Top 2053 Happiness Quotes of 2020

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“Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“In a democracy, the well-being, individuality and happiness of every citizen is important for the overall prosperity, peace and happiness of the nation.”

― A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

“The joy and happiness it gives you or the emotions you go through when you hold your child in your arms for the first time are indescribable! I really thought that there was going be this moment when a ray of light from heaven would come pouring in, background music would start playing with angels singing, but none of that happens!”

― Abhishek Bachchan

“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“He who avoids complaint invites happiness.”

― Abu Bakr

“Now an infinite happiness cannot be purchased by any price less than that which is infinite in value; and infinity of merit can only result from a nature that is infinitely divine or perfect.”

― Adam Clarke

“In ‘Mad Men,’ we watch a group of people who live in a prosperous society that offers happiness and order like never before in history and yet are full of anxiety and unease. They feel there is something more, something beyond. And they feel stuck.”

― Adam Curtis

“Happiness quantification sounds a bit wishy-washy, sure, and through a series of carefully administered surveys across the globe, economists and psychologists have certainly confronted a fair number of sticky issues around how to measure, and even define, happiness.”

― Adam Davidson

“Happiness statistics may be most valuable in smaller, local discussions. Understanding how different sorts of programs affect the well-being of citizens would be enormously helpful to a mayor choosing between building a new bridge or offering a tax cut.”

― Adam Davidson

“Most rich countries have reported increases in happiness as they become richer.”

― Adam Davidson

“The culture of a workplace – an organization’s values, norms and practices – has a huge impact on our happiness and success.”

― Adam Grant

“Success is not just making money. Success is happiness. Success is fulfillment; it’s the ability to give.”

― Adam Neumann

“Happiness comes from within.”

― Adam Neumann

“There will be opportunities for hope and happiness, and happiness will return to your life, but you will always feel that loss if that person really meant that great a deal to you.”

― Adam Silvera

“What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?”

― Adam Smith

“Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.”

― Adam Smith

“And of all illumination which human reason can give, none is comparable to the discovery of what we are, our nature, our obligations, what happiness we are capable of, and what are the means of attaining it.”

― Adam Weishaupt

“If you are striving to have more happiness in your life, it helps to guide your mind towards starting to recognize what are selfish motivations and what are constructive motivations.”

― Adam Yauch

“What Western society teaches us is that if you get enough money, power, and beautiful people to have sex with, that’s going to bring you happiness. That’s what every commercial, every magazine, music, movie teaches us. That’s a fallacy.”

― Adam Yauch

“From being in Tibet and being around Tibetans, I feel like I’ve learned so much more about what brings a person happiness, about what actually brings myself happiness.”

― Adam Yauch

“Life is very short. Try to enjoy your ‘now.’ Many people think that when they become such-and-such then they will be happy. I personally don’t think it is healthy to postpone your happiness. My message is, ‘Enjoy the moment.’”

― Adina Porter

“Of how much real happiness we cheat our souls by preferring a trifle to God! We have a general intention of living religion; but we intend to begin tomorrow or next year. The present moment we prefer giving to the world.”

― Adoniram Judson

“Love to Jesus is a sure title to the greatest possible happiness; for Jesus is omnipotent and has determined to make his friends happy, and surely will not forget a single one in whose heart is enkindled one spark of love.”

― Adoniram Judson

“It’s enough to indulge and to be selfish but true happiness is really when you start giving back.”

― Adrian Grenier

“I learned that, with grief, you have to take it one day at a time and learn how to find the happiness amid the heartbreak.”

― Adrienne C. Moore

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”

― Aeschylus

“For the poison of hatred seated near the heart doubles the burden for the one who suffers the disease; he is burdened with his own sorrow, and groans on seeing another’s happiness.”

― Aeschylus

“And one who is just of his own free will shall not lack for happiness; and he will never come to utter ruin.”

― Aeschylus

“Happiness is being on the beam with life – to feel the pull of life.”

― Agnes Martin

“People who look at my painting say that it makes them happy, like the feeling when you wake up in the morning. And happiness is the goal, isn’t it?”

― Agnes Martin

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.”

― Agnes Repplier

“This nation is notorious for its ability to make or fake anything cheaply. ‘Made-in-China’ goods now fill homes around the world. But our giant country has a small problem. We can’t manufacture the happiness of our people.”

― Ai Weiwei

“Education equals choices. I have been blessed with the choice to be anything I ever wanted to be, and I truly owe my happiness to my family and education.”

― Aimee Garcia

“Life is about making your own happiness – and living by your own rules.”

― Aimee Mullins

“If all we remember are good things, then happiness is our baseline, and there’s no longer happiness. We need other feelings in order to appreciate others.”

― Aja Naomi King

“Sometimes people just need to be heard. They find happiness in sharing their thoughts.”

― Akkineni Nagarjuna

“The success of a film at the box office will ensure happiness to the entire unit, but individual awards are like vitamin shots that will help boost the morale of an actor.”

― Akkineni Nagarjuna

“Films like ‘Namo Venkateshaya’ give immense satisfaction, happiness, and makes us feel blessed, and so I consider it the best film in my career.”

― Akkineni Nagarjuna

“The music is the message, the message is the music. So that’s my little ministry that the Big Man upstairs gave to me – a little ministry called love and happiness.”

― Al Green

“Music – special magic that communicates feelings and sensitivities that are human and what is so wonderful about the art. Let your kids get involved in the arts and study this workshop of human sensitivities, sadness, joy, happiness and aware of sadness and joy and happiness in their lives.”

― Al Jarreau

“There’s no reason why children in inner cities or rural areas do not receive the same quality education or opportunities as those in suburbs or wealthy neighborhoods. If we truly believe in giving all citizens a chance to pursue happiness and pursue their goals, then we cannot continue to marginalize entire groups of people.”

― Al Sharpton

“I knew everything and received everything. But real happiness, is giving.”

― Alain Delon

“Songs should have an infectious melody and rhythm and, I think, should elicit an emotion of happiness or of celebration or of sadness or of sorrow or of love or laughter, whatever.”

― Alan Menken

“Through a long and painful process, I’ve learned that happiness is an inside job – not based on anything or anyone in the outer material world. I’ve become a different and better person – not perfect, but still a work in progress.”

― Alana Stewart

“I wish people could achieve what they think would bring them happiness in order for them to realize that that’s not really what happiness is.”

― Alanis Morissette

“We’re taught to be ashamed of confusion, anger, fear and sadness, and to me they’re of equal value to happiness, excitement and inspiration.”

― Alanis Morissette

“Friends have suggested that I am the least qualified person to talk about happiness, because I am often down, and sometimes profoundly depressed. But I think that’s where my qualification comes from. Because to know happiness, it helps to know unhappiness.”

― Alastair Campbell

“So here is one of my theories on happiness: we cannot know if we have lived a truly happy life until the very end. This view of life and death was reinforced by my close witnessing of the buildup to the death of Philip Gould. Philip was without doubt my closest friend in politics. When he died, I felt like I had lost a limb.”

― Alastair Campbell

“By asking the question ‘Am I happy?,’ and via the answer setting out what I mean by happiness, there is a political route that can be taken, by asking another question – ‘Can politics deliver happiness, and should it try?’”

― Alastair Campbell

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”

― Albert Camus

“Heroism is accessible. Happiness is more difficult.”

― Albert Camus

“Against eternal injustice, man must assert justice, and to protest against the universe of grief, he must create happiness.”

― Albert Camus

“Your successes and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them.”

― Albert Camus

“But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”

― Albert Camus

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

― Albert Einstein

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.”

― Albert Schweitzer

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

― Albert Schweitzer

“Happiness is a hard master, particularly other people’s happiness.”

― Aldous Huxley

“There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.”

― Aldous Huxley

“God isn’t compatible with machinery and scientific medicine and universal happiness. You must make your choice. Our civilization has chosen machinery and medicine and happiness.”

― Aldous Huxley

“Maybe because I’m mixed race, I don’t see the colour when I look at Meghan; I just see a beautiful, articulate, lovely woman who has stolen the heart of Harry, and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.”

― Alesha Dixon

“When I was a model, I started with an opinion, but was encouraged to lose it. It began as play-acting, but then I lost sight of myself a bit: so when I did the audition for ‘Popworld’ and they asked my opinion, I felt like crying with happiness.”

― Alexa Chung

“The purpose of human life and the sense of happiness is to give the maximum what the man is able to give.”

― Alexander Alekhine

“Joe E. Lewis said, ‘Money doesn’t buy happiness but it calms the nerves.’ And that is how I feel about a film being well-received.”

― Alexander Payne

“Know then this truth, enough for man to know virtue alone is happiness below.”

― Alexander Pope

“When you’re in the public eye, we all feel like we’re constantly observed, so we don’t let things out. Anger, sadness, happiness – when does that come out? Maybe when you’re in traffic, because you’re in the safety of your little metallic bubble.”

― Alexander Skarsgard

“Trifles make up the happiness or the misery of human life.”

― Alexander Smith

“My mantra is: Let there be happiness in my soul, and let me share it with the world.”

― Alexandra Stoddard

“Happiness is the first principle of life. Happiness basically means well-being. It is always good and always a choice… We need to make the choice to be happy in a particular situation, just as it is, and at a given moment.”

― Alexandra Stoddard

“How we feel about ourselves as we read the newspaper, set the table, wash the dishes, recycle the trash and wash our clothes… is essential to our overall happiness and well-being.”

― Alexandra Stoddard

“I don’t want to go anywhere; I don’t want to leave anybody behind. Happiness is right here, right now, in this world, in this room. I am happiest wherever it is that I am.”

― Alexandra Stoddard

“My message is that happiness is the first principle of life. But you must choose it. We all have pain, but suffering is a choice. You can be happier if you make some changes in your life.”

― Alexandra Stoddard

“Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.”

― Alexandre Dumas

“It’s a great happiness and deep pride to equal Andre Guy’s record for goals in a season.”

― Alexandre Lacazette

“I always associate blonde with sunshine and puppies and happiness, but I don’t think sexiness.”

― Alexis Ren

“Playing with Neymar gives me happiness and confidence.”

― Alexis Sanchez

“There is no worse sorrow than remembering happiness in the day of sorrow.”

― Alfred de Musset

“I can only point out a curious fact. Year after year the Nobel Awards bring a moment of happiness not only to the recipients, not only to colleagues and friends of the recipients, but even to strangers.”

― Alfred Hershey

“Year after year, the Nobel Awards bring a moment of happiness not only to the recipients, not only to colleagues and friends of the recipients, but even to strangers.”

― Alfred Hershey

“The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.”

― Alfred Lord Tennyson

“Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.”

― Alice Meynell

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.”

― Alice Walker

“In South Korea, they believe that when you turn 60, you’ve become a baby again and the rest of your life should be totally about joy and happiness, and people should leave you alone, and I just think that that’s the height of intelligence.”

― Alice Walker

“Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.”

― Alphonse de Lamartine

“Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided.”

― Alphonse Karr

“Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions; it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else.”

― Alphonse Karr

“Happiness is dangerous. If you’re happy, you’re content, and if you’re content, you can become complacent.”

― Alun Wyn Jones

“While I voted for Mr. Trump, my confidence remains in God for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Alveda King

“As a survivor of the 20th-century Race Wars, my back remains unbent, and I move forward for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all who were created equal in God’s eyes.”

― Alveda King

“Our idea of happiness, some of it, is very tied to the cult of celebrity: there is this golden, wonderful life that I want, and if I dress like that, I’m on my way there.”

― Amanda Harlech

“As long as you are being true to yourself, you will always find happiness.”

― Amber Riley

“Bride: A woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“Those who slog with the intent to bring happiness to others will always be liked.”

― Amit Shah

“It’s dangerous to accept crisis as your baseline. It gets harder and harder to see the anti-crises that are so requisite to happiness: the quiet times, the crucial pauses – like those in a poem.”

― Amity Gaige

“Happiness as a human condition is something I never believed in. I think there are moments of happiness. I don’t think there is a lasting happiness. I think this is unthinkable.”

― Amos Oz

“I always had a larger view. I’m interested in real life – my family, my friends. I have tried never to define myself by my success, whatever that is. My happiness is way beyond roles and awards.”

― Amy Adams

“Actual happiness is sometimes confused with the pursuit of it; and the most mindless and crass how-tos can get jumbled in with the modestly useful, the appealingly personal, and the genuinely interesting.”

― Amy Bloom

“The real problem with happiness is neither its pursuers nor their books; it’s happiness itself. Happiness is like beauty: part of its glory lies in its transience.”

― Amy Bloom

“Smart people often talk trash about happiness and worse than trash about books on happiness, and they have been doing so for centuries – just as long as other people have been pursuing happiness and writing books about it.”

― Amy Bloom

“To hold happiness is to hold the understanding that the world passes away from us, that the petals fall and the beloved dies. No amount of mockery, no amount of fashionable scowling will keep any of us from knowing and savoring the pleasure of the sun on our faces or save us from the adult understanding that it cannot last forever.”

― Amy Bloom

“Happiness is not always through success. Equally, the constant pursuit of success is sure unhappiness. But we have to find the balance. My own thoughts are that parenting is very personal. And we all feel enormous insecurity about parenting. What are they going to think of us 20 years down the line?”

― Amy Chua

“Happiness, to some, elation; Is, to others, mere stagnation.”

― Amy Lowell

“Happiness can’t start with external stuff, whether that’s money or success or your body.”

― Amy Schumer

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always thought it very important to be happy inside. There’s a lot of bad things happening in the world, but it’s important to try to stay happy and appreciate what you’ve got, and don’t look externally for the happiness.”

― Ana Ivanovic

“Everyone wants to be happy – people find happiness in different ways. While you want to pursue your career 100 percent, I think it is very hard to give 100 percent in something else. It’s important to find this balance, and priorities change throughout life.”

― Ana Ivanovic

“Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.”

― Anatole France

“My story as an artist has been about trial and error. It’s been about artist development, character building, struggle, happiness and failure, family, and music.”

― Anderson Paak

“Every woman goes through a lot of agony before she decides in favour of her own happiness or that of her children.”

― Andie MacDowell

“Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.”

― Andre Gide

“What would there be in a story of happiness? Only what prepares it, only what destroys it can be told.”

― Andre Gide

“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.”

― Andre Maurois

“Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.”

― Andre Maurois

“When I get on stage, my first goal is not to show my expertise, but on the contrary, to give a bit of happiness, of joy, of cheerfulness. I am firmly convinced that in order to sing well, you must love your neighbor and be passionate about life.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“Musicians are probably the most uncomfortable people in themselves in the world. Happiness, I think, only exists when you’re a child and once you go past 11, unfortunately it’s gone.”

― Andrea Corr

“Happiness is actually found in simple things, such as taking my nephew around the island by bicycle or seeing the stars at night. We go to coffee shops or see airplanes land at the airport.”

― Andrea Hirata

“All I’m after is a few square metres to be myself. A space where I can continue to profess my creed: take the ball, give it to a team-mate, my team-mate scores. It’s called an assist, and it’s my way of spreading happiness.”

― Andrea Pirlo

“Happiness will come from materialism, not from meaning.”

― Andrei Platonov

“You don’t think in depression that you’ve put on a gray veil and are seeing the world through the haze of a bad mood. You think that the veil has been taken away, the veil of happiness, and that now you’re seeing truly.”

― Andrew Solomon

“A great hope gets crushed every time someone reminds us that happiness can be neither assumed nor earned; that we are all prisoners of our own flawed brains; that the ultimate aloneness in each of us is, finally, inviolable.”

― Andrew Solomon

“I often say that the opposite of depression is not happiness but vitality.”

― Andrew Solomon

“You know, American citizens, I don’t think, ever thought that the right to the pursuit of happiness did not include the right to marry the person you love. But for a whole number of Americans, gay Americans, that happens to be true.”

― Andrew Sullivan

“Music is about truth, and truth contains the ugliness and the dark and evil and hate and sadness as well as the happiness and beauty and everything in between. Having all those extremes is itself a satisfying, positive thing.”

― Andrew W.K.

“Genuine happiness comes from within, and often it comes in spontaneous feelings of joy.”

― Andrew Weil

“Having been in the restaurant business, our job in the restaurant business is to be responsible for our customers’ happiness. It’s the nature of the hospitality business. You need to take care of people. You take care of customers above all others. Customers are your lifeblood.”

― Andrew Zimmern

“Well, there are two kinds of happiness, grounded and ungrounded. Ungrounded happiness is cheesy and not based on reality. Grounded happiness is informed happiness based on the knowledge that the world sometimes sucks, but even then you have to believe in yourself.”

― Andy Grammer

“Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.”

― Andy Rooney

“People are not on a truth quest; they are on a happiness quest. They will continue to attend your church – even if they don’t share your beliefs – as long as they find the content engaging and helpful.”

― Andy Stanley

“Fame isn’t happiness, but success and being respected in your craft is worth fighting for. You’ve got to work hard to be noticed.”

― Aneurin Barnard

“Bringing humor and bringing happiness and joy to an audience is a wonderful opportunity in life, believe me.”

― Angela Lansbury

“My work on happiness is the only thing I’ve ever done where I’ve heard people in the supermarket talking about it, for instance.”

― Angus Deaton

“Completeness? Happiness? These words don’t come close to describing my emotions. There truly is nothing I can say to capture what motherhood means to me, particularly given my medical history.”

― Anita Baker

“A good education is another name for happiness.”

― Ann Plato

“In a storm of struggles, I have tried to control the elements, clasp the fist tight so as to protect self and happiness. But stress can be an addiction, and worry can be our lunge for control, and we forget the answer to this moment is always yes because of Christ.”

― Ann Voskamp

“You find happiness where you find it.”

― Anna Paquin

“When a small child, I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong, happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.”

― Anna Pavlova

“The right to happiness is fundamental.”

― Anna Pavlova

“Although one may fail to find happiness in theatrical life, one never wishes to give it up after having once tasted its fruits.”

― Anna Pavlova

“My idea of absolute happiness is to be in bed on a rainy day, with my blankie, my cat, and my dog.”

― Anne Lamott

“For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.”

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“Don’t wish me happiness – I don’t expect to be happy it’s gotten beyond that, somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor – I will need them all.”

― Anne Morrow Lindbergh

“The true basis of morality is utility; that is, the adaptation of our actions to the promotion of the general welfare and happiness; the endeavour so to rule our lives that we may serve and bless mankind.”

― Annie Besant

“Why love if losing hurts so much? I have no answers anymore; only the life I have lived. The pain now is part of the happiness then.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“If we did not look to marriage as the principal source of happiness, fewer marriages would end in tears.”

― Anthony Storr

“There is no happiness in love, except at the end of an English novel.”

― Anthony Trollope

“As to happiness in this life it is hardly compatible with that diminished respect which ever attends the relinquishing of labour.”

― Anthony Trollope

“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.”

― Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“We used to have championships in the streets with my friends, and whoever scored a goal was the happiest boy in the world. Now, every time that I score, I go back to being a child: the happiness of scoring a goal is unexplainable.”

― Antoine Griezmann

“Life does not agree with philosophy: There is no happiness that is not idleness, and only what is useless is pleasurable.”

― Anton Chekhov

“Our cinema has evolved in last 60 years because we have made people happy through our films. The main purpose of our storyline is to spread happiness. Our cinema has an emotional connect.”

― Anupam Kher

“There are two things that give me perfect happiness – doing the perfect shot and travelling. I get stressed, really stressed by the fact that there is just so much to see and I am not going to live long enough to visit all the places I want to.”

― Anushka Sharma

“There is no happiness for people at the expense of other people.”

― Anwar Sadat

“I think there are different kinds of happiness. We know when we’re happy a lot of the time, but then there are those moments that have more of an afterglow, when the happiness has more depth.”

― Ariel Gore

“The first person who ever told me that happiness was work was this manic-depressive artist I knew when I was in my 20s. I was like, ‘What are you talking about? Happiness just happens. That’s even the root of that word. How could it be work?’”

― Ariel Gore

“In all of my looking at happiness, one thing I noticed right away is that the opposite of happiness isn’t unhappiness or even depression, it’s anxiety. It is something that can constantly block our happiness, or our chance to reach that sort of meditative state in our work or our home lives.”

― Ariel Gore

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

― Aristotle

“Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.”

― Aristotle

“Different men seek after happiness in different ways and by different means, and so make for themselves different modes of life and forms of government.”

― Aristotle

“I don’t know why my smile has become a signature pose. I think it’s a nice change. I think people want to see happiness, so a smile is what can bring that. I didn’t make it my trademark on purpose.”

― Arizona Muse

“Money, to me, is just a mode of transportation that I use to get around but not enough to get me where I really want to be: to a world of bliss and happiness.”

― Arnel Pineda

“Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life.”

― Arnold Bennett

“Bring love and peace and happiness and beautiful lives into the world in my honor. Thank you. Love you.”

― Aron Ralston

“When we were together, I loved you deeply and you gave me so much happiness I can never repay you.”

― Arthur Ashe

“The truth is that relative income is not directly related to happiness. Nonpartisan social-survey data clearly show that the big driver of happiness is earned success: a person’s belief that he has created value in his life or the life of others.”

― Arthur C. Brooks

“Every happiness is a hostage to fortune.”

― Arthur Helps

“So I decided to move that scene in the doctor’s office to two-thirds into the movie, after the viewers had come to know Ryan and Ali and share in their happiness.”

― Arthur Hiller

“I saw that all beings are fated to happiness: action is not life, but a way of wasting some force, an enervation. Morality is the weakness of the brain.”

― Arthur Rimbaud

“Most people ask for happiness on condition. Happiness can only be felt if you don’t set any condition.”

― Arthur Rubinstein

“Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

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

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.”

― Arthur Schopenhauer

“Vegas means comedy, tragedy, happiness and sadness all at the same time.”

― Artie Lange

“I have accumulated no money but I accumulate a lot of happiness. If you get rich, you have an apartment with an extra bedroom – and then you die.”

― Arunachalam Muruganantham

“I’m happy, so I just want to project that happiness through my music to make other people happy.”

― ASAP Ferg

“I’ve enjoyed my life. There has been great tragedy but also moments of great happiness. I’ve taken both in my stride, and if I were to replay my life, I would do it all over again.”

― Asha Bhosle

“My mom is the most positive person. She has always had a smile on her face no matter what came her way. After seeing that, I’m not going to let a little cellulite get in the way of my happiness!”

― Ashley Graham

“I’ve heard that the true love of country music is alive and well. That gives me so much hope and so much happiness.”

― Ashley McBryde

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

― Ashley Montagu

“It is work, work that one delights in, that is the surest guarantor of happiness. But even here it is a work that has to be earned by labor in one’s earlier years. One should labor so hard in youth that everything one does subsequently is easy by comparison.”

― Ashley Montagu

“I really think that technology has the greatest potential to accelerate happiness of most things in the world. The companies that will ultimately do well are the companies that chase happiness. If you find a way to help people find love, or health or friendship, the dollar will chase that.”

― Ashton Kutcher

“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

“Happiness consumes itself like a flame. It cannot burn for ever, it must go out, and the presentiment of its end destroys it at its very peak.”

― August Strindberg

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.”

― Ausonius

“Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.”

― Austin O’Malley

“Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.”

― Ayn Rand

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.”

― Ayn Rand

“I am interested in the idea that people should be able to define their own happiness.”

― Ayobami Adebayo

“Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west.”

― Azar Nafisi

“We desire the good of the world and the happiness of the nations that the bonds of affection and unity between the sons of men should be strengthened… what harm is there in this?… these fruitless strifes, these ruinous wars shall pass away, and the ‘Most Great Peace’ shall come.”

― Baha’u’llah

“Always leave something to wish for; otherwise you will be miserable from your very happiness.”

― Baltasar Gracian

“I listened to pretty much anything that I could really feel, where I felt like the artist had to write those songs, where you can feel their soul and the pain and the happiness and love and everything.”

― Banks

“Happiness is when you love who you are and you are able to accept yourself and others.”

― Bar Refaeli

“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.”

― Barbara De Angelis

“So even though I consider myself a fairly upbeat person, energetic and things like that, I never do very well on happiness tests.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“Happiness does not come from football awards. It’s terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don’t dream football, I dream the American dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father.”

― Barry Sanders

“It was a joy to be a part of the team that created Round The Horne. I was involved with the show at a time of my life when I was very happy., and that happiness overflowed into the scripts.”

― Barry Took

“All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.”

― Baruch Spinoza

“When our players come from somewhere else, they sometimes show happiness when the game is 0-0 or 1-1, but we were brought up in an environment where we have to win. We are not satisfied with 0-0 or 1-1. This is the mentality of Bayern Munich.”

― Bastian Schweinsteiger

“I don’t desire happiness. I think it’s a myth, and I don’t think it’s… and it makes you complacent. I feel very satisfyingly uncomfortable. I have the freedom to feel uncomfortable in the way I want to, is maybe a way to put it.”

― Beau Willimon

“There is no fulfillment in things whatsoever. And I think one of the reasons that depression reigns supreme amongst the rich and famous is some of them thought that maybe those things would bring them happiness. But what, in fact, does is having a cause, having a passion. And that’s really what gives life’s true meaning.”

― Ben Carson

“When the holidays approach and the weather turns cold, you spend your nights watching and rewatching saccharine movies until you fall asleep, hoping for some gleam of happiness or catharsis that never comes, a version of life that looks like a Hallmark movie or where your idealized prince finally shows up.”

― Ben Domenech

“Democracy’s premise rests on the notion that the collective wisdom of the majority will prove right more often than it’s wrong; that given sufficient opportunity in the pursuit of happiness, your population will develop its talents, its intellect, its better judgment; that over time its capacity for discernment and self-correction will be enlarged.”

― Ben Fountain

“What better is there to sigh for than happiness, yesterday’s or tomorrow’s.”

― Ben Hecht

“True happiness consists not in the multitude of friends, but in the worth and choice.”

― Ben Jonson

“Politics are beautiful. They enable a community to live collectively with one another. It’s not about stabbing each other in the back; it’s about enabling people to reach their dreams and pursue happiness.”

― Ben Nicholson

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.”

― Benjamin Disraeli

“The U. S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up with it yourself.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Marriage is the most natural state of man, and… the state in which you will find solid happiness.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“From the Taoist point of view, the natural result of this harmonious way of living is happiness.”

― Benjamin Hoff

“He who is unconscious of the ties which connect him with every individual of his species feels no obligation to make sacrifices for their welfare or happiness.”

― Benjamin Robbins Curtis

“Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.”

― Benjamin Spock

“I think I am missing a gene that most people have to enable them to feel happiness about success and these kind of things.”

― Bennett Miller

“’Sunrise Sunset’ is about trying to get to a place where life is simple and not letting the stress and happenings in the world get in the way of your happiness.”

― Benny Cassette

“What I mean by that is that the point of life, as I see it, is not to write books or scale mountains or sail oceans, but to achieve happiness, and preferably an unselfish happiness.”

― Bernard Cornwell

“Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.”

― Bernard Meltzer

“Success is getting and achieving what you want. Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.”

― Bernard Meltzer

“One of the eternal truths is that happiness is created and developed in peace, and one of the eternal rights is the individual’s right to live.”

― Bertha von Suttner

“Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.”

― Bertolt Brecht

“A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.”

― Bertrand Russell

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

― Bertrand Russell

“The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the things and persons that interest you be as far as possible friendly rather than hostile.”

― Bertrand Russell

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people’s happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.”

― Bertrand Russell

“The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.”

― Bertrand Russell

“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

“I’ve made an odd discovery. Every time I talk to a savant I feel quite sure that happiness is no longer a possibility. Yet when I talk with my gardener, I’m convinced of the opposite.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Anything you’re good at contributes to happiness.”

― Bertrand Russell

“If all our happiness is bound up entirely in our personal circumstances it is difficult not to demand of life more than it has to give.”

― Bertrand Russell

“Animals are everything to me. I always say, ‘Who rescued who?’ with my horse Belle. She is my greatest teacher. She teaches me to be grounded, present, and in the moment, which I feel is key to happiness. My panic attacks become nonexistent when spending time with my animals, especially out in nature.”

― Beth Behrs

“Here is my prescription to heal all wounds. Watch the film ‘Funny Girl’ at least five times, eat at least 45 chocolate bars, and hang out with all those friends you blew off to hang out with your ex. I truly believe that, through a combination of Nutella, old pals and Barbra Streisand, we can achieve happiness and, very probably, world peace.”

― Beth Ditto

“I should be writing songs about happiness all day long, but a lot of my songs get inspired from that place of unworthiness and shame, which really goes with mental illness.”

― Beth Hart

“I’ve often thought if I didn’t make my marriage work, I would have failed at my one true shot at happiness.”

― Bethenny Frankel

“A sure way to lose happiness, I found, is to want it at the expense of everything else.”

― Bette Davis

“I learned to accept the audience’s happiness for me, which is one of the hardest things for me to learn.”

― Bette Midler

“Power means happiness; power means hard work and sacrifice.”

― Beyonce Knowles

“As a bookish child in Calcutta, I used to thrill to the adventures of bad girls whose pursuit of happiness swept them outside the bounds of social decency. Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina lived large in my imagination. The naughty girls of Hollywood films flirted and knew how to drive.”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“If you can ensure happiness and public order, the country will go ahead well, just like what all Thais want.”

― Bhumibol Adulyadej

“My definition of beauty is happiness. I believe that when you are happy, it shines through and makes you a more attractive and beautiful person!”

― Bianca Balti

“A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.”

― Bil Keane

“Some discrimination is perfectly reasonable. The discrimination between trying to teach our kids what most of human history has thought was a desirable lifestyle that will contribute to their happiness, and trying to deter them – not to prohibit, and not to punish – but trying to steer them in a direction that will contribute to their happiness.”

― Bill Kristol

“America offers the most amount of people the best opportunity to pursue happiness on the planet. That’s why millions of illegal immigrants have poured into the country – most of them poor. They believe they have a shot to improve themselves economically.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“Money won’t buy happiness, but it will pay the salaries of a large research staff to study the problem.”

― Bill Vaughan

“Believe me, happiness is not ticking off Walter Cronkite.”

― Billy Crystal

“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”

― Billy Graham

“Success can create more madness than happiness.”

― Billy Ocean

“Happiness is working with Jack Lemmon.”

― Billy Wilder

“As a man, if you’re married, your happiness is with her happiness. If she’s unhappy, everything’s messed up. It’s a woman’s world for sure.”

― BJ the Chicago Kid

“There are days when I walk through the center of Stockholm when I get this sudden feeling of happiness – a sense of belonging and at the same time gratitude that I’m so privileged that I can live my life in my city.”

― Bjorn Ulvaeus

“Happiness is neither without us nor within us. It is in God, both without us and within us.”

― Blaise Pascal

“Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.”

― Blaise Pascal

“The existence of slavery cast the shadow of hypocrisy over the otherwise noble proclamation of the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in our Declaration of Independence.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“While we are focusing on fear, worry, or hate, it is not possible for us to be experiencing happiness, enthusiasm or love.”

― Bo Bennett

“If you have not taken the time to define what happiness means to you, what have your spent your whole life pursuing?”

― Bo Bennett

“One’s work usually occupies more than half of one’s waking life. Choosing work that does not bring happiness will lead to a life that is mostly disappointing.”

― Bo Bennett

“In securing the future of the planet, we secure happiness for ourselves. One of the aims of the Greens is to turn around the tide of pessimism amongst the young people of the world.”

― Bob Brown

“When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.”

― Bob Hope

“Nothing makes you feel better than when you get into a hotel bed, and the sheets feel so good. Why shouldn’t you wake up like that every day? Spend money on your mattress and bedding because these things make a difference on your sleep and, ultimately, your happiness.”

― Bobby Berk

“A plant is the most cliche thing, but a little bit of green has a great effect on happiness. Being at a cubicle all day is not pleasing, but a little life on your desk can give you a little life, too.”

― Bobby Berk

“The measure of success is happiness and peace of mind.”

― Bobby Davro

“Everybody knows when you’re a struggling family; you don’t really know it when you’re a kid. But you do know the difference between stress and moments of relief where there’s, like, this happiness.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“So long as we can lose any happiness, we possess some.”

― Booth Tarkington

“I try to find happiness in almost anything… watching videos about new exercises, like ones you can do on a flight when you clench your buttocks.”

― Boy George

“I always judge my happiness by how much I listen to music.”

― Boy George

“I always noticed that in art school, that grief was considered more profound than happiness. But why?”

― Brad Bird

“You take away all the other luxuries in life, and if you can make someone smile and laugh, you have given the most special gift: happiness.”

― Brad Garrett

“Happiness is overrated. There has to be conflict in life.”

― Brad Pitt

“I learned from a very young age that if I pursued the things that truly excited me, that they would reward in more important ways, like happiness.”

― Brandon Boyd

“I’d rather have happiness than money. People ask for it. Sometimes when I don’t have it. I make other people’s problems my problem because they want me to; they ask me to.”

― Brenda Fassie

“The biggest thing you can have as a football manager is happiness and energy.”

― Brendan Rodgers

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

― Brene Brown

“I’ve learned that men and women who are living wholehearted lives really allow themselves to soften into joy and happiness. They allow themselves to experience it.”

― Brene Brown

“There is so much to be gained from adulthood! Feelings just become so much deeper. The feeling of sadness and loss is much deeper than when you were a kid, but the feelings of love and happiness have also so much more dimension when you get older… That is what’s so hard and exciting about being a human being.”

― Brie Larson

“I’m a creature of the eighteenth century at heart: The Enlightenment and the search for happiness suit me.”

― Brigitte Macron

“I think the key to happiness is allowing ourselves to not feel bad or guilty for feeling it, and letting it be contagious. And to not be dependent on other people to create your own happiness.”

― Brittany Murphy

“The folly of endless consumerism sends us on a wild goose-chase for happiness through materialism.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“Curiosity is one of the great secrets of happiness.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“There is no happiness outside of ourselves.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”

― Buddha

“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

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”

― C. S. Lewis

“Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives.”

― C. S. Lewis

“Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us… While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness?”

― C. S. Lewis

“You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.”

― C. S. Lewis

“90%, 100% are going there to hear the singing. The story is another thing. Nobody’s interested in the story. Happiness is happiness.”

― Cab Calloway

“The biggest problem is the funerals that don’t exist. People call the funeral home, they pick up the body, they mail the ashes to you, no grief, no happiness, no remembrance, no nothing. That happens more often than it doesn’t in the United States.”

― Caitlin Doughty

“Gamble, cheat, lie, and steal. Let me explain: Gamble for your best shot in life – dare to take risks. Cheat those who would have you be less than you are. Lie in the arms of those you love. And finally, steal every moment of happiness.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“I will never forget my beautiful days with you in Shanklin, they are certainly the most pleasant ones of my life. Look, I have tears in my eyes just to think about it. I am furious to be here, it is the end of happiness for a whole year.”

― Camille Claudel

“You need characters who want things. They want love, they want recognition, they want happiness.”

― Candace Bushnell

“The women I know who have children and have careers, they seem to be very happy. They love their children and they love their jobs. But happiness comes out of being willing to do your work in your twenties to find out who you are, what you love.”

― Candace Bushnell

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.”

― Carl Sandburg

“Fancy the happiness of Pinocchio on finding himself free! Without saying yes or no, he fled from the city and set out on the road that was to take him back to the house of the lovely Fairy.”

― Carlo Collodi

“People are surprised at how down-to-earth I am. I like to stay home on Friday nights and listen to ‘The Art of Happiness’ by the Dalai Lama.”

― Carmen Electra

“I think one of the scariest things about depression is that it exists along with the happiness and the joy, and it kind of plays with it and sucks the color from it.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.”

― Carrie Snow

“Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.”

― Carrie Underwood

“I’m a suck-it-up-and-move-on kind of person. Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.”

― Carrie Underwood

“I don’t believe happiness comes out of material gain, for sure.”

― Cary Fukunaga

“Happiness is fleeting – I think that’s the main lesson I have learned.”

― Cate Blanchett

“In every human society, there is an effort continually tending to confer on one part the height of power and happiness, and to reduce the other to the extreme of weakness and misery. The intent of good laws is to oppose this effort and to diffuse their influence universally and equally.”

― Cesare Beccaria

“The moral and political principles that govern men are derived from three sources: revelation, natural law, and the artificial conventions of society. With regard to its main purpose, there is no comparison between the first and the others; but all three are alike in that they all lead towards happiness in this mortal life.”

― Cesare Beccaria

“There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.”

― Chanakya

“The happiness and peace attained by those satisfied by the nectar of spiritual tranquillity is not attained by greedy persons restlessly moving here and there.”

― Chanakya

“Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.”

― Chanakya

“On a soap, happiness never lasts for very long!”

― Chandler Massey

“Our happiness is certainly mixed in with the tragedies of life. You have to find the lemonade. You have to find the silver lining in the middle of everything that happens in life.”

― Chandra Wilson

“Happiness: a way station between too little and too much.”

― Channing Pollock

“I think essentially the meaning of life is probably the journey and not really any one thing or an outcome or a result. I think it’s kinda the process and I think that if you can find happiness in the process then maybe that’s it.”

― Charisma Carpenter

“This country was founded upon the principle that we are all endowed with certain inalienable rights to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – those rights are what make America great, and they belong to each and every one of us.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“There are as many kinds of beauty as there are habitual ways of seeking happiness.”

― Charles Baudelaire

“There is this difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man, really is so; but he that thinks himself the wisest, is generally the greatest fool.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“Ladies of Fashion starve their happiness to feed their vanity, and their love to feed their pride.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him who begs his daily bread.”

― Charles Caleb Colton

“Most people in the Western world grow up with the received wisdom that Mozart was a genius. But few people necessarily know why. More than anyone else, he captured this something which is the human condition, the fine line that we all constantly dance between joy and pain, between absolute happiness and absolute heartbreak.”

― Charles Hazlewood

“To comprehend the Wisdom of this Injunction the better, and explain the Duty before us, it should be considered, that Government is the only Means by which human Happiness can be attained.”

― Charles Inglis

“Gratification and happiness are becoming important measures of our quality of life.”

― Charles Kennedy

“I have always believed that the aristocracy of any country should be the men who have succeeded – the men who have aided in upbuilding their country – the men who have contributed to the efficiency and happiness of their fellow men.”

― Charles M. Schwab

“I find my greatest happiness in thinking of those days in Homestead when I labored to bring a thing to perfection entirely by myself. In the evenings, I would go into the hills and look down on my work, and I knew that it was good, and my heart was elated.”

― Charles M. Schwab

“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 Morgan

“My aim in life isn’t so much the pursuit of happiness as the happiness of pursuit.”

― Charles Saatchi

“It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“A man will speedily sit down and sympathize with a friend’s griefs, but if he sees him honored and esteemed, he is apt to regard him as a rival and does not so readily rejoice with him. This ought not to be; without effort, we ought to be happy in our brother’s happiness.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“No true and permanent fame can be founded except in labors which promote the happiness of mankind.”

― Charles Sumner

“Some of you read with me 40 years ago a portion of Aristotle’s Ethics, a selection of passages that describe his idea of happiness. You may not remember too well.”

― Charles Van Doren

“The last part, the part you’re now approaching, was for Aristotle the most important for happiness.”

― Charles Van Doren

“We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.”

― Charlie Chaplin

“The mission of my company is to bring three things to the world through entertainment: joy, happiness, and change. We must believe our precious time is being used to make a product worth more than anything else we could be doing.”

― Charlie Ebersol

“To attain happiness in another world we need only to believe something, while to secure it in this world we must do something.”

― Charlotte Perkins Gilman

“I’ll never forget the blooming happiness that spread in me like the sun coming up when Lydia’s obstetrician poked me awake: ‘Congratulations… you have a fine son.’”

― Charlton Heston

“I just want to say to women, ‘Be yourself – it’s the inner beauty that counts. You are your own best friend, the key to your own happiness, and as soon as you understand that – and it takes a few heartbreaks – you can be happy.’”

― Cherie Lunghi

“Employees can make happiness when they maximize their brainwork voluntarily and enthusiastically. Management should focus on setting up an atmosphere.”

― Chey Tae-won

“The aim of SK’s fundamental change is to increase happiness and share it with society.”

― Chey Tae-won

“Social scientists have found that the fastest way to feel happiness is to practice gratitude.”

― Chip Conley

“Lots of people I know have bootlegged tapes of performances and if they play it I will be transported back sometimes with happiness, sometimes with horror.”

― Chris Bailey

“What if I couldn’t handle people’s opinions of me? I know that shouldn’t dictate a person’s degree of peace or happiness in life, but the problem is, I chose a business saturated in judgment.”

― Chris Evans

“I love acting. It’s my playground, it let’s me explore. But my happiness in this world – my level of peace – is never going to be dictated by acting.”

― Chris Evans

“But my happiness in this world – my level of peace – is never going to be dictated by acting.”

― Chris Evans

“I love acting. It’s my playground; it lets me explore. But my happiness in this world, my level of peace, is never going to be dictated by acting. My goal in life is to detach from the egoic mind.”

― Chris Evans

“I don’t want to make people cry – unless it’s with happiness.”

― Chris March

“Why would you want to dictate somebody else’s taste or happiness? Music is supposed to be joyful and move people, and however that gets accomplished for different people, it’s all good.”

― Chris Stapleton

“When it comes to relationship compromise, it’s a fine balance between doing something for your own happiness, and finding happiness in being of service to another person, in whatever way that ends up being.”

― Chris Sullivan

“Joy and happiness don’t strengthen relationships – difficulty does.”

― Chris Sullivan

“Sitting behind the bench at games is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to go through because basketball is really most of my happiness. So when I can’t go out there and exert energy and have fun and things like that, it kind of puts everything else into perspective.”

― Chris Webber

“No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.”

― Christian Nestell Bovee

“Any time you can have an impact on anybody’s life in a positive direction, to bring happiness to the community or a certain group of people, you don’t take that lightly as a team, as a player.”

― Christian Yelich

“Some people think happiness is a luxury, but it’s a necessity. You need to make space for it in your life.”

― Christie Brinkley

“I really believe that being flexible and grateful contributes a lot to your happiness, which contributes to your health and contributes to your look.”

― Christie Brinkley

“I enjoy being happy every day, and hopefully you can hear my happiness in my music. Life is beautiful.”

― Christina Milian

“To play someone who is who they are because of the happiness and contentedness that they’ve known in their life is interesting because of sort of how banal it is.”

― Christina Ricci

“To seduce a woman famous for strict morals, religious fervor and the happiness of her marriage: what could possibly be more prestigious?”

― Christopher Hampton

“Happiness is only real when shared.”

― Christopher McCandless

“Low expectations is the key to happiness in life.”

― Christopher Miller

“People need to realise what real happiness and success is, because success as an actor is fleeting. You can be up there one day and gone the next.”

― Chuck Norris

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified?”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“There’s a higher form of happiness in commitment. I’m counting on it.”

― Claire Forlani

“An institution or reform movement that is not selfish, must originate in the recognition of some evil that is adding to the sum of human suffering, or diminishing the sum of happiness.”

― Clara Barton

“My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.”

― Clara Schumann

“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.”

― Clare Boothe Luce

“The single most important factor in our long-term happiness is the relationships we have with our family and close friends.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“In the scriptures, we are told you can’t really understand happiness unless you understand sadness. You don’t know pleasure if you don’t know pain. It’s part of life. So can you learn something from somebody who has gone from success to success to success? I don’t think so.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“The path I am trying so hard to follow is in fact the one that God my Father and His Son Jesus Christ want me to pursue. It has brought me deep happiness.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“This is why I belong, and why I believe. I commend to all this same search for happiness and for the truth.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“Having a loving relationship with our spouse or with our children is what leads to the long-term happiness we all seek.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“Could we not argue that America is about freedom, whether we live it out or not, but it really is about freedom, equality and the pursuit of happiness. And that’s what church is all about.”

― Clementa C. Pinckney

“I wouldn’t be able to have the successes in my career if it weren’t for the happiness in my personal life.”

― Colin Donnell

“Well, my thoughts about California are kind of mythological. To me, as well as being a real place, it’s a place where people go to find something – to find happiness or to realize their dreams. So it has that kind of quality of heroism and heartache, and Australia has that, as well.”

― Colin Hay

“I guess there’s always a search for happiness.”

― Colin Morgan

“You have to be sincere in your feelings. And fear is one of those, sometimes; doubt is one of those; jealousy, anger – all your emotions are not going to be considered the strong emotions; all of them are not going to be love, happiness, joy.”

― Common

“We can have a new vision, one even greater than the system they gave us after World War II. Everyone can pursue happiness and freedom and peace.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.”

― Confucius

“If you asked somebody, ‘what do you wish for in life?’ they wouldn’t say ‘happiness.’ I would have answered ‘excitement, knowledge,’ God knows – I mean, many, many different things, but certainly not ‘happiness’. It seemed like a foreign concept to wish for something that specific and that singular.”

― Connie Nielsen

“Now I believe that lovers should be draped in flowers and laid entwined together on a bed of clover and left there to sleep, left there to dream of their happiness.”

― Conor Oberst

“I’ve thought about the idea of, ‘Can happiness and creativity co-exist?’ So much of what I’ve done, I think, has been based on being dissatisfied or incomplete or lonely. The answer is, ‘There isn’t an answer, necessarily.’”

― Conor Oberst

“I’m fulfilled in what I do. I never thought that a lot of money or fine clothes – the finer things of life – would make you happy. My concept of happiness is to be filled in a spiritual sense.”

― Coretta Scott King

“I’m actually tougher on myself as I get older. It’s a vicious cycle. The things that are important in life are the things that you can’t buy in life: love, health and happiness. I say that, and I believe that, and I try to live that.”

― Criss Angel

“Everything was a song. Every conversation, every personal hurt, every observance of people in stress, happiness and love… if you could feel it, I could feel it. And I could write a song about it.”

― Curtis Mayfield

“That is how our marriage is working so well. My secret of happiness is keeping my contact to the minimum.”

― Cyrus Broacha

“Who doesn’t love ‘Frogger?’ It draws its power from our shared memories of powerlessness. Wherever we are now, at one time or another we have all felt the poor frog’s anxiety in the face of the world’s intransigence, its blind and callous disregard for our happiness or well-being.”

― D. B. Weiss

“My whole working philosophy is that the only stable happiness for mankind is that it shall live married in blessed union to woman-kind – intimacy, physical and psychical between a man and his wife. I wish to add that my state of bliss is by no means perfect.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“So long as you don’t feel life’s paltry and a miserable business, the rest doesn’t matter, happiness or unhappiness.”

― D. H. Lawrence

“Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.”

― Dada Vaswani

“True success, true happiness lies in freedom and fulfillment.”

― Dada Vaswani

“Maturity – among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates.”

― Dag Hammarskjold

“Genuine happiness can only be achieved when we transform our way of life from the unthinking pursuit of pleasure to one committed to enriching our inner lives, when we focus on ‘being more’ rather than simply having more.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“Ultimately, all human activities have as their goal the realization of happiness. Why, then, have we ended up producing the opposite result? Could the underlying cause be our failure to correctly understand the true nature of happiness?”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“The gratification of desire is not happiness.”

― Daisaku Ikeda

“I think that role model is kind of a weird thing because obviously you are, but I try to make good choices and good decisions for myself for me to have a good life. If that inspires someone else, that is great, but I think you should do good for yourself and your own happiness.”

― Dakota Fanning

“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

― Dalai Lama

“It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this, happiness in both the short term and the long term for both yourself and others will come.”

― Dalai Lama

“More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness.”

― Dalai Lama

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

― Dalai Lama

“You can run, run, run away from a lot of things in life, but you can’t run away from yourself. And the key to happiness is to understand and accept who you are.”

― Dale Archer

“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.”

― Dale Carnegie

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.”

― Dale Carnegie

“Remember happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely on what you think.”

― Dale Carnegie

“Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.”

― Dale Carnegie

“The person who seeks all their applause from outside has their happiness in another’s keeping .”

― Dale Carnegie

“I’ve learned very, very, very clearly that money does not equal happiness or security, either.”

― Damien Rice

“We often think about happiness as trying to increase our joy, but it’s also about decreasing our worry. So what you get for paying those high taxes is, if you’re a parent thinking about putting your child through school, you don’t have to worry about it, because all education through college is free.”

― Dan Buettner

“I don’t think that sin and pursuing happiness are not necessarily the same thing.”

― Dan Savage

“How can you tell somebody whose is pursuing happiness that they’re somehow not American when that was the very first promise that America made?”

― Dan Savage

“As long as I am given the opportunity to keep performing and keep exploring in whatever medium, I’ll be happy. As long as I get to spend time with my family, I’ll be happy. As long as I can write in some form, I’ll be happy. It is the essential things like that I equate with happiness.”

― Dan Stevens

“Money’s a necessary evil, there to give you moments. It gives me things I couldn’t have – nice things – but happiness? That’s a not a question of money and fame. Quite the opposite.”

― Dani Alves

“I like happiness, and when people try to destroy that, it winds me up.”

― Dani Alves

“All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.”

― Daniel Boone

“The secret of happiness is: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it.”

― Daniel Dennett

“The secret of happiness is variety, but the secret of variety, like the secret of all spices, is knowing when to use it.”

― Daniel Gilbert

“The data says that with the poor, a little money can buy a lot of happiness. If you’re rich, a lot of money can buy you a little more happiness. But in both cases, money does it.”

― Daniel Gilbert

“I think the problem with the word ‘happiness’ is that it sounds fluffy. It sounds like something trivial that we shouldn’t be concerned with.”

― Daniel Goldstein

“I had to try and find a way to express happiness without sounding corny.”

― Daniel Johns

“I used to hold a unitary view, in which I proposed that only experienced happiness matters, and that life satisfaction is a fallible estimate of true happiness.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“It’s nonsense to say money doesn’t buy happiness, but people exaggerate the extent to which more money can buy more happiness.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“Happiness is determined by factors like your health, your family relationships and friendships, and above all by feeling that you are in control of how you spend your time.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“When you analyze happiness, it turns out that the way you spend your time is extremely important.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“Experienced happiness refers to your feelings, to how happy you are as you live your life. In contrast, the satisfaction of the remembering self refers to your feelings when you think about your life.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“When you look at the books about well-being, you see one word – it’s happiness. People do not distinguish.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“The concept of happiness has to be reorganised.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“There is a huge wave of interest in happiness among researchers. There is a lot of happiness coaching. Everybody would like to make people happier.”

― Daniel Kahneman

“It’s obvious, but perhaps worth saying, that happiness has virtually nothing to do with the state of your intellect.”

― Daniel Keys Moran

“One of the magical things about kindness is that it’s what we nerds call a ‘happiness aggregator.’ People confuse kindness with being nice. And they’re very different. You can be nice and be passive. But kindness requires action.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“I did have a very restricted, regimented life. There was a kind of happiness there, a contentment, but it was a small happiness within very clear and delineated borders.”

― Daniel Tammet

“I have been very fortunate in my life. I have had a lot of happiness. I have a great family and I work a lot, and that’s what I like to do.”

― Danny DeVito

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.”

― Dante Alighieri

“Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”

― Daphne du Maurier

“I remember my father taking us to meeting with lawyers, interviews with immigration officers, doing everything he could to get us that treasured Green Card – and the happiness, the sense of relief, when he finally did – we knew that we were welcome now, and we would be welcome tomorrow.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“My mother was a public school teacher in Virginia, and we didn’t have any money, we just survived on happiness, on being a happy family.”

― Dave Grohl

“Obedience to the law of chastity will increase our happiness in mortality and make possible our progress in eternity.”

― David A. Bednar

“In the school of mortality, we experience tenderness, love, kindness, happiness, sorrow, disappointment, pain, and even the challenges of physical limitations in ways that prepare us for eternity.”

― David A. Bednar

“Within the walls of our own homes, we can and should bear pure testimony of the divinity and reality of the Father and the Son, of the great plan of happiness, and of the Restoration.”

― David A. Bednar

“Learning by faith and from experience are two of the central features of the Father’s plan of happiness. The Savior preserved moral agency through the Atonement and made it possible for us to act and to learn by faith.”

― David A. Bednar

“If you hope for happiness in the world, hope for it from God, and not from the world.”

― David Brainerd

“I’ve run into certain geniuses of individualism – they are very few and far between – who live their lives completely on their own terms; they are very powerful and have a great amount of happiness. We all should aspire to that.”

― David Duchovny

“I don’t associate success with happiness, and I don’t take it to heart, like, ‘Oh, I’m so special.’”

― David Harbour

“There is something very unique in American iconography about this notion of the pursuit of happiness.”

― David Henry Hwang

“I was as happy doing theater in New York for little or no money as I am now doing television for more money. The happiness, I guess, comes out of it being a good job. The success has to do with the fact that it’s a good job that will continue.”

― David Hyde Pierce

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.”

― David Lee Roth

“I have found that the only thing that does bring you happiness is doing something good for somebody who is incapable of doing it for themselves.”

― David Letterman

“Transcendental meditation is an ancient mental technique that allows any human being to dive within, transcend and experience the source of everything. It’s such a blessing for the human being because that eternal field is a field of unbounded intelligence, creativity, happiness, love, energy and peace.”

― David Lynch

“Life should be blissful, and blissful doesn’t mean just a small happiness. It’s huge. It is profound.”

― David Lynch

“The mantra that you’re given in Transcendental Meditation you keep to yourself. The reason being, true happiness is not out there, true happiness lies within.”

― David Lynch

“My idea of perfect happiness is a healthy family, peace between nations, and all the critics die.”

― David Mamet

“Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the light of love and human compassion enter the souls of men.”

― David O. McKay

“Work and live to serve others, to leave the world a little better than you found it and garner for yourself as much peace of mind as you can. This is happiness.”

― David Sarnoff

“Salvation is the state of emancipation from the endurance of pain and subjection to birth and death, and of the life of liberty and happiness in the immensity of God.”

― Dayananda Saraswati

“In a global economy, the Bush doctrine of unilateralism – going it alone – has been disastrous. It’s becoming increasingly clear that we’re all in this together. Your happiness is my happiness, your suffering is my suffering, your recession is my recession.”

― Dean Ornish

“I’ve never felt like I was in the cookie business. I’ve always been in a feel good feeling business. My job is to sell joy. My job is to sell happiness. My job is to sell an experience.”

― Debbi Fields

“I want happiness for my daughter – I want Carrie to be happy.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“I am possessive and protective of my babies. Their happiness means more to me than anything else on this world. I love them more than I would ever have thought was possible.”

― Debbie Rowe

“There is no dramatic difference in happiness on the part of people who are wealthy.”

― Deborah Norville

“I think perfect happiness has everything to do with learning to be content with what I have.”

― Deborah Raney

“It’s funny: your happiness is contingent on a bigger picture besides just yourself.”

― Debra Granik

“When you’re passionate about something, you want it to be all it can be. But in the endgame of life, I fundamentally believe the key to happiness is letting go of that idea of perfection.”

― Debra Messing

“Yes, women, and men, have to be open to love, because if we’re not open then there’s no way for us to find happiness. But you can be open to it and still have no control over when it’s going to happen.”

― Debra Messing

“Research has shown that the best way to be happy is to make each day happy.”

― Deepak Chopra

“Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.”

― Deepak Chopra

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”

― Democritus

“There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.”

― Denis Diderot

“I think all the characters in ‘American Horror Story,’ which is why I love it, are looking for some sense of meaning, and also it’s their form of happiness.”

― Denis O’Hare

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”

― Denis Waitley

“It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.”

― Denis Waitley

“There are going to be priorities and multiple dimensions of your life, and how you integrate that is how you find happiness.”

― Denise Morrison

“I had a handle on satisfaction, and I loved my career, but I didn’t really know what happiness was. So I started on this quest to have a happy life.”

― Dennis Christopher

“Happiness is dependent on self-discipline. We are the biggest obstacles to our own happiness. It is much easier to do battle with society and with others than to fight our own nature.”

― Dennis Prager

“Every poll about the Left, the Right, and happiness reveals that the farther left one goes, the less happy the person is likely to be.”

― Dennis Prager

“From their teenage years on, children are considerably more capable of causing parents unhappiness than bringing them happiness. That is one reason parents who rely on their children for happiness make both their children and themselves miserable.”

― Dennis Prager

“My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.”

― Denzel Washington

“The first country to adopt happiness as an official goal of public policy is the tiny little country of Bhutan in Asia near China and India.”

― Derek Bok

“Education, and I regret to say this as an educator, but there’s no indication that education has a direct effect on happiness.”

― Derek Bok

“It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.”

― Desiderius Erasmus

“My travels led me to where I am today. Sometimes these steps have felt painful, difficult, but led me to greater happiness and opportunites.”

― Diana Ross

“We all have the same destiny. The difference is opening ourselves up to possibilities to joy, hope, and happiness along the way. Give yourself and others a chance to take advantage of what’s out there and available.”

― Diane Ladd

“I think the secret to happiness is having a Teflon soul. Whatever comes your way, you either let it slide or you cook with it.”

― Diane Lane

“The Creator of the seas, sands, and endless stars is reaching out to you this very day! He is offering the grand recipe for happiness, peace, and eternal life!”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Personally, it’s a comfort and happiness to know that my work is taken seriously and is not marginalised and put in a box of ethnic immigrant writing in America.”

― Dinaw Mengestu

“On the professional side, I derive great happiness and energy by solving tough business and organisational problems – even taking on tough meetings with customers.”

― Dinesh Paliwal

“Crying is cleansing. There’s a reason for tears, happiness or sadness.”

― Dionne Warwick

“Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!”

― Dita Von Teese

“Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.”

― Divyanka Tripathi

“Respect your partner. Be happy in your partner’s happiness.”

― Divyanka Tripathi

“So many people equate money and success with happiness, especially in the music industry.”

― DJ Jazzy Jeff

“It is one of my sources of happiness never to desire a knowledge of other people’s business.”

― Dolley Madison

“I’ve worked on films where the budgets are almost limitless and you’re in trailers that are bigger than a hotel room. You’re taken care of and the food is amazing, the quality of the job is amazing and then you work on smaller things but it never dictates my happiness or my willingness to go to work.”

― Dominic Monaghan

“Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.”

― Don Marquis

“Fate often puts all the material for happiness and prosperity into a man’s hands just to see how miserable he can make himself with them.”

― Don Marquis

“I’m not sure about ‘absolute’ happiness, but I am happiest when I go to bed at night knowing that I tried to do my best that day.”

― Donald Ray Pollock

“Fashion is all about happiness. It’s fun. It’s important. But it’s not medicine.”

― Donatella Versace

“You can have small moments of happiness in life. You certainly can’t expect years and years of it.”

― Donatella Versace

“Before the boat docked, however, he confessed because he was contemplating running for president, he couldn’t separate from his wife. I believed him when he told me he faced a difficult choice between pursuing personal happiness and his political destiny.”

― Donna Rice

“The mindset of chasing that next #1 record doesn’t exist for me anymore. It’s more about being a well-rounded entertainer than being a pop artist. Obviously, it would be wonderful to have a hit record but I don’t base my happiness on that anymore. It’s about the accomplishment of a project that satisfies me. I just want to enjoy the ride.”

― Donny Osmond

“As you have learnt something of time, value and make a proper use of it. Once past, it knows no return; how necessary, then, that you spend it in improving your mind and fitting it for future happiness and usefulness.”

― Dorothea Dix

“The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.”

― Doug Larson

“Unhappiness is something we are never taught about; we are taught to expect happiness, but never a Plan B to use to use when the happiness doesn’t arrive.”

― Douglas Coupland

“There is one thing in this good old world that is positively sure – happiness is for all who strive to be happy – and those who laugh are happy. Everybody is eligible – you – me – the other fellow. Happiness is fundamentally a state of mind – not a state of body.”

― Douglas Fairbanks

“Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past.”

― Douglas Horton

“To buy happiness is to sell soul.”

― Douglas Horton

“If there is an abiding theme in ‘The Pursuit of Happiness,’ it is the idea that you come into the world already shaped by other people’s past histories.”

― Douglas Kennedy

“Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.”

― Douglas William Jerrold

“I think a lot of people think I’m either unintelligent because I’m a very happy person and I have a lot of energy or that it’s a fake happiness, like fake energy. I completely understand that because it’s a lot to handle, and I am a very emotional human being.”

― Dove Cameron

“I think happiness is a choice. If you feel yourself being happy and can settle in to the life choices you make, then it’s great. It’s really, really great. I swear to God, happiness is the best makeup.”

― Drew Barrymore

“So I started chanting when I was nineteen, which was about twelve years ago, and it really had a huge impact on my outlook, happiness, and general creativity.”

― Duncan Sheik

“Even when there are times that we’re not happy, happiness will creep in.”

― Dyan Cannon

“People will say candy is recession-proof, and we’re definitely seeing nostalgic candies coming about, and people want that sugar rush and that nostalgic happiness, like their childhood times.”

― Dylan Lauren

“People look to time in expectation that it will eventually make them happy, but you cannot find true happiness by looking toward the future.”

― Eckhart Tolle

“Happiness is an inside job.”

― Edd Byrnes

“I don’t really care how I am remembered as long as I bring happiness and joy to people.”

― Eddie Albert

“Making money is marvelous, and I love doing it, and I do it reasonably well, but it doesn’t have the gripping vitality that you have when you deal with the happiness of human life and with human deprivation.”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“I will continue to be a big fan of Manchester City, to whom I wish all the best and many more trophies and happiness in the future.”

― Edin Dzeko

“What fulfills me are the goals that I have in life. And those goals are not just about scoring goals, although the goals give me a lot of strength and happiness.”

― Edinson Cavani

“When you reach the moment to score, it is like liberating different emotions such as joy, happiness, and also satisfaction.”

― Edinson Cavani

“Beauty is the promise of happiness.”

― Edmund Burke

“I longed for literary celebrity even as I saw with my own eyes how little happiness it brought.”

― Edmund White

“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.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“What ever our wandering our happiness will always be found within a narrow compass, and in the middle of the objects more immediately within our reach.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best.”

― Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

“I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.”

― Edward Gibbon

“Well, the attractive thing about the subject of happiness is that it is notoriously difficult to write.”

― Edward St Aubyn

“It is doubtless true that men are bad because they are unhappy. If anyone could give them real happiness, the happiness of brotherhood, they would all want to live the true and brotherly life.”

― Edwin Markham

“This age thing is all up to you. It’s like happiness is up to you. You just have to understand what it is before you get it.”

― Elaine Stritch

“The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.”

― Elbert Hubbard

“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

“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

“I’d rather be a face for happiness and doing things that you have a passion for, rather than faking it and pretending like I’m this face of women’s basketball, when I can’t stand the sport at all.”

― Elena Delle Donne

“Happiness is the freedom of choice. The freedom to choose where to live, what to do, what to buy, what to sell, from whom, to whom, when and how.”

― Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin

“One way to express choice is through the market. Well-functioning markets provide choices and, ultimately, the ability to express one’s pursuit for happiness.”

― Eleni Zaude Gabre-Madhin

“The one happiness is to shut one’s door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.”

― Eleonora Duse

“I wanted to write a commentary on the Bible, to write about the Talmud, about celebration, about the great eternal subjects: love and happiness.”

― Elie Wiesel

“The purpose of a moral philosophy is not to look delightfully strange and counterintuitive or to provide employment to bioethicists. The purpose is to guide our choices toward life, health, beauty, happiness, fun, laughter, challenge, and learning.”

― Eliezer Yudkowsky

“The eternal God – the infinite Jehovah – has done all he could do – even to the sacrificing his own Son – to provide a way for man’s happiness, and yet they reject him, hate him, and laugh him to scorn!”

― Elijah Parish Lovejoy

“Money can’t buy happiness. Or put my family back together.”

― Elin Nordegren

“Anguish over the loss of a loved one or feelings of helplessness have complex roots. But in the end, they make you feel bad because they adjust your brain’s chemistry. Happiness and its opposite are both electro-chemical reactions; those reactions are temporary and ineffable and could even have hidden benefits.”

― Eliot Schrefer

“I like to write from a slightly sad or complicated place. But with a sense of hope and happiness at the same time.”

― Eliot Sumner

“The only thing that holds true happiness is that moment when you’re in it. Nothing can be controlled.”

― Eliza Doolittle

“Happiness is a light, an atmosphere, an illumination. It sets a personality. I always feel that it is a creation that is difficult for some and easy for others, but essentially an achievement, never an accident.”

― Elizabeth Bibesco

“What an uncertain thing, marriage – what an elusive thing, happiness!”

― Elizabeth Bibesco

“I’m interested in the dark side of man. I’m interested in taboos, and murder is the greatest taboo. Characters are fascinating in their extremity, not in their happiness.”

― Elizabeth George

“The thing that most interests me about writing – there are lots of things, but the thing I can’t do without – is the hit of happiness a lovely sentence delivers.”

― Elizabeth McCracken

“I get way too much happiness from good food.”

― Elizabeth Olsen

“My children have brought so much happiness and joy. To me, they’re the very definition of love.”

― Elizabeth Smart

“Happiness must be cultivated. It is like character. It is not a thing to be safely let alone for a moment, or it will run to weeds.”

― Elizabeth Stuart Phelps

“I start to think there really is no cure for depression, that happiness is an ongoing battle, and I wonder if it isn’t one I’ll have to fight for as long as I live. I wonder if it’s worth it.”

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

“The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift.”

― Ellen DeGeneres

“A lot of money with the wrong career is not going to make you happy. If you have money without happiness, it doesn’t mean anything. It’s all about happiness.”

― Ellen DeGeneres

“The gospel is a message of peace. Christianity is a system which, received and obeyed, would spread peace, harmony, and happiness throughout the earth.”

― Ellen G. White

“Religion will prove to the believer a comforter and a sure guide to the fountain of true happiness.”

― Ellen G. White

“It is the chief joy of all holy beings to witness the joy and happiness of those around them.”

― Ellen G. White

“Happiness lies so far from man, but he must begin by daring to will it.”

― Ellen Key

“Christianity is sustained by the knowledge that the object of man’s life on earth is his development as an eternal being. Therefore, none of his expressions of life can be an end in itself, but must serve a higher purpose than the earthly life and happiness of the individual – or even than that of the race.”

― Ellen Key

“Happiness is not that easy to achieve, but having a handsome husband, a beautiful baby, and a great job helps.”

― Ellen Pompeo

“A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness.”

― Elsa Schiaparelli

“Some women succeed at being strong and also tender, but most of those who have intended to walk alone, making their own way, have lost their happiness.”

― Elsa Schiaparelli

“Happiness isn’t a fortune in a cookie. It’s deeper, wider, funnier, and more transporting than that.”

― Elvis Costello

“The Divine of the Lord in heaven is love, for the reason that love is receptive of all things of heaven, such as peace, intelligence, wisdom and happiness.”

― Emanuel Swedenborg

“Music is the refuge of souls ulcerated by happiness.”

― Emil Cioran

“Keep well; that is the half of wisdom and of happiness.”

― Emile Zola

“I believe that all is illusion and vanity outside the treasure of truths slowly accumulated, and which will never again be lost. I believe that the sum of these truths, always increasing, will at last confer on man incalculable power and peace, if not happiness. Yes, I believe in the final triumph of life.”

― Emile Zola

“When you’re in love, you’re so happy that you want to tell people about it. But now I have to censor myself. You need to protect the happiness you have.”

― Emily Blunt

“No one likes doing chores. In happiness surveys, housework is ranked down there with commuting as activities that people enjoy the least. Maybe that’s why figuring out who does which chores usually prompts, at best, tense discussion in a household and, at worst, outright fighting.”

― Emily Oster

“Because economics is all about optimising, doing the best you can with what you have – it’s usually the first place you should look for answers if you want to maximise your happiness.”

― Emily Oster

“Economists typically think that your happiness goes up as you get more money, but the more you have, the less each additional dollar matters. This means that you value money most in times when you have less income and more expenses.”

― Emily Oster

“Getting pregnant wasn’t easy, and I found that devastating. I really beat myself up for waiting so long when I’d always wanted children and family had been the basis of my happiness my whole life.”

― Emily Procter

“When I was young and less wise, I thought that being a feminist meant being independent. It meant not sacrificing your needs for anyone else’s and not relying on anyone else for even a smidgen of your happiness or well being.”

― Emily V. Gordon

“Meeting with people is awesome in every sense of the word. It can inspire you with glee. It can inspire you with happiness. It can inspire you with sadness and melancholy, but also hope.”

― Emma Gonzalez

“We’ve got people looking at our seamy side and our sad side a lot of the time because that’s easier. It’s much more difficult to make a film about happiness with lots of jokes in it.”

― Emma Thompson

“My parents were not very happy. They were very worried about me pursuing a career that even if I had talent might not give me the happiness and the success that they – any parent hopes for their child.”

― Emmylou Harris

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

― Epictetus

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”

― Epictetus

“If virtue promises happiness, prosperity and peace, then progress in virtue is progress in each of these for to whatever point the perfection of anything brings us, progress is always an approach toward it.”

― Epictetus

“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 toward attaining it.”

― Epicurus

“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”

― Eric Hoffer

“Life took over 4 billion years to evolve into you, and you’ve about 70 more years to enjoy it. Don’t just pursue happiness, catch it.”

― Eric Idle

“Money is not necessarily, although it helps a lot for happiness, it’s not necessarily the best way to be happy, to be rich, you know.”

― Eric Ripert

“In L.A., you see a lot of women who get into these trends for inner happiness while putting most of their energy into looking younger. It’s Botox on Tuesday, laser on Wednesday, some weird juice cleanse having nothing to do with health and everything to do with losing weight the next day.”

― Erin Foster

“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

“The only thing that could spoil a day was people. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“The more each nation contributes to world society from the wealth of its own aptitudes, its own race, and its own traditions, the greater the future development and happiness of mankind will be.”

― Ernesto Teodoro Moneta

“You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.”

― Ernie Banks

“No one goes straight to happiness after a breakup.”

― Estelle

“The poor get bored the same as the rest of us. Their happiness might be as important to them as their health.”

― Esther Duflo

“I think one of the things that is essential for happiness in life, or at least for non-sadness, is producing something. I guess that’s why I spend so much time and agony writing books. But working on carpentry is sort of like all the pleasure with none of the agony.”

― Ethan Canin

“I have kids and I want to have a long life and there are certain things that are conducive to that and certain things that aren’t. I’ve opted for the road of happiness and long life.”

― Ethan Suplee

“We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something besides ourselves.”

― Ethel Percy Andrus

“Happiness, for you we walk on a knife edge. To the eyes you are a flickering light, to the feet, thin ice that cracks; and so may no one touch you who loves you.”

― Eugenio Montale

“Friends show their love in times of trouble, not in happiness.”

― Euripides

“Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.”

― Euripides

“There is something in the pang of change More than the heart can bear, Unhappiness remembering happiness.”

― Euripides

“Happiness is brief. It will not stay. God batters at its sails.”

― Euripides

“Friendship is a strong and habitual inclination in two persons to promote the good and happiness of one another.”

― Eustace Budgell

“My family didn’t have a lot of money, and I’m grateful for that. Money is the longest route to happiness.”

― Evangeline Lilly

“Surveillance cameras might reduce crime – even though the evidence here is mixed – but no studies show that they result in greater happiness of everyone involved.”

― Evgeny Morozov

“If I have to apply five turns to the screw each day for the happiness of Argentina, I will do it.”

― Evita Peron

“I love my family and I had a very wonderful, magical childhood. But New Jersey was actually a very cold place. There was such an intense concentration of wealth, and such a low concentration of any actual human happiness.”

― Ezra Miller

“If you really want to receive joy and happiness, then serve others with all your heart. Lift their burden, and your own burden will be lighter.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“One of the standards on which your happiness is based, now and in your future, is moral purity.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Years of happiness can be lost in the foolish gratification of a momentary desire for pleasure.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Surely no child should fear his own father – especially a priesthood father. A father’s duty is to make his home a place of happiness and joy.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“One of Satan’s most frequently used deceptions is the notion that the commandments of God are meant to restrict freedom and limit happiness.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Wickedness never did, never does, never will bring us happiness.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Satan would have you believe that happiness comes only as you surrender to his enticements, but one only needs to look at the shattered lives of those who violate God’s laws to know why Satan is called the Father of Lies.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.”

― F. H. Bradley

“Life is essentially a cheat and its conditions are those of defeat; the redeeming things are not happiness and pleasure but the deeper satisfactions that come out of struggle.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Enjoy the games, and go on the pitch with happiness, and go game by game.”

― Fabinho

“When you’re happy with yourself, you have to find another person who is happy with herself so you can share your happiness.”

― Fabio Lanzoni

“I guess just enjoying what you do and always wanting more of that enjoyment, satisfaction, and putting something together creatively – that gives me a lot of happiness.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“There are as many forms of happiness as sorrow, though most prove fleeting.”

― Felix Dennis

“For all its terrible faults, in one sense America is still the last, best hope of mankind, because it spells out so vividly the kind of happiness that most people actually want, regardless of what they are told they ought to want.”

― Ferdinand Mount

“It’s true I wasn’t as important at Chelsea. I never demanded that. What I wanted was to be a champion, because few people get that. I succeeded. But the happiness wasn’t there.”

― Filipe Luis

“There once was a demographic survey done to determine if money was connected to happiness and Ireland was the only place where this did not turn out to be true.”

― Fiona Shaw

“Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy.”

― Fiona Shaw

“My children and their happiness have always been my greatest concern.”

― Florence Henderson

“Traveling is the ruin of all happiness! There’s no looking at a building after seeing Italy.”

― Frances Burney

“We hear of the wealth of nations, of the powers of production, of the demand and supply of markets, and we forget that these words mean no more, if they mean any thing, then the happiness, and the labor, and the necessities of men.”

― Frances Wright

“I think depression creates in me an urgent need to write, but I also believe that daily stress, and even the positive ‘stress’ of intense happiness, can compel me to express myself through the written word.”

― Francesca Lia Block

“There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.”

― Francis Bacon

“That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.”

― Francis Hutcheson

“In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.”

― Francois de La Rochefoucauld

“There is a set of religious, or rather moral, writings which teach that virtue is the certain road to happiness, and vice to misery in this world. A very wholesome and comfortable doctrine, and to which we have but one objection, namely, that it is not true.”

― Francois Fenelon

“I didn’t intend ‘Hector’ to be a self-help book when I first started writing. I wrote it as a little tale about a psychiatrist, like me, who sets off around the world in order to discover the vital ingredients for happiness.”

― Francois Lelord

“Finding love is a fixation now, and that’s because although romantic love can sometimes cause a lot of suffering, it can also give people peaks of happiness that come very close to our ideal of ‘the happy state.’”

― Francois Lelord

“Eros is not tranquil – it gives us spikes of happiness rather than a constant feeling of wellbeing. It’s the love we feel at the beginning of a love affair and corresponds to the expression ‘falling in love’ since it is as involuntary an impulse as a physical fall.”

― Francois Lelord

“Let us instance one respect in which American life has recently undergone a great change. We allude to its increased devotion to pleasure, to happiness, to dancing, to sport… to the delights of the country, to laughter, and to all forms of cheerfulness.”

― Frank Crowninshield

“Happiness is hard to recall. Its just a glow.”

― Frank McCourt

“The People have a right to the Truth as they have a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Frank Norris

“A man doesn’t know what happiness is until he’s married. By then, it’s too late.”

― Frank Sinatra

“My Bandcamp had a lot of bad and good music, but I relied on that to sort my feelings. My sadness will always be there, even in the happiness.”

― Frankie Cosmos

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”

― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Our health underpins our happiness and is a foundation of economic advancement.”

― Frans van Houten

“In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it.”

― Franz Kafka

“You believe happiness to be derived from the place in which once you have been happy, but in truth it is centered in ourselves.”

― Franz Schubert

“Money may not buy happiness, but it can damn well give it!”

― Freddie Mercury

“I wish I could throw off the thoughts which poison my happiness, but I take a kind of pleasure in indulging them.”

― Frederic Chopin

“Man is never always happy, and very often only a brief period of happiness is granted him in this world; so why escape from this dream which cannot last long?”

― Frederic Chopin

“There is only one real happiness in life, and that is the happiness of creating.”

― Frederick Delius

“The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.”

― Frederick Douglass

“Happiness is a great power of holiness. Thus, kind words, by their power of producing happiness, have also a power of producing holiness, and so of winning men to God.”

― Frederick William Faber

“Kind words produce happiness. How often have we ourselves been made happy by kind words, in a manner and to an extent which we are unable to explain!”

― Frederick William Faber

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”

― Freya Stark

“Being rich and famous isn’t all happiness and at times the pressures have got to me.”

― Frida Lyngstad

“Money cannot buy happiness.”

― Frida Lyngstad

“Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“The will of man is his happiness.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“There’s happiness in having less.”

― Fumio Sasaki

“Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.”

― Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.”

― Fyodor Dostoevsky

“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

“Always remember that the most important thing in a good marriage is not happiness, but stability.”

― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“I am Gabrielle Anwar: mother, lover, daughter, sister, friend, and creator in the pursuit of happiness.”

― Gabrielle Anwar

“When your primary function is to be happy, then whatever comes to you is irrelevant. Happiness is your true manifestation.”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“Happiness isn’t for dabblers.”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“My well-being and my happiness is much more important to me than how much I can achieve.”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“I equate physical activity with happiness not just from the perspective of producing endorphins but also from the perspective of really moving through emotions and getting stagnant energy to move through our body.”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“Whenever I’m asked about the greatest lesson I’ve learned, my response is, ‘Happiness is a choice I make.’”

― Gabrielle Bernstein

“Individual freedoms are the primary engine by which the pursuit of happiness can be maximally instantiated.”

― Gad Saad

“My mum brought me up to think that personal happiness is more important than your family.”

― Gail Porter

“Happiness isn’t getting what you want, it’s wanting what you got.”

― Garth Brooks

“The Bluebird of Happiness long absent from his life, Ned is visited by the Chicken of Depression.”

― Gary Larson

“People are chasing cash, not happiness. When you chase money, you’re going to lose. You’re just going to. Even if you get the money, you’re not going to be happy.”

― Gary Vaynerchuk

“I’ve discovered the joys of happiness.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“Deeper fulfilment is rather different from the happiness of seeing a good film or watching your team win at football, and it doesn’t come at the push of a button.”

― Geoff Mulgan

“Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishing.”

― George A. Sheehan

“Happiness, contentment, the health and growth of the soul, depend, as men have proved over and over again, upon some simple issue, some single turning of the soul.”

― George A. Smith

“It is a curious sensation: the sort of pain that goes mercifully beyond our powers of feeling. When your heart is broken, your boats are burned: nothing matters any more. It is the end of happiness and the beginning of peace.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness, but it is greatness.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”

― George Bernard Shaw

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

― George Burns

“Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman – or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.”

― George Burns

“Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one’s self to do without it.”

― George Eliot

“The intense happiness of our union is derived in a high degree from the perfect freedom with which we each follow and declare our own impressions.”

― George Eliot

“A woman’s heart must be of such a size and no larger, else it must be pressed small, like Chinese feet; her happiness is to be made as cakes are, by a fixed recipe.”

― George Eliot

“It’s great to reminisce about good memories of my past. It was enjoyable when it was today. So learning to enjoy today has two benefits: it gives me happiness right now, and it becomes a good memory later.”

― George Foreman

“In the end, you’re trying to find God. That’s the result of not being satisfied. And it doesn’t matter how much money, or property, or whatever you’ve got, unless you’re happy in your heart, then that’s it. And unfortunately, you can never gain perfect happiness unless you’ve got that state of consciousness that enables that.”

― George Harrison

“Your dear baby has died innocent and blameless, and has been called away by an all wise and merciful Creator, most probably from a life to misery and misfortune, and most certainly to one of happiness and bliss.”

― George Mason

“To enter upon the marriage union is one of the most deeply important events of life. It cannot be too prayerfully treated. Our happiness, our usefulness, our living for God or for ourselves afterwards, are often most intimately connected with our choice. Therefore, in the most prayerful manner, this choice should be made.”

― George Muller

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.”

― George Orwell

“Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.”

― George Orwell

“It is not only my laboratory and my place of work but also my home, so that on the 30th October I was able to share my happiness immediately with my students and collaborators and, at the same time, with my wife and family.”

― George Porter

“When the honour is given to that scientist personally the happiness is sweet indeed. Science is, on the whole, an informal activity, a life of shirt sleeves and coffee served in beakers.”

― George Porter

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.”

― George Sand

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.”

― George Sand

“Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.”

― George Sand

“Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.”

― George Santayana

“Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.”

― George Santayana

“A string of excited, fugitive, miscellaneous pleasures is not happiness; happiness resides in imaginative reflection and judgment, when the picture of one’s life, or of human life, as it truly has been or is, satisfies the will, and is gladly accepted.”

― George Santayana

“Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.”

― George Santayana

“Our democracy is dependent on people who passionately cherish the ideals of a democracy. Every man is created equal with an inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s a wonderful idea, and it takes people who cherish that idea to be actively involved in the process.”

― George Takei

“There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”

― George Washington

“Happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.”

― George Washington

“Happiness lies first of all in health.”

― George William Curtis

“Pleasure only starts once the worm has got into the fruit, to become delightful happiness must be tainted with poison.”

― Georges Bataille

“Be happy in what you do. Be respectful of yourself. Do good works for others, and the goodness will come back to you and make you a better person. I think that’s what happiness is all about.”

― Gerard Malanga

“My happiest time was with Paraguay. Those were five years in which I managed to find happiness.”

― Gerardo Martino

“Although I never married, my brother fortunately did, and I have had the pleasure of watching his three sons and daughter grow up. Several of them now have children of their own. We have been a close-knit family, although often separated by distance, and have shared each other’s happiness, sorrows, and aspirations.”

― Gertrude B. Elion

“The lesson I have thoroughly learnt, and wish to pass on to others, is to know the enduring happiness that the love of a garden gives.”

― Gertrude Jekyll

“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping.”

― Gertrude Stein

“It is difficult to express in words the feelings of happiness and pride which fill me.”

― Gherman Titov

“I have often met with happiness after some imprudent step which ought to have brought ruin upon me, and although passing a vote of censure upon myself I would thank God for his mercy.”

― Giacomo Casanova

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Happiness is a mystery, like religion, and should never be rationalised.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery: He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“The life and liberty and property and happiness of the common man throughout the world are at the absolute mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen, involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of.”

― Gilbert Murray

“The most important thing in anyone’s life is to be giving something. The quality I can give is fun and joy and happiness. This is my gift.”

― Ginger Rogers

“I believe that my clothes can give people a better image of themselves – that it can increase their feelings of confidence and happiness.”

― Giorgio Armani

“Since, therefore, no man is born without faults, and he is esteemed the best whose errors are the least, let the wise man consider everything human as connected with himself; for in worldly affairs there is no perfect happiness under heaven.”

― Giraldus Cambrensis

“If you are happy, you can give happiness. If you don’t love yourself and if you are unhappy with yourself, you can’t give anything else but that.”

― Gisele Bundchen

“I don’t like Paris so much, and it’s only eight shows. I mean, don’t tell them that, of course. But everyone always thinks they’re so important. And I’m sure they are. But to me, my happiness is more important.”

― Gisele Bundchen

“Sadness is a very interesting idea, this idea of sadness being some kind of default setting that artists will go into. And then I started thinking about this idea of sadness and happiness, and the idea that sadness is very loud, and happiness is quiet.”

― Glen Hansard

“No one is guaranteed happiness. You can pursue it, but if you happen to find success along the way on that road to happiness, Conservatives believe you should not be demonized or penalized for it.”

― Glenn Beck

“Isolation is the one sure way to human happiness.”

― Glenn Gould

“Mystery is gone to the certainty of technological principles. So the real terror, the real aggression against life comes in the form of the pursuit of our technological happiness.”

― Godfrey Reggio

“What is happiness? Happiness, I think, has to come in the beginning, truly, from feeling a sense of well-being within yourself.”

― Goldie Hawn

“Buddhism is really, one of its main practices is understanding and experiencing compassion, and how that ultimately is a road to happiness.”

― Goldie Hawn

“I always wanted to understand the causes of happiness. I’m a bit of a scientist, I guess you could say.”

― Goldie Hawn

“You will find peace and happiness if you will live the gospel.”

― Gordon B. Hinckley

“You cannot deprive somebody of life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, because that is a right – constitutional right.”

― Gore Vidal

“Laughter is beyond truth – the ultimate happiness.”

― Govinda

“Each person creates boundaries and walls around the self – this often keeps even happiness at bay.”

― Govinda

“Happiness cannot have boundaries.”

― Govinda

“I’ve had an absolutely charmed life in every aspect of it. I do for my job what I would do for a hobby if it wasn’t my job. Half the secret of happiness, I’m ecstatically happily married with three great kids, you know. It’s been a blessed life.”

― Graeme Base

“No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another’s happiness.”

― Graham Greene

“Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention.”

― Greg Anderson

“Everyone needs a certain amount of money. Beyond that, we pursue money because we know how to obtain it. We don’t necessarily know how to obtain happiness.”

― Gregg Easterbrook

“One major challenge within happiness is loneliness. The more I’ve learned about happiness, the more I’ve come to believe that loneliness is a terrible, common, and important obstacle to consider.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“In the scope of a happy life, a messy desk or an overstuffed coat closet is a trivial thing, yet I find – and I hear from other people that they agree – that getting rid of clutter gives a disproportionate boost to happiness.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Like most people, I have several pet subjects – that may or may not be interesting to other people. Don’t get me started on happiness, or habits, or children’s literature, or Winston Churchill, unless you really want to talk about it.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Happiness is a critical factor for work, and work is a critical factor for happiness. In one of those life-isn’t-fair results, it turns out that the happy outperform the less happy. Happy people work more hours each week – and they work more in their free time, too.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Each week, I post a video about some ‘Pigeon of Discontent’ raised by a reader. Because, as much as we try to find the ‘Bluebird of Happiness,’ we’re also plagued by those small but pesky ‘Pigeons of Discontent.’”

― Gretchen Rubin

“It was my interest in happiness that led me to the subject of habits, and of course, the study of habits is really the study of happiness. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life, and a significant element of happiness.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“I’m constantly on the hunt for insights about happiness or ideas about how to be happier – which probably makes me a somewhat tiresome companion at times.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“We need to have intimate, enduring bonds; we need to be able to confide; we need to feel that we belong; we need to be able to get support, and just as important for happiness, to give support. We need many kinds of relationships; for one thing, we need friends.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“For quotes, I have one document for general quotes; the other for happiness-related quotes, which I use for the ‘Moment of Happiness,’ my daily emails of happiness quotes.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“If I can do something in less than one minute, I don’t let myself procrastinate. I hang up my coat, put newspapers in the recycling, scan and toss a letter. Ever since I wrote about this rule in ‘The Happiness Project,’ I’ve been amazed by how many people have told me that it has made a huge difference in their lives.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“While television is a good servant, it’s a bad master. It can swallow up huge quantities of our lives without much happiness bang for the buck.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“One of my key realizations about happiness, and a point oddly under-emphasized by positive psychologists, given its emphasis in popular culture, is that outer order contributes to inner calm. More than it should.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“During my study of happiness, I noticed something that surprised me: I often learn more from one person’s highly idiosyncratic experiences than I do from sources that detail universal principles or cite up-to-date studies.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“They say that people teach what they need to learn. By adopting the role of happiness teacher, if only for myself, I was trying to find the method to conquer my particular faults and limitations.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“Sure, I can afford a nice car and a nice place, but this is not what brings me happiness. Now you’re on a high, and people know you and things like that, but how many people will remember your name once it all stops and the money isn’t raining from the sky?”

― Grigor Dimitrov

“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

“Government should enforce rule of law. It should enforce contracts, it should protect people bodily from being attacked by criminals. And when the government does those things, it is facilitating liberty. When it goes beyond those things, it becomes destructive to both human happiness and human liberty.”

― Grover Norquist

“If we want to increase our own happiness, we need to invest in growing the community happiness and also take care of the whole, of Mother Earth.”

― Guilherme Leal

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.”

― Guillaume Apollinaire

“People don’t realize the great happiness there is in living to be very old and together all the time.”

― Gunnar Myrdal

“Offspring, the due performance on religious rites, faithful service, highest conjugal happiness and heavenly bliss for the ancestors and oneself, depend on one’s wife alone.”

― Guru Nanak

“’Suit’ garnered a lot of appreciation and love from the audience, and it gives me immense happiness to start my Bollywood journey with such a wonderful track. ‘Hindi Medium’ posed a perfect and appropriate opportunity to showcase my song and ensure that the beautiful track reaches the global audience.”

― Guru Randhawa

“To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“One mustn’t ask apple trees for oranges, France for sun, women for love, life for happiness.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“Oh, if I had been loved at the age of seventeen, what an idiot I would be today. Happiness is like smallpox: if you catch it too soon, it can completely ruin your constitution.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“Happiness is a monstrosity! Punished are those who seek it.”

― Gustave Flaubert

“Eventually, we reach the point where we start to realize that we are not going to find peace, contentment, happiness, strength, fearlessness – all of the things that in our heart of hearts we wish we had – outside of us.”

― Guy Finley

“Inside every adult there’s still a child that lingers. We’re happiness merchants – giving people the opportunity to dream like children.”

― Guy Laliberte

“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, Jr.

“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.”

― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.”

― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”

― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of all your happiness or misery.”

― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“All rationalism tends to minimalise the value and the importance of life and to decrease the sum total of human happiness.”

― H. P. Lovecraft

“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”

― Hafez

“The pop musicians often leave meaning in the dust and substitute it for cartoons. The deeper artists – the grunge artists in the world and the emoticon people – tend to leave all of the happiness out of life like it just doesn’t exist.”

― Hal Sparks

“I feel a physical happiness when spring is coming.”

― Halldor Laxness

“The ultimate end of human acts is eudaimonia, happiness in the sense of living well, which all men desire; all acts are but different means chosen to arrive at it.”

― Hannah Arendt

“The U.S. Declaration of Independence enshrines the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Alas, that is not the case everywhere in the world.”

― Haris Pasovic

“I try to stress to my children that buying something never leads to true happiness.”

― Harlan Coben

“The blue light emanating from our cell phones, our tablets and our laptops is playing havoc on our brain chemicals: our serotonin, our melatonin. It’s screwing up our sleep patterns, our happiness, our appetites, our carbohydrate cravings.”

― Harley Pasternak

“Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness.”

― Harold Kushner

“Each person is living for himself; his own happiness is all he can ever personally feel.”

― Harry Browne

“I’m just dealing with what’s happening, with what is. Joy, happiness, good, bad, all those terms are meaningless to me.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“The principles we live by, in business and in social life, are the most important part of happiness.”

― Harry Harrison

“I always seem to have a vague feeling that he is a Satan among musicians, a fallen angel in the darkness who is perpetually seeking to fight his way back to happiness.”

― Havelock Ellis

“Because I am married to a surgeon, I do Botox and I do some fillers. But I truly believe that the best beauty secret is happiness. I know that sounds sappy, but I’m just telling you it comes from the inside and spreads out. The happier and more satisfied you are living your life, the better you will look.”

― Heather Dubrow

“I’ve been evaluating how much I value happiness in my life. To be too driven takes away your happiness.”

― Heather Graham

“Sex is not a subject in my photographs, or would only be if it had to do with romance, sometimes vulnerability. The photographs are quite clearly about happiness, or search for happiness.”

― Hedi Slimane

“The Bourbon King was first ambassador of reason and human happiness.”

― Heinrich Mann

“I think the happiness we find, we make.”

― Helen Fisher

“Money, if it does not bring you happiness, will at least help you be miserable in comfort.”

― Helen Gurley Brown

“Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.”

― Helen Keller

“Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.”

― Helen Keller

“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

― Helen Keller

“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”

― Helen Keller

“No one has a right to consume happiness without producing it.”

― Helen Keller

“No matter how dull, or how mean, or how wise a man is, he feels that happiness is his indisputable right.”

― Helen Keller

“I’m a very positive person. My grandmother taught me that happiness is both a skill and a decision, and you are responsible for the outcome.”

― Helen McCrory

“Happiness, as a word, has become sort of equated with these smiling images on television, selling some nice cream or food product or something. It’s seen a bit as being a stupid consumer.”

― Helena Norberg-Hodge

“There’s often a discussion about, ‘Well, how do we know what happiness is? Is it real?’ I’ve always argued that all of us know that there’s a huge difference between how we feel when we feel happy and when we don’t feel happy.”

― Helena Norberg-Hodge

“Happiness is state of mind.”

― Hema Malini

“What’s the use of happiness? It can’t buy you money.”

― Henny Youngman

“Tell me what you feel in your room when the full moon is shining in upon you and your lamp is dying out, and I will tell you how old you are, and I shall know if you are happy.”

― Henri Frederic Amiel

“Derive happiness in oneself from a good day’s work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us.”

― Henri Matisse

“The enemy of human happiness as well as the cause of poverty and starvation is not the birth of children. It is the failure of people to do with the earth what God could teach them to do if only they would ask and then obey, for they are agents unto themselves.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Those who submit like a child do it because they know that the Father wants only the happiness of His children and that only He knows the way. That is the testimony we must have to keep praying like a submissive child, in the good times as well as the times of trouble.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“We are spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father who placed us in mortality to see if we would choose – freely choose – to keep His commandments and come unto His Beloved Son. They do not compel us. They cannot, for that would interfere with the plan of happiness. And so there is in us a God-given desire to be responsible for our own choices.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“The Lord protects, guides, and watches over those who are His trusted friends in His work. His work and that of His Father and our Father is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of the children of God. And Satan, the enemy of our happiness, opposes those who serve the Lord.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“It is a lie that our anger justifies our impulse to hurt or ignore our antagonists. We are to forgive to be forgiven. To wait for them to repent before we forgive and repent is to allow them to choose for us a delay which could cost us happiness here and hereafter.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“The ideal God holds for us is to form families in the way most likely to lead to happiness and away from sorrow.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

― Henry David Thoreau

“Happiness… consists in giving, and in serving others.”

― Henry Drummond

“There is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving.”

― Henry Drummond

“Scarcely one person in a thousand is capable of tasting the happiness of others.”

― Henry Fielding

“There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.”

― Henry Ford

“Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.”

― Henry Ford

“Law is stable; the societies we are speaking of are progressive. The greater or less happiness of a people depends on the degree of promptitude with which the gulf is narrowed.”

― Henry James Sumner Maine

“We have arrived at that point of time in which we are forced to see our own humiliation, as a nation, and that a progression in this line cannot be a productive of happiness, private or public.”

― Henry Knox

“Liberty is to the collective body, what health is to every individual body. Without health no pleasure can be tasted by man; without liberty, no happiness can be enjoyed by society.”

― Henry St. John

“To desire and strive to be of some service to the world, to aim at doing something which shall really increase the happiness and welfare and virtue of mankind – this is a choice which is possible for all of us; and surely it is a good haven to sail for.”

― Henry Van Dyke

“Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.”

― Henry Van Dyke

“The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.”

― Heraclitus

“Public health service should be as fully organized and as universally incorporated into our governmental system as is public education. The returns are a thousand fold in economic benefits, and infinitely more in reduction of suffering and promotion of human happiness.”

― Herbert Hoover

“The slave may be happy, but happiness is not enough.”

― Herbert Read

“Objects we ardently pursue bring little happiness when gained; most of our pleasures come from unexpected sources.”

― Herbert Spencer

“It’s part of life to have obstacles. It’s about overcoming obstacles; that’s the key to happiness.”

― Herbie Hancock

“We need to move into a culture of peace. What I hope to promote is the idea that we all need each other and that the greatest happiness in life is not how much we have but how much we give. That’s a wealth that’s priceless. You can’t buy compassion.”

― Herbie Hancock

“This happiness consisted of nothing else but the harmony of the few things around me with my own existence, a feeling of contentment and well-being that needed no changes and no intensification.”

― Hermann Hesse

“It was as if all of the happiness, all of the magic of this blissful hour had flowed together into these stirring, bittersweet tones and flowed away, becoming temporal and transitory once more.”

― Hermann Hesse

“Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.”

― Hermann Hesse

“To be able to throw one’s self away for the sake of a moment, to be able to sacrifice years for a woman’s smile – that is happiness.”

― Hermann Hesse

“Nevertheless, whether in occurrences lasting days, hours or mere minutes at a time, I have experienced happiness often, and have had brief encounters with it in my later years, even in old age.”

― Hermann Hesse

“For me, however, that beloved, glowing little word happiness has become associated with everything I have felt since childhood upon hearing the sound of the word itself.”

― Hermann Hesse

“Happiness may perhaps be shared. But not luck, sadly.”

― Herta Muller

“It’s not attractive when girls get superskinny. Guys don’t like it. Girls don’t like you as much. You lose some happiness when that’s all you think about.”

― Hilary Duff

“Those who seek happiness miss it, and those who discuss it, lack it.”

― Holbrook Jackson

“At the end of the day, you are in control of your own happiness. Life is going to happen whether you overthink it, overstress it or not. Just experience life and be happy along the way. You can’t control everything in your life, but you can control your happiness.”

― Holly Holm

“We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.”

― Honore de Balzac

“A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”

― Honore de Balzac

“You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.”

― Horace

“Musical composition should bring happiness and joy to people and make them forget their troubles.”

― Horace Silver

“No period of my life has been one of such unmixed happiness as the four years which have been spent within college walls.”

― Horatio Alger

“My greatest happiness is to serve my gracious King and Country and I am envious only of glory; for if it be a sin to covet glory I am the most offending soul alive.”

― Horatio Nelson

“Real happiness is cheap enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.”

― Hosea Ballou

“Suspicion is far more to be wrong than right; more often unjust than just. It is no friend to virtue, and always an enemy to happiness.”

― Hosea Ballou

“Money can’t buy happiness.”

― Howard Hughes

“It’s the most beautiful job in the world to give happiness to people.”

― Hubert de Givenchy

“I have known a few good marriages, but very few. And others look to me like they’re pretty miserable. I don’t really think that’s a recipe for happiness.”

― Hugh Grant

“I have my moments. Ever since I was a boy, I never was someone who was at ease with happiness. Too often I embrace introspection and self-doubt. I wish I could embrace the good things.”

― Hugh Laurie

“People will survive, and they will find happiness. Happiness only comes when you’re not looking for it.”

― Hugh Laurie

“I never was someone who was at ease with happiness.”

― Hugh Laurie

“I admit I can’t shake the idea that there is virtue in suffering, that there is a sort of psychic economy, whereby if you embrace success, happiness and comfort, these things have to be paid for.”

― Hugh Laurie

“Happiness comes from… some curious adjustment to life.”

― Hugh Walpole

“It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self.”

― Hugo Black

“Being uprooted from your own culture, provided you take with you the way of thinking and being that characterises the more integrated social culture from which you come, is not as disruptive to happiness and well-being as becoming part of a relatively fragmented culture.”

― Iain McGilchrist

“I don’t think happiness comes with money, but if you are hungry, you can’t be as happy as if you aren’t hungry.”

― Ian Gillan

“A little while ago, I had this realization that so much of my happiness depended on what my career was looking like at that time, and that’s, like, death of happiness right there.”

― Ian Harding

“Death just comes, not happiness. Because when you’re trying to find happiness, you’re trying to navigate a very, very murky minefield of distractions, of disappointments, of deceptions. That’s why you have to work on happiness.”

― Ian K. Smith

“I think happiness is a combination of pleasure, engagement and meaningfulness.”

― Ian K. Smith

“Pleasure does not equal happiness; it’s part of happiness.”

― Ian K. Smith

“I always say: ‘Share your happiness with the world, give other people that happiness and let it come back,’ but some things make me question it. I don’t know if I want some people to know that I am happy. I think a lot of people want to take it away from you, and that’s really scary.”

― Iggy Azalea

“I believe in the ideals of America, in liberty, justice, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Ilhan Omar

“Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.”

― Immanuel Kant

“It is not God’s will merely that we should be happy, but that we should make ourselves happy.”

― Immanuel Kant

“Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”

― Immanuel Kant

“Happiness is a state of mind, you know. I don’t think you are permanently happy. One is happy about certain things and not so happy about others.”

― Indira Gandhi

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

― Ingrid Bergman

“As long as you understand that you find happiness through family, friends and love, then money is just a nice bonus.”

― Ioan Gruffudd

“Happiness is a matter of one’s most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self.”

― Iris Murdoch

“Tell him, on the contrary, that he needs, in the interest of his own happiness, to walk in the path of humility and self-control, and he will be indifferent, or even actively resentful.”

― Irving Babbitt

“Since every man desires happiness, it is evidently no small matter whether he conceives of happiness in terms of work or of enjoyment.”

― Irving Babbitt

“Time the great destroyer of other men’s happiness, only enlarges the patrimony of literature to its possessor.”

― Isaac D’Israeli

“One must never look for happiness: one meets it by the way.”

― Isabelle Eberhardt

“Your destiny is my destiny. Your happiness is my happiness.”

― Islom Karimov

“I say there is not more happiness for me than the freedom of my Homeland.”

― Islom Karimov

“May there always be peace, love and happiness in every house.”

― Islom Karimov

“The most simple things can bring the most happiness.”

― Izabella Scorupco

“To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child’s delight added to your own – this is happiness.”

― J. B. Priestley

“I invite you to get out of the box, be yourself. If you have blue hair, pink, yellow; if you have a broken tooth; if you have other sexual preferences… be yourself. Fight for your happiness always.”

― J Balvin

“I am a kind of paranoid in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.”

― J. D. Salinger

“Happiness is an attitude of mind, born of the simple determination to be happy under all outward circumstances.”

― J. Donald Walters

“Happiness is understanding that friendship is more precious than mere things, more precious than getting your own way, more precious than being in situations where true principles are not at stake.”

― J. Donald Walters

“The secret of happiness is the determination to be happy always, rather than wait for outer circumstances to make one happy.”

― J. Donald Walters

“Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.”

― J. Donald Walters

“I’m happy to sacrifice a big pay cheque for my happiness, if that’s not too corny a thing to say. It’s probably more naive than mature to say that, maybe, but that’s how I feel.”

― Jack Gleeson

“I celebrate Diwali in a way that spreads happiness to those around me.”

― Jackie Shroff

“I’m proud to work with Crest and help spread the message to #ChooseSmiles because smiles are the easiest way to express kindness or happiness.”

― Jacob Tremblay

“Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.”

― Jacques Prevert

“The happiness of the bee and the dolphin is to exist. For man it is to know that and to wonder at it.”

― Jacques Yves Cousteau

“You know, as I get older, personal happiness is all about love. It’s all about love. You know, how I’m loved and how I love my family and my husband. That to me is happiness, when I feel like I am loved and I have a place to love deeply. That to me is happiness.”

― Jada Pinkett Smith

“It’s good to be happy and tell us how cool your life is and how awesome you are on social media. That’s great because it inspires other people to be happy, too. But a lot of times, people are trying to be happy in the wrong ways – with money or with different things that are not true happiness.”

― Jaden Smith

“Children never seek happiness: they are happy.”

― Jaggi Vasudev

“I think life is difficult and that’s that. I am not at all – absolutely not at all – interested in the pursuit of happiness. I am not interested in the pursuit of positivity. I am interested in pursuing a truth, and the truth often seems to be not happiness but its opposite.”

― Jamaica Kincaid

“We really shouldn’t be putting a label on size. Fashion is for all, and I think confidence and happiness is more important than dress labels.”

― Jameela Jamil

“A man is not rightly conditioned until he is a happy, healthy, and prosperous being; and happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings.”

― James Allen

“Happiness is mental harmony; unhappiness is mental inharmony.”

― James Allen

“Happiness is just a positive perception from our brain. Some days, you will be unhappy. Our brain is a tool we use. It’s not who we are.”

― James Altucher

“I have an odd theory on happiness, and it bothers people. My general theory is that happiness is a reward for an animal doing what it should be doing. So if a horse runs, it feels happy. Or if you are too thin, you can’t be happy, because evolution wants you to be tense and anxious, trying to wake up in the morning looking for food.”

― James D. Watson

“A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.”

― James E. Faust

“In this life, we have to make many choices. Some are very important choices. Some are not. Many of our choices are between good and evil. The choices we make, however, determine to a large extent our happiness or our unhappiness, because we have to live with the consequences of our choices.”

― James E. Faust

“Most of us need time to work through pain and loss. We can find all manner of reasons for postponing forgiveness. One of these reasons is waiting for the wrongdoers to repent before we forgive them. Yet such a delay causes us to forfeit the peace and happiness that could be ours.”

― James E. Faust

“In my long life I have found peace, joy, and happiness beyond my fondest hopes and dreams. One of the supreme benedictions of my life has been my marriage to an elect daughter of God. I love her with all my heart and soul.”

― James E. Faust

“We make no greater voluntary choice in this life than the selection of a marriage partner. This decision can bring eternal happiness and joy. To find sublime fulfillment in marriage, both partners need to be fully committed to the marriage.”

― James E. Faust

“For women, the important ingredients for happiness are to forge an identity, serve the Lord, get an education, develop your talents, serve your family, and, if possible, to have a family of your own.”

― James E. Faust

“Individuality is the aim of political liberty. By leaving the citizen as much freedom of action and of being as comports with order and the rights of others, the institutions render him truly a freeman. He is left to pursue his means of happiness in his own manner.”

― James Fenimore Cooper

“See to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.”

― James Freeman Clarke

“Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does buy happier.”

― James Gunn

“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.”

― James Hillman

“I see happiness as a by-product. I don’t think you can pursue happiness. I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes the Founding Fathers made.”

― James Hillman

“Well may the boldest fear and the wisest tremble when incurring responsibilities on which may depend our country’s peace and prosperity, and in some degree the hopes and happiness of the whole human family.”

― James K. Polk

“When you’re young, you envision happiness in such an idealized way.”

― James Lapine

“As you get older, you realize happiness involves a lot of problems.”

― James Lapine

“To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”

― James Madison

“A sincere and steadfast co-operation in promoting such a reconstruction of our political system as would provide for the permanent liberty and happiness of the United States.”

― James Madison

“For my part, I do not feel that the scheme of future happiness, which ought by rights to be in preparation for me, will be at all interfered with by my not meeting again the man I have in my. mind.”

― James Payn

“Happiness is often at its most intense when it is based on inequality.”

― James Salter

“It is in his knowledge that man has found his greatness and his happiness, the high superiority which he holds over the other animals who inhabit the earth with him, and consequently no ignorance is probably without loss to him, no error without evil.”

― James Smithson

“Chaos is the first condition. Order is the first law. Continuity is the first reflection. Quietude is the first happiness.”

― James Stephens

“That which makes people dissatisfied with their condition, is the chimerical idea they form of the happiness of others.”

― James Thomson

“People can hate on you for doing what it is that makes you happy, but ultimately, it has to belong to you. It shouldn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Life is not easy. The road to happiness is not a path well trotted. You have to find your own path to enlightenment.”

― Jamie Campbell Bower

“’m really proud of ‘Sad, Sad World’ because it manages to state a very complex paradox of an emotion that I experienced when I had children, which is this great happiness and this great intensity, but with that intensity comes a deeper understanding of the world.”

― Jamie Cullum

“And perfect happiness? Man, that’s a… the pool is about 92 degrees, the Jacuzzi is about 102 and an avocado farm.”

― Jamie Foxx

“I think happiness comes from self-acceptance. We all try different things, and we find some comfortable sense of who we are. We look at our parents and learn and grow and move on. We change.”

― Jamie Lee Curtis

“I think my capacity to change has given me tremendous happiness, because who I am today I am completely content to be.”

― Jamie Lee Curtis

“A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.”

― Jane Austen

“Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.”

― Jane Austen

“’SuperBetter’ is fundamentally about a mind shift. It’s about claiming your power to be in charge of how you spend your time and energy, and focusing it on the things that matter the most to you. Focusing on things that will bring real happiness, real well-being.”

― Jane McGonigal

“Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.”

― Jane Porter

“I would hope my legacy would be bringing smiles to faces. Happiness with my music.”

― Janet Jackson

“I’m no expert. I have no psychic powers, and I sure don’t possess any secret wisdom. I’m just Janet. I have strengths, weaknesses, fears, happiness, sadness. I experience joy and I experience pain. I’m highly emotional. I’m very vulnerable.”

― Janet Jackson

“Playing is just about feeling. Playing isn’t necessarily about misery. Playing isn’t necessarily about happiness. But it’s just about letting yourself feel all those things that you have already on the inside of you, but you’re all the time trying to push them aside because they don’t make for polite conversation or something.”

― Janis Joplin

“I keep mementos from everything I’ve done. I’ve got my cab driver’s license from ‘Happiness.’ I’ve got a pair of glasses and a belt buckle from playing John Lennon. I’ve got a pair of sunglasses from playing Andy Warhol… It’s all in a box in the garage.”

― Jared Harris

“The suburbs have this veneer of happiness, you know? This veneer of the ideal life. From afar, it’s all together – white picket fence, nice house – but you peel away one little layer, and it all comes crumbling down.”

― Jason Jones

“The more I travel around the world, the more I see people want the same thing – to be happy. We wouldn’t be in a monetary system if we didn’t have to work, so if my music can contribute to happiness, then that’s my main responsibility.”

― Jason Mraz

“I finally realize that I have earned my happiness and what little success I have. And I’m not guilty about it any more. It just happened one day. It just came out.”

― Jason Robards

“Happiness to me is simply not being unhappy.”

― Jasper Carrott

“I enjoy acting, and it’s given me a ton of happiness and it’s affected my life and my family’s lives in ways that we just can’t imagine.”

― Jay Baruchel

“Good and productive labor is valuable, and it doesn’t mean you have to have a fancy job description. You don’t have to become rich. You can be ordinary. Happiness lies there. Do good work, create good work for others.”

― Jay Parini

“I think I’ve been able to find happiness, and I’ve learned to love myself. That’s a huge accomplishment for anyone, learning to love yourself.”

― Jazz Jennings

“I really just want to spread my love and happiness toward other people.”

― Jazz Jennings

“The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity, than the discovery of a new star.”

― Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

“Being charitable provides a boost to your psyche that is tough to replicate in any other way. But note that although any charity will happily take your money, you can give in other ways and still reap the same happiness reward. Volunteering and donating your old or unused belongings have the same result.”

― Jean Chatzky

“Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.”

― Jean de la Bruyere

“Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.”

― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“In a lifetime, you can say, yes, you have instances of pleasure, of happiness, you like some of your work, but your work is the entire story, and if you are not satisfied with a few moments of a few parts of that story, you would like to be able to adjust that.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“I would say to anyone starting out that if their priority in life is happiness, then don’t be a musician.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“Five or six hundred heads cut off would have assured your repose, freedom and happiness.”

― Jean-Paul Marat

“Money doesn’t buy happiness. But happiness isn’t everything.”

― Jean Seberg

“Every age has its happiness and troubles.”

― Jeanne Calment

“We can go through our five senses in about a minute’s time to become grounded in the present; and we can do this anytime we find ourselves in worry or speculation. Becoming grounded in our present makes us available to happiness.”

― Jeff Kober

“To increase the power, develop the resources and promote the happiness of a Confederacy, it is requisite there should be so much of homogeneity that the welfare of every portion would be the aim of the whole.”

― Jefferson Davis

“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness is part of our constitutional rights and it belongs to everybody.”

― Jeffrey Tambor

“I used to say that ‘happy’ was like ‘lucky,’ kind of imaginary. But now that I’m married and have children, I find that happiness is a real space.”

― Jeffrey Wright

“Acknowledging that there’s something you desire, not going after it, and deciding that, ‘You know what, it’s fine; I’ll just focus on what I do have, make myself a ham sandwich, and call it a day,’ isn’t happiness. It’s denial.”

― Jen Sincero

“I never thought I’d be using this phrase, but the pursuit of happiness – that’s my right.”

― Jenifer Lewis

“You can undo a lot of things. If you’re not happy, you can become happy. Happiness is a choice. That’s the thing I really feel.”

― Jennifer Aniston

“The thing that really matters to me is well-being and happiness. Maybe it comes from knowing people who have tortured themselves trying to meet these strangely narrow and rigorous definitions of what our culture thinks is beautiful.”

― Jennifer Connelly

“I don’t want to put happiness off to the future, because you never know what life will bring.”

― Jennifer Connelly

“My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother’s voice and smile.”

― Jennifer Garner

“Few men in their 70s looked as good as my father did. What was his secret? Genes, maybe, since he didn’t exercise or diet, and he kept a candy drawer, drank a pot of black coffee every day, and read in the middle of the night. Still, he took such joy in being a dad – and in life in general – and his happiness showed.”

― Jennifer Grant

“The said truth is that it is the greatest happiness of the greatest number that is the measure of right and wrong.”

― Jeremy Bentham

“The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.”

― Jeremy Bentham

“In civilized life, where the happiness and indeed almost the existence of man, depends on the opinion of his fellow men. He is constantly acting a studied part.”

― Jeremy Collier

“When I design, I always pull from things that are significant to me. In my work, I search for happiness and then try to convey that joy in the clothes.”

― Jeremy Scott

“Michael has a connection with children, just like Mickey Mouse does, and he brings happiness to them, and joy.”

― Jermaine Jackson

“I grew up in what my mom will always dispute as ‘the hood.’ She just doesn’t like the name. But it had its similarities to any neighborhood like that. The all-black neighbors and the all-black problems and the all-black happiness. And I really loved it.”

― Jerrod Carmichael

“Obviously, there will be different character traits in the dressing room, but I’m there to bring happiness and a smile.”

― Jesse Lingard

“The Constitution guarantees us our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That’s all. It doesn’t guarantee our rights to charity.”

― Jesse Ventura

“I truly am living out what true joy and happiness means.”

― Jessica White

“I think if you’re a good person and spread happiness, good things will come to you!”

― Jessie James Decker

“If we depend for our happiness on another, on society or on environment, they become essential to us; we cling to them, and any alteration of these we violently oppose because we depend upon them for our psychological security and comfort.”

― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“At my aunt’s funeral, I promised myself that I wouldn’t be bound by the belief that I’m supposed to stay in anything – whether it’s a relationship, a job, a house, or a circumstance – if it makes me miserable. She gave me the courage to find my own happiness.”

― Jill Scott

“We all have to work for happiness. And you cannot listen to other people. That is the worst mistake you can make.”

― Jillian Michaels

“I have a theory that the secret of marital happiness is simple: drink in different pubs to your other half.”

― Jilly Cooper

“Try pitching a story of happiness to your editors, and their toes are going to curl up.”

― Jim Crace

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”

― Jim Rohn

“Today, we stand as a united country and are much closer to the ideals set forth in our Constitution that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Jim Ryun

“For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.”

― Jimmy Carter

“People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.”

― Joan Rivers

“This is our country and our home and our families. We can decide that one person’s right to bear arms does not come at the expense of a neighbor’s right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Joe Kennedy III

“I’m not an overly material person. Sure, I like certain comforts in life. But buying a lot of ‘things’ doesn’t produce happiness for me.”

― Joe Mansueto

“The more you practise happiness, the better you get at it. So if you spend lots of time practising being depressed, you’re going to get really good at being depressed. And if you spend lots of time practising being happy, you’re going to get better at being happy.”

― Joe Wright

“I loved being in the theater. It was a place of enormous excitement and happiness and safety and respect and dignity. It was a place where, if you did your job, you weren’t a kid – you were a full person worthy of respect from all the adults in the company.”

― Joel Grey

“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.”

― Joel Osteen

“You can be happy where you are.”

― Joel Osteen

“By mere burial man arrives not at bliss; and in the future life, throughout its whole infinite range, they will seek for happiness as vainly as they sought it here, who seek it in aught else than that which so closely surrounds them here – the Infinite.”

― Johann Gottlieb Fichte

“Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.”

― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“As I’ve got older, I’ve really had to dig deep and find where my happiness comes from. Why do I play tennis? You get a lot of incredible highs, but it can be very lonely with some dark lows. So the biggest thing I’ve learned is finding the reasons for my enjoyment.”

― Johanna Konta

“The happiness of society is the end of government.”

― John Adams

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.”

― John Barrymore

“I guess happiness is not a state you want to be in all the time.”

― John Belushi

“There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.”

― John Buchan

“According to your sympathy, you will take pleasure in your own happiness or in the happiness of other people; but it is always your own happiness you seek.”

― John Buchanan Robinson

“As attractive as it is, the idea that nature can exist beyond our dangerous ‘instinct for happiness’ is never the whole story.”

― John Burnside

“The secret of happiness is something to do.”

― John Burroughs

“I have discovered the secret of happiness. It is work.”

― John Burroughs

“I have discovered the secret of happiness – it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.”

― John Burroughs

“Let a durable and firm peace be established and this government be confined rigidly to the few great objects for which it was instituted, leaving the States to contend in generous rivalry to develop, by the arts of peace, their respective resources, and a scene of prosperity and happiness would follow, heretofore unequaled on the globe.”

― John C. Calhoun

“Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.”

― John C. Maxwell

“The only really important thing, at the end of the day, is your health. If you haven’t got that, then all the money in the world isn’t going to bring you happiness.”

― John Caudwell

“I would be the first to say that while a lack of money can cause misery, money doesn’t buy you happiness.”

― John Caudwell

“My philosophy is very much to encourage my children to forge their own success and happiness, even though that will undoubtedly involve much more modest levels of wealth creation.”

― John Caudwell

“I don’t think anyone, no matter what, can find perfect happiness until they understand exactly who they are and how every little thing they do can affect the world around them. I think perfect happiness would be a world where everyone is constantly striving to understand everyone else.”

― John Corey Whaley

“’Utopia’ is a positive and constructive program that gives people the opportunity, if you can start all over again, start from scratch and create laws and make decisions, will you be able to build a society that is better than the one we have; will it be chaos or happiness.”

― John de Mol, Jr.

“Making a living doing something you love is my idea of happiness.”

― John DeLuca

“To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness.”

― John Dewey

“Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning.”

― John Dewey

“Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be.”

― John Dryden

“Of course, the most important factor of all for long life is a good family. When a person goes home with the wife or the kids giving him endless headaches, then it’s hard for that person to enjoy a long life. I am very fortunate, because my wife Elizabeth and my obedient children are very good; they have given me happiness.”

― John Gokongwei

“Some of us learned in a school of philosophy which taught that all was for the common good and nothing for oneself and have never, in any case, regarded the pursuit of happiness as anything other than an aberration of the human spirit.”

― John Grierson

“All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.”

― John Gunther

“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.”

― John Harrigan

“Character is power; it makes friends, draws patronage and support and opens the way to wealth, honor and happiness.”

― John Howe

“Marriage is wild. I thought it was this perfect land of happiness and joy. Wrong! After you say you do, you don’t for a long time.”

― John Leguizamo

“Sometimes I feel like crying, tears of happiness, tears of joy, to see the distance we’ve come and the progress we’ve made.”

― John Lewis

“Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin.”

― John Lubbock

“Your typical business just measures the metrics that have to do with the profitability of the business one way or another. But you can have metrics that measure employee happiness and the morale. You can also do direct customer surveys; you can track it over time. You can do supplier satisfaction scores as well.”

― John Mackey

“The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.”

― John Mason Brown

“Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.”

― John Mason Good

“You get to a certain age where you prepare yourself for happiness. Sometimes you never remember to actually get happy.”

― John Mayer

“I have sacrificed not only my favorite scheme of life, but the softer affections of the heart, and my prospects of domestic happiness, and I am ready to sacrifice my life also, with cheerfulness, if that forfeiture could restore peace and good will among mankind.”

― John Paul Jones

“Though I have drawn my sword in the present generous struggle for the rights of men, yet I am not in arms as an American, nor am I in pursuit of riches. My fortune is liberal enough, having no wife nor family, and having lived long enough to know that riches cannot ensure happiness.”

― John Paul Jones

“I guess I just process death differently than some folks. Realizing you’re not going to see that person again is always the most difficult part about it. But that feeling settles, and then you are glad you had that person in your life, and then the happiness and the sadness get all swirled up inside you.”

― John Prine

“Man’s only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever.”

― John Ruskin

“Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.”

― John Stossel

“I have learned to seek my happiness by limiting my desires, rather than in attempting to satisfy them.”

― John Stuart Mill

“Actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness; wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness. By happiness is intended pleasure and the absence of pain.”

― John Stuart Mill

“Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.”

― John Stuart Mill

“To guarantee the individual maximum freedom within a social frame of minimal laws ensures – if not happiness – its hopeful pursuit.”

― John Updike

“True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.”

― John W. Gardner

“I don’t like rules of any kind. And I seek people who break rules with happiness – and not bringing pain to themselves.”

― John Waters

“If kind parents love their children and delight in their happiness, then he who is perfect goodness in sending abroad mortal contagions doth assuredly direct their use.”

― John Woolman

“I’m constantly tortured, and that’s why I say happiness is irrelevant. Happiness is for children and yuppies.”

― John Zorn

“I’m not striving for happiness, I’m trying to get some work done. And sometimes the best work is done under doubt. Constantly rethinking and re-evaluating what you’re doing, working and working until it’s finished.”

― John Zorn

“Happiness is your dentist telling you it won’t hurt and then having him catch his hand in the drill.”

― Johnny Carson

“People truly reaching across boundaries – be they religious or race, political or geographic. A state that is sincerely civil and respectful of each individual’s pathway toward life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness will be our goal.”

― Jon Huntsman, Jr.

“Sometimes in life, we try to do our very best to help others, and in the process, it brings some anguish to us. But we can’t ever let that stop us. We can’t ever be stopped from helping others and allowing them to have some sense of happiness and joy in their life.”

― Jon Huntsman, Sr.

“Just staying healthy, that is true wealth and true happiness.”

― Jon Jones

“Happiness means nothing to me. I just want to have meaning and purpose.”

― Jon Krakauer

“The American culture is pursue your own happiness, follow your dreams. The Chinese side is sacrifice everything for your family; it’s all about the group. Those conflicting ideas were always a battle in my head.”

― Jon M. Chu

“I really think that people’s right to happiness shouldn’t be dictated by some policymaker in Washington, D.C. I’ve come to know a lot of people that – sexual orientation is such where they’re in love with people from the same sex, and I just don’t think it’s our role in the government to say, ‘No you can’t be married.’”

― Jon Tester

“I don’t know the true meaning of happiness.”

― Jonathan Davis

“The happiness of the creature consists in rejoicing in God, by which also God is magnified and exalted.”

― Jonathan Edwards

“It is our happiness to live under the government of a PRINCE who is satisfied with ruling according to law; as every other good prince will – We enjoy under his administration all the liberty that is proper and expedient for us.”

― Jonathan Mayhew

“Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?”

― Jonathan Safran Foer

“As comfortable as I am being single, nothing beats sharing your happiness with someone you love.”

― Jonathan Scott

“I don’t understand why Europeans and South Americans can take more sophistication. Why is it that Americans need to hear their happiness major and their tragedy minor, and as jazzy as they can handle is a seventh chord? Are they not experiencing complex emotions?”

― Joni Mitchell

“It’s in responsibility that most people find the meaning that sustains them through life. It’s not in happiness. It’s not in impulsive pleasure.”

― Jordan Peterson

“’Happiness’ is a pointless goal.”

― Jordan Peterson

“If someone has children, the first thing they want is for them to be happy, and then become someone in life and all that. But the educational system, I mean always, not just now, creates competitive, successful people, and does not educate them to be happy. The problem is that success gives money, not happiness. The eternal problem.”

― Jorge Bucay

“Happiness for me is the people whom you love, love you back.”

― Jorge Ramos

“Happiness is always a coincidence.”

― Jose Bergamin

“Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.”

― Jose Marti

“There is happiness in duty, although it may not seem so.”

― Jose Marti

“True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.”

― Joseph Addison

“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.”

― Joseph Addison

“Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”

― Joseph Addison

“Suspicion is not less an enemy to virtue than to happiness; he that is already corrupt is naturally suspicious, and he that becomes suspicious will quickly be corrupt.”

― Joseph Addison

“The gospel of Jesus Christ is more enduring than fame, more precious than riches, more to be desired than happiness.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“We’ve all met those who seem to radiate happiness. They seem to smile more than others; they laugh more than others – just being around them makes us happier as well.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Bookstore operators tell us that the books which head the bestseller list are books on peace and happiness.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Those who make happiness the chief objective of life are bound to fail, for happiness is a by-product rather than an end in itself.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Happiness does not consist in self-love.”

― Joseph Butler

“The principle we call self-love never seeks anything external for the sake of the thing, but only as a means of happiness or good: particular affections rest in the external things themselves.”

― Joseph Butler

“Every man hath a general desire of his own happiness; and likewise a variety of particular affections, passions, and appetites to particular external objects.”

― Joseph Butler

“Happiness or satisfaction consists only in the enjoyment of those objects which are by nature suited to our several particular appetites, passions, and affections.”

― Joseph Butler

“The sum of the whole is plainly this: The nature of man considered in his single capacity, and with respect only to the present world, is adapted and leads him to attain the greatest happiness he can for himself in the present world.”

― Joseph Butler

“If you are kept in ignorance of the true way and permit yourself to rely upon and be guided by the opinion of imperfect man, you can never gain the riches that will bring you peace and lasting happiness.”

― Joseph Franklin Rutherford

“Life everlasting in a state of happiness is the greatest desire of all men.”

― Joseph Franklin Rutherford

“The inspired Scriptures make the clear distinction between false and true riches and make plain the reason why happiness is gained and fully enjoyed only by those who find true riches.”

― Joseph Franklin Rutherford

“When unhappy, one doubts everything; when happy, one doubts nothing.”

― Joseph Roux

“The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.”

― Joseph Roux

“Happiness is itself a kind of gratitude.”

― Joseph Wood Krutch

“God dislikes evil, and no happiness can be built on hate. Love one another as brothers.”

― Josephine Baker

“If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.”

― Josh Billings

“A good way I know to find happiness, is to not bore a hole to fit the plug.”

― Josh Billings

“Even in the middle of tragedy, we find moments of humor, moments of tenderness, of simple happiness.”

― Josh Holloway

“I visited those friends who’d just had a baby, and she was washing dishes and he was cleaning the house, and I burst with happiness. And in their minds, they were in this terrible domestic rut.”

― Josh Lucas

“Joys divided are increased.”

― Josiah Gilbert Holland

“Happiness is making your dreams come true.”

― Jourdan Dunn

“It feels good to know you contributed positively to another’s life, to their happiness, to their survival. It gives us a sense of purpose.”

― Joy Bryant

“Perfect happiness is knowing that everyone I love is healthy, safe, and content.”

― Joy Fielding

“When I wrote ‘We Were The Mulvaneys,’ I was just old enough to look back upon my own family life and the lies of certain individuals close to me, with the detachment of time. I wanted to tell the truth about secrets: How much pain they give, yet how much relief, even happiness we may feel when at last the motive for secrecy has passed.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“There is no such thing as the pursuit of happiness, but there is the discovery of joy.”

― Joyce Grenfell

“Happiness is the sublime moment when you get out of your corsets at night.”

― Joyce Grenfell

“I used to let other people’s struggles affect my happiness. If they weren’t happy, there was no way I was going to be happy. The opposite was also true: If I wasn’t happy, I didn’t want anyone around me to be happy.”

― Joyce Meyer

“I think happiness is a goal all of us can agree on. Let’s face it – we all would like to be happy.”

― Joyce Meyer

“There’s always pressure. People’s happiness depends on you; they suffer with you. You get used to it, but you have to know how to handle it.”

― Juan Mata

“I wanted Jesus in ‘A.D.’ to be very, very, very human – to have those qualities of vulnerability and doubt and pain and sadness and loneliness. Once the resurrection happens and we see that Jesus has risen, it’s almost complete, right? It’s all about the joy and the smile and the happiness and the closeness to the disciples.”

― Juan Pablo Di Pace

“With happiness as with health: to enjoy it, one should be deprived of it occasionally.”

― Jules Verne

“It is for others one must learn to do everything; for there lies the secret of happiness.”

― Jules Verne

“The majority of our happiness at work is determined by the people who surround us. Strong teams produce more content, launch more products, and sign more contracts. And most importantly, they have fun doing it.”

― Julia Hartz

“You know it’s love when all you want is that person to be happy, even if you’re not part of their happiness.”

― Julia Roberts

“Happiness isn’t happiness unless there’s a violin-playing goat.”

― Julia Roberts

“My dream role would be someone anything that Meryl Streep can do. ‘Julia and Julia’ – I thought that was beautiful. She just had the essence of her. To truly become someone, invoking emotions like happiness and sadness and everything in between, that’s what I want to be able to do.”

― Julia Voth

“I know not why there is such a melancholy feeling attached to the remembrance of past happiness, except that we fear that the future can have nothing so bright as the past.”

― Julia Ward Howe

“Seek first what is true and of value, and then whatever happiness follows will be of the appropriate quantity and, more importantly, quality.”

― Julian Baggini

“Happiness is not the same as life satisfaction, while neither are identical to what we might call flourishing.”

― Julian Baggini

“Desire is individual. Happiness is common.”

― Julian Casablancas

“Nothing is harder to dramatize than happiness.”

― Julian Fellowes

“Happiness is the absence of suffering. I think it’s an interesting way of looking at it. I think the absence of suffering exists very rarely in the world we live in.”

― Julie Christie

“Happiness is not necessarily a drama magnet.”

― Julie Plec

“If you can measure success in this business based on happiness alone I feel like I’ve hit the lottery.”

― Justin Long

“Heartache is very fertile ground for song-making but so is happiness, so is absolute bliss.”

― K. D. Lang

“Mainly, I hope to inspire honesty. We live in a space where so much can be manipulated, and so much is expected to be manipulated – curated, contrived, edited. I think that’s a real detriment to self expression and happiness in a lot of ways. In my mind, honesty and vulnerability is the way forward.”

― K. Flay

“’Bloo’ is a compilation of a few songs I’ve written over the past year, inspired by the necessity of finding happiness in the people I choose to surround myself with.”

― Kacy Hill

“Happiness is perhaps painlessness, a state one rarely appreciates. Happiness, then, is very much like a great talent. It rarely gets appreciated and is taken for granted.”

― Kamal Haasan

“What we do in WWE is not a sacrifice. Being out on the road all the time, and all the bumps and bruises, that sort of thing is difficult but also a joy and a pleasure. It’s brought so much happiness into my life. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

― Kane

“I refuse to accept other people’s ideas of happiness for me. As if there’s a ‘one size fits all’ standard for happiness.”

― Kanye West

“I don’t know about happy endings, because I don’t think, eventually, anything is happy. You feel a bout of happiness with good news. Five minutes later, there could be a traffic jam or a phone call from an irritating relative or a weird thought, or it could be a tweet that annoys you, and your emotion will flip immediately.”

― Karan Johar

“Life is full of happiness and tears; be strong and have faith.”

― Kareena Kapoor Khan

“The ancient Greek view of happiness was really defined by leading a productive life: It’s not about how much you have, it’s about what you do with it.”

― Karen Duffy

“It’s OK to have a plan, to invest in your future – for your financial security, your love life, your personal fulfillment, and even your happiness. To have personal happiness as a stated goal doesn’t detract from it if you get there.”

― Karen Finerman

“As a teenager, rather than setting myself on a course to pursue fame (quite common growing up in L.A., the entertainment capital of the world), happiness, fulfillment, and spiritual enlightenment (also quite common), I skipped right on to trying to be successful. ‘Let’s just get on with it,’ I felt. ‘Onward’ became my motto.”

― Karen Finerman

“Whenever you choose power over love, you will never find true happiness.”

― Karen Salmansohn

“Altruism raises your mood because it raises your self-esteem, which increases happiness. Plus, giving to others gets you outside of yourself and distracts you from your problems.”

― Karen Salmansohn

“It’s so essential to happiness to speak your truth out loud – because this sharing of your core pain is what creates a necessary healing shift – from negative beliefs about the world – to positive beliefs – and frees you up to be able to fully view life with meaning, purpose and connection with others.”

― Karen Salmansohn

“I firmly believe caretaking the soul is incredibly important for happiness.”

― Karen Salmansohn

“Equal access to reading is fundamental to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Karin Slaughter

“There are no plans that always work in life. For me, the secret to happiness is being positive and looking at the brighter side of my life.”

― Karisma Kapoor

“I think my personality is not because I was born this way but because I was raised this way. I was raised with a lot of fun, a lot of joy, a lot of happiness, a lot of passion, and that’s how my family is.”

― Karl-Anthony Towns

“Start your diet during a period of optimism and happiness.”

― Karl Lagerfeld

“The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.”

― Karl Marx

“When I look back at that freedom of childhood, which is in a way infinite, and at all the joy and the intense happiness, now lost, I sometimes think that childhood is where the real meaning of life is located, and that we, adults, are its servants – that that’s our purpose.”

― Karl Ove Knausgard

“Life continues to be difficult. It always will be because that’s just life. But I am so glad I have put some happiness into the world.”

― Karolyn Grimes

“I’ve learned to find happiness within myself.”

― Karrueche Tran

“Honestly, all I want is happiness.”

― Karrueche Tran

“More than my own happiness, it’s my mother’s happiness that makes me happy.”

― Kartik Aaryan

“People know my lyrics; they know the stuff I’ve written, and it’s all about life, love, happiness, and these big euphoric moments. It would always bug me when I’d go to a club, and they’re playing some chick on a stripper pole on the monitor behind me. I’m like, ‘So that’s not what I do – that’s the other guy.’”

― Kaskade

“Happiness is not something that just comes to you. It’s an active process.”

― Kate Hudson

“The happiness I feel in having a family has brought me a real beauty.”

― Kate Winslet

“’Revolutionary Road’ is a fascinating study of the human condition of a fragmenting marriage and the torment that these two people put themselves through in their efforts to try and find happiness and try and stay together, actually.”

― Kate Winslet

“I don’t care what people think about me. I care what people think about my work. As a young woman, I was so eager to please that I served others’ happiness and even their values before my own.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“Understanding your employee’s perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness.”

― Kathryn Minshew

“It’s hard, but I try not to think of happiness as either pending or in the past.”

― Katie Kitamura

“I realised that you can go through times of extreme happiness, but if that happiness is not coming from a deeply rooted place, you will also be going through extreme lows of sadness.”

― Katrina Kaif

“My whole thing is to agree to disagree and to have respect because nothing can really be changed and you wouldn’t want to ruin their happiness – even if that happiness is ignorance.”

― Katy Perry

“I just try to write what I think would really happen, and with grief and tragedy, there are these naturally occurring moments of levity and humor and absurdity. I think that’s what life is really like. Sadness gets interrupted, and happiness gets interrupted.”

― Kaui Hart Hemmings

“The fabric of North Carolina and what makes our state so special is our families and our common desire for a brighter future for our children. No matter what your family looks like, we all want the same thing for our families – happiness, health, prosperity, a bright future for our children and grandchildren.”

― Kay Hagan

“Clothes are my drug. I love Camden market – I have so many vintage pieces from there it’s unbelievable. Clothes are really important to me, they give me that feeling of happiness. I love being a bit free with it all and not giving myself rules.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“Marriage and being a mother are absolutely crucial to my happiness and my life.”

― Keeley Hawes

“There’s always a sense of tragedy with icons. It happened to both the Princess of Wales and Diana Dors. A lot of people had grown up with them, and everybody loved them. Then, when they had at last found happiness, they were taken in the most dreadful way.”

― Keeley Hawes

“Success to me is only two things: happiness and stability.”

― Kehlani

“I can’t buy the happiness I see on people’s faces when I give them a fifty dollar bill.”

― Keith Jackson

“I don’t belong to anyone else but myself. I have to make my own decisions. Happiness is defined by me.”

― Keke Palmer

“Don’t depend on a guy for your happiness. You have to live your own life and do your own thing. That’s when good things come around – when you do your own thing and you’re not worried about a man. It will happen in due time.”

― Keke Palmer

“The purpose of meditation is to make our mind calm and peaceful. If our mind is peaceful, we will be free from worries and mental discomfort, and so we will experience true happiness. But if our mind is not peaceful, we will find it very difficult to be happy, even if we are living in the very best conditions.”

― Kelsang Gyatso

“Happiness and suffering are feelings – parts of our mind – and so their main causes are not to be found outside the mind. If we really want to be truly happy and free from suffering, we must improve our understanding of the mind.”

― Kelsang Gyatso

“For me, happiness is doing my best and trying to be helpful.”

― Ken Kercheval

“We pray that every field of science may contribute in bringing happiness – not disaster – to human beings.”

― Kenichi Fukui

“I just hope I can spread some of the happiness that’s been coming my way.”

― Kenny Rogers

“There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money.”

― Kesha

“The kind of experience of humility and happiness that comes with gratitude tends to crowd out whatever is coarse, or ugly, or mean.”

― Kevin DeYoung

“You end up trying to buy happiness. I bought a Lamborghini. Wow! I was happy for a week. After that, I didn’t even use the car. Who drives around Loughton in a Lamborghini?”

― Kevin-Prince Boateng

“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.”

― Kevyn Aucoin

“My books are about ordinary people, like you, me, people on the street, people who really have an expectation of reasonable happiness in life, want their life to have a sense of security and predictability, who want to belong to something bigger than them, who want love and affection in their life, who want a good future for the children.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“My books are love stories at core, really. But I am interested in manifestations of love beyond the traditional romantic notion. In fact, I seem not particularly inclined to write romantic love as a narrative motive or as an easy source of happiness for my characters.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“Truth is a deep kindness that teaches us to be content in our everyday life and share with the people the same happiness.”

― Khalil Gibran

“Love is trembling happiness.”

― Khalil Gibran

“I didn’t grow up vegan or vegetarian. I grew up with junk food! And because of the way I ate before changing my diet, I can truly understand the challenges of making changes and stepping away from foods that provided a form of comfort and happiness growing up, but finding out that most of what I loved was really bad for me!”

― Kim Barnouin

“I wanted to understand pain and the human condition, which is full of pain and regret and sadness – and some happiness, if you’re lucky.”

― Kim Cattrall

“Working with Will Smith was one of the highlights of my career. He is so talented and has a tremendous work ethic. We are still friends, and I reach out to him and his partner to pitch ideas. He loves my mother. In fact, my mother was his son Jaden’s acting coach for the movie ‘Pursuit of Happiness.’”

― Kim Fields

“Science and technology are a propellant for building a thriving country, and the happiness of the people and the future of the country hinge on their development.”

― Kim Jong-un

“To apply Kim Jong Il’s patriotism means to thoroughly materialize the General’s intentions and desires for the prosperity of the country and the happiness of all generations to come and to carry on all work for achieving the prosperity of the country in the way he did.”

― Kim Jong-un

“In the gigantic and worthwhile struggle for achieving the country’s prosperity and people’s happiness, our young people have been educated in a revolutionary way and trained spiritually and physically, and have developed into a large, matchless contingent forming a thousand-fold, tens-of-thousand-fold fortress around the Party.”

― Kim Jong-un

“It’s pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.”

― Kin Hubbard

“It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.”

― Kin Hubbard

“Our Declaration of Independence was the start of a conversation about how to achieve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for every citizen. Our Constitution was always intended to grow and adapt as we formed a more perfect union, established justice, and ensured peace, security, and the blessings of liberty.”

― Kirsten Gillibrand

“I always find the worst lies are told in relationships – I learned to never lie about your happiness in order to save someone’s feelings from being hurt.”

― Kirsten Prout

“My biography of Frank Sinatra is not paean to his music but rather an illumination of the man behind the music, who once described himself as ‘an 18-karat manic-depressive who lived a life of violent emotional contradictions with an over-acute capacity for sadness as well as happiness.’”

― Kitty Kelley

“Make space in your life, space for health and happiness.”

― Kris Carr

“I am living my dream because I get to work with my kids and watch them find their happiness. It’s so rewarding – we brainstorm around a conference table and have a really great time doing it.”

― Kris Jenner

“I’ve realized through the years that I just find happiness in other things, whether it’s my dogs or my friends or, like, looking at the sunset. So if I were to wish for something else, it would just to be happy all the time, to have a superpower of not letting things affect me, and to be true to who I am, always.”

― Kylie Jenner

“What I think is so amazing about having everything, and feeling like I have everything, is that I don’t really find happiness within materialistic things. Like, it’s cool if I can buy myself a new car, and I think it’s amazing for a week, but then the thrill is over, and I’m like, ‘Oh, so I guess that wasn’t really happiness.’”

― Kylie Jenner

“My main thing is I just want to share as much hope and happiness as possible for music. If I can share as many moments and help people believe in themselves… if I can do that, then I’ll feel like my job is done.”

― Labrinth

“But what is after all the happiness of mere power? There is a greater happiness possible than to be lord of heaven and earth; that is the happiness of being truly loved.”

― Lafcadio Hearn

“We have to surmount the difficulties that face us and work steadfastly for the happiness and prosperity of our country.”

― Lal Bahadur Shastri

“There’s no greater source of happiness than giving yourself to other people.”

― Lamman Rucker

“I used to wonder if it was God’s plan that I should be alone for so much of my life. But I found peace. I found happiness within people and the world.”

― Lana Del Rey

“Beauty for some provides escape, who gain a happiness in eyeing the gorgeous buttocks of the ape or Autumn sunsets exquisitely dying.”

― Langston Hughes

“Just because you’re born in a privileged family and have money doesn’t mean you’re happy. Happiness you can’t buy. Happiness is something you need to work for.”

― Lapo Elkann

“When you give as a family, not only are you sharing the happiness that giving brings you by watching it translate into positive change, but you are also transmitting your giving values to your children by engaging them in the giving process itself.”

― Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

“Values are principles and ideas that bring meaning to the seemingly mundane experience of life. A meaningful life that ultimately brings happiness and pride requires you to respond to temptations as well as challenges with honor, dignity, and courage.”

― Laura Schlessinger

“One thing I’ve been happy as peach pie about – because I’m all about the children and the happiness of a woman because that makes the happiness of the home – is that nannies, day cares and babysitters are all collapsing, which is forcing moms and dads to raise their children at home.”

― Laura Schlessinger

“Alas! if the principles of contentment are not within us, the height of station and worldly grandeur will as soon add a cubit to a man’s stature as to his happiness.”

― Laurence Sterne

“Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!”

― Lawrence G. Lovasik

“Now you know my credo: Free-market capitalism is the best path to prosperity. And let me add to that from our Founding Fathers: Our Creator endowed us with the inalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In other words, freedom.”

― Lawrence Kudlow

“We were endowed by our Creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We were not endowed by the Federal Government. We were not endowed by entitlements. We were not endowed by pork barrel spending; we were not endowed by budgetary earmarks.”

― Lawrence Kudlow

“I can’t believe it’s been four years now, and from watching that pilot, we really all looked like babies. It’s unbelievable just how far everything has come. I’m happier now than I’ve ever been on the show and in my life. I really owe so much of my happiness to ‘Glee.’”

― Lea Michele

“Breathing in South Korea, even though the life here is not easy, makes me so happy. I feel that sitting in a coffee shop, having a cup of tea, and looking out of the window at the blue sky – this is happiness. Truly happiness.”

― Lee Hyeon-seo

“I’ll do what I’ve got to do in my own career and my own life. For my own happiness. I’m not gonna be bent over a barrel and told what to do.”

― Lee Ryan

“The groundwork of all happiness is health.”

― Leigh Hunt

“The applause was so loud and insistent that I had to respond with several encores. I was numb with happiness, when it was over, I knew that this alone must be my life and my world.”

― Leni Riefenstahl

“What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life.”

― Leo Buscaglia

“Happiness comes only when we push our brains and hearts to the farthest reaches of which we are capable.”

― Leo Rosten

“One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken.”

― Leo Tolstoy

“Joy can only be real if people look upon their life as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”

― Leo Tolstoy

“If you want to be happy, be.”

― Leo Tolstoy

“If you have easy self-contentment, you might have a very, very cheap source of happiness.”

― Leon Kass

“For me, love is happiness and inspiration.”

― Leona Lewis

“Our nation was founded on the principals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Leonard Boswell

“I’ve been very lucky to have achieved a lot of the things that I dreamt of achieving as a young man. But, at the end of the day – and I truly believe this – it is not about achieving great wealth or success. Because they don’t bring happiness, ultimately.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“Mind you, I’ve always been musical… Mother used to sit me on her knee and I’d whisper, ‘Mummy, Mummy, sing me a lullaby do,’ and she’d say: ‘Certainly my angel, my wee bundle of happiness, hold my beer while I fetch me banjo.’”

― Les Dawson

“Trust your own instincts, go inside, follow your heart. Right from the start. go ahead and stand up for what you believe in. As I’ve learned, that’s the path to happiness.”

― Lesley Ann Warren

“In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?”

― Leslie Caron

“I don’t need to be validated by anybody else; I don’t need to be accepted or approved of for my happiness.”

― Letitia Wright

“Although Freud said happiness is composed of love and work, reality often forces us to choose love or work.”

― Letty Cottin Pogrebin

“There is no excellence without labor. One cannot dream oneself into either usefulness or happiness.”

― Liberty Hyde Bailey

“One’s happiness depends less on what he knows than on what he feels.”

― Liberty Hyde Bailey

“You’d think true masculinity was just calm and collected happiness. So alpha male that it needs not or worries not. But typically masculine characters are always fighting, and most violence comes from some agitated level of fear and anxiety.”

― Liev Schreiber

“It gets better: there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. It may take one day, it may take ten years. But one day, you will find happiness if you manifest it. Put that energy out, and it’ll come back.”

― Lil Xan

“I’m promoting positivity. I’m promoting happiness and loving yourself and having fun. But it’s not a joke.”

― Lil Yachty

“I am happy as happiness goes, for a woman who has so many memories and who lives the lonely life of an actress.”

― Lillie Langtry

“Happiness is the only thing worth fighting for in your life.”

― Lilly Singh

“’Unicorn Island’ is the synonym for my happy place. It’s a really beautiful message: that happiness is one of the hardest things you’ll ever fight for, but it’s the only thing worth fighting for.”

― Lilly Singh

“Everyone can relate to the story of fighting for happiness.”

― Lilly Singh

“I’m by no means an expert at giving advice on depression, but I would say that a lot of my show is about making the decision to be happy. We all think that happiness is something that just falls into our lap. But it’s something you have to really work on.”

― Lilly Singh

“I think I feel most like a princess when I’m sort of bursting with happiness and love, so whether that would be, like, with my boyfriend or my family or at a really fun party – just when you’re full of life.”

― Lily James

“I always looked for a man to rescue me and bring me happiness. I bought into that myth, of course, and looked for my own Prince Charming.”

― Linda Evans

“People get a little sidelined thinking that fame and fortune is going to bring them happiness, peace and contentment in their lives. Everyone thinks they want to be famous until the paparazzi are in their face, and then they’re asking, ‘Just give me some privacy.’”

― Linda Thompson

“Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.”

― Linus Pauling

“In my country, we’re sufficiently consumed by the concept of happiness that the right to its pursuit is enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. But what is happiness?”

― Lionel Shriver

“When we conceive of happiness as a static state, effectively a place toward which we are aimed but at which most of us will never feel we’ve quite arrived, then the vision becomes exclusionary.”

― Lionel Shriver

“Happiness isn’t a position. It’s a trajectory.”

― Lionel Shriver

“I believe that, as Americans, our freedoms come from God and not government, and include the rights enumerated in the Declaration of Independence: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Lisa Murkowski

“What could be more important to the pursuit of happiness than the right to choose your spouse without asking a Washington politician for permission?”

― Lisa Murkowski

“Happiness is a wine of the rarest vintage, and seems insipid to a vulgar taste.”

― Logan Pearsall Smith

“If you don’t wake up and have your own thing, whether it’s writing or reading or traveling or acting or dancing or singing or being a mother or a father, something that drives you, then it’s all worth nothing. One of the key elements in happiness is purpose.”

― Logic

“Money will not give you happiness; it’s part of the key.”

― Logic

“All who joy would win must share it. Happiness was born a Twin.”

― Lord Byron

“I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness.”

― Lord Byron

“My life has run from misery to happiness.”

― Loretta Lynn

“The pursuit of happiness is in our Constitution. We’re all entitled to have the best we can.”

― Loretta Swit

“I think any critic that takes a swipe at ‘Full House’ is like taking the family dog. The dog brings you joy and happiness and makes you forget your problems, and that’s all ‘Full House’ does. Literally, taking a potshot at that show is like taking the family dog.”

― Lori Loughlin

“Klopp knows how to motivate players. He speaks to them individually, gets their confidence up, makes them believe and grow in quality. He makes his players feel happy. And they then take that happiness onto the field. He builds that into them.”

― Lothar Matthaus

“America has believed that in differentiation, not in uniformity, lies the path of progress. It acted on this belief; it has advanced human happiness, and it has prospered.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“Those who won our independence… valued liberty as an end and as a means. They believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“Democracy rests upon two pillars: one, the principle that all men are equally entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and the other, the conviction that such equal opportunity will most advance civilization.”

― Louis D. Brandeis

“Self-esteem is as important to our well-being as legs are to a table. It is essential for physical and mental health and for happiness.”

― Louise Hart

“The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life.”

― Lucan

“People let their own hang-ups become the obstacles between them and personal happiness.”

― Lucinda Williams

“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Where fear is, happiness is not.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“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

“My grandmother had six kids – one died as an infant – and she was dirt-poor, and all her kids got an education. And my mom grew up poor. And they both worked so hard and cultivated so much of their own happiness. I wanted to have that like an amulet. Not like armor, but like a magic feather. Like Dumbo’s magic feather.”

― Lucy Alibar

“I was the funny one in my group; there was a lot pressure to be responsible for everyone’s happiness. I didn’t like watching other friends of mine be called the ‘pretty one’ or the ‘smart one.’ That had no depth, and it didn’t match how I knew them.”

― Lucy Dacus

“I have come a long way and learnt a lot. I read this quote about a year ago: ‘Happiness must not be pursued; it must ensue.’ It’s made me realise that just being married again or something like that won’t make me happy; the happiness ensues from how we live our lives.”

― Lucy Davis

“Being a mum makes you more aware of how short life is and how important it is to enjoy every minute because you have less time for yourself. A day doesn’t have 24 hours any more – it only lasts 10, or eight. So you learn to get rid of all the parasites. I’m not talking about people, but things that could be toxic for happiness.”

― Ludivine Sagnier

“Off with you! You’re a happy fellow, for you’ll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!”

― Ludwig van Beethoven

“Happiness lies in moments, and while you have it, you’re not even aware; only afterwards do you know you were happy.”

― Luise Rainer

“That should be the measure of success for everyone. It’s not money, it’s not fame, it’s not celebrity; my index of success is happiness.”

― Lupe Fiasco

“I discovered that joy is not the negation of pain, but rather acknowledging the presence of pain and feeling happiness in spite of it.”

― Lupita Nyong’o

“I believe happiness is a chemical imbalance – it’s a silly thing to strife for. But satisfaction – if you seek satisfaction, you can succeed. Satisfaction is knowing that you’re doing the best that you can do; you’re living your life to the fullest.”

― Lydia Lunch

“An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.”

― Lydia M. Child

“Playing and fun are not the same thing, though when we grow up we may forget that and find ourselves mixing up playing with happiness. There can be a kind of amnesia about the seriousness of playing, especially when we played by ourselves.”

― Lynda Barry

“No one expects the doormat to stand upright, shake itself off, and amble down the street to seek its own happiness.”

― Lynn Coady

“When Kate was born, she was born into a world of joy and happiness and confidence. The difference between the children is night and day. She’s happy, she’s thriving, she’s full of self-confidence. I tell her she’s beautiful every day before I send her off to school.”

― Lynn Johnston

“In my worst moments, I think the biggest effect of ‘Eats, Shoots & Leaves’ was to kill the happiness of people who had previously skipped through life, unaware of all the atrocities lurking in the world around them.”

― Lynne Truss

“Vices are simply the errors which a man makes in his search after his own happiness. Unlike crimes, they imply no malice toward others, and no interference with their persons or property.”

― Lysander Spooner

“I learned a long time ago that fame and money is not a ticket to happiness.”

― M. Ward

“Traditionally, in the Eastern World, man and nature are close: men find happiness and prosperity in the beauty of nature, even if the nature is actually built to match this very need.”

― Ma Yansong

“The greatest happiness is to transform one’s feelings into action.”

― Madame de Stael

“In Denver, I was a homebody, and that’s a life I’d chosen with great happiness. I wanted that break from the arc lights and focus on building a lovely home, have some fun, look after my kids and do things that I had missed out on while pursuing my dream.”

― Madhuri Dixit

“Dance is something I really enjoy; it gives me a different kind of happiness, something more spiritual. Plus it’s good exercise; I’m happy doing it, and it all shows!”

― Madhuri Dixit

“Happiness is in our own hearts. I have no regrets of anything in the past. I’m totally cheerful and happy, and I think that a lot of your attitude is not in the circumstances you find yourself in, but in the circumstances you make for yourself.”

― Maeve Binchy

“I’ve had a good life, full of more success and happiness than I ever expected.”

― Maeve Binchy

“We have to make our own happiness, and we have to make our own decisions and play the hand that is dealt to us.”

― Maeve Binchy

“Happiness is knowing and appreciating what you’ve got. I am very, very, very grateful for what, to me, is dead easy.”

― Maeve Binchy

“Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Problems or successes, they all are the results of our own actions. Karma. The philosophy of action is that no one else is the giver of peace or happiness. One’s own karma, one’s own actions are responsible to come to bring either happiness or success or whatever.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Life finds its purpose and fulfillment in the expansion of happiness.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“Being happy is of the utmost importance. Success in anything is through happiness.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

“My University of Management will create managers who will float in happiness, success and fulfillment.”

― Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to multiply his daily wants. Man’s happiness really lies in contentment.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

“Empowering women with better education, being sensitive towards their wellbeing, health, happiness, ensuring equal opportunities, and respecting their rights will go a long way in transforming Pakistan.”

― Mahira Khan

“When what we are is what we want to be, that’s happiness.”

― Malcolm Forbes

“The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“I can say that I never knew what joy was like until I gave up pursuing happiness, or cared to live until I chose to die. For these two discoveries I am beholden to Jesus.”

― Malcolm Muggeridge

“Even as a Miss World, you have to roleplay sometimes. When you look at some people, you feel like breaking down but you’ve to smile and spread happiness. So of course, I know I am a good actor.”

― Manushi Chhillar

“I always remembered that when I saw people get married they got on a rocketship and went to Planet Happiness, Population: Them.”

― Marc Webb

“Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.”

― Marcel Proust

“Happiness serves hardly any other purpose than to make unhappiness possible.”

― Marcel Proust

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.”

― Marcus Aurelius

“Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Try to put your happiness before anyone else’s, because you may never have done so in your entire life, if you really think about it, if you are really honest with yourself.”

― Margaret Cho

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.”

― Margaret Lee Runbeck

“What happiness is there which is not purchased with more or less of pain?”

― Margaret Oliphant

“It’s afterwards you realize that the feeling of happiness you had with a man didn’t necessarily prove that you loved him.”

― Marguerite Duras

“The house a woman creates is a Utopia. She can’t help it – can’t help trying to interest her nearest and dearest not in happiness itself but in the search for it.”

― Marguerite Duras

“Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.”

― Marguerite Gardiner

“There is no cosmetic for beauty like happiness.”

― Maria Mitchell

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”

― Maria Montessori

“Personal health is related to self-control and to the worship of life in all its natural beauty – self-control bringing with it happiness, renewed youth, and long life.”

― Maria Montessori

“There’s a happiness that comes from writing that I won’t live without.”

― Maria Semple

“My happiness is very fragile.”

― Marianne Faithfull

“The universe is conspiring in every moment to bring me happiness and peace.”

― Marianne Williamson

“For many, many people, getting married is one of the most important things they will ever do in the pursuit of happiness.”

― Marianne Williamson

“It is an amazing feature in the French character that they will let themselves be led away so easily by bad counsels and yet return again so quickly. It is certain that as these people have, out of their misery, treated us so well, we are the more bound to work for their happiness.”

― Marie Antoinette

“The objective of cleaning is not just to clean, but to feel happiness living within that environment.”

― Marie Kondo

“Being of service to others is what brings true happiness.”

― Marie Osmond

“There are many ways to make the most of your time on the planet, and propagation of the species is just one of them. If you’re convinced that it’s the key to your happiness, there are routes open to you, whether with the help of modern medical science, marrying into a readymade one, or through fostering and adoption.”

― Mariella Frostrup

“Happiness is such a good state, it doesn’t need to be creative. You’re not creative from happiness, you’re just happy. You’re creative when you’re miserable and depressed. You find the key to transform things. Happiness does not need to transform.”

― Marina Abramovic

“I don’t think anyone does anything from happiness. Happiness is such a good state, it doesn’t need to be creative. You’re not creative from happiness, you’re just happy. You’re creative when you’re miserable and depressed. You find the key to transform things. Happiness does not need to transform.”

― Marina Abramovic

“Happiness comes from the full understanding of your own being.”

― Marina Abramovic

“My dear compatriots, I’m not interested in your race, your origin, your sexual orientation. What interests me is your happiness.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Although the skills aren’t hard to learn, finding the happiness and finding the satisfaction and finding fulfillment in continuously serving somebody else something good to eat, is what makes a really good restaurant.”

― Mario Batali

“I like to do matrices. One option per line, different facets for each column. Salary, location, happiness index, failure index, and all that.”

― Marissa Mayer

“I consider myself a martial artist and an actor. They can work together or individually. I love to do action. I love having a good role in which I can act and fight. That’s double happiness.”

― Mark Dacascos

“If there was one key to happiness in love and life and possibly even success, it would be to go into each conversation you have with this commandment to yourself front and foremost in your mind, ‘Just Listen’ and be more interested than interesting, more fascinated than fascinating, and more adoring than adorable.”

― Mark Goulston

“Like anything worth doing in life, happiness takes time and patience and consistency.”

― Mark Manson

“Everything has an opportunity cost, and the big things we want in life – like happiness and healthy relationships and wealth – they all have big opportunity costs.”

― Mark Manson

“Happiness is not something you achieve. It’s not something you do or someplace you get to. Happiness is something you inhabit.”

― Mark Manson

“Real happiness comes from discovering a sense of importance in one’s actions and in one’s life.”

― Mark Manson

“What is happiness other than a negotiation between reality and your dreams? It’s understanding that you give up something for something else. I feel like that’s been how I’ve been trying to be happy, although in my DNA there’s more of a depressed person.”

― Mark Ruffalo

“There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy.”

― Mark Twain

“In my life I’ve learned that true happiness comes from giving. Helping others along the way makes you evaluate who you are. I think that love is what we’re all searching for. I haven’t come across anyone who didn’t become a better person through love.”

― Marla Gibbs

“I want roles without anger and feistiness. I want to show weakness and sadness, some love, some happiness.”

― Marlee Matlin

“Any commands which Congress may have for me shall be cheerfully executed by one of their earliest soldiers, whose happiness it is to think that, at a less smiling moment, he had the honor to be adopted by America, and whose blood, exertions, and affections will in her good times, as they have been in her worst, be entirely at her service.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“Defender of the liberty that I idolize, myself more free than anyone, in coming as a friend to offer my services to this intriguing republic, I bring to it only my frankness and my good will; no ambition, no self-interest; in working for my glory, I work for their happiness.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“The days of the revolution now give place to the period of regular organization, liberty, and prosperity, which that revolution guarantees. Thus, when everything concurs for the pacification of internal troubles, the threats of the enemies of France must, in the face of the public happiness, appear even to themselves insensate.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“During my last voyage to America, I enjoyed the happiness of seeing that revolution completed, and, thinking of the one that would probably occur in France, I said in a speech to Congress, published everywhere except in the ‘French Gazette,’ ‘May this revolution serve as a lesson to oppressors and as an example to the oppressed!’”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“From an early period, I had the happiness to rank among the foremost in the American Revolution. In the affection and confidence of the people, I am proud to say, I have a great share.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“May the States be so bound to each other as forever to defy European politics. Upon that union, their consequence, their happiness, will depend. This is the first wish of a heart more truly American than words can express.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization.”

― Marquis de Sade

“Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.”

― Marquis de Sade

“Since our society equates happiness with youth, we often assume that sorrow, quiet desperation, and hopelessness go hand in hand with getting older. They don’t. Emotional pain or numbness are symptoms of living the wrong life, not a long life.”

― Martha Beck

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”

― Martha Washington

“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.”

― Martha Washington

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go.”

― Martha Washington

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not our circumstances.”

― Martha Washington

“When I was growing up, I don’t remember being told that America was created so that everyone could get rich. I remember being told it was about opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. Not happiness itself, but the pursuit.”

― Martin Scorsese

“The good life consists in deriving happiness by using your signature strengths every day in the main realms of living. The meaningful life adds one more component: using these same strengths to forward knowledge, power or goodness.”

― Martin Seligman

“I think you can be depressed and flourish, I think you can have cancer and flourish, I think you can be divorced and flourish. When we believed that happiness was only smiling and good mood, that wasn’t very good for people like me, people in the lower half of positive affectivity.”

― Martin Seligman

“The belief that we can rely on shortcuts to happiness, joy, rapture, comfort, and ecstasy, rather than be entitled to these feelings by the exercise of personal strengths and virtues, leads to legions of people who, in the middle of great wealth, are starving spiritually.”

― Martin Seligman

“I’m trying to broaden the scope of positive psychology well beyond the smiley face. Happiness is just one-fifth of what human beings choose to do.”

― Martin Seligman

“I think we pursue positive relationships whether or not they bring us engagement or happiness.”

― Martin Seligman

“The word ‘happiness’ always bothered me, partly because it was scientifically unwieldy and meant a lot of different things to different people, and also because it’s subjective.”

― Martin Seligman

“What humans want is not just happiness. They want justice; they want meaning.”

― Martin Seligman

“The goal of a life free of dysphoria is a snare and a delusion. A better goal is of good commerce with the world. Authentic happiness, astonishingly, can occur even in the presence of authentic sadness.”

― Martin Seligman

“Happiness is within. It has nothing to do with how much applause you get or how many people praise you. Happiness comes when you believe that you have done something truly meaningful.”

― Martin Yan

“We all agree that its fit to be as Happy as we can, and we need no Instructor to teach us this Knowledge, ’tis born with us, and is inseparable from our Being, but we very much need to be Inform’d what is the true Way to Happiness.”

― Mary Astell

“Happiness is spiritual, born of truth and love. It is unselfish; therefore it cannot exist alone, but requires all mankind to share it.”

― Mary Baker Eddy

“We all of us deserve happiness or none of us does.”

― Mary Gordon

“When you know what pain is, and when you have to make a choice, you learn that it is a decision. People think it’s a fairytale thing, love and happiness, but you have to work hard. And then – you feel it deeply.”

― Mary J. Blige

“It’s a really skewed part of our culture that happiness is the end-all be-all. The people that force themselves to be happy all the time often end up being the most broken.”

― Mary Lambert

“I want fame more than I can tell. But more than I want fame I want happiness.”

― Mary MacLane

“Fame is indeed beautiful and benign and gentle and satisfying, but happiness is something at once tender and brilliant beyond all things.”

― Mary MacLane

“I’ve done an informal, anecdotal survey about marriage, and I’ve found no evidence that it brings happiness.”

― Mary McCormack

“We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy.”

― Mary Oliver

“Money can be a reflection of our perceptions of power, self-esteem, personal history, fears, and happiness.”

― Mary Pilon

“Human beings have kicked around the concept of what individual happiness means for centuries, from the Bible to the ancient Greeks to the 1859 bestseller ‘Self-Help.’”

― Mary Pilon

“If workplaces that enlist happiness consultants really care about worker satisfaction, why not offer better maternity and paternity policies? Daycare options? They could advise managers to stop calling workers to come in on weekends or expect them to answer emails late on weeknights.”

― Mary Pilon

“In a culture obsessed with happiness, Americans may not be allowing for acceptance that it’s OK to sometimes not be perky.”

― Mary Pilon

“No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.”

― Mary Wollstonecraft

“There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life.”

― Mary Wortley Montagu

“A face is too slight a foundation for happiness.”

― Mary Wortley Montagu

“Dancing and running shake up the chemistry of happiness.”

― Mason Cooley

“My personal life is a source of incredible happiness for me, but it’s personal, and it’s not for me to hock or shop around to the highest bidder.”

― Matt Bomer

“If you took away all pain, if everyone lived forever, everything would be bland, flat and boring; there would be no reason for art, music, newspapers, love because we would all be in a mono state of happiness.”

― Matt Haig

“Why would anybody say no to somebody’s happiness?”

― Matt Letscher

“To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive.”

― Matthew Arnold

“Moms that get evicted are depressed and have higher rates of depressive symptoms two years later. That has to affect their interactions with their kids and their sense of happiness. You add all that together, and it’s just really obvious to me that eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.”

― Matthew Desmond

“For me, the only sources of moral values are the pursuit of understanding and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Matthew Stewart

“That’s what Buddhism has been trying to unravel – the mechanism of happiness and suffering. It is a science of the mind.”

― Matthieu Ricard

“If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.”

― Maurice Chevalier

“An act of goodness is of itself an act of happiness. No reward coming after the event can compare with the sweet reward that went with it.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck

“Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck

“Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck

“Many a happiness in life, as many a disaster, can be due to chance, but the peace within us can never be governed by chance.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck

“We possess only the happiness we are able to understand.”

― Maurice Maeterlinck

“I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness.”

― Maurice Sendak

“Oh, I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness. You went to the movies then, you saw two movies and a short. When Mickey Mouse came on the screen and there was his big head, my sister said she had to hold onto me. I went berserk.”

― Maurice Sendak

“It is not the possession of truth, but the success which attends the seeking after it, that enriches the seeker and brings happiness to him.”

― Max Planck

“France is, for me, the country of happiness.”

― Max von Sydow

“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.”

― Maxim Gorky

“We must have courage to bet on our ideas, to take the calculated risk, and to act. Everyday living requires courage if life is to be effective and bring happiness.”

― Maxwell Maltz

“We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve.”

― Maxwell Maltz

“Eventually, I realized that there was only so much that I could put in the way of my happiness, and acting made me happier than anything else.”

― Maya Hawke

“I am weary of happiness, both as a word and as a concept.”

― Meghan Daum

“The search for happiness has long been a dominant feature of American life. It’s a byproduct of prosperity, not to mention the most famous line in the Declaration of Independence.”

― Meghan Daum

“It’s all about balance, and I have so much happiness in my career and am fortunate to travel the world and see so many amazing things – it will also be nice to be anchored to something grounded and in the same place. Raising a family will be a wonderful part of that.”

― Meghan Markle

“Once I found professional happiness, it gave me time to think about other areas in my life in which I wasn’t happy. The next obvious candidate for introspection was my marriage.”

― Megyn Kelly

“Every man judges his own happiness and satisfaction with life in terms of his possession or lack of possession of those things that he considers worthwhile and valuable.”

― Meir Kahane

“Life is life, and one has experiences that are painful and some that are very pleasant, and one has reward and sacrifice and more reward and disappointment and joy and happiness, and it’s always going to be the same.”

― Mel Gibson

“The thing we’re all looking for is happiness, and if we achieve just a modicum of that or even a little piece of serenity even for five minutes a day, we’re very lucky.”

― Mel Gibson

“My ultimate joy and happiness is being a wife and mother.”

― Melissa Etheridge

“The beautiful thing about writing with the person that you love is that when they come up with an idea that is great, it’s this dual happiness because that’s the partner and that’s such a good idea, and I’m proud of you, and then also I’m really excited for the project.”

― Melissa Rauch

“If Beyonce and Jay-Z had been born and raised in Cuba, they would have merely survived, with no opportunity to realize their aspirations. Only in a land that treasures liberty and the pursuit of happiness can such dreams become a reality.”

― Mercedes Schlapp

“Every moment of your life that is not a complete nightmare is happiness.”

― Merrill Markoe

“I think success is finding happiness! Everyone certainly has different goals in life, and things that are important to them, and also things that are not important to them.”

― Meryl Davis

“Few and far between are the books you’ll cherish, returning to them time and again, to revisit old friends, relive old happiness, and recapture the magic of that first read.”

― Michael A. Stackpole

“The money never mattered. I’m not kidding you. It hasn’t really brought me any kind of happiness.”

― Michael Buble

“Do you know what absolute happiness is? For me, it is to wake up my kids in the morning – these little pieces of innocence – to wake them and find they’re so happy to see me! It is unequivocal love, no question about it.”

― Michael Douglas

“I’ve always found that the poorer the places that I go, the more smiles I see, and the more happiness I see.”

― Michael Franti

“My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”

― Michael J. Fox

“I really love being alive. I love my family and my work. I love the opportunity I have to do things. That’s what happiness is.”

― Michael J. Fox

“This is true enough, but success is the next best thing to happiness, and if you can’t be happy as a success, it’s very unlikely that you would find a deeper, truer happiness in failure.”

― Michael Korda

“I’ve had a good life. Enough happiness, enough success.”

― Michael Landon

“Happiness, it’s a small thing – just a very little thing.”

― Michael Leunig

“To live in the midst of suffering, which we do, we do, amid distress, and to keep some equilibrium in the midst of that – that would be happiness enough.”

― Michael Leunig

“While the world may feel entitled and have the power to pronounce an individual crazy, are there times when the innocent genius, the insightful individual or just the old grandmother may reasonably declare the world to be mad? Probably, but what hope or happiness would such an individual have?”

― Michael Leunig

“Love is not a feeling of happiness. Love is a willingness to sacrifice.”

― Michael Novak

“I think the most important thing we can teach our kids for their long-term health and happiness is how to cook.”

― Michael Pollan

“We tend to think that employment is employment, and we don’t ask the question: is this rewarding employment? Research establishes pretty clearly that typical notions of happiness – that more is better – really don’t correspond to the way people think and feel.”

― Michael Spence

“I love working so much. For me, working equals happiness.”

― Michaela Watkins

“Voting has not been tough for me, for the most part, because there’s guideposts about what will bring about the greatest amount of happiness for the greatest amount of people.”

― Michele Bachmann

“For me, beauty comes from natural happiness. I think that a woman glows, and a man, even, when they’re healthy and they’re happy.”

― Michelle Yeoh

“It sounds strange to say, but someone’s bad luck is sometimes the happiness of the other.”

― Michy Batshuayi

“Everything is about looking for happiness and God. That was a sentiment shared by my dear friend Ronald Reagan.”

― Mickey Rooney

“Now I find my happiness in my music, what I’m doing in the ring, and being a mom. No one thing controls my happiness.”

― Mickie James

“I think sports can bring a lot of happiness to people.”

― Miguel Cabrera

“I think baseball can bring a lot of happiness to the people and people can be together.”

― Miguel Cabrera

“There is no true love save in suffering, and in this world we have to choose either love, which is suffering, or happiness. Man is the more man – that is, the more divine – the greater his capacity for suffering, or rather, for anguish.”

― Miguel de Unamuno

“And, in fact, you can find that the lack of basic resources, material resources, contributes to unhappiness, but the increase in material resources do not increase happiness.”

― Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

“The Declaration calls us to recognize the inherent equality of all people. And when it becomes unmistakably evident that a government is denying the governed life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, it’s the right of people to establish a new government to secure these unalienable rights.”

― Mike Crapo

“When I was a kid, my parents were always like, ‘Money doesn’t buy happiness.’ I thought, ‘You just didn’t make enough money.’ I had to go find it out for myself.”

― Mike Posner

“Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs.”

― Mike Rowe

“I wouldn’t say money can buy happiness. Happiness starts with yourself. Money can buy a smile, though.”

― Mike Will Made It

“The sound of laughter is like the vaulted dome of a temple of happiness.”

― Milan Kundera

“Happiness is the longing for repetition.”

― Milan Kundera

“Money can’t buy you happiness, but it helps you look for it in a lot more places.”

― Milton Berle

“There’s no doubt that the Weight Watchers’ long-term collaboration with Oprah Winfrey has certainly accelerated the company’s progress since October 2015, with high awareness of her success and happiness with the program sparking interest and excitement.”

― Mindy Grossman

“People tend to think I’m funny and fluffy, but I can switch on a sixpence from extreme happiness to utter despair. I’m aware that doesn’t make it easy for people sometimes.”

― Miriam Margolyes

“The thing that’s really cool for me about Miami Beach is you have this dichotomy between sunlight and family and happiness and innocence and then at night, darker, stranger mob conspiracy stuff sort of comes out. It seems like a storytelling engine. You can just keep writing about how those two worlds smash into each other.”

― Mitch Glazer

“I don’t think I’m alone in this: I’m obsessed with trying to not only be happy but maintain happiness, but my definition of happiness is skewed more towards ecstasy rather than contentment.”

― Mitski

“Happiness, for me, is a function of the number of people I love, and I think joy and happiness is directly related to how many people are in our lives and how deeply we are bonded with those people.”

― Mitt Romney

“It’s horrible when people are only interested in buying labels, because it doesn’t bring them the happiness they think it will.”

― Miuccia Prada

“Happiness is not merely a word. It is a state of mind.”

― Mohanlal

“My roles have given me a lot of satisfaction. I became many individuals who were so different from me and whose experiences were so different from mine. I could experience all their emotions, their pains, their worries, their happiness.”

― Mohanlal

“Purring would seem to be, in her case, an automatic safety valve device for dealing with happiness overflow.”

― Monica Edwards

“False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.”

― Montesquieu

“Humans have a sense of spontaneity and emotion. We have a dichotomy between grief and happiness.”

― Morena Baccarin

“The ultimate end of education is happiness or a good human life, a life enriched by the possession of every kind of good, by the enjoyment of every type of satisfaction.”

― Mortimer Adler

“There are things that are more important than my personal happiness.”

― Moshe Kahlon

“We live in an age that stresses personal goals, careers, happiness, work and religion. The emphasis is on the individual and how best that individual can satisfy himself.”

― Mother Angelica

“Joy is prayer; joy is strength: joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”

― Mother Teresa

“Making money is a happiness. And that’s a great incentive. Making other people happy is a super-happiness.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“I have always said that human beings are multidimensional beings. Their happiness comes from many sources, not, as our current economic framework assumes, just from making money.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“God is my witness that up to now, my only aspiration in life is to be a useful element within the army! I have for long been convinced that, to safeguard the country and give happiness to the people, it is necessary first of all to prove once more to the world that our army is still the old Turkish army.”

― Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

“The necessary thing for anyone to be happy and contented as long as he lives is working for the ones who will come after him rather than working for himself… One can reach the true delight and happiness in the life only by working for the existence, honor, and happiness of the future generations.”

― Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

“First and foremost, you’ve got to make yourself happy. Essentially being who you are is the most important thing. When you’re after truth, happiness always comes.”

― Nadia Giosia

“Whenever Daesh loses territory, of course this brings me happiness.”

― Nadia Murad

“I believe gratitude leads to happiness.”

― Nafessa Williams

“I do believe that if you haven’t learnt about sadness, you cannot appreciate happiness.”

― Nana Mouskouri

“My work is my ultimate source of happiness.”

― Nana Patekar

“Spirituality, for me, is acquiring and giving happiness without hurting anyone.”

― Nana Patekar

“Success in its highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which come only to the man who has found the work that he likes best.”

― Napoleon Hill

“Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.”

― Napoleon Hill

“Our vision and commitment is towards the country’s progress, its place in the world and the happiness of its people.”

― Narendra Modi

“I’m a little weird that way. I don’t really know how to express my happiness.”

― Nargis Fakhri

“My life and my happiness is most important to me than any job or anything in the world.”

― Nargis Fakhri

“With respect to the first of these obstacles, it has often been made a matter of grave complaint against Political Economists, that they confine their attention to Wealth, and disregard all consideration of Happiness or Virtue.”

― Nassau William Senior

“Corporations take the humanity out of trade – they take the happiness out and replace it with something that is ugly.”

― Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“I think the difference between finding happiness, or moments of happiness, is how you choose to interpret things. That’s a rather shocking responsibility. That we’re responsible for our own happiness. It’s not those around us.”

― Natascha McElhone

“Software-industry battles are fought by highly paid and out-of-shape nerds furiously pounding computer keyboards while they guzzle diet Coke. The stakes aren’t very dramatic. Life? Liberty? The pursuit of happiness? Nope, it’s about stock options.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“The founders of a new colony, whatever Utopia of human virtue and happiness they might originally project, have invariably recognized it among their earliest practical necessities to allot a portion of the virgin soil as a cemetery, and another portion as the site of a prison.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.”

― Nathaniel Hawthorne

“I am proud of my kids and happy to brag about their achievements. Their success has been an immense source of happiness for me.”

― Naveen Jain

“I get maximum satisfaction in seeing the happiness of poor people.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“There is a great deal of reward when you do good work and people see how successful that work is and the happiness it brings to them.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“Money brings some happiness. But after a certain point, it just brings more money.”

― Neil Simon

“There is nothing I fear more than waking up without a program that will help me bring a little happiness to those with no resources, those who are poor, illiterate, and ridden with terminal disease.”

― Nelson Mandela

“It’s no good going on living in the ashes of a dead happiness.”

― Nevil Shute

“If we are all endowed by our creator with the right to pursue happiness, that has to apply to the poorest neighborhoods in the poorest counties, and I am prepared to find something that works, that breaks us out of the cycles we have now to find a way for poor children to work and earn honest money.”

― Newt Gingrich

“What I think about is my happiness, together with my family. I want us to be happy.”

― Neymar

“Everyday interactions we have with other people are definitely contagious, in terms of happiness.”

― Nicholas A. Christakis

“Getting married, for me, was the best thing I ever did. I was suddenly beset with an immense sense of release, that we have something more important than our separate selves, and that is the marriage. There’s immense happiness that can come from working towards that.”

― Nick Cave

“Happiness is boundlessly weird. Other people’s choices often seem to delight them, where I would run screaming.”

― Nick Harkaway

“My happiness doesn’t come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.”

― Nicki Minaj

“I think a child may be the only thing that could give me true happiness.”

― Nicki Minaj

“So, my happiness doesn’t come from money or fame. My happiness comes from seeing life without struggle.”

― Nicki Minaj

“When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.”

― Nicole Kidman

“When you take out individual initiative, individual responsibility, and the hope that every individual is born with, to better their lives, to climb the economic ladder, to pursue happiness, that is, in fact, a neoslavery.”

― Niger Innis

“While experiencing happiness, we have difficulty in being conscious of it. Only when the happiness is past and we look back on it do we suddenly realise – sometimes with astonishment – how happy we had been.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis

“Happiness is a simple everyday miracle, like water, and we are not aware of it.”

― Nikos Kazantzakis

“I have a wish for world peace and the truth. I would like to see a society that will bring happiness to all life forms. Of course, to the Nazis, I appear a rebel, but to the rebels, I appear like a normal person from Venus.”

― Nina Hagen

“I am not very fond of spotlight or even, for that matter, money. I appreciate the small things that give me joy. The most precious forms of happiness often come from things that money cannot buy.”

― Nithya Menen

“For me, it is not about being a part of a hit or a flop. Films are about friends, learning, and experiences. Certain films give me happiness.”

― Nithya Menen

“Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.”

― Norman Douglas

“Life is made up of small pleasures. Happiness is made up of those tiny successes. The big ones come too infrequently. And if you don’t collect all these tiny successes, the big ones don’t really mean anything.”

― Norman Lear

“Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory.”

― Norman Vincent Peale

“I will always stay close to all compatriots, and share together the happiness and suffering.”

― Norodom Sihamoni

“After the fall of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, Romanians were crazed with happiness. People who never met each other before hugged each other in the streets – convinced that tomorrow things would look different. Then came the many disappointments.”

― Octavian Paler

“Happiness is having a scratch for every itch.”

― Ogden Nash

“There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball, and that is to have either a clear conscience or none at all.”

― Ogden Nash

“The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control.”

― Ogden Nash

“Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss!”

― Oliver Goldsmith

“Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

“So many people have said that to me, that what they really like about Alex is what she brings out in Marissa, and what this situation brings out in her, a hint of happiness and another side to her character.”

― Olivia Wilde

“He who never sacrificed a present to a future good or a personal to a general one can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colors.”

― Olympia Brown

“The free market economy is supposed to be the only path leading to the happiness of humanity by promoting wealth and prosperity, power and influence of nations.”

― Omar Bongo

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.”

― Omar Khayyam

“When the whole world reads your books, is there any other happiness for a writer? I am happy that my books are read in 57 languages. But I am focused on Istanbul not because of Istanbul but because of humanity. Everyone is the same in the end.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“One can make no better investment than the cultivation of a taste for the beautiful, for it will bring rainbow hues and enduring joys to the whole life. It will not only greatly increase one’s capacity for happiness, but also one’s efficiency.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“Discouragement, fear, doubt, lack of self-confidence, are the germs which have killed the prosperity and happiness of tens of thousands of people.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“Work faithfully, and you will put yourself in possession of a glorious and enlarging happiness.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“An order of government, established by such an all-wise, powerful being, must be good and perfect, and must be calculated to promote the permanent peace, happiness, and well-being of all his subjects.”

― Orson Pratt

“Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember.”

― Oscar Levant

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.”

― Oscar Wilde

“Holiness, not happiness, is the chief end of man.”

― Oswald Chambers

“Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.”

― Ovid

“I suspect that perfect happiness is not possible for me. I suppose if I was ever selected for eternal life – the moment I was informed – that would bring me the closest.”

― Owen King

“There is the love and marriage and family kind of happiness, which is exceedingly boring to describe but nonetheless is important to have and dreadful not to have.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Little islands of human happiness, peace, and prosperity are so exceptional at this point in history that I’m not even sure we can draw lessons from them.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Americans are good at pursuing happiness. And the Americans who pursue happiness most diligently show that we’re also good at running it down and killing it.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.”

― P. T. Barnum

“Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.”

― Pablo Picasso

“I don’t like the word ‘balance.’ To me, that somehow conjures up conflict between work and family… as long as we think of these things as conflicting, we will never have happiness. True happiness comes from integration… of work, family, self, community.”

― Padmasree Warrior

“Contempt is the only asymmetrical expression in the muscular facial system: Disgust, fear, happiness, surprise and anger typically express themselves symmetrically. Contempt is marked by one lip corner pulled up and in a dismissive sneer.”

― Pamela Meyer

“The idea that modernisation makes for enhanced national power and rapid progress and helps everyone achieve greater happiness has its origins in the astonishing political, economic and military successes of western Europe in the 19th century.”

― Pankaj Mishra

“When we live the 21st-century good life, almost every aspect of it is predicated on not looking at the implications of what we’re up to. Happiness at this point has a lot to do with not looking, so you don’t feel complicit in some vast and awful enterprise.”

― Paolo Bacigalupi

“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

“Ultimately, I want to be a good person and spread happiness through my acting. If I don’t forget to be appreciative and thankful, then that would be the most important thing that I’ll ever achieve.”

― Park Bo-gum

“In our lives, we have good things and bad things, happiness and pain.”

― Park Chan-wook

“We need fundamental change. In the past, national development led to people’s happiness but now the link between national growth and improvement in people’s lives has been severed.”

― Park Geun-hye

“I think the pursuit of happiness is the pursuit of reality because illusion never leaves us ultimately happy.”

― Parker Palmer

“I have to keep reminding myself: If you give your life to God, he doesn’t promise you happiness and that everything will go well. But he does promise you peace. You can have peace and joy, even in bad circumstances.”

― Patricia Heaton

“I think of myself as somebody who, in a moment-to-moment way, I’m quite happy. But I think I am a bit doubtful and wary of true happiness, and, like a lot of my friends, there’s been a good degree of self-sabotage.”

― Patrick deWitt

“I’m an inherently happy person. It comes from the inside, which means you can achieve happiness under any circumstance.”

― Patrick Duffy

“Natural life, lived naturally as it is lived in the countryside, has none of that progress which is the base of happiness. Men and women in rural communities can be compared to a spring that rises out of a rock and spreads in irregular ever-widening circles. But the general principle is static.”

― Patrick Kavanagh

“Happiness is precious, and so I prefer to keep mine private. In a world where everyone shares everything, I can think of a lot of happy moments, but they’re mine.”

― Patrick Ness

“Some of the natural world is appealing, some of it is terrifying, and some of it grosses us out. Modern people don’t want to be dropped naked into a swamp. We want to tour Yosemite with our water bottles and G.P.S. devices. The natural world is a source of happiness and fulfillment, but only when prescribed in the right doses.”

― Paul Bloom

“Winning takes precedence over all of it. That’s the ultimate happiness. It’s not location. It’s not stardom. It’s not ‘where can I make the most money.’ It’s winning, and winning championships.”

― Paul George

“I thought happiness came from achievement.”

― Paul Henderson

“We believe, as our founders did, that ‘the pursuit of happiness’ depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government.”

― Paul Ryan

“When I was waiting tables, washing dishes, or mowing lawns for money, I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. I was on my own path, my own journey, an American journey where I could think for myself, decide for myself, define happiness for myself.”

― Paul Ryan

“How often we fail to realize our good fortune in living in a country where happiness is more than a lack of tragedy.”

― Paul Sweeney

“I don’t get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing – that around the world everybody’s after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day.”

― Paul Thomas Anderson

“People say you make your best work when you’re in despair and all that, and at your lowest – but for me, I think happiness makes you positive, and I think that’s a good creative place to write from.”

― Paul Weller

“I find that the older I get, the more I see that there really aren’t huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be.”

― Paula Cole

“The older I get, the more I see that there really aren’t huge zeniths of happiness or a huge abyss of darkness as much as there used to be. I tend to walk a middle ground.”

― Paula Cole

“I find writing the darker side, writing tragedy, a lot easier than writing happiness. Happiness is just less psychologically compelling, isn’t it?”

― Paula Hawkins

“Happiness is just another of the tricks that our genetic system plays on us to carry out its only role, which is the survival of the species.”

― Paulo Coelho

“I always was a rich person because money’s not related to happiness.”

― Paulo Coelho

“I am not happy, and the quest for happiness as a principal objective is not part of my world. Of course, ever since I can remember, I have done what I felt like doing.”

― Paulo Coelho

“Of course, to have money is just great because you can do what you think is important to you. I always was a rich person because money’s not related to happiness.”

― Paulo Coelho

“Music should probably provide answers in terms of lyrical content, and giving people a sense of togetherness and oneness, as opposed to being alone in their thoughts and dilemmas or regrets or happiness or whatever.”

― Peabo Bryson

“Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.”

― Pearl S. Buck

“Everyone’s goals are the same with very small differences. I mean, the goal of a socialist and the goal of a libertarian are exactly the same. The goals are happiness and security and freedom, and you balance those.”

― Penn Jillette

“I want happiness for the players.”

― Pep Guardiola

“There is nothing that you can’t overcome. So it’s never too late for happiness.”

― Pepa

“I want to reach everyone, but I have a dedication to women. Being that I’m a woman myself, and with the things that I’ve gone through, I’ve dealt with a lot of women that are in the dark and blind about relationships who depend on men for their happiness, emotionally and financially.”

― Pepa

“To say that a family is happy I think is to diminish it, taking out what is interesting. Growing up, I don’t think my family was any happier or unhappier than anyone else’s. My mother and father should have been divorced or never even married. On the other hand, I remember many moments of happiness.”

― Per Petterson

“You’ve got to ask! Asking is, in my opinion, the world’s most powerful – and neglected – secret to success and happiness.”

― Percy Ross

“We all want happiness in our life. I mean, there are so many books on, like, how to be happy and what you need for happiness, and you want that for your kid, too; you want your kid to be happy.”

― Pete Docter

“There is an old saying that money can’t buy happiness. If it could, I would buy myself four hits every game.”

― Pete Rose

“If you’re a 50-year-old guy, and you’re sitting around the house with – you know, and just getting fatter, feeling sorry for yourself, get up and move your body and see what it does to your life and to your mind and to your happiness and to your energy levels. And I get all that from boxing.”

― Peter Berg

“Regardless of what the naysayers believe about human interaction and social media, the data show us that the abundance of technology is actually increasing the abundance of happiness all over the world.”

― Peter Diamandis

“Never mind your happiness; do your duty.”

― Peter Drucker

“Most people think glamor is happiness.”

― Peter Falk

“A world without a proper day of rest is like a landscape without hedgerows, trees, or landmarks: a howling, featureless wilderness in which we incessantly seek pleasure because we cannot find happiness.”

― Peter Hitchens

“Our life here on Earth has as its purpose precisely to prepare for our eternal happiness. This world is a large womb. It is a ‘test’ as all opportunities are tests.”

― Peter Kreeft

“I find happiness comes from numerous sources in my life. Most often, the happy moments I cherish most are quiet moments with my wife and family back home in Nova Scotia.”

― Peter MacKay

“I always look for inspiration, and the creativity of artists is an essential element to my life, my work, and my happiness.”

― Peter Marino

“I know that no business contract, no order or commercial consideration can ever be worth the happiness of one’s home or the peace of one’s mind.”

― Peter Marshall

“I see nothing wrong with the human trait to desire. In fact, I consider it integral to our success mechanism. Becoming attached to what we desire is what causes the trouble. If you must have it in order to be happy, then you are denying the happiness of the here and now.”

― Peter McWilliams

“When you have little children, you want to tell them about joy and happiness and hope. And then comes the time you want to tell them there are tough moments. I admire people who can do that.”

― Peter Sis

“It’s not possible to experience constant euphoria, but if you’re grateful, you can find happiness in everything.”

― Pharrell Williams

“You can have a lot of unhappiness by not having money, but the reverse is no guarantee of happiness.”

― Philip Kaufman

“It is great happiness to be praised of them who are most praiseworthy.”

― Philip Sidney

“If there is something that needs to be done on my behalf back home, for example, my brothers take care of it for me. I share everything with my family; all my happiness and success is theirs.”

― Philippe Coutinho

“I share everything with my family; all my happiness and success is theirs.”

― Philippe Coutinho

“Happiness is the natural flower of duty.”

― Phillips Brooks

“Households, cities, countries, and nations have enjoyed great happiness when a single individual has taken heed of the Good and Beautiful. Such people not only liberate themselves; they fill those they meet with a free mind.”

― Philo

“When I first found out that I was an Idol finalist, I cried tears of happiness. I was just so happy, and my family was there and the fact that got to see that moment and share that moment with me was just everything to me.”

― Pia Toscano

“If we want to talk about Gross Natural Product, we have to talk about the King of Bhutan’s index of Gross National Happiness, too. Certainly I have found, as many travellers before me, that people in the poorest places are often the readiest to shower me, from an affluent country, with hospitality and kindness.”

― Pico Iyer

“Though I knew that poverty certainly didn’t buy happiness, I wasn’t convinced that money did, either.”

― Pico Iyer

“I’m no Buddhist monk, and I can’t say I’m in love with renunciation in itself, or traveling an hour or more to print out an article I’ve written, or missing out on the N.B.A. Finals. But at some point, I decided that, for me at least, happiness arose out of all I didn’t want or need, not all I did.”

― Pico Iyer

“I suppose even when I was growing up, I noticed I was most happy when I was absorbed in something, lost in the moment and forgot the time, whether was conversation, movie, or a game I was playing. That was my definition of happiness. And I was least happy when I was all over the place, distracted and restless.”

― Pico Iyer

“We never taste happiness in perfection, our most fortunate successes are mixed with sadness.”

― Pierre Corneille

“Happiness seems made to be shared.”

― Pierre Corneille

“I can be forced to live without happiness, but I will never consent to live without honor.”

― Pierre Corneille

“The day when a sportsman stops thinking above all else of the happiness in his own effort and the intoxication of the power and physical balance he derives from it, the day when he lets considerations of vanity or interest take over, on this day his ideal will die.”

― Pierre de Coubertin

“I’ve never seen an obese person who has said, ‘I am well in my mind.’ Happiness stops food being a compensation.”

― Pierre Dukan

“I’ve had at least my share of tragedy, but I have had far more than my share of happiness.”

― Pierre Salinger

“The positive and negative states of being bring about action. They cause the loss of balance and of happiness. They cause the eternal revolutions – the changes that follow one upon the other. They explain why happiness cannot be achieved in time.”

― Piet Mondrian

“The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.”

― Plato

“Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.”

― Plato

“Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.”

― Plutarch

“Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all, and that is well within the remit of the state. More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get, yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year.”

― Polly Toynbee

“Is anyone serious about the politics of happiness? David Cameron dipped a toe in the water, using the word lightly, but denying the hard policies it implies. Labour shies away from it, but should take up the challenge.”

― Polly Toynbee

“It is now possible to quantify people’s levels of happiness pretty accurately by asking them, by observation, and by measuring electrical activity in the brain, in degrees from terrible pain to sublime joy.”

― Polly Toynbee

“Happiness is a real, objective phenomenon, scientifically verifiable. That means people and whole societies can now be measured over time and compared accurately with one another. Causes and cures for unhappiness can be quantified.”

― Polly Toynbee

“Could a government dare to set out with happiness as its goal? Now that there are accepted scientific proofs, it would be easy to audit the progress of national happiness annually, just as we monitor money and GDP.”

― Polly Toynbee

“This obedience to the voice of the Earth is more important for our future happiness… than the desires of the moment.”

― Pope Benedict XVI

“I believe economic growth should translate into the happiness and progress of all. Along with it, there should be development of art and culture, literature and education, science and technology. We have to see how to harness the many resources of India for achieving common good and for inclusive growth.”

― Pratibha Patil

“Happiness is your own treasure because it lies within you.”

― Prem Rawat

“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.”

― Princess Diana

“I am deeply grateful for the concern of all those who constantly prayed for my happiness.”

― Princess Margaret

“I don’t have to take a trip around the world or be on a yacht in the Mediterranean to have happiness. I can find it in the little things, like looking out into my backyard and seeing deer in the fields.”

― Queen Latifah

“I think people really marry far too much; it is such a lottery after all, and for a poor woman a very doubtful happiness.”

― Queen Victoria

“The British do not expect happiness. I had the impression, all the time that I lived there, that they do not want to be happy; they want to be right.”

― Quentin Crisp

“The consuming desire of most human beings is deliberately to plant their whole life in the hands of some other person. I would describe this method of searching for happiness as immature. Development of character consists solely in moving toward self-sufficiency.”

― Quentin Crisp

“I have no complaints except for the fact that I get very little time with my family. However, the happiness they feel every time they see me doing well compensates for everything.”

― Raashi Khanna

“Whether they ‘lean into’ career, family, or both, let’s not underestimate the wisdom of women to define happiness and success for themselves.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“Too much good fortune can make you smug and unaware. Happiness should be like an oasis, the greener for the desert that surrounds it.”

― Rachel Field

“Happiness is a mysterious concept. It seems to work best as futurity: at that point I will be happy, et cetera. I feel like I experience small pieces of joy day to day.”

― Rachel Kushner

“You can give them the opportunity to thrive, but when it comes to finding happiness or success, kids are really on their own.”

― Rachel Simmons

“I come from a family where happiness was seen as an ‘extra,’ a kind of frill to life – nice to have, but certainly not necessary and by no means paramount. Work was king. Suffering meant you were working hard. It made you worthy.”

― Rachel Simmons

“Happiness doesn’t just happen. It must be pursued. And if the pursuit of the ‘ultimate currency’ of happiness helps us choose occupations that confer present and future benefit, and these choices, in turn, motivate us to succeed, this strikes me as perhaps the most powerful non-cognitive skill of all.”

― Rachel Simmons

“Fun opens the doors to creativity, which then leads to inspiration, which then births passion, which all together equals both happiness and success!”

― Rachele Brooke Smith

“When I had to go for surgery, all the country sent positive messages. I was very happy with that, and all I want is to give back some of this happiness I received both with the national team and at my club.”

― Radamel Falcao

“For me, cinema is happiness.”

― Rajkumar Hirani

“For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about an inner happiness and an overall well-being.”

― Rakul Preet Singh

“What Washington desperately needs now are citizen legislators that are dedicated to leading a free people and to maintain our God-given right to the pursuit of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Ralph Norman

“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One must realise his Self in order to open the store of unalloyed happiness.”

― Ramana Maharshi

“Happiness exists only if you have a lot of people to share it with.”

― Ranbir Kapoor

“People say America is exceptional. I agree, but it’s not the complexion of our skin or the twists in our DNA that make us unique. America is exceptional because we were founded upon the notion that everyone should be free to pursue life, liberty, and happiness.”

― Rand Paul

“My father, my grandfather, the wrestling business, the WWE in particular, has really given me everything. A lot of happiness, my kids are taken care of, my wife is happy, they get to travel. A lot of pluses come with it; the Hall Of Fame would just be the cherry on top.”

― Randy Orton

“I think perfect happiness has a lot to do with peace. For me, I get peace from writing, from the people in my life, and from yoga – om!”

― Rebecca Serle

“Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. Laughter has always brought me out of unhappy situations.”

― Red Skelton

“God’s children and their happiness are my reasons for being.”

― Red Skelton

“Our principles are the springs of our actions. Our actions, the springs of our happiness or misery. Too much care, therefore, cannot be taken in forming our principles.”

― Red Skelton

“I love walking down the street and seeing faces and drama and happiness and sadness and dirt and cleanliness.”

― Ric Ocasek

“The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.”

― Richard Bach

“Every gift from a friend is a wish for your happiness.”

― Richard Bach

“If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.”

― Richard Bach

“Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know.”

― Richard Bach

“I’ve never gone into business to make money. Every Virgin product and service has been made into a reality to make a positive difference in people’s lives. And by focusing on the happiness of our customers, we have been able to build a successful group of companies.”

― Richard Branson

“Most people would assume my business success, and the wealth that comes with it, have brought me happiness. But I know I am successful, wealthy, and connected because I am happy.”

― Richard Branson

“Those who know me know I’m passionate about lists, and top of my list of priorities is my family. My wife Joan and I do not consider our legacy to our children to be wealth or fame but the opportunity to pursue happiness by following their own path.”

― Richard Branson

“But it is my happiness to be half Welsh, and that the better half.”

― Richard Cobden

“Happiness has a bad rap. People say it shouldn’t be your goal in life. Oh, yes it should.”

― Richard Dreyfuss

“I believe there is a relationship between having an interest in the arts and the behaviour of society as a whole. Some politicians find it difficult that the arts is a weapon of happiness… Politics is often about deprivation rather than the opening up of ideas and nourishing creative endeavour.”

― Richard Eyre

“I envy the happiness of others… I envy the sense of belonging… I seem always to be remaking myself.”

― Richard Eyre

“The arts are weapons of understanding and weapons of happiness.”

― Richard Eyre

“Happiness for me is getting to write about the most important things I know.”

― Richard Ford

“The drive for happiness is vital; it’s what keeps us in motion.”

― Richard Gere

“People don’t understand what happiness is, so they have an idea of what will make them happy, but it never does.”

― Richard Gere

“When ‘happiness’ eludes us – as, eventually, it always will – we have the invitation to examine our programmed responses and to exercise our power to choose again.”

― Richard Rohr

“No one is perfect… absolutely no one. Like precious stones, we have a few flaws, but why focus on that? Focus on what you like about yourself, and that will bring you happiness and peace.”

― Richard Simmons

“Happiness is no laughing matter.”

― Richard Whately

“You look at your bank account, and you see the currency of love and happiness is more important than the currency of money.”

― Richie Sambora

“So, after awhile, you can only get so much happiness from a guy who’s drunk come up and tell you you’re great.”

― Rick Derringer

“Being healthy is part of the happiness of life.”

― Rick Harrison

“I’d learned how much happiness money can bring you. Very little.”

― Rick Pitino

“I want my children to be proud of their father and to say, ‘My father is the best dad in the world.’ And I want them to belong to a modern family, and live a path of happiness and calm.”

― Ricky Martin

“I’ve gotten to a point, where I realize that happiness doesn’t come from the outside.”

― Ricky Williams

“The only real happiness a ballplayer has is when he is playing a ball game and accomplishes something he didn’t think he could do.”

― Ring Lardner

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.”

― Rita Mae Brown

“Cannes or Oscars is not only to bring happiness and recognition – they protect people like me. The world knows who you are. You can work. You can express. You can help other people. It’s not only the star system. It’s a symbol of freedom.”

― Rithy Panh

“I’m just living each day, and I’m better equipped to do so. I mean, I used to be totally afraid, I used to have, like, permanent stage fright. But now I’m trying to have fun. I’m trying to bring as much happiness to as many people as possible.”

― Rivers Cuomo

“They say people live to be happy. If you actually think about what happiness is, it’s nothing much. When you get to eat ramen after feeling really, really hungry, that’s happiness.”

― RM

“The thing is, when I had my first success it did coincide with the end of my first marriage, and because I went on to have a very, very unhappy two years, I don’t think I equate career success with personal happiness.”

― Rob Brydon

“They talk about the American Dream. I still believe in that. I still believe that this is a great country, where great things can happen, where anybody can become president of the United States. Just that simple statement there defines so much about the whole business of liberty and freedom and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Rob Halford

“Your executives liking your show makes all the difference in the world. It’s the difference between happiness and misery.”

― Rob Thomas

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own… Jealousy is a disease, love is a healthy condition. The immature mind often mistakes one for the other, or assumes that the greater the love, the greater the jealousy.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

“Happiness doesn’t come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy so that you can be useful and so you can enjoy life when you are a man.”

― Robert Baden-Powell

“The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others.”

― Robert Baden-Powell

“Happiness is within the reach of everyone, rich or poor. Yet comparatively few people are happy. I believe the reason for this is that the majority don’t recognize happiness even when it is within their grasp.”

― Robert Baden-Powell

“Worldly wealth is the Devil’s bait; and those whose minds feed upon riches recede, in general, from real happiness, in proportion as their stores increase, as the moon, when she is fullest, is farthest from the sun.”

― Robert Burton

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”

― Robert Frost

“A great man does not seek applause or place; he seeks for truth; he seeks the road to happiness, and what he ascertains, he gives to others.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Happiness is not a reward – it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment – it is a result.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Whoever labors for the happiness of those he loves elevates himself, no matter whether he works in the dreary shop or the perfumed field.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Happiness is the legal-tender of the soul. Joy is wealth.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“Working 14 hours a day until you’re 55 and missing your kids growing up is not what I would consider a recipe for happiness.”

― Robert Harris

“It takes great wit and interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish.”

― Robert Herrick

“Anyone who starts piercing the bubble of happiness, get ’em out of your life.”

― Robert Kraft

“To forget oneself is to be happy.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“Happiness? No, it’s not there for me.”

― Robert Mapplethorpe

“Happiness is a very small desk and a very big wastebasket.”

― Robert Orben

“I love being on stage. I’m completely, totally relaxed. It’s the only time in my life when I know where I am and what’s coming next. The other Robert Powell is probably fairly melancholic. Let’s just say happiness isn’t my default position. There are dark parts. I’m very good at it. I frighten people sometimes.”

― Robert Powell

“Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve.”

― Robert Staughton Lynd

“Leibniz dedicated his life to efforts to educate people to understand that true happiness is found by locating their identity in benefitting mankind and their posterity.”

― Robert Trout

“Happiness is a key to my success, and my family is a root of that.”

― Robert Whittaker

“It was physically difficult, adjusting to wheelchair life, but I remember a great relief and happiness that I was finally getting somewhere, finding musicians to work with that were sympathetic.”

― Robert Wyatt

“Whatever your religion, you have to find internal happiness, which I found.”

― Roberto Baggio

“It’s such an obedient way to be for a woman, to try to keep yourself in top shape, to follow all the rules and hope that will get you a measure of stability or happiness. That’s part of the affluent suburban dream: to do everything perfectly in a long-winded way, to try to fulfill all the requirements.”

― Robin Weigert

“I have to look for my happiness, and that is being out on the pitch, playing well, and scoring goals. That makes me happy.”

― Robinho

“The secular world looks to the church and to its chagrin, finds no love, no life, no laughter, no hope and no happiness.”

― Rod Parsley

“Might we… be doing something with our brains that cannot be described in computational terms at all? How do our feelings of conscious awareness – of happiness, pain, love, aesthetic sensibility, will, understanding, etc. – fit into such a computational picture?”

― Roger Penrose

“Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one’s identity as a being of worth and dignity.”

― Rollo May

“Happiness, I do not know where to turn to discover you on earth, in the air or the sky; yet I know you exist and are no futile dream.”

― Rosalia de Castro

“I wasn’t handed college or graduate school or anything else on a silver platter. I had to work very hard, but I did it because I wanted to. That’s the real key to happiness. I think unhappy people are those who feel that circumstances are forcing them into a pattern. Happy people are not slaves to the system.”

― Rosalyn Sussman Yalow

“Among this country’s enduring myths is that success is virtuous, while the wealth by which we measure success is incidental. We tell ourselves that money cannot buy happiness, but what is incontrovertible is that money buys stuff, and if stuff makes you happy, well, complete the syllogism.”

― Rumaan Alam

“One of the things I noticed in my career that gave me a lot of happiness early on was realising we don’t have any control.”

― Rupert Friend

“I want anyone who believes in life, liberty, pursuit of happiness to succeed. And I want any force, any person, any element of an overarching Big Government that would stop your success, I want that organization, that element or that person to fail. I want you to succeed.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“People are pursuing happiness, but they’re pursuing things that will never, ever make them happy, and they don’t know that. They’ve got a distorted view of what will make them happy, what happiness is, and it’s based on what they see on television.”

― Rush Limbaugh

“Marriage and family are ordained of God. The family is the most important social unit in time and in eternity. Under God’s great plan of happiness, families can be sealed in temples and be prepared to return to dwell in His holy presence forever. That is eternal life!”

― Russell M. Nelson

“Eternal principles that govern happiness apply equally to all.”

― Russell M. Nelson

“I don’t spend any time thinking about my place in history, ever. If people say I changed things, it’s nice, and I take it – but if I could give it to a charity it would be useful. I really believe now that my only job in life is to achieve a state of comfort and happiness.”

― Russell Simmons

“The secret to life is finding joy in ordinary things. I’m interested in happiness.”

― Ruth Reichl

“The independence of all political and other bother is a happiness.”

― Rutherford B. Hayes

“A lot of our happiness is derived from experiences, not from buying products. People are twice as happy buying experiences as products. People are happy buying experiences. They don’t want something that’s commoditised.”

― Ruzwana Bashir

“Happiness is only attained by the free will agreeing in its freedom to accord with the will of God.”

― Sabine Baring-Gould

“In the beginning, before the creation of Heaven and Earth, God made the angels; free intelligences and free wills; out of His love He made them, that they might be eternally happy. And that their happiness might be complete, He gave them the perfection of a created nature; that is, He gave them freedom.”

― Sabine Baring-Gould

“My size is a huge part of me. You just have to appreciate those kinds of things. So I wasn’t born with long legs – who cares. You just have to embrace it. Being body positive is really important to your overall happiness.”

― Sabrina Carpenter

“Being body positive is really important to your overall happiness. It’s hard to see someone with a ‘perfect’ body and be like, ‘Why can’t I be like her?’ But that person was born to be who she is, and you’re born to be who you are.”

― Sabrina Carpenter

“The wretched and miserable would rise into plenty of joy and happiness as soon as they climb the steps of my mosque.”

― Sai Baba

“I love dancing, and I dance for my own happiness.”

― Sai Pallavi

“I find happiness in the tiniest things.”

― Sai Pallavi

“All true happiness, pure joy, sweet bounties, and unclouded pleasure are contained within the knowledge and love of God.”

― Said Nursi

“All true happiness, pure joy, sweet bounties, and untroubled pleasure lie in knowledge of God and love of God; they cannot exist without them.”

― Said Nursi

“Once you are satisfied with your goal, it is the real happiness.”

― Saina Nehwal

“Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.”

― Saint Augustine

“There is no guarantee what will give you happiness any which way. I know many married people who are unhappy.”

― Sakshi Tanwar

“I am certainly not a good Muslim. But I am able now to say that I am Muslim; in fact it is a source of happiness to say that I am now inside, and a part of the community whose values have always been closest to my heart.”

― Salman Rushdie

“Whether or not money can buy happiness, it can buy freedom, and that’s a big deal. Also, lack of money is very stressful.”

― Sam Altman

“Morality must relate, at some level, to the well-being of conscious creatures. If there are more and less effective ways for us to seek happiness and to avoid misery in this world – and there clearly are – then there are right and wrong answers to questions of morality.”

― Sam Harris

“Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself.”

― Sam Levenson

“The marriage state was designed to complete the sum of human happiness in this life. It sometimes proves otherwise, but this is owing to the parties themselves, who either rush into it without due consideration or fail in point of discretion in their conduct towards each other afterwards.”

― Samuel Adams

“Religion is of general and public concern, and on its support depend, in great measure, the peace and good order of government, the safety and happiness of the people.”

― Samuel Chase

“There is nothing which has yet been contrived by man, by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern.”

― Samuel Johnson

“He who has so little knowledge of human nature as to seek happiness by changing anything but his own disposition will waste his life in fruitless efforts.”

― Samuel Johnson

“I would not give half a guinea to live under one form of government other than another. It is of no moment to the happiness of an individual.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Nothing flatters a man as much as the happiness of his wife; he is always proud of himself as the source of it.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Subordination tends greatly to human happiness. Were we all upon an equality, we should have no other enjoyment than mere animal pleasure.”

― Samuel Johnson

“There is nothing, Sir, too little for so little a creature as man. It is by studying little things that we attain the great art of having as little misery and as much happiness as possible.”

― Samuel Johnson

“We are long before we are convinced that happiness is never to be found, and each believes it possessed by others, to keep alive the hope of obtaining it for himself.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.”

― Samuel Johnson

“There is no private house in which people can enjoy themselves so well as at a capital tavern… No, Sir; there is nothing which has yet been contrived by man by which so much happiness is produced as by a good tavern or inn.”

― Samuel Johnson

“As a child is indulged or checked in its early follies, a ground is generally laid for the happiness or misery of the future man.”

― Samuel Richardson

“The 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

“I don’t want sadness or happiness to affect my life.”

― Sandeep Singh

“I think most of us are raised with preconceived notions of the choices we’re supposed to make. We waste so much time making decisions based on someone else’s idea of our happiness – what will make you a good citizen or a good wife or daughter or actress. Nobody says, ‘Just be happy – go be a cobbler or go live with goats.’”

― Sandra Bullock

“Everything in large doses is gonna kill you. Even happiness.”

― Sandra Bullock

“I saw ‘Joy Luck Club’ when it came out, so that was early mid-’90s, and I remember seeing it with my long-time collaborator, Mina Shum. We’d just done ‘Double Happiness,’ and we saw this movie, and we were weeping. Like, shuddering weeping. Weeping more than really the film deserved.”

― Sandra Oh

“The problem is that, partly because we are women, a large measure of our happiness depends on our relationships – including, unavoidably, our relationships with men.”

― Sandra Tsing Loh

“I think family, friends and a sense of community give you greater happiness than money. But, of course, one has to have a minimum on which to live. The joy I get from sitting around and having a laugh is immeasurable – much greater than anything that I have ever bought.”

― Sanjeev Bhaskar

“I like to smile. I try to bring happiness on and off the pitch. I don’t understand how you can play football without joy.”

― Santi Cazorla

“Happiness is like a cloud, if you stare at it long enough, it evaporates.”

― Sarah McLachlan

“It is the people who can do nothing who find nothing to do, and the secret to happiness in this world is not only to be useful, but to be forever elevating one’s uses.”

― Sarah Orne Jewett

“While I gave up God a long time ago, I never shook the habit of wanting to believe in something. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Sarah Vowell

“I suffer a lot with mental health and stuff, so I had to find something that was going to make me OK with who I was and also give me some peace and happiness with being alive. So yeah, I’ve worked hard on myself.”

― Sasha Lane

“Happiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions.”

― Saul Bellow

“Happiness is nothing but good health and freedom, and money is the single best way you can buy your freedom.”

― Scott Adams

“Your happiness is at the intersection of your passions and learning from great people.”

― Scott Weiss

“The arrival of any child brings you a lot of happiness.”

― Seal

“One of my producers said this business is like a hamster on that little wheel thing that goes around and around. You may have a great day and get great ratings, but then you’ve got another show to do – whatever moment of success or happiness you have you’ve got to keep grinding it out for the next day.”

― Sean Hannity

“My happiness is not dictated on this business. Once I realized that, everything kind of changed.”

― Selena Gomez

“You always hear the phrase, money doesn’t buy you happiness. But I always in the back of my mind figured a lot of money will buy you a little bit of happiness. But it’s not really true. I got a new car because the old one’s lease expired.”

― Sergey Brin

“Everyone has their own way of expressing happiness.”

― Shah Rukh Khan

“You know, I think we Indians are afraid to show and celebrate our happiness, lest things change around. But I feel that it’s okay to be sad and okay to show when you are happy.”

― Shah Rukh Khan

“I think if we want to find happiness by finding a life partner, then it’s a little selfish. You should be complete within yourself, so that when you’re in a relationship, you can give out happiness rather than expect it.”

― Shahid Kapoor

“Ganesh Chaturthi is very close to my heart. The festival brings with it joy, love, and happiness for everyone.”

― Shankar Mahadevan

“While the concert is instant communication with the audience, composing is a creative process where a song comes up out of nowhere and then transmits happiness to many, translates into money, fame, or whatever.”

― Shankar Mahadevan

“I think people need a little light and a little happiness in their lives.”

― Shannon Purser

“Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.”

― Sharon Draper

“For me, music is my joy. It’s my happiness. As long as this medicine, this chemo is in my body, I didn’t have my love, my joy.”

― Sharon Jones

“We live in this world of great promise, where everything seems to offer an unchanging final happiness, if we can only get enough of it. It is very intoxicating.”

― Sharon Salzberg

“Our daily decisions and habits have a huge impact upon both our levels of happiness and success.”

― Shawn Achor

“Smart vacations lead to greater happiness and energy at work and, therefore, greater productivity, intelligence, and resilience.”

― Shawn Achor

“Too many people limit their happiness and success by assuming that taking time off from work will send a negative message to their manager and slow their career advancement.”

― Shawn Achor

“Not every vacation is equal. And theory – the idea that vacations should increase happiness – doesn’t always translate to reality.”

― Shawn Achor

“Success does not mean happiness. Check out any celebrity magazine to look for examples to disabuse you of thinking that being beautiful, successful or rich will make you happy.”

― Shawn Achor

“Research shows you get multiple tasks done faster if you do them one at a time. It also decreases stress and raises happiness.”

― Shawn Achor

“Scientifically, happiness is a choice. It is a choice about where your single processor brain will devote its finite resources as you process the world.”

― Shawn Achor

“What we’ve been finding is people are afraid of happiness. They’re afraid of happiness because they think we’ll stagnate or we’ll be blind: that if I’m happy now, I won’t keep fighting as hard. If I’m happy now, I won’t push as hard to make a better world. That’s what pleasure does. Joy does the exact opposite.”

― Shawn Achor

“My parents- they’ve been my biggest influences and supporters since day one. They teach me every day that happiness comes from within and not from something outside of your heart.”

― Shawn Johnson

“I think a lot of the world searches in vain for happiness in ways that will not bring them happiness.”

― Shay Carl

“The child asks, ‘Why don’t I have this happiness thing you’re telling me about?’”

― Shel Silverstein

“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“To me, the most important thing is happiness.”

― Sheryl Swoopes

“People want to be happy, so they don’t want to feel as though they’re mired in this world of ugliness. I think that if people can recognize that you can actually help and change that ugliness, then you’ll feel a lot better about yourself as well, and that does create a certain amount of happiness.”

― Sheryl WuDunn

“I try to be a good daughter, as I believe in karma and feel that how you are with your parents is directly proportionate to what you receive in your life. I am a big oneness follower, and our gurus have told us that if you want to achieve external happiness, you need to be happy internally. And your inner circle is your family.”

― Shilpa Shetty

“An award means a lot to me. It brings happiness along with a kind of fear. It brings fear because the award is the responsibility which audiences have put on us. So a singer winning an award should always try to give best of him to the audiences.”

― Shreya Ghoshal

“If you are not happy, you will never be able to give happiness to others.”

― Shweta Tripathi

“The Dalai Lama. He is a very wise man of great inner peace who believes that happiness is the purpose of our lives. Through his teachings and leadership, he continues to make this world a better place in which to live.”

― Sidney Sheldon

“What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree.”

― Sigmund Freud

“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

“I am quite miserable because I’m never satisfied with what I’ve got. You’re always looking for that next high, and that is what I would define as happiness.”

― Simon Cowell

“It’s good to follow the path of personal happiness to some extent. People tend to get upset however when you drive a steamroller down it.”

― Simon Travaglia

“All human states are organic brain states – happiness, sadness, fear, lust, dreaming, doing math problems and writing novels – and our brains are not static.”

― Siri Hustvedt

“The idea that skiing might not be fun, might not be for everyone, had never occurred to me. Where I come from, the sport signified pleasure, nature, family happiness.”

― Siri Hustvedt

“I try to be happy, but I’m never happy. I don’t believe in happiness. I was happy yesterday, but today and tomorrow is a different story.”

― Sirio Maccioni

“I find a lot of happiness in playing characters that have a lot of emotions. But even more important is the team that I am working with.”

― Sobhita Dhulipala

“My beauty ethos? Well, I’d love to tell you it’s something like ‘less is more,’ but honestly, it all starts with happiness. If only someone could bottle that up – when I’m happy, I’m at my most radiant and glowing. It does me better than any product ever could. And I stand by how cheesy and cliched that sounds.”

― Solange Knowles

“Football is my happiness.”

― Son Heung-min

“I didn’t understand at first why I couldn’t meet a guy for so long. But as time goes by, I understood why actresses usually get married late. I think their hearts for work become bigger and happiness from the work takes the most space in their hearts.”

― Son Ye-jin

“People often confuse self-respect with arrogance. I believe that there is a very thin line between the two. Balance between the two is often what leads to happiness.”

― Sonali Bendre

“I truly believe happiness has a different meaning for everyone. But I also believe that the sense of self is the key to one’s happiness.”

― Sonali Bendre

“I had lost my way for some time, so I need to do things that I am happy with. It’s not about being the number one heroine or money. It’s about doing roles that I enjoy. My biggest ambition is happiness.”

― Sonam Kapoor

“An alcoholic father, poverty, my own juvenile diabetes, the limited English my parents spoke – although my mother has become completely bilingual since. All these things intrude on what most people think of as happiness.”

― Sonia Sotomayor

“I’ve become a true Muslim. It’s giving me happiness. It’s made me become content as a man and helped me to grow. I’ve just got faith in it, and it has definitely helped me become the man I am today.”

― Sonny Bill Williams

“An actor’s body should be full of emotions, whether it is happiness or sorrow, pain or joy, enraged or elated.”

― Sonny Chiba

“My happiness is not dependent on others; it comes from within. Spiritual growth in a person is never encouraged, but it is important. I don’t know why people want to judge others instead of doing their own thing. I firmly feel that I don’t need to follow or live according to other people’s rules. I like living life the way I want to.”

― Sonu Nigam

“When a man has lost all happiness, he’s not alive. Call him a breathing corpse.”

― Sophocles

“Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way.”

― Sophocles

“Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.”

― Sophocles

“A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.”

― Soren Kierkegaard

“Money can’t buy you happiness but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery.”

― Spike Milligan

“For me, stardom is feeling happiness and being positive.”

― Sridevi

“I don’t focus on happiness as a goal or an end.”

― Srikumar Rao

“There are terrible jerks, and there are an unusually large concentration of them in the workplace. And that means that you do have to make some changes in your behavior, but there is absolutely no need for you to give them power over your happiness.”

― Srikumar Rao

“The god most Americans say they believe in is just not interesting enough to deny. Thus the only kind of atheism that counts in America is to call into question the proposition that everyone has a right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Stanley Hauerwas

“To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness. Though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless.”

― Stefan Sagmeister

“I had given a presentation on design and happiness for quite a long while at design conferences. I had found thinking about the topic helpful for my own practice, as it forced me to consider the fundamentals, and the feedback from the audience was always enthusiastic.”

― Stefan Sagmeister

“U.K. psychologist Daniel Nettle thinks of happiness as a carrot on a stick, designed by evolution to show the right way, and also designed so that we will never permanently reach it. We likely would just sit around and eat sweet and fatty foods all day, and that is simply not in the interest of evolution.”

― Stefan Sagmeister

“To me, flowers are happiness.”

― Stefano Gabbana

“Wellness is associated with happiness. When you’re happy, you’re feeling good in your mind and body. That ties into being healthy, eating well, and exercising regularly. It also ties into being excited about things – like getting up in the morning and having a healthy breakfast.”

― Stella Maxwell

“To describe happiness is to diminish it.”

― Stendhal

“A wise woman never yields by appointment. It should always be an unforeseen happiness.”

― Stendhal

“Power, after love, is the first source of happiness.”

― Stendhal

“But happiness is no respecter of persons.”

― Stephen Fry

“Happiness is no respecter of persons.”

― Stephen Fry

“I believe happiness is a choice. Some days it is a very difficult choice.”

― Steve Gleason

“I learned that people everywhere are basically the same and have similar goals that we do. They want health and happiness and the opportunity to provide for their families.”

― Steve Kerr

“The revolutionary sees his task as liberation not only of the oppressed but also of the oppressor. Happiness can never truly exist in a state of tension.”

― Steven Biko

“The strongest argument against totalitarianism may be a recognition of a universal human nature; that all humans have innate desires for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The doctrine of the blank slate… is a totalitarian’s dream.”

― Steven Pinker

“Happiness just doesn’t happen. You have to force yourself.”

― Stewart Rahr

“Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.”

― Storm Jameson

“To me, ‘Alors On Danse’ is the definition of clubbing. Because everyone is just trying to forget their problems, but actually, it’s so sad, clubbing. We try to sell happiness in clubs, but you can’t.”

― Stromae

“It’s good to think about real life, no? Because real life isn’t just dreams and happiness.”

― Stromae

“I’m sure, ever since I was really young, that happiness is not a bottle of champagne and a girl and a limousine and a swimming pool.”

― Stromae

“Hip-hop, pop, dance – the common point is melancholy. That’s international, and I like this word because it’s not only about sadness or happiness – it’s both at the same time. And that’s human, and that’s life.”

― Stromae

“I’m always content. I hold much more store in contentment than happiness.”

― Sue Perkins

“I’m passionate about everything, like my family and friends. Anybody I am talkin’ to is gonna be bona fide real. There is no substitution for happiness. Period.”

― Suge Knight

“I don’t want to risk my personal sanity or happiness, or my family, or the love of my life. That’s a mistake. And I think a lot of people make that mistake, they’re always kind of, like, seeking out the next thing that’s gonna happen.”

― Summer Phoenix

“I love what I do, and I love doing it, and I love getting better at it. I just am not willing to risk… Much… to go on to the next level. I don’t want to risk my personal sanity or happiness or my family or the love of my life.”

― Summer Phoenix

“I began to realize that, in spite of great achievements in wealth and military prowess, the great powers of Europe have not yet succeeded in providing the greatest happiness of the vast majority of the people; and that the reformers in these European countries were working hard for a new social revolution.”

― Sun Yat-sen

“I think when we shot ‘Tokyo Drift’ I was a little too young to really understand what made Han who he is, and then I got older, and you start to make a little bit of money, and you realize that money will never buy you happiness.”

― Sung Kang

“Independence is happiness.”

― Susan B. Anthony

“The bias against introversion leads to a colossal waste of talent, energy, and happiness.”

― Susan Cain

“Feminism’s agenda is basic: It asks that women not be forced to choose between public justice and private happiness.”

― Susan Faludi

“It’s the pursuit of love and happiness that is the driving force of the romantic novel.”

― Susanna Kearsley

“I really wanted to buy a Range Rover. It was a big dream, and the day I bought it, I was very happy, but by evening, I was immune to it. That’s when I realized that excitement, if it’s happiness, is not in reaching the goal but in the process. Thus process trumps over realization.”

― Sushant Singh Rajput

“For me, the opposite of happiness isn’t sadness but boredom.”

― Sushant Singh Rajput

“The closest synonym of happiness is excitement, and you can generate it by doing something that you can’t completely comprehend. This understanding makes the process rich and exciting.”

― Sushant Singh Rajput

“If something really gave me immense happiness, I will remember it for the rest of my life in vivid detail. But if something bothered me, or I regretted it deeply, I will move ahead from it and forget.”

― Sushmita Sen

“I try to have a very optimistic outlook on life. I try not to take anything too seriously. I try to – and I do – find a ton of joy and happiness in my life, and I think that helps you stay youthful.”

― Sutton Foster

“Perfect happiness would be knowing that all my family and friends were happy and safe. Then I’d go to a tropical island with my husband where it was gorgeous and fun all day long and interesting and fun all evening. Good food and dancing would be nice, too, and weekly visits from those safe and happy family and friends. Plus world peace.”

― Suzanne Weyn

“When you’re happy you find pure joy in your life. There are no regrets in this state of happiness – and that’s a goal worth striving for in all areas of your life.”

― Suze Orman

“Happiness is not a luxury. It is a necessity. When we are happy, we are in the best possible place to be good to ourselves and those we love.”

― Suze Orman

“A wise woman recognizes when her life is out of balance and summons the courage to act to correct it, she knows the meaning of true generosity, happiness is the reward for a life lived in harmony, with a courage and grace.”

― Suze Orman

“There is no end of craving. Hence contentment alone is the best way to happiness. Therefore, acquire contentment.”

― Swami Sivananda

“Desire nothing, give up all desires and be happy.”

― Swami Sivananda

“In India, we are parented in a way that we get very good values. But the whole culture forgets to tell us to also value ourselves. It’s really OK sometimes to take into consideration your own happiness.”

― Swara Bhaskar

“Happiness is a direction, not a place.”

― Sydney J. Harris

“Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence.”

― Sydney Smith

“A comfortable house is a great source of happiness. It ranks immediately after health and a good conscience.”

― Sydney Smith

“I have a talent for happiness. I look with the eyes of a painter, and I see beauty.”

― Sylvia Kristel

“Christmas really is about all the cliches: health, happiness and love. A future with my family is the important thing… to stay alive for them.”

― Sylvie Meis

“I always find a reason to be happy before I sleep. For me, happiness is a choice that is in your hands.”

― Taapsee Pannu

“Happiness is very simple and minimal.”

― Tablo

“’American Horror Story’ is dark, so you shouldn’t be expecting too much happiness.”

― Taissa Farmiga

“You don’t find happiness by being able to buy everything you want, whenever you want it.”

― Tamara Ecclestone

“True refuge is that which allows us to be at home, at peace, to discover true happiness. The only thing that can give us true refuge is the awareness and love that is intrinsic to who we are. Ultimately, it’s our own true nature.”

― Tara Brach

“We experience happiness as a series of pleasing moments. They come and go like clouds, unpredictable, fleeting, and without responsibility to our desires. Through honest self-work, reflection, and meditation, we begin to string more of these moments together, creating a web-like design of happiness that drapes around our lives.”

― Tara Stiles

“The first rule of negotiation is to always be willing to walk away from the deal. The first rule of happiness is to not be attached to pleasing moments.”

― Tara Stiles

“We are here on this planet to add to the happiness of the world.”

― Tara Stiles

“You are the only thing holding you back from happiness. You have the ability to change your life radically for better or worse.”

― Tara Stiles

“When doing something you love, no matter what you’d be getting paid or think the outcome might be, not only will you enjoy yourself more, but you have a better chance of actually creating a sustainable life. Happiness is contagious.”

― Tara Stiles

“It’s up to you to be responsible for how you feel if you’re not happy. Your happiness lies in your hands. You can’t rely on a man to make you happy or complete you. That starts with you.”

― Taraji P. Henson

“I am deeply convinced that happiness does not exist in this world.”

― Taylor Caldwell

“I do think, in any industry, when you put too much pressure on the source of your happiness coming from your work, you’re going to run into a wall. It’s easy to think that once you have success, then happiness will just hit like a wave over you. I don’t think that’s the case, or at least, when I achieved my first dream, that wasn’t the case.”

― Taylor Louderman

“Red is such an interesting color to correlate with emotion, because it’s on both ends of the spectrum. On one end you have happiness, falling in love, infatuation with someone, passion, all that. On the other end, you’ve got obsession, jealousy, danger, fear, anger and frustration.”

― Taylor Swift

“I have this really high priority on happiness and finding something to be happy about.”

― Taylor Swift

“Before the palefaces came among us, we enjoyed the happiness of unbounded freedom and were acquainted with neither riches, wants, nor oppression.”

― Tecumseh

“I hump the wild to take it all in, there is no bag limit on happiness.”

― Ted Nugent

“Horrible things can happen to you, and horrible things happened to us on September 11. But if we look for love and happiness and fulfillment, we will find it.”

― Ted Olson

“There are people who fly to the height of stardom in a single day, and then there are people like me. I used to have this ridiculous idea that I absolutely had to be a big, big movie star. Now all I’m after is happiness.”

― Teri Polo

“I say to my children, the reason that marriage – and having children – is so important is that it stops you thinking about yourself. The way to happiness is to give yourself to others and to think of others before you think of yourself.”

― Terry Wogan

“I’ve always been able to transform happiness and pain and sorrow and tears into positive energy.”

― Thalia

“Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic.”

― Theodor W. Adorno

“A pencil and rubber are of more use to thought than a battalion of assistants. To happiness the same applies as to truth: one does not have it, but is in it.”

― Theodor W. Adorno

“All forms of human happiness contain within themselves the seeds of their own decomposition.”

― Theodore Dalrymple

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”

― Theodore Isaac Rubin

“We are looking for happiness and running after it in such a way that creates anger, fear and discrimination. So when you attend a retreat, you have a chance to look at the deep roots of this pollution of the collective energy that is unwholesome.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“We have the tendency to run away from suffering and to look for happiness. But, in fact, if you have not suffered, you have no chance to experience real happiness.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“There is no way to happiness – happiness is the way.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“It is possible to live happily in the here and the now. So many conditions of happiness are available – more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“We fear that this moment will end, that we won’t get what we need, that we will lose what we love, or that we will not be safe. Often, our biggest fear is the knowledge that one day our bodies will cease functioning. So even when we are surrounded by all the conditions for happiness, our joy is not complete.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“You know that your happiness and suffering depend on the happiness and suffering of others. That insight helps you not to do wrong things that will bring suffering to yourself and to other people.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“With compassion you can die for other people, like the mother who can die for her child. You have the courage to say it because you are not afraid of losing anything, because you know that understanding and love is the foundation of happiness. But if you have fear of losing your status, your position, you will not have the courage to do it.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“Happiness is the cessation of suffering.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“Mindfulness helps you go home to the present. And every time you go there and recognize a condition of happiness that you have, happiness comes.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

“Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.”

― Thomas Aquinas

“For Mythology is the handmaid of literature; and literature is one of the best allies of virtue and promoters of happiness.”

― Thomas Bulfinch

“It were a real increase of human happiness, could all young men from the age of nineteen be covered under barrels, or rendered otherwise invisible; and there left to follow their lawful studies and callings, till they emerged, sadder and wiser, at the age of twenty-five.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“The only happiness a brave person ever troubles themselves in asking about, is happiness enough to get their work done.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“The happiness of every country depends upon the character of its people, rather than the form of its government.”

― Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“There is even a happiness – that makes the heart afraid.”

― Thomas Hood

“The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect.”

― Thomas Huxley

“I take it that the good of mankind means the attainment, by every man, of all the happiness which he can enjoy without diminishing the happiness of his fellow men.”

― Thomas Huxley

“Conformity is painful. You know, it’s too tight. Conformity leads to rebellion. So a desire for happiness is in direct conflict with a desire for freedom.”

― Thomas Jane

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“Happiness is not being pained in body or troubled in mind.”

― Thomas Jefferson

“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.”

― Thomas Merton

“When ambition ends, happiness begins.”

― Thomas Merton

“It is only to the happy that tears are a luxury.”

― Thomas Moore

“It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving, it consists in professing to believe what he does not believe.”

― Thomas Paine

“Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.”

― Thomas S. Monson

“There is absolutely nothing in this world that will provide more comfort and happiness than a testimony of the truth.”

― Thomas S. Monson

“Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.”

― Thomas Szasz

“More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.”

― Thomas Traherne

“Happiness was not made to be boasted, but enjoyed. Therefore tho others count me miserable, I will not believe them if I know and feel myself to be happy; nor fear them.”

― Thomas Traherne

“To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness.”

― Thomas Traherne

“It is also rarer to find happiness in a man surrounded by the miracles of technology than among people living in the desert of the jungle and who by the standards set by our society would be considered destitute and out of touch.”

― Thor Heyerdahl

“When God loves a creature he wants the creature to know the highest happiness and the deepest misery He wants him to know all that being alive can bring. That is his best gift. There is no happiness save in understanding the whole.”

― Thornton Wilder

“The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.”

― Thucydides

“I have a lot of gay friends, and some have not come out, and… it just hurts me that there are some people who can’t feel like they can be themselves because society is not accepting to them. I literally see their happiness deprived.”

― Tia Mowry

“I don’t allow Hollywood to define my joy, my happiness, and my peace because you’ll be screwed. You have to be very careful.”

― Tia Mowry

“People write me every day. It feels like this cycle that keeps giving, because as far along as I get in my happiness and success, hearing other people’s stories is a constant reminder of where I came from, where people are, and how much help everybody still needs.”

― Tig Notaro

“Martial arts is what pulled me through tough times, and it is one of the reasons for my happiness.”

― Tiger Shroff

“The best feeling in the world for me is when my parents say they are proud of me; I just want to give them all the happiness that they deserve.”

― Tiger Shroff

“When you care about people’s happiness and productivity, you give them what brings out the best in them and their creativity. And if you give them a choice, they’ll say, ‘I want an iPhone,’ or ‘I want a Mac.’ We think we can win a lot of corporate decisions at that level.”

― Tim Cook

“I do not equate productivity to happiness. For most people, happiness in life is a massive amount of achievement plus a massive amount of appreciation. And you need both of those things.”

― Tim Ferriss

“The philosophical point is that our happiness and wellbeing is not based on incomes rising. This is not just the wisdom of sages but of ordinary people. Prosperity is more social and psychological: it’s about identification, affiliation, participation in society and a sense of purpose.”

― Tim Jackson

“At its essence, ‘Groundhog Day’ is an existential journey of an unhappy, judgmental, slightly narcissistic, misogynistic, dissatisfied, aspirational, entitled, privileged male who has to learn to be the opposite of all those things to find happiness – to learn that learning is important and that you don’t get to control everything.”

― Tim Minchin

“Happiness is found by deeply experiencing the exact moment we are in.”

― Tim Ryan

“Happiness is one thing, and I’ve had it my whole life – that’s family.”

― Timothy F. Cahill

“My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don’t use special creams or treatments – I’ll use a little bit of everything. It’s a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life. Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.”

― Tina Turner

“My true inspiration is to give everything to my kids that I never had. I had a really rough upbringing, and I want to break that chain. I’ve broken the chain, and I want to give my kids happiness every single day. When they wake up and hop on me and say; ‘Dad I love you,’ that is what means the most to me.”

― Tito Ortiz

“People have to work to maintain happiness. It’s easy to be miserable. It’s easy to stay miserable. It’s easy to live in a place where nothing’s working and not being able to work your way out of it. It’s much harder to choose happiness, to choose laughter, to choose a positive.”

― Tituss Burgess

“I might have some character traits that some might see as innocence or naive. That’s because I discovered peace and happiness in my soul. And with this knowledge, I also see the beauty of human life.”

― Tobey Maguire

“We have a long heritage of freedom that defines America. We believe there is a Creator who blessed us with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Todd Akin

“If men have easy access to divorce, many will choose it thoughtlessly. They may not gain true happiness with their new trophy wives, but they certainly will not slide into the material indigence and emotional misery that awaits most divorced women.”

― Tom Cotton

“I am a spiritual person in an eastern religion kind of way. I learned that happiness for all of us is a switch that you flick in your brain. It doesn’t have anything to do with getting a new house, a new car, a new girlfriend, or a new pair of shoes. Our culture is very much about that; we are never happy with what we have today.”

― Tom Ford

“I’m living the exact life I planned on living when I was five. My life has taken some turns and changes that I didn’t anticipate, and it has brought me different things. I thought material things would bring me happiness, which they didn’t. But through this, I have learned what things are important and what aren’t.”

― Tom Ford

“When I was a little kid, all I wanted to do was to escape what I thought was the country and get to a city. Probably film and television had influenced me so much, I really thought the key to happiness was living a very artificial life in a penthouse in New York with martini glasses.”

― Tom Ford

“Drew is a wonderful woman. I love her very much. I wish our marriage could have worked out. I wish her much happiness.”

― Tom Green

“One of the neatest things I saw with the team at Ohio State – and we preach about it all the time as coaches – is that the team genuinely played for the happiness, success and rings on the finger for the guy next to them.”

― Tom Herman

“Bosses should sanction the nap rather than expect workers to power on all day without repose. They might even find that workers’ happiness – or what management types refer to as ’employee satisfaction results’ – might improve.”

― Tom Hodgkinson

“If I can bring happiness to people all around the world, then I will try my best to do so.”

― Tom Holland

“You throw sadness, you throw depression, you throw horror at Batman, he’s like, ‘Yeah, yawn, I’ve done that.’ You throw happiness at him? That’s something that riles him; that’s something that he’s not used to.”

― Tom King

“When top scientists and psychologists talk about what’s important to our overall wellbeing and how satisfied we are with our lives, the only thing that they all agree on is that social relationships are probably the single best predictor of our overall happiness.”

― Tom Rath

“It is easily and often overlooked that when Thomas Jefferson asserted that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were inalienable human rights, he did so on the ground that they had been endowed by God, our Creator.”

― Tom Stoppard

“Childhood is Last Chance Gulch for happiness. After that, you know too much.”

― Tom Stoppard

“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.”

― Tom Waits

“A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.”

― Tom Wilson

“Happiness doesn’t depend on how much you have to enjoy, but how much you enjoy what you have.”

― Tom Wilson

“You might not make it to the top, but if you are doing what you love, there is much more happiness there than being rich or famous.”

― Tony Hawk

“My happiness is being able to present my talents for people to see, and I feel like I’m an ambassador of Thai history and Thai culture on film so that people can see Muay Thai.”

― Tony Jaa

“I enjoy eating so much. I eat for happiness, fuel, and nourishment.”

― Torrey DeVitto

“I’m trying to find a little joy and happiness, a lot of giggles – and maybe some pretty shoes.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“You do the right thing even if it makes you feel bad. The purpose of life is not to be happy but to be worthy of happiness.”

― Tracy Kidder

“Happiness is definitely a priority in our household. That the kids are happy and everybody is comfortable. Self-esteem is very important.”

― Tracy Pollan

“Working hard is a great way to impact the world, to learn, to grow, to feel accomplished, and sometimes even to find happiness, but it becomes a problem when you do so at the expense of the people closest to you.”

― Travis Bradberry

“Money doesn’t buy happiness, but it does pay for therapy.”

― Travis Kalanick

“Seek happiness for its own sake, and you will not find it; seek for duty, and happiness will follow as the shadow comes with the sunshine.”

― Tryon Edwards

“In the face of love, everyone is equal. Let everyone have the freedom to love and to pursue their happiness. I am Tsai Ing-wen, and I support marriage equality.”

― Tsai Ing-wen

“The world tells us in a thousand different ways that the bigger we become, the freer we will be. The richer, the more beautiful, and the more powerful we grow, the more security, liberty, and happiness we will experience. And yet, the gospel tells us just the opposite, that the smaller we become, the freer we will be.”

― Tullian Tchividjian

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you do, you’ll be successful.”

― Tyga

“I sometimes say I am a ‘happiness optimist’ but a ‘revenue pessimist.’”

― Tyler Cowen

“Happiness for me is totally just being at peace knowing that, everything I’m doing, God is pleased with that. It’s complete peace for me.”

― Tyler Perry

“I certainly wasn’t happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can’t earn, and can’t keep, and often don’t even recognize at the time; I mean joy.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

“The secret of happiness is to find a congenial monotony.”

― V. S. Pritchett

“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.”

― Valerie Bertinelli

“I’m talking about enjoying and finding pleasure and interest and happiness and curiosity every moment.”

― Valerie Harper

“I don’t have the recipe for happiness, but I think the engine is simply having the desire.”

― Vanessa Paradis

“One thing I didn’t understand in life was that I had $100,000,000 in the bank and I couldn’t buy happiness. I had everything: mansions, yachts, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, but I was depressed. I didn’t know where I fitted in. But then I found family and friends and I learned the value of life.”

― Vanilla Ice

“Another car is not going to help me out, a nicer car, I’ve already got it. A bigger house ain’t gonna do anything for me, and you know, a yacht, it’s not going to do anything for me anymore. So how can I find happiness?”

― Vanilla Ice

“We are an industry, and we are all in this together and can’t survive without each other. I feel it is high time we realise that. If we go against each other, or if we get happiness from other people’s fall, then there is no way we will move ahead.”

― Varun Dhawan

“The following terms all mean one and the same thing: God, goodness, mental health, truth, decency, happiness, freedom, reality, peace, love, sensibleness.”

― Vernon Howard

“I feel there’s a constant sense of happiness and gratefulness in me.”

― Vicky Kaushal

“Whenever money is in the game, it can suffocate anything and anyone else, and I think people have been misled by money, or the dream of money, or selling the dream that if you’ve made it money-wise, you’ve made a life. Which is a lie. You don’t get happiness by money.”

― Vicky Krieps

“The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.”

― Victor Hugo

“Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.”

― Victor Hugo

“To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.”

― Victor Hugo

“The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.”

― Victor Hugo

“Life’s greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.”

― Victor Hugo

“Tennis court, the results, yes, it gives me a feeling of accomplishment and knowing that all the work I put in is working. It’s a great feeling. But happiness is something way bigger than tennis.”

― Victoria Azarenka

“But if you believe in Christ and that your main goal with your life is supposed to be to honor Him and do His will, then you don’t have as much pressure as someone who bases all their happiness on whether they’re a movie star.”

― Victoria Jackson

“As women, we’re nurturers by nature. We want to make sure everyone is happy. That’s a good thing, but we also have to put ourselves on that happiness list.”

― Victoria Osteen

“I think money helps us. It helps us. It’s our – it’s our exchange system. But it does not buy you happiness. It doesn’t buy you health.”

― Victoria Osteen

“I come before you to declare that my sex are entitled to the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

― Victoria Woodhull

“I ask the rights to pursue happiness by having a voice in that government to which I am accountable.”

― Victoria Woodhull

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from traveling, it’s that it is definitely more important how you are than where you are. You can say, ‘Oh, I hate X city, I hate that country, or I prefer this city,’ but it’s a little bit up to you to find some kind of happiness.”

― Viggo Mortensen

“As an actor, it’s important to feel for the character, as you will be watched by audience, and when you start feeling your character, you share a sense of happiness and achievement.”

― Vikrant Massey

“Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”

― Viktor E. Frankl

“To the European, it is a characteristic of the American culture that, again and again, one is commanded and ordered to ‘be happy.’ But happiness cannot be pursued; it must ensue. One must have a reason to ‘be happy.’”

― Viktor E. Frankl

“The paradox of faith is that when we conform our lives to Christ then we gain our true freedom. And its fruit is profound and lasting happiness.”

― Vincent Nichols

“America is a mosaic not of groups but of individuals, each of whom carries a host of cultural influences, some chosen, some inherited, some absorbed by osmosis. That mosaic is held together by the pursuit of happiness, the most powerful mortar ever conceived. Left alone, it will long endure.”

― Virginia Postrel

“The intimate contest for self-command never ends, and lifetime happiness requires finding the right balance between present impulses and future well-being.”

― Virginia Postrel

“In ‘The Future and Its Enemies,’ I argue that individual creativity and enterprise are not only personally satisfying but socially good, producing progress and happiness. For celebrating creativity and happiness, I have been called a fascist by critics on both coasts.”

― Virginia Postrel

“The man who is aware of himself is henceforward independent; and he is never bored, and life is only too short, and he is steeped through and through with a profound yet temperate happiness.”

― Virginia Woolf

“Heaven takes care that no man secures happiness by crime.”

― Vittorio Alfieri

“I didn’t pursue happiness at all. I’ve never pursued it. I wasn’t brought up to pursue it.”

― Viv Albertine

“Both my parents lived through a world war. My grandparents lived through two world wars. And they didn’t go around saying, ‘Look for happiness.’”

― Viv Albertine

“You know the passage where Scarlett voices her happiness that her mother is dead, so that she can’t see what a bad girl Scarlett has become? Well, that’s me.”

― Vivien Leigh

“If my son came to me years from now and told me, ‘I’m gay,’ I’d say, ‘That’s wonderful. I’m so glad you know who you are.’ But if he said, ‘I want to be a woman,’ I would say, ‘Ahhh. This is gonna be hard. Let’s get started.’ Because it doesn’t matter that that’s where happiness lies – it’s on the other side of a lot of struggle.”

― Vivienne Ming

“I think happiness is love.”

― Vladimir Putin

“When we adopt a dog or any pet, we know it is going to end with us having to say goodbye, but we still do it. And we do it for a very good reason: They bring so much joy and optimism and happiness. They attack every moment of every day with that attitude.”

― W. Bruce Cameron

“In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag.”

― W. H. Auden

“It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.”

― W. Somerset Maugham

“The greatest happiness comes from being vitally interested in something that excites all your energies.”

― Walter Annenberg

“The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing.”

― Walter Benjamin

“We must forget the prewar time, which was totally different. The sooner we adjust ourselves to the new, changed world, to its new, albeit harsh, beauties, the sooner will each individual be able to find his own personal happiness. The distress of Germany will spiritualize and deepen us.”

― Walter Gropius

“We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier.”

― Walter Savage Landor

“Goodness does not more certainly make men happy than happiness makes them good.”

― Walter Savage Landor

“Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.”

― Wayne Gretzky

“History shows that our way of life is the stronger way. From it has come more wealth, more industry, more happiness, more human enlightenment than from any other way.”

― Wendell Willkie

“Until you can be happy, you can’t facilitate happiness for anybody else.”

― Wendy Raquel Robinson

“But the Grammys is just not something I can take too seriously. It would be a mistake to hinge my happiness on something so completely out of my control.”

― Wesley Schultz

“I think money is essential to happiness and right now I wouldn’t want to be anyone other than Wilbur Smith – I’ve had a fantastic life, rewarded far more heavily than I deserve. Maybe I’d like to be J. K. Rowling, but I’ll settle for second best.”

― Wilbur Smith

“I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.”

― Wilhelm von Humboldt

“That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.”

― Willa Cather

“Happiness is an inside job.”

― William Arthur Ward

“Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.”

― William Bennett

“The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of common man.”

― William Beveridge

“Fun 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

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.”

― William Butler Yeats

“I’m not motivated by money or power or fame. In the end, it doesn’t bring much happiness. The only thing that is driving me is self-satisfaction, self-validation.”

― William Clay Ford, Jr.

“Happiness, or misery, is in the mind. It is the mind that lives.”

― William Cobbett

“Existence is a strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.”

― William Cowper

“Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose.”

― William Cowper

“The action is best that secures the greatest happiness for the greatest number.”

― William Dean Howells

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness.”

― William E. Gladstone

“Remember the rights of the savage, as we call him. Remember that the happiness of his humble home, remember that the sanctity of life in the hill villages of Afghanistan, among the winter snows, is as inviolable in the eye of Almighty God, as can be your own.”

― William E. Gladstone

“It is essential that the young people of this country learn to respect the right of every man and woman to seek his or her happiness with minimal interference from the government.”

― William E. Simon

“How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.”

― William Ellery Channing

“The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.”

― William Ellery Channing

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”

― William Feather

“Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it.”

― William Feather

“One of the indictments of civilizations is that happiness and intelligence are so rarely found in the same person.”

― William Feather

“How are the faculties of man to be best developed and his happiness secured? The state of a king is not favorable to this, nor the state of the noble and rich men of the earth. All this is artificial life, the inventions of vanity and grasping ambition, by which we have spoiled the man of nature and of pure, simple, and undistorted impulses.”

― William Godwin

“The cause of justice is the cause of humanity. Its advocates should overflow with universal good will. We should love this cause, for it conduces to the general happiness of mankind.”

― William Godwin

“I know nothing worth the living for but usefulness and the service of my fellow-creatures. The only object I pursue is to increase, as far as lies in my power, the quantity of their knowledge and goodness and happiness.”

― William Godwin

“The true object of moral and political disquisition is pleasure or happiness.”

― William Godwin

“How nations and races of men are to be so governed as may be most conducive to the improvement and happiness of all is one of the most interesting questions that can be offered to our consideration.”

― William Godwin

“Before the tribunal of nature, a man has no more right to life than a rattlesnake; he has no more right to liberty than any wild beast; his right to the pursuit of happiness is nothing but a license to maintain the struggle for existence, if he can find within himself the powers with which to do it.”

― William Graham Sumner

“The United States are a political state, or organized society, whose end is government, for the security, welfare, and happiness of all who live under its protection.”

― William H. Seward

“The sexes were made for each other, and only in the wise and loving union of the two is the fullness of health and duty and happiness to be expected.”

― William Hall

“Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!”

― William Hazlitt

“The happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.”

― William Inge

“True religion… is giving and finding one’s happiness by bringing happiness into the lives of others.”

― William J. H. Boetcker

“Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”

― William James

“How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.”

― William James

“All people desire what they believe will make them happy. If a person is not full of desire for God, we can only conclude that he is engaged with another happiness.”

― William Law

“If happiness truly consisted in physical ease and freedom from care, then the happiest individual would not be either a man or a woman; it would be, I think, an American cow.”

― William Lyon Phelps

“The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”

― William Morris

“Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war.”

― William S. Burroughs

“Virtue is simply happiness, and happiness is a by-product of function. You are happy when you are functioning.”

― William S. Burroughs

“Hope is itself a species of happiness, and, perhaps, the chief happiness, which this world affords.”

― William Samuel Johnson

“But O, how bitter a thing it is to look into happiness through another man’s eyes.”

― William Shakespeare

“I think government has a major role to play in helping us with the pursuit of happiness.”

― William Weld

“It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creatures to the utmost of his power.”

― William Wilberforce

“I had a somewhat religious upbringing. Not strict, but it was there, and I’m kind of thankful for that. If you grow up just watching MTV, that’s its own form of religion, and it’s not even based on happiness or communal responsibility. I mean, try to construct a worldview out of that.”

― Win Butler

“The crown of life is neither happiness nor annihilation; it is understanding.”

― Winifred Holtby

“I could more label myself as even a spokeswoman for happiness!”

― Winnie Harlow

“I thank my God for graciously granting me the opportunity of learning that death is the key which unlocks the door to our true happiness.”

― Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

“I always found myself feeling that happiness rises and frustration trickles down. If the people at the top are frustrated, then everybody down the line feels that. But if the people at the bottom are happy and fulfilled, then they do their jobs a little better, and it goes up that way.”

― Wyatt Cenac

“Happiness is the bomb cosmetic! When I’m smiling, sometimes I’m giving thanks for all the things I have rather than worrying about the things I don’t.”

― Yaya DaCosta

“Sorrow happens, hardship happens, the hell with it, who never knew the price of happiness, will not be happy.”

― Yevgeny Yevtushenko

“I’d sing for any friend’s happiness. I don’t have to get drunk to do so.”

― Yo Yo Honey Singh

“I relate to happiness as an ecstatic moment – something you don’t create, you encounter.”

― Yoko Ono

“Unfortunately but absolutely fair to all, the one thing money can’t buy is health – and happiness.”

― Yolanda Hadid

“I think people should know more of Africa in terms of its joie de vivre, its feeling for life. In spite of the images that one knows about Africa – the economic poverty, the corruption – there’s a joy to living and a happiness in community, living together, in community life, which may be missing here in America.”

― Youssou N’Dour

“Humans are extremely good in acquiring new power, but they are not very good in translating this power into greater happiness, which is why we are far more powerful than ever before but we don’t seem to be much happier.”

― Yuval Noah Harari

“Good clothing is a passport to happiness.”

― Yves Saint Laurent

“For those suffering from depression, I know how dark and endless that tunnel can feel. But if happiness seems impossible to find, please hold on to the possibility of hope, faint though it may be.”

― Zelda Williams

“I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.”

― Zhuangzi

“Happiness is the absence of the striving for happiness.”

― Zhuangzi

“If my life has had a theme, I suppose it has been a typical American theme in that, for most of it, I have been looking for happiness and success.”

― Zig Ziglar

“Happiness is nothing but temporary moments here and there – and I love those. But I would be bored out of my mind if I were happy all the time.”

― Zoe Saldana

“Happiness needs one-upmanship.”

― Zygmunt Bauman

“There are other ways of finding satisfaction, recipes for human happiness, enjoyment, dignified and meaningful, gratifying life, than increased consumption that increases production.”

― Zygmunt Bauman
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