Happiness

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
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
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
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
We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.
- George Bernard Shaw
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
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton
Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
- George Orwell
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
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
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
The happiness of this life depends less on what befalls you than the way in which you take it.
- Elbert Hubbard
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
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
There is joy in work. There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.
- Henry Ford
Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.
- Plato
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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
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
Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness.
- Sophocles
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
Wealth, like happiness, is never attained when sought after directly. It comes as a by-product of providing a useful service.
- Henry Ford
Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness.
- Abdul Kalam
The happiness of society is the end of government.
- John Adams
Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
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
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
The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
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
There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.
- Dante Alighieri
A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus
The first requisite for the happiness of the people is the abolition of religion.
- Karl Marx
All you need for happiness is a good gun, a good horse, and a good wife.
- Daniel Boone
The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.
- Chuck Palahniuk
The secret to happiness is to face the fact that the world is horrible.
- Bertrand Russell
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
Action may not bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
- William James
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
Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.
- Denis Waitley
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
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.
- Victor Hugo
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
- Marcel Proust
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
Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.
- Bertrand Russell
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
- George Orwell
Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.
- Wayne Gretzky
Doing nothing is happiness for children and misery for old men.
- Victor Hugo
Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
- Immanuel Kant
When ambition ends, happiness begins.
- Thomas Merton
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
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
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
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
To be perfectly happy it does not suffice to possess happiness, it is necessary to have deserved it.
- Victor Hugo
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