Happiness Quotations

old vintage book on whiteThis month I would like to offer you a couple-of-dozen quotations about happiness from an array of authors, revered public figures, deep thinkers, and therapists. Some are deep, while others may seem a bit frivolous at first reading, yet I believe all have value, while many offer insight. These happiness quotations have been borrowed from goodreads.com, where you can find many more, if you choose to visit them.

My thought is that you might wish to consider at least one of these quotations on a daily basis, using them to help you focus on your own pursuit of happiness each and every day. At the very least, considering what others have to say about happiness cannot hurt you and, if you take them to heart, one or more may be a key to helping you unlock the secret to your own happiness.

“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.” ~ Aristotle

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ~ Dr. Seuss

“Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.” ~ Dave Gardner

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

“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

“For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin–real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way; something to be gotten though first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life, this perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.” ~ Fr. Alfred D. Souza

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” ~ Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi

“You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

“I think and think and think, I‘ve thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.” ~ Jonathan Safran Foer

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

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ~ Aristotle

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Happiness is never grand.” ~ Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

“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, The Essential Groucho: Writings For, By, And About Groucho Marx

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.” ~ Edith Wharton

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called ‘All the Things That Could Go Wrong’.” ~ Marianne Williamson

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.” ~ Andy Rooney

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Happiness is not the absence of problems; it’s the ability to deal with them.” ~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.” ~ William James

“Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.” ~ Doris Mortman

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

“Fulfill me, make me happy, make me feel safe, tell me who I am. The world cannot give you those things, and when you no longer have such expectations, all self created suffering comes to an end.” ~ Eckhart Tolle

If you are struggling with your own journey of happiness, and would like help finding or staying on the road you would like to follow, get in touch with me today.


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