Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.

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Bite Sized Quotes About Happiness

July 1st, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 2 mins, 12 secs

How about some happiness quotes?

Why do I like quotes about happiness? Well, I find myself coming back to them because, like bite sized treats, they bring me pleasure. Sometimes, the very same quote that appealed before leaves me cold. At others, I find myself rediscovering an old friend. It’s as if, in a few words, we connect in a kind of conversation with somebody long since be gone. I like that. Happiness is, after all, a conversation that deserves to be continued across the ages. For we can learn so much from each other when we open up and dare to enter the moment of someone else’s reverie. So here are few more handpicked quotes on happiness to share with you:

  • “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”   Marcel Proust
  • “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”   Lucille Ball
  • “I heard a definition once: Happiness is health and a short memory! I wish I’d invented it, because it is very true.”   Audrey Hepburn
  • “Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.”   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • “Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”   George Orwell
  • “The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”   Epictetus
  • “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”  Martin Luther King Jr.
  • “I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”  Groucho Marx, from The Essential Groucho
  • “Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”  Daphne du Maurier
  • Rules for Happiness: something to do, someone to love, something to hope for.”  Immanuel Kant
  • “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn’t calculate his happiness.”  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • “Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”   Charlotte Bronte
  • “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”   Mother Teresa
  • “Seven Deadly Sins

              Wealth without work

              Pleasure without conscience

              Science without humanity

              Knowledge without character

              Politics without principle

              Commerce without morality

              Worship without sacrifice.”

              Mahatma Gandhi

  • If more of us valued food and cheer above hoarded gold, it would be a much merrier world.”   J.R.R. Tolkien
  • “Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”   Immanuel Kant
  • “The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”   Arthur Schopenhauer
  • “Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”   Bertrand Russell
  • “Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.”  Thomas Aquinas
  • “True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”   Lucius Annaeus Seneca








  1. Antonia Brandon Bates (abb73 twitter) says:

    I enjoyed this- Thank you 😉