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William JamesAction may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Bob MarleyNothing is wrong if it makes you happy.

—  Bob Marley, 1945-1981, Jamaican singer

Marquis de SadeHappiness is based on the five senses, while virtue cannot satisfy any of them.

—  Marquis de Sade, 1740-1814, French writer

Anton ChekhovPeople don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

EpicurusTo make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Marilyn MonroeIt's far better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone.

—  Marilyn Monroe, 1926-1962, American actress

Oscar LevantHappiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.

—  Oscar Levant, 1906-1972, American pianist

Groucho MarxMoney will not make you happy, and happy will not make you money.

—  Groucho Marx, 1890-1977, American comedian

Samuel JohnsonHappiness is not a state to arrive at, rather, a manner of traveling.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

George Bernard ShawGive a man health and a course to steer, and he'll never stop to trouble about whether he's happy or not.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George SantayanaTo be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Benjamin DisraeliAction may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister

Arthur SchopenhauerIt is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

George Bernard ShawThe fact that a believer is happier than a skeptic is no more to the point than the fact that a drunken man is happier than a sober one.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Jean Jacques RousseauHappiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeThe happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

Joseph RouxI look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

Joseph RouxThe happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.

—  Joseph Roux, 1834-1905, French clergyman & poet

George Bernard ShawThe only way to avoid being miserable is not to have enough leisure to wonder whether you are happy or not.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

George Bernard ShawWe have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Mahatma GandhiHappiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

—  Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, Indian leader of independence

Benjamin FranklinHuman felicity is produced not so much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen, as by little advantages that occur every day.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Albert EinsteinIf you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or objects.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Wolfgang GoetheHe is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Baruch SpinozaHappiness is a virtue, not its reward.

—  Baruch Spinoza, 1632-1677, Dutch philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerThe safest way of not being very miserable is not to expect to be very happy.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Arthur SchopenhauerThe two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

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

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Immanuel KantHappiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

Mark TwainGood friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Andy WarholI’m really afraid to feel happy because it never lasts.

—  Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, American artist

Abraham LincolnFolks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.

—  Abraham Lincoln, 1809-1865, American President

Oscar WildeA man can be happy with any woman as long as he does not love her.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeSome cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Oscar WildeWith freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer

Ayn RandHe never felt loneliness except when he was happy.

—  Ayn Rand, 1905-1982, American writer & philosopher

Sylvia PlathIs anyone anywhere happy?

—  Sylvia Plath, 1932-1963, American poet & writer

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

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Samuel JohnsonLabor, if it were not necessary for existence, would be indispensable for the happiness of man.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

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

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Albert CamusTo be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

G. K. ChestertonDrink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.

—  G. K. Chesterton, 1874-1936, English writer & critic

La RochefoucauldOne is never so happy or so unhappy as one fancies.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

La RochefoucauldThe happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

La RochefoucauldWe are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Ernest HemingwayHappiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

—  Ernest Hemingway, 1899-1961, American writer, Nobel 1954

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

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Victor HugoLife's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

Frank TygerDoing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Frank TygerOn the highway of life, we most often recognize happiness out of the rear-view mirror.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Frank TygerIf you want happiness, provide it to others.

—  Frank Tyger, 1929-2011, American cartoonist

Helen RowlandTo be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

—  Helen Rowland, 1875-1950, American journalist & humorist

Fyodor DostoyevskyMan is unhappy because he doesn't know he's happy. It's only that.

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, 1821-1881, Russian writer

Sigmund FreudOne feels inclined to say that the intention that man should be “happy” is not included in the plan of “Creation.”

—  Sigmund Freud, 1856-1939, Austrian psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis

Jules RenardTrue happiness is to reminisce the present.

—  Jules Renard, 1864-1910, French writer

George SantayanaIf artists and poets are unhappy, it is after all because happiness does not interest them.

—  George Santayana, 1863-1952, Spanish-American philosopher

Jim RohnHappiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Jim RohnHappiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Jim RohnLearn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

Elbert HubbardHappiness is a habit—cultivate it.

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

William JamesWe don’t laugh because we’re happy, we’re happy because we laugh.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

William JamesMost unhappiness is caused because people listen to themselves... instead of talking to themselves.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Anton ChekhovMy thoughts about human happiness, for some peculiar reason, had always been tinged with a certain sadness.

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Anton ChekhovThe unhappy are egotistical, base, unjust, cruel, and even less capable of understanding one another than are idiots. Unhappiness does not unite people, but separates them...

—  Anton Chekhov, 1860-1904, Russian writer

Jean Jacques RousseauThe happiest is he who suffers least; the most miserable is he who enjoys least.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Eugene O’NeillIt's a great game - the pursuit of happiness.

—  Eugene O’Neill, 1888-1953, American playwright, Nobel 1936

Eugene O’NeillAny fool knows that to work hard at something you want to accomplish is the only way to be happy.

—  Eugene O’Neill, 1888-1953, American playwright, Nobel 1936

Eugene O’NeillYou said they had found the secret of happiness because they had never heard that love can be a sin.

—  Eugene O’Neill, 1888-1953, American playwright, Nobel 1936

Marcel ProustLet us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Marcel ProustHappiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Zig ZiglarUntil you are happy with who you are, you will never be happy with what you have.

—  Zig Ziglar, 1926-2012, American self-help writer

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

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

George Bernard ShawHappy is the man who can make a living by his hobby.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

EpicurusHappiness is man's greatest aim in life. Tranquility and rationality are the cornerstones of happiness.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

Ambrose BierceHappiness, n. An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Edmund BurkeWoman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.

—  Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, British statesman & philosopher

Quotes in Verse

Robert FrostHappiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet

Walt WhitmanHappiness, not in another place but this place… not for another hour, but this hour.

—  Walt Whitman, 1819-1892, American poet

Funny Quotes

Spike MilliganAll I ask is a chance to prove that money can't make me happy.

—  Spike Milligan, 1918-2002, Irish comedian

Rodney DangerfieldMy wife and I were happy for twenty years. Then we met.

—  Rodney Dangerfield, 1924-2004, American comedian

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

—  George Burns, 1896-1996, American comedian

Ancient Greek

EpicurusSo we must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed towards attaining it.

Mελετάν ουν χρη τα ποιούντα την ευδαιμονίαν, είπερ παρούσης μεν αυτής πάντα έχομεν, απούσης δε πάντα πράττομεν εις το ταύτην έχειν.

—  Epicurus, 341-270 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher



French proverbHappy people have no history.

—  French proverb


Movie Quotes

Breathless (1960) I don't know if I'm unhappy because I'm not free, or if I'm not free because I'm unhappy.

—  from the film Breathless (1960)

Peter PanNow, think of the happiest things. It's the same as having wings.

—  from the film Peter Pan


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