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.
Robert Bulwer Lytton
Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job.
In the confusion we stay with each other, happy to be together, speaking without uttering a single word.
There are two ways of being happy: We must either diminish our wants or augment our means – either may do – the result is the same and it is for each man to decide for himself and to do that which happens to be easier.
When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy. The only question that matters is this – when you die, will you be happy when everybody else is crying?
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.
Bertrand Russell (The Conquest of Happiness)
Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does laughing gas.
Wisdom allows nothing to be good that will not be so forever; no man to be happy but he that needs no other happiness than what he has within himself; no man to be great or powerful that is not master of himself.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal – that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.
Henry David Thoreau
There is an idea abroad among moral people that they should make their neighbors good. One person I have to make good: Myself. But my duty to my neighbor is much more nearly expressed by saying that I have to make him happy if I may.
Robert Louis Stevenson
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)
Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth: we got a lot more for our money back when we had no money.
Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960)
Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described – and will be, after our deaths – by each of the family members who believe they know us.
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 Browne
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.
But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?
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.
How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Life, an age to the miserable, and a moment to the happy.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Pleasure is spread through the earth. In stray gifts to be claimed by whoever shall find.
There are some days when I think I’m going to die from an overdose of satisfaction.
Those who weep for the happy periods which they encounter in history acknowledge what they want; not the alleviation but the silencing of misery.
Jumping for joy is good exercise.
Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.
We see many who are struggling against adversity who are happy, and more although abounding in wealth, who are wretched.
Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.
My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.
I’m going to smile and make you think I’m happy, I’m going to laugh, so you don’t see me cry, I’m going to let you go in style, and even if it kills me- I’m going to smile.
The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.
I am not sure that it is of the first importance that you should be happy. Many an unhappy man has been of deep service to himself and to the world.
Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.
Just think how happy you would be if you lost everything you have right now, and then got it back again.
A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?
Happiness is not in having or being—it is in the doing.
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
All we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.
Experience praises the most happy the one who made the most people happy.
We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.
The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.
There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.
True love doesn’t have a happy ending, because true love never ends. Letting go is one way of saying I love you.
Only when a man’s life comes to its end in prosperity dare we pronounce him happy.
Alimony – the ransom that the happy pay to the devil.
H. L. Mencken
So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some.
Happiness is an inner state of well being. A state of well being enables you to profit from your highest: thoughts, wisdom, intelligence, common sense, emotions, health, and spiritual values in your life.
Happy the man who has been able to learn the causes of things.
Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.
You must love yourself before you love another. By accepting yourself and fully being what you are, your simple presence can make others happy.
You can be right or you can be happy.
Happy is the man who can endure the highest and lowest fortune. He who has endured such vicissitudes with equanimity has deprived misfortune of its power.
I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.
It is one of the most saddening things in life that, try as we may, we can never be certain of making people happy, whereas we can almost always be certain of making them unhappy.
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead.
Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment.