Happiness Quotes

 A highly learned man has two sources of happiness: Either he abandons all earthly interests Or else he possesses much which could be abandoned. 
Author: Acharya Nagarjuna
Nationality: Indian
b. December 150  - d.  December 250
  
 A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 A life time of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 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. 
Author: James L. Allen
Nationality: American
b. December 1849  - d.  December 1925
  
 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. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 Action may not always bring happiness; But there is no happiness without action. 
Author: Benjamin Disraeli
Nationality: British
b. 21 December 1804  - d. 19 April 1881
  
 Alas! sorrow from happiness is oft evolved. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 All explorers are seeking something they have lost. It is seldom that they find it, and more seldom still that the attainment brings them greater happiness than the quest. 
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1917
  
 All power is originally vested in, and consequently derived from, the people. That government is instituted and ought to be exercised for the benefit of the people; which consists in the enjoyment of life and liberty and the right of acquiring property, and generally of pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety. That the people have an indubitable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to reform or change their government whenever it be found adverse or inadequate to the purpose of its institution. 
Author: James Madison
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1751  - d. 28 June 1836
  
 All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 All that we are is the result of what we have thought; it is founded on our thoughts. If a man speaks or acts with pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 All who would win joy, must share it; happiness was born a twin. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 Ambition makes the same mistake concerning power that avarice makes concerning wealth. She begins by accumulating power as a means to happiness, and she finishes by continuing to accumulate it as an end. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 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. 
Author: Louis Brandeis
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1856  - d. 5 October 1941
  
 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. 
Author: Count Maeterlinck Maurice Polydore Maeterlinck
Nationality: Belgian
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1949
  
 Annual income twenty pounds, Annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, Annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery. 
Author: Charles Dickens
Nationality: English
b. 7 February 1812  - d. 9 June 1870
  
 Anyone who thinks sunshine is happiness has never danced in the rain. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colours flowers, so does art colour life. 
Author: Sir John Lubbock
Nationality: English
b. 30 April 1834  - d. 28 May 1913
  
 As far as the job of President goes, its rewarding and I've given before this group the definition of happiness for the Greeks. I'll define it again: the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I find, therefore, that the Presidency provides some happiness. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 As the ivy twines around the oak, so do misery and misfortune encompass the happiness of man. Felicity, pure and unalloyed, is not a plant of earthly growth; her gardens are the skies. 
Author: Richard E. Burton
Nationality: American
b. December 1861  - d.  December 1940
  
 Avoid greatness; in a cottage there may be more real happiness than kings or their favorites enjoy. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 Beauty is the promise of happiness. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 By heaven we understand a state of happiness infinite in degree, and endless in duration. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Can wealth give happiness? look round and see What gay distress! what splendid misery! Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour, The mind annihilates, and calls for more. 
Author: Edward Young
Nationality: English
b. 3 July 1681  - d. 5 April 1765
  
 Choose your life's mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90% of your happiness or misery. 
Author: H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Nationality: American   
 Consciously or unconsciously, every one of us does render some service or other. If we cultivate the habit of doing this service deliberately, our desire for service will steadily grow stronger, and will make, not only our own happiness, but that of the world at large. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 Do whatever comes your way as well as you can. Think as little as possible about yourself and as much as possible about other people and other things that are interesting. Put a good deal of thought into happiness that you are able to give. 
Author: Eleanor Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 10 October 1884  - d. 7 November 1962
  
 Do you want my one-word secret of happiness - It's growth - mental, financial, you name it. 
Author: Harold S. Geneen
Nationality: American
b. 02 January 1910  - d. 21 November 1997
  
 Doing good to others is not a duty, it is a joy, for it increases our own health and happiness. 
Author: Zoroaster
Nationality: Iranian
b. December 628  - d.  December 551
  
 Don't work for my happiness, my brothers - show me yours - show me that it possible - show me your achievement - and the knowledge will give me courage for mine. 
Author: Ayn Rand
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1905  - d. 6 March 1982
  
 Drunkenness is temporary suicide: the happiness that it brings is merely negative, a momentary cessation of unhappiness. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Employment, which Galen calls 'nature's physician,' is so essential to human happiness that indolence is justly considered as the mother of misery. 
Author: Richard E. Burton
Nationality: American
b. December 1861  - d.  December 1940
  
 Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 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. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man's hands just to see how miserable he can make himself. 
Author: Donald Robert Perry Marquis
Nationality: American
b. 29 July 1878  - d. 29 December 1937
  
 For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair. 
Author: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Nationality: American
b. 22 June 1906  - d. 7 February 2001
  
 Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, By the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 From the backstabbing co-worker to the meddling sister-in-law, you are in charge of how you react to the people and events in your life. You can either give negativity power over your life or you can choose happiness instead. Take control and choose to focus on what is important in your life. Those who cannot live fully often become destroyers of life. 
Author: Anais Nin
Nationality: American
b. 21 February 1903  - d. 14 January 1977
  
 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. 
Author: William Blake
Nationality: English
b. 28 November 1757  - d. 12 August 1827
  
 Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured. 
Author: Ambrose Bierce
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1842  - d.  December 1914
  
 Genius is entitled to respect only when it promotes the peace and improves the happiness of mankind. 
Author: Robert Devereux
Nationality: English
b. 10 November 1566  - d. 25 February 1601
  
 Get happiness out of your work or you may never know what happiness is. 
Author: Elbert Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1856  - d. 7 May 1915
  
 Girls! girls! Those of you who have hearts, and therefore a wish for happiness, homes and husbands by and by, never develop a reputation of being clever. It will put you out of the matrimonial running as effectually as though it had been circulated that you had leprosy. So, if you feel that you are afflicted with more than ordinary intelligence, and especially if you are plain with it, hide your brains, cramp your mind, study to appear unintellectual - it is your only chance. 
Author: Miles Franklin
Nationality: Australian
b. 14 October 1879  - d. 19 September 1954
  
 God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. 
Author: C. S. Lewis
Nationality: English
b. 29 November 1898  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 We all look for happiness, but without knowing where to find it: like drunkards who look for their house, knowing dimly that they have one. 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 Good heavens, of what uncostly material is our earthly happiness composed... if we only knew it. What incomes have we not had from a flower, and how unfailing are the dividends of the seasons. 
Author: James Russell Lowell
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1819  - d. 12 August 1891
  
 Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys. 
Author: Alphonse de Lamartine
Nationality: French
b. 21 October 1790  - d. 28 February 1869
  
 Happiness and contentment in life reside less in the transient mansions, spa's and international playgrounds of the rich, but more in the permanent residence of the heart and mind. 
Author: Joseph P. Martino
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; The best are not only the happiest, But the happiest are usually the best. 
Author: Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 18 January 1873
  
 Happiness comes from some curious adjustment to life. 
Author: Hugh Walpole
Nationality: English
b. 13 March 1884  - d. 1 June 1941
  
 Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed. 
Author: Storm Jameson
Nationality: English
b. 08 January 1891  - d. 30 September 1986
  
 Happiness consists more in small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Happiness depends upon ourselves. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. 
Author: Dr Theodore Isaac Rubin
Nationality: Greek
b. 11 April 1936
  
 Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. 
Author: Count Leo Tolstoy
Nationality: Russian
b. 09 September 1828  - d. 20 November 1910
  
 Happiness follows sorrow, sorrow follows happiness, but when one no longer discriminates happiness and sorrow, a good deal and a bad deed, one is able to realize freedom. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 Happiness grows at our own firesides, And is not to be picked in stranger's gardens. 
Author: Douglas William Jerrold
Nationality: English
b. 03 January 1803  - d. 08 June 1857
  
 Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 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. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, And we push it with our feet when it stops. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 Happiness is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. 
Author: Robertson Davies
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1913  - d.  December 1995
  
 Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances. 
Author: J. Donald Wlters
Nationality: Canadian   
 Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. 
Author: Thomas S. Szasz
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1920
  
 Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails. 
Author: Euripides
Nationality: Greek
b. December 480  - d.  December 406
  
 Happiness is good health and a bad memory. 
Author: Ingrid Bergman
Nationality: Swedish
b. 29 August 1915  - d. 29 August 1982
  
 Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. 
Author: George Burns
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1896  - d. 9 March 1996
  
 Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are. 
Author: Henry van Dyke
Nationality: American
b. December 1852  - d.  December 1933
  
 Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Happiness is like coke - something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else. 
Author: Aldous Huxley
Nationality: English
b. 26 July 1894  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 Happiness is like manna; it is to be gathered in grains, and enjoyed every day. It will not keep; it cannot be accumulated; nor have we got to go out of ourselves or into remote places to gather it, since it has rained down from a Heaven, at our very door. 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Happiness is no laughing matter. 
Author: Richard Whately
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1787  - d. 8 October 1863
  
 Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. 
Author: Burton Hills
Nationality: English   
 Happiness is not a reward - it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment - it is a result. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have. 
Author: Rabbi H. Schachtel
Nationality: American   
 Happiness is not in strength, or wealth, or power, or in all three. It lies in ourselves... 
Author: Epictetus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 55  - d.  December 135
  
 Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 Happiness is not pleasure, it is victory. 
Author: Zig Ziglar
Nationality: American
b. 6 November 1926
  
 Happiness is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with it. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Happiness is nothing if it is not known, And very little if it is not envied. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness. 
Author: Zhuangzi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 370  - d.  December 289
  
 Happiness is the best revenge. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Chinese   
 Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye. 
Author: Austin O'Malley
Nationality: American
b. December 1858  - d.  December 1932
  
 Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness. 
Author: Donald Robert Perry Marquis
Nationality: American
b. 29 July 1878  - d. 29 December 1937
  
 Happiness is the longing for repetition. 
Author: Milan Kundera
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. December 1929
  
 Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 Happiness is unrepented pleasure. 
Author: Socrates
Nationality: Greek
b. December 469  - d.  December 399
  
 Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. 
Author: Oscar Levant
Nationality: American
b. 27 December 1906  - d. 14 August 1972
  
 Happiness itself is sufficient excuse.Beautiful things are right and true; so beautiful actions are those pleasing to the gods.Wise men have an inward sense of what is beautiful, and the highest wisdom is to trust this intuition and be guided by it.The answer to the last appeal of what is right lies within a man's own breast.Trust thyself. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. 
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1882  - d. 12 April 1945
  
 Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. 
Author: Robert Frost
Nationality: American
b. 26 March 1874  - d. 29 January 1963
  
 Happiness seems made to be shared. 
Author: Pierre Corneille
Nationality: French
b. 6 June 1606  - d. 1 October 1684
  
 Happiness, is the fruit of the desire and the ability to sacrifice today, for what we want eventually. 
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Nationality: American
b. 24 October 1932
  
 Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion. 
Author: Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Nationality: French
b. 28 June 1712  - d. 2 July 1778
  
 Happiness: A good martini, a good meal, a good cigar, and a good woman... or a bad woman, depending on how much happiness you can stand. 
Author: George Burns
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1896  - d. 9 March 1996
  
 Men who look for happiness are like drunkards who cannot find their house but know that they have one . 
Author: Voltaire
Nationality: French
b. 21 November 1694  - d. 30 May 1778
  
 He that pursues fame with just claims, trusts his happiness to the winds; but he that endeavours after it by false merit, has to fear, not only the violence of the storm, but the leaks of his vessel. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 I don’t blame you for writing of me as you have. You had to believe other stories, but then I don’t know if any one would believe anything good of me anyway. 
Author: William H. Bonney Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 23 November 1859  - d. 14 July 1881
  
 He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life's pleasures is like a blacksmith's bellows - he breaths but does not live. 
Author: Sanskrit Proverb
Nationality: American   
 Hope is itself a species of happiness, and perhaps the chief happiness which this world affords. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 How bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man's eyes! 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success. 
Author: Anne Swetchine
Nationality: Russian
b. December 1782  - d.  December 1857
  
 How sad to see a father with money and no joy. The man studied economics, but never studied happiness. 
Author: Jim E. Rohn
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1930
  
 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. 
Author: William James
Nationality: American
b. 11 January 1842  - d. 26 August 1910
  
 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. 
Author: Henry Havelock Ellis
Nationality: British
b. 24 July 1859  - d. 03 October 1939
  
 I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may be. For I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness, or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go. 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 
Author: John Davison Rockefeller Sr.
Nationality: American
b. December 1839  - d.  December 1937
  
 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. 
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
Nationality: British
b. 24 March 1903  - d. 14 November 1990
  
 I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy.  
Author: Ursula Kroeber LeGuin
Nationality: American
b. December 1929
  
 I desire you would remember the ladies and be more generous and favorable to them than your ancestors. Do not put such unlimited power into the hand of the husbands. Remember, all men would be tyrants if they could. If particular care and attention is not paid to the ladies, we are determined to forment a rebellion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any laws in which we have no voice or representation... Men of sense in all ages abhor those customs which treat us only as the vassals of your sex; regard us then as being placed by Providence under your protection, and in imitation of the Supreme Being make use of that power only for our happiness. 
Author: Abigail Adams
Nationality: American
b. 11 December 1744  - d. 28 October 1818
  
 I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 I have not seldom blushed at the Indian's account of the treatment they have experienced from white men: but, I trust, the period is not far distant, when, for our own sakes, as well as for theirs, we shall endeavor to diffuse political security and happiness to the Indian nations with whom we have any intercourse; and to convert them into free men. 
Author: Jonathan Boucher
Nationality: English
b. 12 May 1738  - d. 27 April 1804
  
 I have now reigned about 50 years in victory or peace, beloved by my subjects, dreaded by my enemies, and respected by my allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited on my call, nor does any earthly blessing appear to have been wanting to my felicity In this situation, I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine happiness which have fallen to my lot. They amount to fourteen. 
Author: Abd ar-Rahman III
Nationality: Spanish
b. December 912  - d.  December 961
  
 I know what happiness is, for I have done good work. 
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Nationality: Scottish
b. 13 November 1850  - d. 3 December 1894
  
 I must extract a cruel promise, and that is you will let me go in a year if we find no happiness together. 
Author: Amelia Earhart
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1897  - d. 02 July 1937
  
 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. 
Author: Edward Gibbon
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1737  - d. 16 January 1794
  
 If happiness is activity in accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should be in accordance with the highest excellence. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 If one only wished to be happy, this could be easily accomplished; but we wish to be happier than other people, and this is always difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are. 
Author: Charles de Montesquieu baron de Montesquieu
Nationality: French
b. 18 January 1689  - d. 10 February 1755
  
 If sensuality were happiness, beasts were happier than men; but human felicity is lodged in the soul, not in the flesh. 
Author: Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Nationality: Roman
b. December 4  - d.  December 65
  
 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 paradise in a few years. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 If you can attain repose and calm, believe that you have seized happiness. 
Author: Jeanne Julie de Lespinasse
Nationality: French
b. 09 November 1732  - d. 23 May 1776
  
 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. 
Author: Maurice Chevalier
Nationality: French
b. 12 September 1889  - d. 1 January 1972
  
 If you want happiness for a lifetime - help the next generation. 
Author: Chinese Proverb
Nationality: French   
 Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world. 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 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. 
Author: Washington Irving
Nationality: American
b. 3 April 1783  - d. 28 November 1859
  
 In Hollywood, if you don't have happiness you send out for it. 
Author: Rex Taylor Reed
Nationality: American
b. 02 October 1938
  
 Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. 
Author: Saint Augustine
Nationality: Numidian
b. 13 November 354  - d. 28 August 430
  
 Independence is happiness. 
Author: Susan B. Anthony
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1820  - d. 13 March 1906
  
 It (government) is neither business nor technology nor applied science. It is one of the subtlest of the arts since it is the art of making men live together in peace and with reasonable happiness. 
Author: Felix Frankfurter
Nationality: American
b. 15 November 1882  - d. 22 February 1965
  
 It is necessary to the happiness of a man that he be mentally faithful to himself. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 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. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. 
Author: Charles Spurgeon
Nationality: English
b. 19 June 1834  - d. 31 January 1892
  
 It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive. 
Author: W. Somerset Maugham
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1874  - d. 16 December 1965
  
 It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. 
Author: Kin Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. December 1868  - d.  December 1930
  
 It may seem to your conceited to suppose that you can do anything important toward improving the lot of mankind. But this is a fallacy. You must believe that you can help bring about a better world. A good society is produced only by good individuals, just as truly as a majority in a presidential election is produced by the votes of single electors. Everybody can do something toward creating in his own environment kindly feelings rather than anger, reasonableness rather than hysteria, happiness rather than misery. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. 
Author: Kin Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. December 1868  - d.  December 1930
  
 Know then this truth, enough for man to know Virtue alone is happiness below. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 Knowledge is not happiness, and science But an exchange of ignorance for that Which is another kind of ignorance. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 ''Knowledge is power.'' Rather, knowledge is happiness, because to have knowledge - broad, deep knowledge - is to know true ends from false, and lofty things from low. To know the thoughts and deeds that have marked man's progress is to feel the great heartthrobs of humanity through the centuries; and if one does not feel in these pulsations a heavenward striving, one must indeed be deaf to the harmonies of life. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 Let men tremble to win the hand of woman, unless they win along with it the utmost passion of her heart! Else it may be their miserable fortune, when some mightier touch than their own may have awakened all her sensibilities, to be reproached even for the calm content, the marble image of happiness, which they will have imposed upon her as the warm reality. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 Let us not distain glory too much; nothing is finer, except virtue. The height of happiness would be to unite both in this life. 
Author: François Rene de Chateaubriand
Nationality: French
b. 4 September 1768  - d. 4 July 1848
  
 Liberty and happiness have a powerful enemy on each hand; on the one hand tyranny, on the other licentiousness anarchy. To guard against the latter, it is necessary to give the proper powers to government; and to guard against the former, it is necessary that those powers should be properly distributed. 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 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. 
Author: Henry St. John Bolingbroke
Nationality: English
b. 16 September 1678  - d. 12 December 1751
  
 Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 Look you, Doubloon, your zodiac here is the life of man in one round chapter. To begin: there's Aries, or the Ram - lecherous dog, he begets us; then, Taurus, or the Bull - he bumps us the first thing; then Gemini, or the Twins - that is, Virtue and Vice; we try to reach Virtue, when lo! comes Cancer the Crab, and drags us back; and here, going from Virtue, Leo, a roaring Lion, lies in the path - he gives a few fierce bites and surly dabs with his paw; we escape, and hail Virgo, the virgin! that's our first love; we marry and think to be happy for aye, when pop comes Libra, or the Scales - happiness weighed and found wanting; and while we are very sad about that, Lord! how we suddenly jump, as Scorpio, or the Scorpion, stings us in rear; we are curing the wound, when come the arrows all round; Sagittarius, or the Archer, is amusing himself. As we pluck out the shafts, stand aside! here's the battering-ram, Capricornus, or the Goat; full tilt, he comes rushing, and headlong we are tossed; when Aquarius, or the Waterbearer, pours out his whole deluge and drowns us; and, to wind up, with Pisces, or the Fishes, we sleep. 
Author: Herman Melville
Nationality: American
b. 1 August 1819  - d. 28 September 1891
  
 Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness. 
Author: Anatole France
Nationality: French
b. 16 April 1844  - d. 12 October 1924
  
 Man is the artificer of his own happiness. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 Man vacillates between sadness and happiness. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: British   
 Man's fear of ideas is probably the greatest dike holding back human knowledge and happiness. 
Author: Morris Leopold Ernst
Nationality: American
b. December 1888  - d.  December 1976
  
 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. 
Author: Count Maeterlinck Maurice Polydore Maeterlinck
Nationality: Belgian
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1949
  
 Many a person seems to think it isn't enough for the government to guarantee him the pursuit of happiness.He insists it also run interference for him. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Belgian   
 Many deceive themselves, imagining they'll find happiness in change. 
Author: Thomas à Kempis
Nationality: German
b. December 1380  - d.  December 1471
  
 Many people have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 May the joy you share today be just the beginning of a lifetime of happiness and fulfilment. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 May we never let the things we can't have, or don't have, or shouldn't have, spoil our enjoyment of the things we do have and can have. As we value our happiness let us not forget it, for one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to be happy without the things we cannot or should not have. 
Author: Richard L. Evans
Nationality: American   
 Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.  
Author: George Orwell
Nationality: English
b. 25 June 1903  - d. 21 January 1950
  
 Money can't buy you happiness, but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. 
Author: Spike Milligan
Nationality: British
b. December 1918  - d.  December 2002
  
 Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money. 
Author: Arthur Schopenhauer
Nationality: German
b. 22 February 1788  - d. 21 September 1860
  
 Money may be the husk of many things, but not the kernel. It brings you food, but not appetite; medicine, but not health; acquaintance, but not friends; servants, but not loyalty; days of joy, but not peace or happiness. 
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Nationality: Norwegian
b. 20 March 1828  - d. 23 May 1906
  
 Neither in this world nor elsewhere is there any happiness in store for him who always doubts. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: Norwegian   
 Never mind your happiness; do your duty. 
Author: Will Durant
Nationality: American
b. 05 November 1885  - d. 07 November 1981
  
 No happiness is like unto it, no love so great as that of man and wife, no such comfort as a sweet wife. 
Author: Robert Burton
Nationality: English
b. 8 February 1577  - d. 25 January 1640
  
 No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. 
Author: Christian Nestell Bovee
Nationality: American
b. December 1820  - d.  December 1904
  
 Not all happiness the senses devour whoever loves less retains the power. 
Author: Manfred Jurgensen
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1940
  
 O Winter! ruler of the inverted year, . . . I crown thee king of intimate delights, Fireside enjoyments, home-born happiness, And all the comforts that the lowly roof Of undisturb'd Retirement, and the hours Of long uninterrupted evening, know. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources. 
Author: Herbert Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 27 April 1820  - d. 8 December 1903
  
 One kind of happiness is to know exactly at what point to be miserable. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person. 
Author: William Feather
Nationality: American
b. 25 August 1889  - d. 7 January 1981
  
 One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. 
Author: Rita Mae Brown
Nationality: American
b. 28 November 1944
  
 One should never direct people towards happiness, because happiness too is an idol of the market-place. One should direct them towards mutual affection. A beast gnawing at its prey can be happy too, but only human beings can feel affection for each other, and this is the highest achievement they can aspire to. 
Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Nationality: Russian
b. 11 December 1918  - d. 03 August 2008
  
 One should seek virtue for its own sake and not from hope or fear, or any external motive. It is in virtue that happiness consists, for virtue is the state of mind which tends to make the whole of life harmonious. 
Author: Zeno of Citium
Nationality: Greek
b. December 334  - d.  December 262
  
 Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention. 
Author: Greg Anderson
Nationality: American   
 Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 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. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 Peace and happiness are what you covet, but these are only to be obtained by labor. 
Author: Thomas à Kempis
Nationality: German
b. December 1380  - d.  December 1471
  
 People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful you will win some false friends and true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you; Be honest and frank anyway. What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight; Build anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous; Be happy anyway. The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow; Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough; Give the world the best you've got anyway You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God; It was never between you and them anyway. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older. 
Author: Sydney J. Harris
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1917  - d. 08 December 1986
  
 People spend a lifetime searching for happiness; looking for peace.They chase idle dreams, addictions, religions, even other people, hoping to fill the emptiness that plagues them.The irony is the only place they ever needed to search was within. 
Author: Ramona L. Anderson
Nationality: American   
 People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because the're not on your road, doesn't mean they've gotten lost. 
Author: H. K. Jackson Brown Jr.
Nationality: American
b. December 1940
  
 Perhaps it is not in our nature to speak openly about what we hold so dear. But I believe this is exactly the time to think about happiness, in all of its permutations, since it is the determination to pursue happiness that makes us so American. 
Author: Rodes Fishburne
Nationality: American   
 Perpetual inspiration is as necessary to the life of goodness, holiness and happiness as perpetual respiration is necessary to animal life. 
Author: Andrew Bonar Law
Nationality: Canadian
b. 16 September 1858  - d. 30 October 1923
  
 Please subdue the anguish of your soul. Nobody is destined only to happiness or to pain. The wheel of life takes one up and down by turn. 
Author: K?lid?sa
Nationality: Indian
b. December 450
  
 Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself - power and glory, or happiness. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, And others extremely difficult. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 Providence sees to it that no man gets happiness out of crime. 
Author: Conte Vittorio Alfieri
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1749  - d.  December 1803
  
 Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination. 
Author: Roy Goodman
Nationality: English
b. December 1951
  
 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. 
Author: Count Maeterlinck Maurice Polydore Maeterlinck
Nationality: Belgian
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1949
  
 Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think. 
Author: Dale Carnegie
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1888  - d. 1 November 1955
  
 Renown is a source of toil and sorrow; obscurity is a source of happiness. 
Author: Johann Lorenz von Mosheim
Nationality: German
b. 9 October 1693  - d. 9 September 1755
  
 Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness. 
Author: Laozi
Nationality: Chinese
b. December 604  - d.  December 531
  
 Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 She is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect, and it is shameful to surrender it too soon or to the first comer: there is nobility in preserving it coolly and proudly through long youth, until at last, in the ripeness of instinct and discretion, it can be safely exchanged for fidelity and happiness. 
Author: George Santayana
Nationality: Spanish
b. 16 December 1863  - d. 26 September 1952
  
 Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Sometimes it's hard to avoid the happiness of others. 
Author: David Assael
Nationality: English   
 Sorrow never comes too late, And happiness too swiftly flies. 
Author: Thomas Gray
Nationality: English
b. 26 December 1716  - d. 30 July 1771
  
 Sound health is the greatest of gifts; contentedness, the greatest of riches; trust, the greatest of qualities; enlightenment, the greatest happiness. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 Storybook happiness involves every form of pleasant thumb-twiddling; true happiness involves the full use of one's powers and talents. 
Author: John W. Gardner
Nationality: Indian
b. 8 October 1912  - d. 16 February 2002
  
 Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. 
Author: H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Nationality: American   
 Such being the happiness of the times, that you may think as you wish, and speak as you think. 
Author: Publius Cornelius Tacitus
Nationality: Roman
b. December 56  - d.  December 117
  
 Suspicion is far more apt to be wrong than right; oftener unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 Suspicion is no less an enemy to virtue than to happiness. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 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. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 Take the saving lie from the average man and you take his happiness away, too. 
Author: Henrik Ibsen
Nationality: Norwegian
b. 20 March 1828  - d. 23 May 1906
  
 Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others. 
Author: James Thomson
Nationality: Scottish
b. 11 September 1700  - d. 27 August 1748
  
 The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up. 
Author: Charles Langbridge Morgan
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1894  - d. 06 February 1958
  
 The care of human life and happiness and not their destruction is the first and only legitimate object of good government. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star. 
Author: Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
Nationality: French
b. 1 April 1755  - d. 2 February 1826
  
 The door to happiness opens outward. 
Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Nationality: Danish
b. 5 May 1813  - d. 11 November 1855
  
 The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. 
Author: Andre Maurois
Nationality: French
b. 26 July 1885  - d. 9 October 1967
  
 The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. 
Author: James Oppenheim
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1882  - d.  December 1932
  
 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. 
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne
Nationality: American
b. 4 January 1804  - d. 19 May 1864
  
 The fountain of content must spring up in the mind, and he who hath so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition, will waste his life in fruitless efforts and multiply the grief he proposes to remove. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 The future of mankind will ultimately be decided by the choice between the city, which contains the seeds of man's salvation, and the machine which, as a substitute for happiness, may eventually be the cause of his complete destruction. 
Author: Jan Tanghe
Nationality: English   
 The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life. 
Author: Lucan
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 November 39  - d. 30 April 65
  
 The good, the bad, hardship, joy, tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one indescribable whole that one calls life. You cannot separate the good from the bad, and perhaps there is no need to do so. 
Author: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Nationality: American
b. 28 July 1929  - d. 19 May 1994
  
 The grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. 
Author: Allan K. Chalmers
Nationality: American   
 The great essentials for happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 The great happiness of life, I find, after all, to consist in the regular discharge of some mechanical duty. 
Author: Friedrich von Schiller
Nationality: German
b. 10 November 1759  - d. 09 May 1805
  
 The greatest happiness of life it the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. 
Author: William Saroyan
Nationality: American
b. 31 August 1908  - d. 18 May 1981
  
 The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my family... public employment contributes neither to advantage nor happiness. It is but honorable exile from one's family and affairs. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions. 
Author: Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nationality: English
b. 6 August 1809  - d. 6 October 1892
  
 The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government. 
Author: Thomas C. Haliburton
Nationality: Canadian
b. 17 December 1796  - d. 27 August 1865
  
 The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little soon-forgotten charities of a kiss or smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment. 
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Nationality: English
b. 21 October 1772  - d. 25 July 1834
  
 The happiness of man is, 'I will.' The happiness of woman is, 'He will.' 
Author: Friedrich Nietzsche
Nationality: German
b. 15 October 1844  - d. 25 August 1900
  
 The happiness of married life depends upon making small sacrifices with readiness and cheerfulness. 
Author: John Selden
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1584  - d. 30 November 1654
  
 The happiness of society is the end of government. 
Author: John Adams
Nationality: American
b. 30 October 1735  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of mankind. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 The happiness of the wicked passes away like a torrent. 
Author: Jean Racine
Nationality: French
b. 22 December 1639  - d. 21 April 1699
  
 ... the happiness of those who cannot think. 
Author: Alexander Pope
Nationality: English
b. 21 May 1688  - d. 30 May 1744
  
 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. 
Author: Marcus Aurelius
Nationality: Roman
b. 26 April 121  - d. 17 March 180
  
 The labor of the body relieves us from the fatigues of the mind; and it is this which forms the happiness of the poor. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 The liquid drops of tears that you have shed Shall come again, transform'd to orient pearl, Advantaging their loan with interest Of ten times double gain of happiness. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 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. 
Author: Virginia Woolf
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1882  - d. 28 March 1941
  
 The man who is not virtuous can never be happy. 
Author: Epicurus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 341  - d.  December 270
  
 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. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 The men and women who have the right ideals... are those who have the courage to strive for the happiness which comes only with labor and effort and self-sacrifice, and those whose joy in life springs in part from power of work and sense of duty. 
Author: Teddy Roosevelt
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1858  - d. 6 January 1919
  
 The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 The non permanent appearance of happiness and distress, and their disappearance in due course, are like the appearance And disappearance of summer and winter seasons. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: American   
 The nonpermanent appearance of happiness and distress, andtheir disappearance in due course, are like the appearance And disappearance of summer and winter seasons. 
Tome: Bhagavad Gita
Nationality: American   
 The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man. 
Author: W. H. Beveridge
Nationality: British
b. 5 March 1879  - d. 16 March 1963
  
 The object of living is work, experience, and happiness. There is joy in work. All that money can do is buy us someone else's work in exchange for our own. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it. 
Author: C. P. Snow
Nationality: English
b. 15 October 1905  - d. 01 July 1980
  
 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. 
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
Nationality: British
b. 24 March 1903  - d. 14 November 1990
  
 The rays of happiness, like those of light, Are colorless when unbroken. 
Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1807  - d. 24 March 1882
  
 The secret of Happiness is Freedom, And the secret of Freedom, Courage. 
Author: Thucydides
Nationality: Greek
b. December 460  - d.  December 395
  
 The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does. 
Author: Sir J. M. Barrie
Nationality: Scottish
b. 9 May 1860  - d. 19 June 1937
  
 The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it. 
Author: Al Batt
Nationality: Scottish   
 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. 
Author: William Hall
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 April 1827  - d. 25 August 1904
  
 The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness. 
Author: Henry David Thoreau
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1817  - d. 6 May 1862
  
 The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness. 
Author: Milan Kundera
Nationality: Czechoslovakian
b. December 1929
  
 The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved - loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. 
Author: Victor Hugo
Nationality: French
b. December 1802  - d.  December 1885
  
 The U.S. Constitution doesn't guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The world, in its best state, is nothing more than a larger assembly of beings, combining to counterfeit happiness which they do not feel. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 There is a wonderful law of nature that the three things we crave most- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind- are always attained by giving them to someone else. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: English   
 There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness. 
Author: Pearl S. Buck
Nationality: American
b. December 1892  - d.  December 1973
  
 There is even a happiness that makes the heart afraid. 
Author: Thomas Hood
Nationality: English
b. 23 May 1799  - d. 3 May 1845
  
 There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something. 
Author: Henry Ford
Nationality: American
b. 30 July 1863  - d. 7 April 1947
  
 There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. 
Author: Marguerite Blessington
Nationality: Irish
b. 1 September 1789  - d. 4 June 1849
  
 There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people. 
Author: Field Marshll Anwar El-Sadat
Nationality: Egyptian
b. 25 December 1918  - d. 6 October 1981
  
 There is nothing 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. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. 
Author: George Sand
Nationality: French
b. December 1804  - d.  December 1876
  
 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. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. 
Author: Epictetus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 55  - d.  December 135
  
 There is something ridiculous and even quite indecent in an individual claiming to be happy. Still more a people or a nation making such a claim. The pursuit of happiness... is without any question the most fatuous which could possibly be undertaken. This lamentable phrase ''the pursuit of happiness'' is responsible for a good part of the ills and miseries of the modern world. 
Author: Malcolm Muggeridge
Nationality: British
b. 24 March 1903  - d. 14 November 1990
  
 There is this difference between happiness and wisdom, that he that thinks himself the happiest man really is so; But he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. 
Author: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
b. 28 September 551  - d.  December 479
  
 This sacred truth - that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, And the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 Thus happiness depends, as Nature shows, Less on exterior things than most suppose. 
Author: William Cowper
Nationality: English
b. 26 November 1731  - d. 25 April 1800
  
 To act with common sense according to the moment, is the best wisdom I know and the best philosophy is to do one's duties, take the world as it comes submit respectfully to one's lot; bless the goodness that has given us so much happiness with it, whatever it is; and despise affectation. 
Author: Horace Walpole
Nationality: English
b. December 1717  - d.  December 1797
  
 To be happy is not the purpose of our being, But to deserve happiness. 
Author: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Nationality: German
b. 19 May 1762  - d. 27 January 1814
  
 To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 To fill the hour-that is happiness. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin. 
Author: Lord George Byron
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1788  - d. 19 April 1824
  
 To look fearlessly upon life; to accept the laws of nature, not with meek resignation, but as her sons and daughters, who dare to search and question; to have peace and confidence within our souls - these are the beliefs that make for happiness. 
Author: Count Maeterlinck Maurice Polydore Maeterlinck
Nationality: Belgian
b. December 1862  - d.  December 1949
  
 To love is to place our happiness in the happiness of another. 
Author: Gottfried Leibnitz
Nationality: German
b. 1 July 1646  - d. 14 November 1716
  
 To love is to suffer.To avoid suffering one must not love.But then one suffers from not loving.Therefore, to love is to suffer; not to love is to suffer; to suffer is to suffer.To be happy is to love.To be happy, then, is to suffer, but suffering makes one unhappy.Therefore, to be happy one must love or love to suffer or suffer from too much happiness. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There's no looking at a building after seeing Italy. 
Author: Fanny Burney
Nationality: English
b. December 1752  - d.  December 1840
  
 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. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. 
Author: Antoine Marie de Saint-Exupéry
Nationality: French
b. 29 June 1900  - d. 31 July 1944
  
 True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. 
Author: John W. Gardner
Nationality: French
b. 8 October 1912  - d. 16 February 2002
  
 True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it 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. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 True happiness is the full use of your powers along lines of excellence in a life affording scope. 
Author: John F. Kennedy
Nationality: American
b. 29 May 1917  - d. 22 November 1963
  
 True happiness springs from moderation. 
Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nationality: German
b. 28 August 1749  - d. 22 March 1832
  
 True happiness, we are told, consists in getting out of one's self, but the point is not only to get out, you must stay out; and to stay out you must have some absorbing errand. 
Author: Henry James
Nationality: American
b. 15 April 1843  - d. 28 February 1916
  
 True religion is the poetry of the heart; it has enchantments useful to our manners; it gives us both happiness and virtue. 
Author: Joseph Joubert
Nationality: French
b. 7 May 1754  - d. 4 May 1824
  
 Try to be mindful and let things take their natural course. Then your mind will become still in any surroundings, like a clear forest pool. All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool, and you will clearly see the nature of all things. You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still. This is the happiness of the Buddha. 
Author: Venerable Ajahn Chah Subhatto
Nationality: Thailand
b. 17 June 1918  - d. 16 January 1992
  
 Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age, and to imagine right up to the brink of death that life is only beginning. I think that is the only way to keep adding to one's talent, to one's affections, and one's inner happiness. 
Author: George Sand
Nationality: French
b. December 1804  - d.  December 1876
  
 Undergraduates owe their happiness chiefly to the fact that they are no longer at school... The nonsense which was knocked out of them at school is all gently put back at Oxford or Cambridge. 
Author: Sir Max Beerbohm
Nationality: English
b. 24 August 1872  - d. 20 May 1956
  
 Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind. 
Author: John Stuart Mill
Nationality: English
b. 20 May 1806  - d. 8 May 1873
  
 Virtue is sufficient of herself for happiness. 
Author: Diogenes Laërtius
Nationality: Greek
b. December 250
  
 We are all faced throughout our lives with agonizing decisions and moral choices.Some are on a grand scale, most of these choices are on lesser points, but, we define ourselves by the choices we have made.We are in fact, the sum total of our choices, events unfold, so unpredictably, so unfairly.Human happiness does not seem to have been included in the design of creation, it is only we, with our own capacity to love, that gives meaning to the indifferent universe.And yet, most human beings seem to have the ability to keep trying, and even to find joy from simple things, like, their family, their work, and from the hope that future generations might understand more. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 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. 
Author: Maxwell Maltz
Nationality: American
b. 10 March 1899  - d. 07 April 1975
  
 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. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body. 
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nationality: American
b. 25 May 1803  - d. 27 April 1882
  
 We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it, than to consume wealth without producing it. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 We hold these truths to be sacred & undeniable; that all men are created equal & independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent & inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, & liberty, & the pursuit of happiness. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 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. 
Author: Thomas Jefferson
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1743  - d. 4 July 1826
  
 What happiness is there which is not purchased with more or less of pain? 
Author: Margaret Oliphant
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 April 1828  - d. 25 June 1897
  
 What is beautiful is good, And who is good will soon be beautiful. 
Author: Sappho
Nationality: Greek
b. December 630  - d.  December 570
  
 What is without us has no connection with happiness, only so far as the preservation of our lives and health depends upon it.... Happiness springs immediately from the mind. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 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. 
Author: Sigmund Freud
Nationality: Austrian
b. 6 May 1856  - d. 23 September 1939
  
 What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money 
Author: Henny Youngman
Nationality: American
b. 16 March 1906  - d. 24 February 1998
  
 Whatever mitigates the woes or increases the happiness of others - this is my criterion of goodness. And whatever injures society at large, or any individual, in it - this is my measure of iniquity. 
Author: Robert Burns
Nationality: Scottish
b. 25 January 1759  - d. 21 July 1796
  
 When a man feels throbbing within him the power to do what he undertakes as well as it can possibly be done, and all of his faculties say ''amen'' to what he is doing, and give their unqualified approval to his efforts, - this is happiness, this is success. 
Author: Orison S. Marden
Nationality: American
b. December 1850  - d.  December 1924
  
 When it shall be said in any country in the world, 'My poor are happy; neither ignorance nor distress is to be found among them; my jails are empty of prisoners, my streets of beggars; the aged are not in want, the taxes are not oppressive; the rational world is my friend, because I am a friend of its happiness' - when these things can be said, then may that country boast of its constitution and its government. 
Author: Thomas Paine
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1737  - d. 8 June 1809
  
 When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 When the death of a disabled infant will lead to the birth of another infant with better prospects of a happy life, the total amount of happiness will be greater if the disabled infant is killed. 
Author: Peter Singer
Nationality: Australian   
 When we create something, we always create it first in a thought form. If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations, and events which conform to our positive expectations. 
Author: Shakti Gawain
Nationality: American
b. 30 September 1948
  
 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. 
Author: Bob Hope
Nationality: American
b. December 1903  - d.  December 2003
  
 When we were told that by freedom we understood free enterprise, we did very little to dispel this monstrous falsehood.Wealth and economic well-being, we have asserted, are the fruits of freedom, while we should have been the first to know that this kind of ''happiness'' has been an unmixed blessing only in this country, and it is a minor blessing compared with the truly political freedoms, such as freedom of speech and thought, of assembly and association, even under the best conditions. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 Why not seize the pleasure at once? How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation! 
Author: Jane Austen
Nationality: English
b. 16 December 1775  - d. 18 July 1817
  
 Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. 
Author: Sophocles
Nationality: Greek
b. December 496  - d.  December 406
  
 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. 
Author: Robert Burton
Nationality: English
b. 8 February 1577  - d. 25 January 1640
  
 You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 You have it easily in your power to increase the sum total of this world's happiness now. How? By giving a few words of sincere appreciation to someone who is lonely or discouraged. Perhaps you will forget tomorrow the kind words you say today, but the recipient may cherish them over a lifetime. 
Author: Dale Carnegie
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1888  - d. 1 November 1955
  
 You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. 
Author: Helen Adams Keller
Nationality: American
b. 27 June 1880  - d. 1 June 1968
  
 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. 
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 Strength is Happiness. Strength is itself victory. In weakness and cowardice there is no happiness. When you wage a struggle, you might win or you might lose. But regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being.  
Author: Daisaku Ikeda
Nationality: Japanese
b. 2 January 1928
  
 The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.  
Author: Joseph Roux
Nationality: French
b. December 1834  - d.  December 1886
  
 Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us that we are nothing but acorns and that our greatest happiness will be to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns; but that is of interest only to pigs. Our faith gives us knowledge of something better: that we can become oak trees.  
Author: E. F. Schumacher
Nationality: English
b. December 1911  - d.  December 1977
  
 No true and permanent fame can be founded except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind.  
Author: Charles Sumner
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1811  - d. 11 March 1874
  
 That a mixed occupancy of the same territory by the white and red man is incompatible with the safety or happiness of either is a position in respect to which there has long since ceased to be room for a difference of opinion. Reason and experience have alike demonstrated its impracticability. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 The Constitution devised by our forefathers as the framework and bond of that system, then untried, has become a settled form of government; not only preserving and protecting the great principles upon which it was rounded, but wonderfully promoting individual happiness and private interests. 
Author: Martin van Buren
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1782  - d. 24 July 1862
  
 Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected 
Author: George Washington
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1732  - d. 14 December 1799
  
 Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 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. 
Author: Mahatma Gandhi
Nationality: Indian
b. 2 October 1869  - d. 30 January 1948
  
 So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some. 
Author: Booth Tarkington
Nationality: American
b. 29 July 1869  - d. 19 May 1946
  
 In order to stand well in the eyes of the community, it is necessary to come up to a certain, somewhat indefinite, conventional standard of wealth. 
Author: Thorstein Bunde Veblen
Nationality: American
b. December 1857  - d.  December 1929
  
 No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft
Nationality: British
b. 27 April 1759  - d. 10 September 1797
  
 Political equality consists of recognizing, as the Constitution says, that people have certain inalienable rights, namely life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Recognizing those rights is not the same thing as believing that people are indistinguishable in every respect. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 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. 
Author: Barbara de Angelis
Nationality: American   
 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. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment. 
Author: Doug Larson
Nationality: American
b. December 1902  - d.  December 1981
  
 People let their own hang-ups become the obstacles between them and personal happiness. 
Author: Lucinda Williams
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1953
  
 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. 
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 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. 
Author: Johann Gottlieb Fichte
Nationality: German
b. 19 May 1762  - d. 27 January 1814
  
 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. 
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness. 
Author: John Howe
Nationality: English
b. 17 May 1630  - d. 2 April 1705
  
 I am sturdy. My soul is strong. Happiness lies in work. 
Author: Paul Cezanne
Nationality: French
b. 19 January 1839  - d. 22 October 1906
  
 He who avoids complaint invites happiness. 
Author: Abu Bakr
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
b. December 573  - d.  December 634
  
 But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? 
Author: Albert Camus
Nationality: French
b. 7 November 1913  - d. 4 January 1960
  
 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. 
Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Nationality: American
b. 24 September 1896  - d. 21 December 1940
  
 In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 Love possesses not nor will it be possessed, for love is sufficient unto love.Love is trembling happiness. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so. 
Author: Robert G. Ingersoll
Nationality: American
b. 11 August 1833  - d. 21 July 1899
  
 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. 
Author: Henry van Dyke
Nationality: American
b. December 1852  - d.  December 1933
  
 Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. 
Author: Thomas Aquinas
Nationality: Italian
b. December 1225  - d. 7 March 1274
  
 My Duty is like that of a helmsman who must steer safely the boat - the Fatherland - through storms and take people to the shores of happiness. 
Author: Ho Chi Minh
Nationality: Vietnamese
b. 19 May 1892  - d. 2 September 1969
  
 What a cruel thing is war: to separate and destroy families and friends, and mar the purest joys and happiness God has granted us in this world; to fill our hearts with hatred instead of love for our neighbors, and to devastate the fair face of this beautiful world. 
Author: Robert E. Lee
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1807  - d. 12 September 1870
  
 Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us. To know men thoroughly, to judge events sanely is, therefore, a great step towards happiness. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 The pleasures and the cares of the luckiest ambition, even of limitless power, are nothing next to the intimate happiness that tenderness and love give. I am man before being a prince, and when I have the good fortune to be in love, my mistress addresses a man and not a prince. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 The taste for freedom, the fashion and cult of happiness of the majority, that the nineteenth century is infatuated with was only a heresy in his eyes that would pass like others. 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 Were I to buy this life of pleasure and this only chance at happiness with a few little dangers, where would be the harm? And wouldn't it still be fortunate to find a weak excuse to give her proof of my love? 
Author: Marie Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 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. 
Author: Paramhansa Yogananda
Nationality: Indian
b. 5 January 1893  - d. 7 March 1952
  
 Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 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. 
Author: Gautama Buddha
Nationality: Indian
b. December 563  - d.  December 483
  
 Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open.  
Author: John Barrymore
Nationality: American
b. 15 February 1882  - d. 29 May 1942
  
 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. 
Author: Hannah Arendt
Nationality: American
b. 14 October 1906  - d. 4 December 1975
  
 I believe that my clothes can give people a better image of themselves - that it can increase their feelings of confidence and happiness. 
Author: Giorgio Armani
Nationality: Italian
b. 11 July 1934
  
 Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness. 
Author: Richard David Bach
Nationality: American
b. 23 June 1936
  
 Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know 
Author: Richard David Bach
Nationality: American
b. 23 June 1936
  
 If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem. 
Author: Richard David Bach
Nationality: American
b. 23 June 1936
  
 Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy. 
Author: Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Nationality: Russian
b. 18 July 1933
  
 Last words: I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can't go through another of those terrible times. And I shan't recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can't concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don't think two people could have been happier 'til this terrible disease came. I can't fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can't even write this properly. I can't read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that - everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can't go on spoiling your life any longer. I don't think two people could have been happier than we have been. 
Author: Virginia Woolf
Nationality: English
b. 25 January 1882  - d. 28 March 1941
  
 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. 
Author: Margaret Cho
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1968
  
 Happiness is your dentist telling you it won't hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill. 
Author: Johnny Carson
Nationality: American
b. 23 October 1925  - d. 23 January 2005
  
 The day of individual happiness has passed. 
Author: Adolf Hitler
Nationality: German
b. 20 April 1889  - d. 30 April 1945
  
 Marriage is the most natural state of man, and the state in which you will find solid happiness. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 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. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.  
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 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. 
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.  
Author: Charles Caleb Colton
Nationality: English
b. December 1780  - d.  December 1832
  
 I have a theory that the secret of marital happiness is simple: drink in different pubs to your other half. 
Author: Jilly Cooper
Nationality: English
b. 21 February 1937
  
 Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 For my part, while I am as convinced a Socialist as the most ardent Marxian, I do not regard Socialism as a gospel of proletarian revenge, nor even, primarily, as a means of securing economic justice. I regard it primarily as an adjustment to machine production demanded by considerations of common sense, and calculated to increase the happiness, not only of proletarians, but of all except a tiny minority of the human race. 
Author: Bertrand Russell
Nationality: British
b. 18 May 1872  - d. 2 February 1970
  
 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. 
Author: James Payn
Nationality: English
b. 28 February 1830  - d. 25 March 1898
  
 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. 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else. 
Author: Bette Davis
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1908  - d. 6 August 1989
  
 For close on half a century one of perfect happiness and understanding of perfect friendship and communion of thought. 
Author: Emma Orczy
Nationality: British
b. 23 September 1864  - d. 12 November 1947
  
 A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are. 
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Nationality: French
b. 20 May 1799  - d. 18 August 1850
  
 Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination. 
Author: Marquis de Sade
Nationality: French
b. 2 June 1740  - d. 2 December 1814
  
 Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization. 
Author: Marquis de Sade
Nationality: French
b. 2 June 1740  - d. 2 December 1814
  
 The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion. 
Author: Karl Marx
Nationality: German
b. 5 May 1818  - d. 14 March 1883
  
 The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding. 
Author: Winifred Holtby
Nationality: English
b. 23 June 1898  - d. 29 September 1935
  
 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. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 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. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. 
Author: Leo Buscaglia
Nationality: American
b. 31 March 1924  - d. 11 June 1998
  
 Happiness consists in giving, and in serving others. 
Author: Henry Drummond
Nationality: Scottish
b. 17 August 1851  - d. 11 March 1897
  
 There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. 
Author: Henry Drummond
Nationality: Scottish
b. 17 August 1851  - d. 11 March 1897
  
 Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us 
Author: Blaise Pascal
Nationality: French
b. 19 June 1623  - d. 19 August 1662
  
 Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 When ambition ends, happiness begins. 
Author: Thomas Merton
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1915  - d. 10 December 1968
  
 I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness. 
Author: Queen Victoria
Nationality: British
b. 22 May 1819  - d. 22 January 1901
  
 The word "happiness" would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune. 
Author: François de La Rochefoucauld
Nationality: French
b. 15 September 1613  - d. 17 March 1680
  
 The first who attracts the eye, the first in enlightenment, in power and in happiness, is the white man, the European, man par excellence; below him appear the Negro and the Indian. These two unfortunate races have neither birth, nor face, nor language, nor mores in common; only their misfortunes look alike. Both occupy an equally inferior position in the country that they inhabit; both experience the effects of tyranny; and if their miseries are different, they can accuse the same Literature for them. 
Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Nationality: French
b. 29 July 1805  - d. 16 April 1859
  
 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 
Author: William Henry Seward
Nationality: American
b. 16 May 1801  - d. 10 October 1872
  
 The Intention and the end of Monarchy, is the glory of the citizens, of the State, and of the Sovereign. But, from this glory, a sense of Liberty arises in a people governed by a Monarch; which may produce in these States as much energy in transacting the most important affairs, and may contribute as much to the happiness of the subjects, as even Liberty itself. 
Author: Catherine II of Russia
Nationality: Russian
b. 2 May 1729  - d. 17 November 1796
  
 To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something. 
Author: Charlotte Perkins
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1860  - d. 17 August 1935
  
 Only part of us is sane: only part of us loves pleasure and the longer day of happiness, wants to live to our nineties and die in peace, in a house that we built, that shall shelter those who come after us. The other half of us is nearly mad. It prefers the disagreeable to the agreeable, loves pain and its darker night despair, and wants to die in a catastrophe that will set back life to its beginnings and leave nothing of our house save its blackened foundations. 
Author: Rebecca West
Nationality: Irish
b. 21 December 1892  - d. 15 March 1983
  
 There are shortcuts to happiness and dancing is one of them. 
Author: Vicki Baum
Nationality: American
b. 24 January 1888  - d. 29 October 1960
  
 My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute. 
Author: Ayn Rand
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1905  - d. 6 March 1982
  
 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. 
Author: Ashley Montagu
Nationality: British
b. 28 June 1905  - d. 26 November 1999
  
 The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. 
Author: Ashley Montagu
Nationality: British
b. 28 June 1905  - d. 26 November 1999
  
 All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife. 
Author: Daniel Boone
Nationality: American
b. 22 October 1734  - d. 26 September 1820
  
 Every moment of your life that is not a complete nightmare is happiness. 
Author: Merrill Markoe
Nationality: American
b. December 1951
  
 There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness. 
Author: Charles Pierre Baudelaire
Nationality: French
b. 9 April 1821  - d. 21 August 1867
  
 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. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 So long as you don't feel life's paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn't matter, happiness or unhappiness. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 That men ought to be governed, seems to have been agreed on all hands: the reason is, that, without government, they could never attain any high or permanent share of perfection or happiness. But the question has been - by whom should they be governed? And this has been made a question, by reason of two others - by whom can they be governed? - are they capable of governing themselves? 
Author: James Wilson
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1742  - d. 21 August 1798
  
 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. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 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. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?  
Author: Christopher Hampton
Nationality: British
b. 26 January 1946
  
 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. 
Author: Max Planck
Nationality: German
b. 23 April 1858  - d. 4 October 1947
  
 Never for a moment do we lay aside our mistrust of the ideals established by society, and of the convictions which are kept by it in circulation. We always know that society is full of folly and will deceive us in the matter of humanity - humanity meaning consideration for the existence and the happiness of individual human beings. 
Author: Albert Schweitzer
Nationality: French
b. 14 January 1875  - d. 4 September 1965
  
 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. 
Author: Wilhelm von Humboldt
Nationality: German
b. 22 June 1767  - d. 8 April 1835
  
 He drinkes misery, and he tastes happinesse; he mowes misery, and he gleanes happinesse; he journeys in misery, he does but walke in happinesse. 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it. 
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Nationality: French
b. 24 July 1803  - d. 5 December 1870
  
 Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 One mustn't ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness. 
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Nationality: French
b. 12 December 1821  - d. 8 May 1880
  
 Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared. 
Author: Jane Porter
Nationality: English
b. December 1776  - d.  December 1850
  
 Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. 
Author: Marcel Proust
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1871  - d. 18 November 1922
  
 Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible. 
Author: Marcel Proust
Nationality: French
b. 10 July 1871  - d. 18 November 1922
  
 Morality is not properly the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. 
Author: Immanuel Kant
Nationality: German
b. 22 April 1724  - d. 12 February 1804
  
 I said, happiness and joy Passing time will destroy. Said, Hafez, silence employ Sorrows too will end my friend. 
Author: Hafez
Nationality: Persian
b. December 1315  - d.  December 1390
  
 The herd instinct seems to be the strongest human emotion, one that the race is constantly breeding off as the mavericks are liquidated. Happiness is running with the crowd. 
Author: John Train
Nationality: Persian
b. December 1928
  
 If ten million people must die to free ten million people from the bourgeoisie, then this is a harsh but necessary consequence. The Russian idea is compulsory happiness, in the same sense and with the same logic as the compulsory introduction of Christianity and the Inquisition. 
Author: Walter Rathenau
Nationality: German
b. 29 September 1867  - d. 24 June 1922
  
 A rift in the clouds in a gray day threw a shaft of sunlight upon her coffin as her nervous, energetic little body sank to its last sleep. But the soul of her, the glowing, gorgeous, fervent soul of her, surely was flaming in eager joy upon some other dawn. 
Author: William Allen White
Nationality: American
b. 10 February 1868  - d. 31 January 1944
  
 The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness 
Author: F. H. Bradley
Nationality: English
b. 30 January 1846  - d. 18 September 1924
  
 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. 
Author: Ring Lardner
Nationality: American
b. 6 March 1885  - d. 25 September 1933
  
 Every happiness is a hostage to fortune. 
Author: Sir Arthur Helps
Nationality: English
b. 10 July 1813  - d. 7 March 1875
  
 A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness. 
Author: Elsa Schiaparelli
Nationality: French
b. 10 September 1890  - d. 13 November 1973
  
 Happiness lies first of all in health. 
Author: George William Curtis
Nationality: American
b. 24 February 1824  - d. 31 August 1892
  
 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. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort. 
Author: Helen Gurley Brown
Nationality: American
b. 18 February 1922
  
 Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude. 
Author: Joseph Wood Krutch
Nationality: American
b. 25 November 1893  - d. 22 May 1970
  
 Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable. 
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor. 
Author: Pierre Corneille
Nationality: French
b. 6 June 1606  - d. 1 October 1684
  
 Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best. 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 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. 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 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. 
Author: Robert Bulwer-Lytton
Nationality: English
b. 8 November 1831  - d. 24 November 1891
  
 Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak. 
Author: August Strindberg
Nationality: Swedish
b. 22 January 1849  - d. 14 May 1912
  
 I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains. My advice is : "Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God. Think of all the beauty that's still left in and around you and be happy!" 
Author: Anne Frank
Nationality: German
b. 12 June 1929  - d.  March 1945
  
 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.  
Author: William Lyon Phelps
Nationality: American
b. 2 January 1865  - d. 21 August 1943
  
 Remember happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think. 
Author: Dale Carnegie
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1888  - d. 1 November 1955
  
 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. 
Author: Dale Carnegie
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1888  - d. 1 November 1955
  
 Happiness doesn't depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude. 
Author: Dale Carnegie
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1888  - d. 1 November 1955
  
 Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. 
Author: Dale Carnegie
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1888  - d. 1 November 1955
  
 The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another's keeping . 
Author: Dale Carnegie
Nationality: American
b. 24 November 1888  - d. 1 November 1955
  
 Self-knowledge is no guarantee of happiness, but it is on the side of happiness and can supply the courage to fight for it. Psychiatrists have told me that they give The Second Sex to their women patients to read, and not merely to intellectual women but to lower-middle-class women, to office workers and women working in factories. 'Your book was a great help to me. Your book saved me,' are the words I have read in letters from women of all ages and all walks of life. If my book has helped women, it is because it expressed them, and they in their turn gave it its truth. Thanks to them, it is no longer a matter for scandal and concern. During these last ten years the myths that men created have crumbled, and many women writers have gone beyond me and have been far more daring than I. Too many of them for my taste take sexuality as their only theme; but at least when they write about it they now present themselves as the eye-that-looks, as subject, consciousness, freedom. 
Author: Simone de Beauvoir
Nationality: French
b. 9 January 1908  - d. 14 April 1986
  
 Happiness isn't happiness unless there's a violin-playing goat. 
Author: Julia Roberts
Nationality: American
b. 28 October 1967
  
 You know it's love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you're not part of their happiness. 
Author: Julia Roberts
Nationality: American
b. 28 October 1967
  
 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. 
Author: Gilbert Murray
Nationality: English
b. 3 January 1866  - d. 20 May 1957
  
 Every pitifulest whipster that walks within a skin has had his head filled with the notion that he is, shall be, or by all human and divine laws ought to be, 'happy.' His wishes, the pitifulest whipster's, are to be fulfilled for him; his days, the pitifulest whipster's, are to flow on in an ever-gentle current of enjoyment, impossible even for the gods. The prophets preach to us, Thou shalt be happy, thou shalt love pleasant things, and find them. The people clamor, Why have we not found pleasant things? God's laws are become a greatest happiness principle. There is no religion; there is no God; man has lost his soul. 
Author: Thomas Carlyle
Nationality: Scottish
b. 4 December 1795  - d. 5 September 1881
  
 But what could be more important than your happiness? It's said that an authoritarian moral code is necessary to protect society. But who is society? Isn't it just a large group of people, all of whom have differing ideas concerning how one should live? And if an individual is required to give up his own happiness, of what value is society to him? 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving to 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. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 By sealing our work with our blood, we may see at least the bright dawn of universal happiness. 
Author: Maximilien François Marie Isidore de Robespierre
Nationality: French
b. 6 May 1758  - d. 28 July 1794
  
 Some kind of happiness is measured out in miles. What makes you think you're something special when you smile. 
Collaboration: The Beatles
Nationality: British  - d.  December 1970   
 Money can't buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. 
Collaboration: The Goon Show
Nationality: English  - d.  December 1960   
 Banquets are always pleasant things, consisting mostly, as they do, of eating and drinking; but the specially nice thing about a banquet is, that it comes when something's over, and there's nothing more to worry about, and to-morrow seems a long way off. St George was happy because there had been a fight and he hadn't had to kill anybody; for he didn't really like killing, though he generally had to do it. The dragon was happy because there had been a fight, and so far from being hurt in it he had won popularity and a sure footing in society. The Boy was happy because there had been a fight, and in spite of it all his two friends were on the best of terms. And all the others were happy because there had been a fight, and - well, they didn't require any other reasons for their happiness. 
Author: Kenneth Graham
Nationality: Scottish
b. 20 July 1859  - d. 6 July 1932
  
 The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number. 
Author: William Dean Howells
Nationality: American
b. 1 March 1837  - d. 11 May 1920
  
 Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided. 
Author: Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Nationality: French
b. 24 November 1808  - d. 29 September 1890
  
 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. 
Author: Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
Nationality: French
b. 24 November 1808  - d. 29 September 1890
  
 This age, which should adjudge happiness to be as valuabe as soap or munitions, would never come so long as the workers accepted the testimony of paid spokesmen to the effect that they were contented and happy, rather than the evidence of their own wincing nerves to the effect that they live in a polite version of hell. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 With small-town life there are hundreds of thousands who are not content. The more intelligent young people flee to the cities and stay there, seldom returning even for holidays. The reason, Carol insisted is an unimaginatively standardized background, a sluggishness of speech and manners, a rigid ruling of the spirit by the desire to appear respectable. It is contentment the contentment of the quiet dead, who are scornful of the living for their restless walking. It is the prohibition of happiness. It is the slavery self-sought and self-defended. It is dullness made God. A savorless people, gulping tasteless food and sitting afterward, coatless and thoughtless, in rocking-chairs prickly with inane decorations, listening to mechanical music, saying mechanical things about the excellence of Ford automobiles, and viewing themselves as the greatest race in the world. 
Author: Sinclair Lewis
Nationality: American
b. 7 February 1885  - d. 10 January 1951
  
 Well, my greatest reward, I think, is that I've been able to build this wonderful organization. I've been able to enjoy good health, and the way I feel today, I feel like I can still go on being part of this thing after forty some odd years of business, and also, to have the public appreciate and accept what I've done all these years. That, that is a great reward. Well of course, happiness is a state of mind. You can be happy or you can be unhappy. It's just according to the way you look at things. You know. So I think happiness is contentment but it doesn't mean you have to have wealth. But all individuals are different. Some of us just wouldn't be satisfied with just carrying out a routine job and being happy. Yet I envied those people. I had a brother who I really envied because he was a mailman. But he's the one that had all the fun. He had himself a trailer, and he used to go out and go fishing, and he didn't worry about payrolls and stories and picture grosses or anything. And he was the happy one. I always said, "He's the smart Disney." 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 I'm a victim of my own insides. There was a time when I wanted to know everything, It used to make me very unhappy, all that feeling. I just didn't know what to do with it. But now I've learned to make that feeling work for me. I'm full of emotion and I want a release, and if you're on stage and if it's really working and you've got the audience with you, it's a oneness you feel. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 And I don't believe that I have to stay on one side of the fence or the other. I don't believe that there is any good career move or bad career move. I believe there are only the things that make me happy. 
Author: Whoopi Goldberg
Nationality: American
b. 13 November 1955
  
 To experience happiness, we must train ourselves to live in this moment, to savour it for what it is, not runing ahead in anticipation of some future date nor lagging behind in the paralysis of the past. 
Author: Lucy Swindoll
Nationality: American   
 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. 
Author: Hugh Black
Nationality: American   
 Values are the foundation of our character and of our confidence. A person who does not know what he standss for or what he should stand for will never enjoy true happiness and success. 
Author: Lionel Kendrick
Nationality: American   
 There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. 
Author: Freya Madeleine Stark
Nationality: French
b. 31 January 1893
  
 21 Suggestions for Success - 1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery. 2. Work at something you enjoy and that's worthy of your time and talent. 3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully. 4. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. 5. Be forgiving of yourself and others. 6. Be generous. 7. Have a grateful heart. 8. Persistence, persistence, persistence. 9. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary. 10 Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated. 11. Commit yourself to constant improvement. 12. Commit yourself to quality. 13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power or prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect. 14. Be loyal. 15. Be honest. 16. Be a self-starter. 17. Be decisive even if it means you'll sometimes be wrong. 18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life. 19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did. 20. Take good care of those you love. 21. Don't do anything that wouldn't make your Mom proud. 
Author: H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Nationality: American   
 Krapp: Perhaps my best years are gone. When there was a chance of happiness. But I wouldn't want them back. Not with the fire in me now. No, I wouldn't want them back. 
Author: Samuel Beckett
Nationality: Irish
b. 13 March 1906  - d. 22 December 1989
  
 The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation. 
Author: Jeremy Bentham
Nationality: English
b. 15 February 1748  - d. 6 June 1832
  
 Ardent desire for knowledge, in fact, is the one motive attracting and supporting investigators in their efforts; and just this knowledge, really grasped and yet always flying before them, becomes at once their sole torment and their sole happiness....A man of science rises ever, in seeking truth; and if he never finds it in its wholeness, he discovers nevertheless very significant fragments; and these fragments of universal truth are precisely what constitutes science. 
Author: Claude Bernard
Nationality: French
b. 12 July 1813  - d. 10 February 1878
  
 Ardent desire for knowledge, in fact, is the one motive attracting and supporting investigators in their efforts; and just this knowledge, really grasped and yet always flying before them, becomes at once their sole torment and their sole happiness....A man of science rises ever, in seeking truth; and if he never finds it in its wholeness, he discovers nevertheless very significant fragments; and these fragments of universal truth are precisely what constitutes science. 
Author: Claude Bernard
Nationality: French
b. 12 July 1813  - d. 10 February 1878
  
 Grief and sadness knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger than common joys. 
Author: Alphonse de Lamartine
Nationality: French
b. 21 October 1790  - d. 28 February 1869
  
 To describe happiness is to diminish it. 
Author: Stendhal
Nationality: French
b. 23 January 1783  - d. 23 March 1842
  
 I'm sorry, but I don't want to be an emperor. That's not my business. I don't want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone, if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. 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. We don't want to hate and despise one another. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 You don't hate! Only the unloved hate - the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don't fight for slavery! Fight for liberty! In the 17th Chapter of St. Luke it is written: "the Kingdom of God is within man" - not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power - the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 Then, in the name of democracy, let us use that power! Let us all unite! Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work, that will give youth a future and old age security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power, but they lie! They do not fulfill their promise; they never will. Dictators free themselves, but they enslave the people! Now, let us fight to fulfill that promise! Let us fight to free the world, to do away with national barriers, to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men's happiness. 
Author: Charlie Chaplin
Nationality: British
b. 16 April 1889  - d. 25 December 1977
  
 I hope life treats you kind And I hope you have all you've dreamed of. And I wish to you, joy and happiness. But above all this, I wish you love. 
Author: Dolly Parton
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1946
  
 Happiness and strength endure only in the absence of hate. To hate alone is the road to disaster. To love is the road to strength. To love in spite of all is the secret of greatness. And may very well be the greatest secret in this universe. 
Author: L. Ron Hubbard
Nationality: American
b. 13 March 1911  - d. 24 February 1986
  
 The purpose of our lives is to be happy. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 The Happiest peoples, it is said, are those which have no history. Those who have a history, those who have made history seem only to have emphazied through their acomplishments the eternality of struggle. These disappear too eventually, just as those who made no effort, who were content to merely live & enjoy. 
Author: Henry Miller
Nationality: American
b. 26 December 1891  - d. 07 June 1980
  
 When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness. 
Author: Malcom Stevenson Forbes
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1919  - d. 24 February 1990
  
 Being happy today isn't the same as being happy was in the 40s or 50s. Today's society has distorted what happiness is, making it more of a band wagon thing driven by money, materialism, or who has accomplished more of this or that. Being happy isn't about accomplishing the most, it's knowing that with anything you do no matter how big or small, you changed someones life. Their thoughts, ideas or beliefs, enabling them to see through the grim fog that today's society has evolved into and finding the real purpose of life. My philosophy in life is either go all the way or don't go at all. Half assing anything never gets you anywhere. 
Author: Justin Mentell
Nationality: American
b. 16 December 1982  - d. 01 February 2010
  
 My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can. 
Author: Cary Grant
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1904  - d. 29 November 1986
  
 There's no point in being unhappy about growing older. Just think of the millions who have been denied the privilege. 
Author: Cary Grant
Nationality: American
b. 18 January 1904  - d. 29 November 1986
  
 Nothing is sufficient for the person who finds sufficiency too little. 
Author: Epicurus
Nationality: Greek
b. December 341  - d.  December 270
  
 The happiness of most people we know is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things. 
Author: Ernest Dimnet
Nationality: American
b. 09 July 1866  - d.  December 1954
  
 Yet Irina had once tucked away, she wasn't sure when or why, that happiness is almost definitionally a condition of which you are not aware at the time. To inhabit your own contentment is to be wholly present, with no orbiting satellite to take clinical readings of the state of the planet. Conventionally, you grow conscious of happiness at the very point that it begins to elude you. When not misused to talk yourself into something - when not a lie - the h-word is a classification applied in retrospect. It is a bracketing assessment, a label only decisively pasted onto an era once it is over. 
Author: Lionel Shriver
Nationality: American
b. 18 May 1957
  
 It was altogether a very jolly life that I led in Ireland. The Irish people did not murder me, nor did they even break my head. I soon found them to be good-humoured, clever – the working classes very much more intelligent than those of England – economical and hospitable. 
Author: Anthony Trollope
Nationality: English
b. 24 April 1815  - d. 06 December 1882
  
 Of hobbies there are many, many, kinds. For example, money-making. But money-making is not exactly a hobby, for it will scarcely carry a boy along in continuous joy, comfort and pleasure - to say nothing of a full-grown man. Money comes, not because it is ridden as a hobby, but because a real hobby is ridden so cleverly and carefully that it oozes out money on the side! 
Author: John Cotton Dana
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1856  - d. 21 July 1929
  
 Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war. 
Author: William Seward Burroughs
Nationality: American
b. 05 February 1914  - d. 02 August 1997
  
 We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives . . ., not looking for flaws, but for potential. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 What do I want to take home from my summer vacation? Time. The wonderful luxury of being at rest. The days when you shut down the mental machinery that keeps life on track and let life simply wander. The days when you stop planning, analyzing, thinking and just are. Summer is my period of grace. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 I would say that the feminine values are now the values of America; sensitivity is more important than truth; feelings are more important than facts; commitment is more important than individuality; children are more important than people; safety is more important than fun. I always hear women say, "Y'know, married men live longer." Uh, yes, and an indoor cat...also...lives longer. It's a fur-ball with a broken spirit that can only look out on a world it will never enjoy, but it does, technically, live longer. 
Author: Bill Maher, Jr.
Nationality: American
b. 20 January 1956
  
 I am not bipolar… Does mental illness make a person unfit for work? That’s a tricky one. In general, it would depend on the severity and the type of disorder and the nature of the work someone does. In many cases I think the structure of work and the nature of some people’s work is an important factor in the equation of treating the negative impact of mental unwellness. I think severe and untreated mental illness would make it very difficult to work. I find my work hugely enjoyable and at times therapeutic. 
Author: Catherine Deveny
Nationality: Australian   
 I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I'd invented it, because it is very true. 
Author: Audrey Hepburn
Nationality: Belgian
b. 04 May 1929  - d. 20 January 1993
  
 The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy - it's all that matters. 
Author: Audrey Hepburn
Nationality: Belgian
b. 04 May 1929  - d. 20 January 1993
  
 Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money. 
Author: Neil Simon
Nationality: American
b. 04 July 1927
  
 You're the strangest person I ever met, she said and I said you too and we decided we'd know each other a long time. 
Author: Brian Andreas
Nationality: American   




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