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100 Things/ Happiness: Quotes

  1. If you want to be happy, be. ~Leo Tolstoy
  2. Happiness is never stopping to think if you are. ~Palmer Sondreal 
  3. Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy. ~Robert Anthony 
  4. The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~Mark Twain 
  5. If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. ~Edith Wharton 
  6. Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around. ~E.L. Konigsburg 
  7. Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. ~Cynthia Nelms 
  8. Happiness is always a by-product. It is probably a matter of temperament, and for anything I know it may be glandular. But it is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. ~Robertson Davies 
  9. Those who can laugh without cause have either found the true meaning of happiness or have gone stark raving mad. ~Norm Papernick 
  10. Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. ~Fyodor Dostoevsky 
  11. What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. ~Colette 
  12. The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. ~James Openheim 
  13. Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. ~John Barrymore 
  14. "Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. ~A.A. Milne 
  15. People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. ~H. Jackson Brown 
  16. It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. ~Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard 
  17. Happiness and sadness run parallel to each other. When one takes a rest, the other one tends to take up the slack. ~Hazelmarie Elliott (“Mattie”) 
  18. Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~Margaret Young 
  19. Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. ~St. Augustine 
  20. Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson 
  21. There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second. ~Logan Pearsall Smith, Afterthoughts, 1931 
  22. This is my "depressed stance." When you're depressed, it makes a lot of difference how you stand. The worst thing you can do is straighten up and hold your head high because then you'll start to feel better. If you're going to get any joy out of being depressed, you've got to stand like this. ~Charlie Brown 
  23. Pleasure is spread through the earth In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find. ~William Wordsworth, 1806 
  24. Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~Nathaniel Hawthorne 
  25. Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln 
  26. Happiness is a form of courage. ~Holbrook Jackson 
  27. We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all. ~Jean de La Bruyere 
  28. Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys. ~Christian Nestell Bovee 
  29. We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~Frederick Keonig 
  30. Every now and then, when the world sits just right, a gentle breath of heaven fills my soul with delight... ~Hazelmarie ‘Mattie’ Elliott, A Breath of Heaven 
  31. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. ~Berke Breathed 
  32. The secret to happiness is to put the burden of proof on unhappiness. ~Robert Brault 
  33. Happiness? That's nothing more than health and a poor memory. ~Albert Schweitzer 
  34. Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product. ~Eleanor Roosevelt 
  35. Happiness is a direction, not a place. ~Sydney J. Harris 
  36. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. ~Janet Lane 
  37. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. ~Author Unknown 
  38. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~Dalai Lama 
  39. Happiness held is the seed; happiness shared is the flower. ~Author Unknown 
  40. There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness. ~Lady Blessington 
  41. The best vitamin to be a happy person is B1. ~Author Unknown 
  42. A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. ~Bernard de Fontenelle 
  43. Is it not clear, however, that bliss and envy are the numerator and denominator of the fraction called happiness? ~Yevgeny Zamyatin 
  44. A happy thought is like a seed that sows positivity for all to reap. ~Miriam Muhammad 
  45. Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. ~Immanuel Kant 
  46. Man must search for what is right, and let happiness come on its own. ~Johann Pestalozzi 
  47. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~Henry Ward Beecher 
  48. If you search the world for happiness, you may find it in the end, for the world is round and will lead you back to your door. ~Robert Brault 
  49. Just as a cautious businessman avoids investing all his capital in one concern, so wisdom would probably admonish us also not to anticipate all our happiness from one quarter alone. ~Sigmund Freud 
  50. There are some days when I think I'm going to die from an overdose of satisfaction. ~Salvador Dali 
  51. Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. ~Jacques Prévert 
  52. The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony. ~V.S. Pritchett 
  53. We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. ~Walter Savage Landor 
  54. The only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not. ~George Bernard Shaw 
  55. Real elation is when you feel you could touch a star without standing on tiptoe. ~Doug Larson 
  56. The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. ~Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954 
  57. If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years. ~Bertrand Russell 
  58. The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment. ~Doug Larson 
  59. Cheerfulness is what greases the axles of the world. Don't go through life creaking. ~H.W. Byles 
  60. What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise. ~Kitty O'Neill Collins 
  61. My crown is called content, a crown that seldom kings enjoy. ~William Shakespeare 
  62. Isn't it cool when the days that are supposed to feel good, actually do? ~Jim Carrey 
  63. Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. ~John Stuart Mill, Autobiography, 1873 
  64. How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now. ~Gerald Jampolsky 
  65. We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960 
  66. I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy. ~Allen J. Lefferdink 
  67. The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable. ~Joseph Roux 
  68. The search for happiness is unlike any other search, for we search last in the likeliest places. ~Robert Brault
  69. As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves. ~Andrew Delbanco 
  70. Happiness is the feeling you're feeling when you want to keep feeling it. ~Author Unknown 
  71. Joy is a flower that blooms when you do. ~Author Unknown 
  72. So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some. ~Booth Tarkington 
  73. Jumping for joy is good exercise. ~Author Unknown 
  74. Happiness is distraction from the human tragedy. ~J.M. Reinoso 
  75. Seeking happiness, I passed many travelers headed in the opposite direction, seeking happiness. ~Robert Brault 
  76. She thinks that happiness is a mat that sits on her doorway. ~Rob Thomas, "3 A.M." 
  77. Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy. ~Gretta Brooker Palmer 
  78. Happiness is a way station between too little and too much. ~Channing Pollock, Mr. Moneypenny 
  79. The happy have whole days, and those they choose. The unhappy have but hours, and those they lose. ~Colley Cibber 
  80. The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up. ~Charles L. Morgan 
  81. Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. ~Iris Murdoch 
  82. Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. ~Thomas Szasz 
  83. When neither their property nor their honor is touched, the majority of men live content. ~Niccolo Machiavelli 
  84. You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness. ~Author Unknown 
  85. The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things. ~Ernest Dimnet 
  86. One joy scatters a hundred griefs. ~Chinese Proverb 
  87. We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. ~George Bernard Shaw, Candida, 1898 
  88. One should be either sad or joyful. Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers. ~Eugene O'Neill 
  89. A man's as miserable as he thinks he is. ~Seneca 
  90. One filled with joy preaches without preaching. ~Mother Teresa 
  91. Misery is almost always the result of thinking. ~Joseph Joubert 
  92. My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate. ~Thornton Wilder 
  93. Be happy. It's one way of being wise. ~Colette 
  94. Whatever you put aside to seek happiness, remember where you put it. ~Robert Brault 
  95. Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment - a little makes the way of the best happiness. ~Frederich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra 
  96. The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. ~William Saroyan 
  97. People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. ~Anton Chekhov 
  98. Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens. ~Douglas Jerrold
  99. The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you'll never find it. ~C.P. Snow
  100. To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it. ~Robert Brault

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