of peace – is never going to be dictated by acting. -Chris Evans

We've got people looking at our seamy side and our sad side a lot of the time because that's easier. It's much more difficult to make a film about happiness with lots of jokes in it. -Emma Thompson

Oh, I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness. You went to the movies then, you saw two movies and a short. When Mickey Mouse came on the screen and there was his big head, my sister said she had to hold onto me. I went berserk. -Maurice Sendak

Sitting behind the bench at games is the hardest thing I've ever had to go through because basketball is really most of my happiness. So when I can't go out there and exert energy and have fun and things like that, it kind of puts everything else into perspective. -Chris Webber

There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money. -Kesha

To me, the most important thing is happiness. -Sheryl Swoopes

It's enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back. -Adrian Grenier

But my happiness in this world – my level of peace – is never going to be dictated by acting. -Chris Evans

What if I couldn't handle people's opinions of me? I know that shouldn't dictate a person's degree of peace or happiness in life, but the problem is, I chose a business saturated in judgment. -Chris Evans

I've gotten to a point, where I realize that happiness doesn't come from the outside. -Ricky Williams

Michael has a connection with children, just like Mickey Mouse does, and he brings happiness to them, and joy. -Jermaine Jackson

There is no dramatic difference in happiness on the part of people who are wealthy. -Deborah Norville

Although the skills aren't hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant. -Mario Batali

Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west. -Azar Nafisi

Success can create more madness than happiness. -Billy Ocean

It's horrible when people are only interested in buying labels, because it doesn't bring them the happiness they think it will. -Miuccia Prada

You know, I think we Indians are afraid to show and celebrate our happiness, lest things change around. But I feel that it's okay to be sad and okay to show when you are happy. -Shah Rukh Khan

Everyone has their own way of expressing happiness. -Shah Rukh Khan

First and foremost, you've got to make yourself happy. Essentially being who you are is the most important thing. When you're after truth, happiness always comes. -Nadia Giosia

Experienced happiness refers to your feelings, to how happy you are as you live your life. In contrast, the satisfaction of the remembering self refers to your feelings when you think about your life. -Daniel Kahneman

When you analyze happiness, it turns out that the way you spend your time is extremely important. -Daniel Kahneman

There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease. -Nelson Mandela

Little islands of human happiness, peace, and prosperity are so exceptional at this point in history that I'm not even sure we can draw lessons from them. -P. J. O'Rourke

Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money's not related to happiness. -Paulo Coelho

The arrival of any child brings you a lot of happiness. -Seal

When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself. -Paul Ryan

I learned from a very young age that if I pursued the things that truly excited me, that they would reward in more important ways, like happiness. -Brandon Boyd

Marriage is wild. I thought it was this perfect land of happiness and joy. Wrong! After you say you do, you don't for a long time. -John Leguizamo

You get to a certain age where you prepare yourself for happiness. Sometimes you never remember to actually get happy. -John Mayer

I just hope I can spread some of the happiness that's been coming my way. -Kenny Rogers

I am deeply grateful for the concern of all those who constantly prayed for my happiness. -Princess Margaret

I don't have the recipe for happiness, but I think the engine is simply having the desire. -Vanessa Paradis

The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift. -Ellen DeGeneres

I refuse to accept other people's ideas of happiness for me. As if there's a 'one size fits all' standard for happiness. -Kanye West

The music is the message, the message is the music. So that's my little ministry that the Big Man upstairs gave to me – a little ministry called love and happiness. -Al Green

My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace. -Denzel Washington

To me, flowers are happiness. -Stefano Gabbana

The pop musicians often leave meaning in the dust and substitute it for cartoons. The deeper artists – the grunge artists in the world and the emoticon people – tend to leave all of the happiness out of life like it just doesn't exist. -Hal Sparks

Heartache is very fertile ground for song-making but so is happiness, so is absolute bliss. -K. D. Lang

Well, my thoughts about California are kind of mythological. To me, as well as being a real place, it's a place where people go to find something – to find happiness or to realize their dreams. So it has that kind of quality of heroism and heartache, and Australia has that, as well. -Colin Hay

It's not attractive when girls get superskinny. Guys don't like it. Girls don't like you as much. You lose some happiness when that's all you think about. -Hilary Duff

I admit I can't shake the idea that there is virtue in suffering, that there is a sort of psychic economy, whereby if you embrace success, happiness and comfort, these things have to be paid for. -Hugh Laurie

People will survive, and they will find happiness. Happiness only comes when you're not looking for it. -Hugh Laurie

Friends have suggested that I am the least qualified person to talk about happiness, because I am often down, and sometimes profoundly depressed. But I think that's where my qualification comes from. Because to know happiness, it helps to know unhappiness. -Alastair Campbell

By asking the question 'Am I happy?,' and via the answer setting out what I mean by happiness, there is a political route that can be taken, by asking another question – 'Can politics deliver happiness, and should it try?' -Alastair Campbell

So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died, I felt like I had lost a limb. -Alastair Campbell

Clothes are my drug. I love Camden market – I have so many vintage pieces from there it's unbelievable. Clothes are really important to me, they give me that feeling of happiness. I love being a bit free with it all and not giving myself rules. -Kaya Scodelario

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

I really love being alive. I love my family and my work. I love the opportunity I have to do things. That's what happiness is. -Michael J. Fox

My whole thing is to agree to disagree and to have respect because nothing can really be changed and you wouldn't want to ruin their happiness – even if that happiness is ignorance. -Katy Perry

We're taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they're of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration. -Alanis Morissette

A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it, she knows the meaning of true generosity, happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with a courage and grace. -Suze Orman

When you're happy you find pure joy in your life. There are no regrets in this state of happiness – and that's a goal worth striving for in all areas of your life. -Suze Orman

Crying is cleansing. There's a reason for tears, happiness or sadness. -Dionne Warwick

Money can't buy happiness. -Howard Hughes

Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness? -Daisaku Ikeda

The gratification of desire is not happiness. -Daisaku Ikeda

Genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life from the unthinking pursuit of pleasure to one committed to enriching our inner lives, when we focus on 'being more' rather than simply having more. -Daisaku Ikeda

My mother was a public school teacher in Virginia, and we didn't have any money, we just survived on happiness, on being a happy family. -Dave Grohl

When I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was to escape what I thought was the country and get to a city. Probably film and television had influenced me so much, I really thought the key to happiness was living a very artificial life in a penthouse in New York with martini glasses. -Tom Ford

I'm lucky enough to be able to make films and so I don't need a psychiatrist. I can sort out my fears and all those things with my work. That's an enormous privilege. That's the privilege of all artists, to be able to sort out their unhappiness and their neuroses in order to create something. -Michael Haneke

This nation is notorious for its ability to make or fake anything cheaply. 'Made-in-China' goods now fill homes around the world. But our giant country has a small problem. We can't manufacture the happiness of our people. -Ai Weiwei

So even though I consider myself a fairly upbeat person, energetic and things like that, I never do very well on happiness tests. -Barbara Ehrenreich

Every poll about the Left, the Right, and happiness reveals that the farther left one goes, the less happy the person is likely to be. -Dennis Prager

Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature. -Dennis Prager

From their teenage years on, children are considerably more capable of causing parents unhappiness than bringing them happiness. That is one reason parents who rely on their children for happiness make both their children and themselves miserable. -Dennis Prager

Every day is a new day, and you'll never be able to find happiness if you don't move on. -Carrie Underwood

Music is a weapon in the war against unhappiness. -Jason Mraz

I've run into certain geniuses of individualism – they are very few and far between – who live their lives completely on their own terms; they are very powerful and have a great amount of happiness. We all should aspire to that. -David Duchovny

One thing I've been happy as peach pie about – because I'm all about the children and the happiness of a woman because that makes the happiness of the home – is that nannies, day cares and babysitters are all collapsing, which is forcing moms and dads to raise their children at home. -Laura Schlessinger

I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness. -Maurice Sendak

I can tell it all in song: pathos, gladness, love, joy, unhappiness. -Patti Page

And perfect happiness? Man, that's a… the pool is about 92 degrees, the Jacuzzi is about 102 and an avocado farm. -Jamie Foxx

As far as I understand, the Second Coming is already here. It's a consciousness. It is not someone who is going to arrive and land in a clearing in the forest. The Hell that they talk of is going to be people creating their own unhappiness, a Hell on Earth. -Jane Siberry

To play someone who is who they are because of the happiness and contentedness that they've known in their life is interesting because of sort of how banal it is. -Christina Ricci

My idea of perfect happiness is a healthy family, peace between nations, and all the critics die. -David Mamet

We have a long heritage of freedom that defines America. We believe there is a Creator who blessed us with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. -Todd Akin

My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother's voice and smile. -Jennifer Garner

Each person is living for himself; his own happiness is all he can ever personally feel. -Harry Browne

So, my happiness doesn't come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle. -Nicki Minaj

I find that the older I get, the more I see that there really aren't huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be. -Paula Cole

Yes, women, and men, have to be open to love, because if we're not open then there's no way for us to find happiness. But you can be open to it and still have no control over when it's going to happen. -Debra Messing

The mindset of chasing that next #1 record doesn't exist for me anymore. It's more about being a well-rounded entertainer than being a pop artist. Obviously, it would be wonderful to have a hit record but I don't base my happiness on that anymore. It's about the accomplishment of a project that satisfies me. I just want to enjoy the ride. -Donny Osmond

I've often thought if I didn't make my marriage work, I would have failed at my one true shot at happiness. -Bethenny Frankel

I think the key to happiness is allowing ourselves to not feel bad or guilty for feeling it, and letting it be contagious. And to not be dependent on other people to create your own happiness. -Brittany Murphy

I've worked on films where the budgets are almost limitless and you're in trailers that are bigger than a hotel room. You're taken care of and the food is amazing, the quality of the job is amazing and then you work on smaller things but it never dictates my happiness or my willingness to go to work. -Dominic Monaghan

I think the secret to happiness is having a Teflon soul. Whatever comes your way, you either let it slide or you cook with it. -Diane Lane

We need fundamental change. In the past, national development led to people's happiness but now the link between national growth and improvement in people's lives has been severed. -Park Geun-hye

Joe E. Lewis said, 'Money doesn't buy happiness but it calms the nerves.' And that is how I feel about a film being well-received. -Alexander Payne

As long as you are being true to yourself, you will always find happiness. -Amber Riley

You know, American citizens, I don't think, ever thought that the right to the pursuit of happiness did not include the right to marry the person you love. But for a whole number of Americans, gay Americans, that happens to be true. -Andrew Sullivan

Happiness does not come from football awards. It's terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don't dream football, I dream the American dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father. -Barry Sanders

My mum brought me up to think that personal happiness is more important than your family. -Gail Porter

I used to be so intensely preoccupied by unhappiness… now there are times where you might get down, but you can move on much faster now. -Kristin Scott Thomas

One of my producers said this business is like a hamster on that little wheel thing that goes around and around. You may have a great day and get great ratings, but then you've got another show to do – whatever moment of success or happiness you have you've got to keep grinding it out for the next day. -Sean Hannity

It's up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you're not happy. Your happiness lies in your hands. You can't rely on a man to make you happy or complete you. That starts with you. -Taraji P. Henson

I can't believe it's been four years now, and from watching that pilot, we really all looked like babies. It's unbelievable just how far everything has come. I'm happier now than I've ever been on the show and in my life. I really owe so much of my happiness to 'Glee.' -Lea Michele

I get way too much happiness from good food. -Elizabeth Olsen

I used to wonder if it was God's plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world. -Lana Del Rey

I try to stress to my children that buying something never leads to true happiness. -Harlan Coben

We all have to work for happiness. And you cannot listen to other people. That is the worst mistake you can make. -Jillian Michaels

So many people equate money and success with happiness, especially in the music industry. -DJ Jazzy Jeff

I love my family and I had a very wonderful, magical childhood. But New Jersey was actually a very cold place. There was such an intense concentration of wealth, and such a low concentration of any actual human happiness. -Ezra Miller

There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness. But what, in fact, does is having a cause, having a passion. And that's really what gives life's true meaning. -Ben Carson

Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness? -Jonathan Safran Foer

I don't know why my smile has become a signature pose. I think it's a nice change. I think people want to see happiness, so a smile is what can bring that. I didn't make it my trademark on purpose. -Arizona Muse

I think I am missing a gene that most people have to enable them to feel happiness about success and these kind of things. -Bennett Miller

On a soap, happiness never lasts for very long! -Chandler Massey

I find happiness comes from numerous sources in my life. Most often, the happy moments I cherish most are quiet moments with my wife and family back home in Nova Scotia. -Peter MacKay

My grandmother had six kids – one died as an infant – and she was dirt-poor, and all her kids got an education. And my mom grew up poor. And they both worked so hard and cultivated so much of their own happiness. I wanted to have that like an amulet. Not like armor, but like a magic feather. Like Dumbo's magic feather. -Lucy Alibar

As long as I am given the opportunity to keep performing and keep exploring in whatever medium, I'll be happy. As long as I get to spend time with my family, I'll be happy. As long as I can write in some form, I'll be happy. It is the essential things like that I equate with happiness. -Dan Stevens

I'm an inherently happy person. It comes from the inside, which means you can achieve happiness under any circumstance. -Patrick Duffy

The thing is, when I had my first success it did coincide with the end of my first marriage, and because I went on to have a very, very unhappy two years, I don't think I equate career success with personal happiness. -Rob Brydon

Sadness is a very interesting idea, this idea of sadness being some kind of default setting that artists will go into. And then I started thinking about this idea of sadness and happiness, and the idea that sadness is very loud, and happiness is quiet. -Glen Hansard

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

Well, there are two kinds of happiness, grounded and ungrounded. Ungrounded happiness is cheesy and not based on reality. Grounded happiness is informed happiness based on the knowledge that the world sometimes sucks, but even then you have to believe in yourself. -Andy Grammer

I've done an informal, anecdotal survey about marriage, and I've found no evidence that it brings happiness. -Mary McCormack

I think people should know more of Africa in terms of its joie de vivre, its feeling for life. In spite of the images that one knows about Africa – the economic poverty, the corruption – there's a joy to living and a happiness in community, living together, in community life, which may be missing here in America. -Youssou N'Dour

I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result. I think it's kinda the process and I think that if you can find happiness in the process then maybe that's it. -Charisma Carpenter

As long as you understand that you find happiness through family, friends and love, then money is just a nice bonus. -Ioan Gruffudd

My biography of Frank Sinatra is not paean to his music but rather an illumination of the man behind the music, who once described himself as 'an 18-karat manic-depressive who lived a life of violent emotional contradictions with an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as happiness.' -Kitty Kelley

In my life I've learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we're all searching for. I haven't come across anyone who didn't become a better person through love. -Marla Gibbs

I think a child may be the only thing that could give me true happiness. -Nicki Minaj

My happiness doesn't come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle. -Nicki Minaj

The fabric of North Carolina and what makes our state so special is our families and our common desire for a brighter future for our children. No matter what your family looks like, we all want the same thing for our families – happiness, health, prosperity, a bright future for our children and grandchildren. -Kay Hagan

There is no happiness outside of ourselves. -Bryant H. McGill

The folly of endless consumerism sends us on a wild goose-chase for happiness through materialism. -Bryant H. McGill

Here is my prescription to heal all wounds. Watch the film 'Funny Girl' at least five times, eat at least 45 chocolate bars, and hang out with all those friends you blew off to hang out with your ex. I truly believe that, through a combination of Nutella, old pals and Barbra Streisand, we can achieve happiness and, very probably, world peace. -Beth Ditto

People are chasing cash, not happiness. When you chase money, you're going to lose. You're just going to. Even if you get the money, you're not going to be happy. -Gary Vaynerchuk

As a bookish child in Calcutta, I used to thrill to the adventures of bad girls whose pursuit of happiness swept them outside the bounds of social decency. Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina lived large in my imagination. The naughty girls of Hollywood films flirted and knew how to drive. -Bharati Mukherjee

I love being on stage. I'm completely, totally relaxed. It's the only time in my life when I know where I am and what's coming next. The other Robert Powell is probably fairly melancholic. Let's just say happiness isn't my default position. There are dark parts. I'm very good at it. I frighten people sometimes. -Robert Powell

When you're not involved, other people's unhappiness seems to be about the funniest damn thing on earth because you think you can solve it, that you are God, that you are above this, and that their unhappiness is just such useless toil and agony. If it's you, it ceases to be a comedy. -Barry Hannah

I envy the happiness of others… I envy the sense of belonging… I seem always to be remaking myself. -Richard Eyre

The arts are weapons of understanding and weapons of happiness. -Richard Eyre

I believe there is a relationship between having an interest in the arts and the behaviour of society as a whole. Some politicians find it difficult that the arts is a weapon of happiness… Politics is often about deprivation rather than the opening up of ideas and nourishing creative endeavour. -Richard Eyre

The secular world looks to the church and to its chagrin, finds no love, no life, no laughter, no hope and no happiness. -Rod Parsley

I have a talent for happiness. I look with the eyes of a painter, and I see beauty. -Sylvia Kristel

I believe economic growth should translate into the happiness and progress of all. Along with it, there should be development of art and culture, literature and education, science and technology. We have to see how to harness the many resources of India for achieving common good and for inclusive growth. -Pratibha Patil

My parents were not very happy. They were very worried about me pursuing a career that even if I had talent might not give me the happiness and the success that they – any parent hopes for their child. -Emmylou Harris

I'm interested in the dark side of man. I'm interested in taboos, and murder is the greatest taboo. Characters are fascinating in their extremity, not in their happiness. -Elizabeth George

Money is not necessarily, although it helps a lot for happiness, it's not necessarily the best way to be happy, to be rich, you know. -Eric Ripert

For me, love is happiness and inspiration. -Leona Lewis

I think money is essential to happiness and right now I wouldn't want to be anyone other than Wilbur Smith – I've had a fantastic life, rewarded far more heavily than I deserve. Maybe I'd like to be J. K. Rowling, but I'll settle for second best. -Wilbur Smith

I'm actually tougher on myself as I get older. It's a vicious cycle. The things that are important in life are the things that you can't buy in life: love, health and happiness. I say that, and I believe that, and I try to live that. -Criss Angel

Some days are just bad days, that's all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that's just the way it is! -Dita Von Teese

Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith. -Kareena Kapoor Khan

The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it. -Daniel Dennett

Eventually, we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness – all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had – outside of us. -Guy Finley

Genuine happiness comes from within, and often it comes in spontaneous feelings of joy. -Andrew Weil

You need characters who want things. They want love, they want recognition, they want happiness. -Candace Bushnell

The women I know who have children and have careers, they seem to be very happy. They love their children and they love their jobs. But happiness comes out of being willing to do your work in your twenties to find out who you are, what you love. -Candace Bushnell

Nothing is harder to dramatize than happiness. -Julian Fellowes

In our lives, we have good things and bad things, happiness and pain. -Park Chan-wook

As women, we're nurturers by nature. We want to make sure everyone is happy. That's a good thing, but we also have to put ourselves on that happiness list. -Victoria Osteen

I think money helps us. It helps us. It's our – it's our exchange system. But it does not buy you happiness. It doesn't buy you health. -Victoria Osteen

But the Grammys is just not something I can take too seriously. It would be a mistake to hinge my happiness on something so completely out of my control. -Wesley Schultz

My childhood gave me a very powerful sense of being spooked. I didn't know whether what I was seeing were sensory images of other people's unhappiness. Perhaps that was just the way the world manifested itself to me. -Hilary Mantel

There's a happiness that comes from writing that I won't live without. -Maria Semple

I think life is difficult and that's that. I am not at all – absolutely not at all – interested in the pursuit of happiness. I am not interested in the pursuit of positivity. I am interested in pursuing a truth, and the truth often seems to be not happiness but its opposite. -Jamaica Kincaid

One doesn't have to pursue unhappiness. It comes to you. You come into the world screaming. You cry when you're born because your lungs expand. You breathe. I think that's really kind of significant. You come into the world crying, and it's a sign that you're alive. -Jamaica Kincaid

Well, the attractive thing about the subject of happiness is that it is notoriously difficult to write. -Edward St Aubyn

'American Horror Story' is dark, so you shouldn't be expecting too much happiness. -Taissa Farmiga

I think all the characters in 'American Horror Story,' which is why I love it, are looking for some sense of meaning, and also it's their form of happiness. -Denis O'Hare

That should be the measure of success for everyone. It's not money, it's not fame, it's not celebrity; my index of success is happiness. -Lupe Fiasco

It feels good to know you contributed positively to another's life, to their happiness, to their survival. It gives us a sense of purpose. -Joy Bryant

Make space in your life, space for health and happiness. -Kris Carr

Once I found professional happiness, it gave me time to think about other areas in my life in which I wasn't happy. The next obvious candidate for introspection was my marriage. -Megyn Kelly

You don't find happiness by being able to buy everything you want, whenever you want it. -Tamara Ecclestone

I did have a very restricted, regimented life. There was a kind of happiness there, a contentment, but it was a small happiness within very clear and delineated borders. -Daniel Tammet

Few men in their 70s looked as good as my father did. What was his secret? Genes, maybe, since he didn't exercise or diet, and he kept a candy drawer, drank a pot of black coffee every day, and read in the middle of the night. Still, he took such joy in being a dad – and in life in general – and his happiness showed. -Jennifer Grant

Our happiness is certainly mixed in with the tragedies of life. You have to find the lemonade. You have to find the silver lining in the middle of everything that happens in life. -Chandra Wilson

I am Gabrielle Anwar: mother, lover, daughter, sister, friend, and creator in the pursuit of happiness. -Gabrielle Anwar

I don't want to get hung up on what 'people,' that nebulous mass, think about me. That's the way to unhappiness, I think. -Monica Ali

People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future. -Eckhart Tolle

I think depression creates in me an urgent need to write, but I also believe that daily stress, and even the positive 'stress' of intense happiness, can compel me to express myself through the written word. -Francesca Lia Block

I really think that people's right to happiness shouldn't be dictated by some policymaker in Washington, D.C. I've come to know a lot of people that – sexual orientation is such where they're in love with people from the same sex, and I just don't think it's our role in the government to say, 'No you can't be married.' -Jon Tester

Perfect happiness is knowing that everyone I love is healthy, safe, and content. -Joy Fielding

My books are love stories at core, really. But I am interested in manifestations of love beyond the traditional romantic notion. In fact, I seem not particularly inclined to write romantic love as a narrative motive or as an easy source of happiness for my characters. -Khaled Hosseini

My books are about ordinary people, like you, me, people on the street, people who really have an expectation of reasonable happiness in life, want their life to have a sense of security and predictability, who want to belong to something bigger than them, who want love and affection in their life, who want a good future for the children. -Khaled Hosseini

In my worst moments, I think the biggest effect of 'Eats, Shoots & Leaves' was to kill the happiness of people who had previously skipped through life, unaware of all the atrocities lurking in the world around them. -Lynne Truss

Our life here on Earth has as its purpose precisely to prepare for our eternal happiness. This world is a large womb. It is a 'test' as all opportunities are tests. -Peter Kreeft

The first person who ever told me that happiness was work was this manic-depressive artist I knew when I was in my 20s. I was like, 'What are you talking about? Happiness just happens. That's even the root of that word. How could it be work?' -Ariel Gore

I think there are different kinds of happiness. We know when we're happy a lot of the time, but then there are those moments that have more of an afterglow, when the happiness has more depth. -Ariel Gore

In all of my looking at happiness, one thing I noticed right away is that the opposite of happiness isn't unhappiness or even depression, it's anxiety. It is something that can constantly block our happiness, or our chance to reach that sort of meditative state in our work or our home lives. -Ariel Gore

When 'happiness' eludes us – as, eventually, it always will – we have the invitation to examine our programmed responses and to exercise our power to choose again. -Richard Rohr

We live in this world of great promise, where everything seems to offer an unchanging final happiness, if we can only get enough of it. It is very intoxicating. -Sharon Salzberg

Bosses should sanction the nap rather than expect workers to power on all day without repose. They might even find that workers' happiness – or what management types refer to as 'employee satisfaction results' – might improve. -Tom Hodgkinson

Morality must relate, at some level, to the well-being of conscious creatures. If there are more and less effective ways for us to seek happiness and to avoid misery in this world – and there clearly are – then there are right and wrong answers to questions of morality. -Sam Harris

True refuge is that which allows us to be at home, at peace, to discover true happiness. The only thing that can give us true refuge is the awareness and love that is intrinsic to who we are. Ultimately, it's our own true nature. -Tara Brach

Pleasure does not equal happiness; it's part of happiness. -Ian K. Smith

I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness. -Ian K. Smith

Death just comes, not happiness. Because when you're trying to find happiness, you're trying to navigate a very, very murky minefield of distractions, of disappointments, of deceptions. That's why you have to work on happiness. -Ian K. Smith

Happiness is not always through success. Equally, the constant pursuit of success is sure unhappiness. But we have to find the balance. My own thoughts are that parenting is very personal. And we all feel enormous insecurity about parenting. What are they going to think of us 20 years down the line? -Amy Chua

I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things. -Tim Ferriss

You can run, run, run away from a lot of things in life, but you can't run away from yourself. And the key to happiness is to understand and accept who you are. -Dale Archer

Happiness is such a good state, it doesn't need to be creative. You're not creative from happiness, you're just happy. You're creative when you're miserable and depressed. You find the key to transform things. Happiness does not need to transform. -Marina Abramovic

Corporations take the humanity out of trade – they take the happiness out and replace it with something that is ugly. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I think the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of reality because illusion never leaves us ultimately happy. -Parker Palmer

People – running from unhappiness, hiding in power – are locked within their reputations, ambitions, beliefs. -Richard Avedon

All forms of human happiness contain within themselves the seeds of their own decomposition. -Theodore Dalrymple

With compassion you can die for other people, like the mother who can die for her child. You have the courage to say it because you are not afraid of losing anything, because you know that understanding and love is the foundation of happiness. But if you have fear of losing your status, your position, you will not have the courage to do it. -Thich Nhat Hanh

It is possible to live happily in the here and the now. So many conditions of happiness are available – more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more. -Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes. -Thich Nhat Hanh

We fear that this moment will end, that we won't get what we need, that we will lose what we love, or that we will not be safe. Often, our biggest fear is the knowledge that one day our bodies will cease functioning. So even when we are surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, our joy is not complete. -Thich Nhat Hanh

There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way. -Thich Nhat Hanh

You know that your happiness and suffering depend on the happiness and suffering of others. That insight helps you not to do wrong things that will bring suffering to yourself and to other people. -Thich Nhat Hanh

The data says that with the poor, a little money can buy a lot of happiness. If you're rich, a lot of money can buy you a little more happiness. But in both cases, money does it. -Daniel Gilbert

The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it. -Daniel Gilbert

My aim in life isn't so much the pursuit of happiness as the happiness of pursuit. -Charles Saatchi

There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness. -George Washington

Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy. -Dada Vaswani

True success, true happiness lies in freedom and fulfillment. -Dada Vaswani

The paradox of faith is that when we conform our lives to Christ then we gain our true freedom. And its fruit is profound and lasting happiness. -Vincent Nichols

The true basis of morality is utility; that is, the adaptation of our actions to the promotion of the general welfare and happiness; the endeavour so to rule our lives that we may serve and bless mankind. -Annie Besant

The most important thing in anyone's life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun and joy and happiness. This is my gift. -Ginger Rogers

The first real unhappiness I remember to have felt was when some one told me, one day, that I did not love God. I insisted, almost tearfully, that I did; but I was told that if I did truly love Him I should always be good. I knew I was not that, and the feeling of sudden orphanage came over me like a bewildering cloud. -Lucy Larcom

Religion will prove to the believer a comforter and a sure guide to the fountain of true happiness. -Ellen G. White

It is the chief joy of all holy beings to witness the joy and happiness of those around them. -Ellen G. White

When I was a model, I started with an opinion, but was encouraged to lose it. It began as play-acting, but then I lost sight of myself a bit: so when I did the audition for 'Popworld' and they asked my opinion, I felt like crying with happiness. -Alexa Chung

I enjoy acting, and it's given me a ton of happiness and it's affected my life and my family's lives in ways that we just can't imagine. -Jay Baruchel

I'm happy to sacrifice a big pay cheque for my happiness, if that's not too corny a thing to say. It's probably more naive than mature to say that, maybe, but that's how I feel. -Jack Gleeson

Humans have a sense of spontaneity and emotion. We have a dichotomy between grief and happiness. -Morena Baccarin

If there's one thing I've learned from traveling, it's that it is definitely more important how you are than where you are. You can say, 'Oh, I hate X city, I hate that country, or I prefer this city,' but it's a little bit up to you to find some kind of happiness. -Viggo Mortensen

There are other ways of finding satisfaction, recipes for human happiness, enjoyment, dignified and meaningful, gratifying life, than increased consumption that increases production. -Zygmunt Bauman

Sex is not a subject in my photographs, or would only be if it had to do with romance, sometimes vulnerability. The photographs are quite clearly about happiness, or search for happiness. -Hedi Slimane

Mind you, I've always been musical… Mother used to sit me on her knee and I'd whisper, 'Mummy, Mummy, sing me a lullaby do,' and she'd say: 'Certainly my angel, my wee bundle of happiness, hold my beer while I fetch me banjo.' -Les Dawson

I learned a long time ago that fame and money is not a ticket to happiness. -M. Ward

The bias against introversion leads to a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness. -Susan Cain

The first country to adopt happiness as an official goal of public policy is the tiny little country of Bhutan in Asia near China and India. -Derek Bok

I think one thing that does cause unhappiness is protracted anxiety and worry. -Derek Bok

Education, and I regret to say this as an educator, but there's no indication that education has a direct effect on happiness. -Derek Bok

The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick. -P. T. Barnum

I am quite miserable because I'm never satisfied with what I've got. You're always looking for that next high, and that is what I would define as happiness. -Simon Cowell

It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power. -William Wilberforce

There is one thing in this good old world that is positively sure – happiness is for all who strive to be happy – and those who laugh are happy. Everybody is eligible – you – me – the other fellow. Happiness is fundamentally a state of mind – not a state of body. -Douglas Fairbanks

Understanding your employee's perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness. -Kathryn Minshew

Software-industry battles are fought by highly paid and out-of-shape nerds furiously pounding computer keyboards while they guzzle diet Coke. The stakes aren't very dramatic. Life? Liberty? The pursuit of happiness? Nope, it's about stock options. -Nathan Myhrvold

One thing I didn't understand in life was that I had $100,000,000 in the bank and I couldn't buy happiness. I had everything: mansions, yachts, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, but I was depressed. I didn't know where I fitted in. But then I found family and friends and I learned the value of life. -Vanilla Ice

A lot of our happiness is derived from experiences, not from buying products. People are twice as happy buying experiences as products. People are happy buying experiences. They don't want something that's commoditised. -Ruzwana Bashir

One must realise his Self in order to open the store of unalloyed happiness. -Ramana Maharshi

I believe happiness is a choice. Some days it is a very difficult choice. -Steve Gleason

This age thing is all up to you. It's like happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it. -Elaine Stritch

The thing that's really cool for me about Miami Beach is you have this dichotomy between sunlight and family and happiness and innocence and then at night, darker, stranger mob conspiracy stuff sort of comes out. It seems like a storytelling engine. You can just keep writing about how those two worlds smash into each other. -Mitch Glazer

Working 14 hours a day until you're 55 and missing your kids growing up is not what I would consider a recipe for happiness. -Robert Harris

The strongest argument against totalitarianism may be a recognition of a universal human nature; that all humans have innate desires for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The doctrine of the blank slate… is a totalitarian's dream. -Steven Pinker

I don't spend any time thinking about my place in history, ever. If people say I changed things, it's nice, and I take it – but if I could give it to a charity it would be useful. I really believe now that my only job in life is to achieve a state of comfort and happiness. -Russell Simmons

Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude. -Chip Conley

We often think about happiness as trying to increase our joy, but it's also about decreasing our worry. So what you get for paying those high taxes is, if you're a parent thinking about putting your child through school, you don't have to worry about it, because all education through college is free. -Dan Buettner

Success does not mean happiness. Check out any celebrity magazine to look for examples to disabuse you of thinking that being beautiful, successful or rich will make you happy. -Shawn Achor

Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness. -Shawn Achor

Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success. -Shawn Achor

Scientifically, happiness is a choice. It is a choice about where your single processor brain will devote its finite resources as you process the world. -Shawn Achor

I've thought about the idea of, 'Can happiness and creativity co-exist?' So much of what I've done, I think, has been based on being dissatisfied or incomplete or lonely. The answer is, 'There isn't an answer, necessarily.' -Conor Oberst

You can have small moments of happiness in life. You certainly can't expect years and years of it. -Donatella Versace

If you are happy, you can give happiness. If you don't love yourself and if you are unhappy with yourself, you can't give anything else but that. -Gisele Bundchen

My ultimate joy and happiness is being a wife and mother. -Melissa Etheridge

I've always found that the poorer the places that I go, the more smiles I see, and the more happiness I see. -Michael Franti

I don't have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it's right in front of me if I'm paying attention and practicing gratitude. -Brene Brown

I've learned that men and women who are living wholehearted lives really allow themselves to soften into joy and happiness. They allow themselves to experience it. -Brene Brown

Happiness quantification sounds a bit wishy-washy, sure, and through a series of carefully administered surveys across the globe, economists and psychologists have certainly confronted a fair number of sticky issues around how to measure, and even define, happiness. -Adam Davidson

Most rich countries have reported increases in happiness as they become richer. -Adam Davidson

I want my children to be proud of their father and to say, 'My father is the best dad in the world.' And I want them to belong to a modern family, and live a path of happiness and calm. -Ricky Martin

You know, as I get older, personal happiness is all about love. It's all about love. You know, how I'm loved and how I love my family and my husband. That to me is happiness, when I feel like I am loved and I have a place to love deeply. That to me is happiness. -Jada Pinkett Smith

It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It's also a very clear path to happiness. -Sheryl Sandberg

Education equals choices. I have been blessed with the choice to be anything I ever wanted to be, and I truly owe my happiness to my family and education. -Aimee Garcia

People want to be happy, so they don't want to feel as though they're mired in this world of ugliness. I think that if people can recognize that you can actually help and change that ugliness, then you'll feel a lot better about yourself as well, and that does create a certain amount of happiness. -Sheryl WuDunn

To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless. -Stefan Sagmeister

Because economics is all about optimising, doing the best you can with what you have – it's usually the first place you should look for answers if you want to maximise your happiness. -Emily Oster

No one likes doing chores. In happiness surveys, housework is ranked down there with commuting as activities that people enjoy the least. Maybe that's why figuring out who does which chores usually prompts, at best, tense discussion in a household and, at worst, outright fighting. -Emily Oster

Economists typically think that your happiness goes up as you get more money, but the more you have, the less each additional dollar matters. This means that you value money most in times when you have less income and more expenses. -Emily Oster

The poor get bored the same as the rest of us. Their happiness might be as important to them as their health. -Esther Duflo

Surveillance cameras might reduce crime – even though the evidence here is mixed – but no studies show that they result in greater happiness of everyone involved. -Evgeny Morozov

There are as many forms of happiness as sorrow, though most prove fleeting. -Felix Dennis

It's no good going on living in the ashes of a dead happiness. -Nevil Shute

To enter upon the marriage union is one of the most deeply important events of life. It cannot be too prayerfully treated. Our happiness, our usefulness, our living for God or for ourselves afterwards, are often most intimately connected with our choice. Therefore, in the most prayerful manner, this choice should be made. -George Muller

Surely no child should fear his own father – especially a priesthood father. A father's duty is to make his home a place of happiness and joy. -Ezra Taft Benson

Years of happiness can be lost in the foolish gratification of a momentary desire for pleasure. -Ezra Taft Benson

One of Satan's most frequently used deceptions is the notion that the commandments of God are meant to restrict freedom and limit happiness. -Ezra Taft Benson

Wickedness never did, never does, never will bring us happiness. -Ezra Taft Benson

Problems or successes, they all are the results of our own actions. Karma. The philosophy of action is that no one else is the giver of peace or happiness. One's own karma, one's own actions are responsible to come to bring either happiness or success or whatever. -Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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