50 Inspiring Heart Touching Happiness Quotes

The written word is truly an amazing thing. With the help of it we can record out innermost thoughts and spread them if we like. With the help of the written word we can look far, far back into time, through the decades, the centuries and, yes, even the millennias. Today I would like to look back into the past and see what the wise people who have walked on this earth can tell us about happiness and how to uncover it. No matter if you live today or lived two thousand years ago. This is 100 of the most inspiring, touching and helpful thoughts from the past on happiness.

“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.” – Buddha

“Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.” – Unknown

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -Mahatma Gandhi
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” – Albert Camus

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.” Chinese Proverb

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” – Ashley Montagu

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.” – Stacey Charter

“It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” –Winnie the Pooh

“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus

“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

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” – Eskimo Proverb

“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.” – Mary Stuart

“There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.” – Seneca

Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” – Dennis Waitley

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” –Mahatma Gandhi

“The only joy in the world is to begin.” – Cesare Pavese

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go” – Oscar Wilde

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” – Marthe Troly-Curtin

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon” – Winnie the Pooh

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” – Confucius

“There is only one cause of unhappiness: the false beliefs you have in your head, beliefs so widespread, so commonly held, that it never occurs to you to question them.” – Anthony de Mello

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

“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 that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

“It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.” – Seneca

“The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Marcel Pagnol

“If men would consider not so much wherein they differ, as wherein they agree, there would be far less of uncharitableness and angry feeling in the world.” – Joseph Addison

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” – George Burns

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.” – Epictetus

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” – L.M. Montgomery

“Happiness is acceptance.” – Unknown

“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” – James M. Barrie

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.” – Dalai Lama

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

“The unhappy derive comfort from the misfortunes of others.” – Aesop

“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.” Seneca

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” Albert Einstein

“Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.” Bertrand Russell

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassions, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Happiness is a myth we seek, If manifested surely irks;
Like river speeding to the plain, On its arrival slows and murks.
For man is happy only in His aspiration to the heights;
When he attains his goal, he cools And longs for other distant flights.”
Kahlil Gibran

“Happiness is a state of activity.” – Aristotle

“This planet has – or rather had – a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.” – Douglas Adams

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

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