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Happiness Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about happiness
  1. #1
    “You must be the best judge of your own happiness.”
  2. #2
    “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
  3. #3
    “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”
  4. #4
    “We search for happiness everywhere, but we are like Tolstoy’s fabled beggar who spent his life sitting on a pot of gold, under him the whole time. Your treasure–your perfection–is within you already. But to claim it, you must leave the buy commotion of the mind and abandon the desires of the ego and enter into the silence of the heart.”
  5. #5
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  6. #6
    “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
  7. #7
    “Welcome Christmas. Bring your cheer,
    Cheer to all Whos, far and near.”
  8. #8
    “Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!”
  9. #9
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  10. #10
    “Chin up, chin up. Everybody loves a happy face.”
  11. #11
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  12. #12
    “Yet little Tom was not unhappy. He had a hard time of it but did not know it. It was the sort of time that all the Offal Court boys had, therefore he supposed it was the correct and comfortable thing.”
  13. #13
    “Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.”
  14. #14
    “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
  15. #15
    I enjoyed perfect health of body, and tranquility of mind; I did not feel the treachery or inconstancy of a friend, nor the injuries of a secret or open enemy.
  16. #16
    “We thought we had such problems. How were we to know we were happy?”
  17. #17
    “It is happy for you that you possess the talent of flattering with delicacy. May I ask whether these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are the result of previous study?”
  18. #18
    “I don’t care about truth. I want some happiness.”
  19. #19
    “Some stories don’t have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories.”
  20. #20
    “Now I want to live like everybody else. I want to have a wife like everybody else and to take her out on Sundays. I have invented a mask that makes me look like anybody. People will not even turn round in the streets. You will be the happiest of women. And we will sing, all by ourselves, till we swoon away with delight.”
  21. #21
    “If you aren’t unhappy sometimes you don’t know how to be happy.”
  1. #22
    “One after another our dear ones came running to the opposite bank, testifying in various ways their delight at our return, and hastening up on their side of the river, as we on ours, to the ford at which we had crossed in the morning. We were quickly on the other side, and, full of joy and affection, our happy party was once more united.”
  2. #23
    “They were satisfied with their lives which had none of the vibrance his own was taking on. And he was angry at himself, that he could not change that for them.”
  3. #24
    “With a smile to his soul, he descended Mount Crumpet
    Cheerily blowing “Who! Who!” on his trumpet.”
  4. #25
    “Happiness [is] only real when shared.”
  5. #26
    “Money is a needful and precious thing,—and, when well used, a noble thing,—but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self- respect and peace.”
  6. #27
    “I hustled for joy.”
  7. #28
    “Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
  8. #29
    “Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It’s so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy.”
  9. #30
    “Why are they sad and glad and bad? I do not know. Go ask your dad.”
  10. #31
    “The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship”
  11. #32
    “One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly until he knows that every day is Doomsday.”
  12. #33
    “But this sound wasn’t sad!
    Why, this sound sounded glad!”
  13. #34
    A short time before Christmas, the discontented fir-tree was the first to fall. As the axe cut through the stem, and divided the pith, the tree fell with a groan to the earth, conscious of pain and faintness, and forgetting all its anticipations of happiness, in sorrow at leaving its home in the forest.
  14. #35
    “There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.”
  15. #36
    “I felt a great leaping of joy in my heart.”
  16. #37
    “We’re not meant for happiness, you and I.”
  17. #38
    “Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”
  18. #39
    “I wondered, ‘Why have I been chasing happiness my whole life when bliss was here the entire time?‘”
  19. #40
    “For each ecstatic instant
    We must an anguish pay
    In keen and quivering ratio
    To the ecstasy.”
  20. #41
    “If happiness is determined by our thoughts it is necessary to drive off the thoughts which make for depression and discouragement.”
  21. #42
    “I thought they’d be happy for me. They’re supposed to be my friends.”
  1. #43
    “Why joys so scantily disburse,
    Why Paradise defer,
    Why floods are served to us in bowls,—
    I speculate no more.”
  2. #44
    “What matters most are the simple pleasures so abundant that we can all enjoy them...Happiness doesn’t lie in the objects we gather around us. To find it, all we need to do is open our eyes.”
  3. #45
    It’s up to brave hearts, sir, to be patient when things are going badly, as well as being happy when they’re going well.
  4. #46
    “Happiness is not a concept I tend to dwell on. Chinese parenting does not address happiness.”
  5. #47
    We have to go. I’m almost happy here.
  6. #48
    “This was one of those happy days that God grants us sometimes on earth, to give us an idea of the bliss of heaven.”
  7. #49
    “Is she happy? For portions of every day, she is happy.”
  8. #50
    “It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”
  9. #51
    “The way to happiness: Keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love. Scatter sunshine. Forget self, think of others. Do as you would be done by. Try this for a week and you will be surprised.”
  10. #52
    “He was unheeded, happy, and near to the wild heart of life. He was alone and young and wilful and wildhearted, alone amid a waste of wild air and brackish waters and the seaharvest of shells and tangle and veiled grey sunlight.”
  11. #53
    “Heidi was never unhappy, for wherever she was she found something to interest or amuse her.”
  12. #54
    “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
  13. #55
    “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.”
  14. #56
    “She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.”
  15. #57
    “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”
  16. #58
    “I grasped two things: I wasn’t as happy as I could be, and my life wasnt going to change unless I made it change.”
  17. #59
    “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.”
  18. #60
    “The First Splendid Truth: To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.”
  19. #61
    “When I find myself focusing overmuch on the anticipated future happiness of arriving at a certain goal, I remind myself to ‘Enjoy now’. If I can enjoy the present, I don’t need to count on the happiness that is (or isn’t) waiting for me in the future”.”
  20. #62
    “One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.”
  21. #63
    “The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted. No one is careful of his feelings or tries to keep his spirits high. He seems self-sufficient; he becomes a cushion for others. And because happiness seems unforced, that person usually gets no credit.”
  1. #64
    “Turned on its side, the brick announced a happy bee family, no Ozzie, just Harriet and her ten thousand daughters.”
  2. #65
    Mr. Wonka: “Don’t forget what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he wanted.”
    Charlie Bucket: “What happened?”
    Mr. Wonka: “He lived happily ever after.”
  3. #66
    “So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I’m still trying to figure out how that could be.”
  4. #67
    “Riches, prestige, everything can be lost. But the happiness in your own heart can only be dimmed; it will always be there, as long as you live, to make you happy again.”
  5. #68
    “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
  6. #69
    “As she read, at peace with the world and happy as only a little girl could be with a fine book and a little bowl of candy . . . the afternoon passed.”
  7. #70
    “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
  8. #71
    “Are people so unhappy when they love?”
    “Yes, Christine, when they love and are not sure of being loved.”
  9. #72
    “Oh for heaven’s sake! Listen to me, all of you! You’ve got just as much right as wizards to be unhappy! You’ve got the right to wages and holidays and proper clothes, you don’t have to do everything you’re told — look at Dobby!”
  10. #73
    “We are all a great deal luckier that we realize, we usually get what we want - or near enough.”
  11. #74
    “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”
  12. #75
    “No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.”
  13. #76
    “Every form of happiness is private.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Roark
    concept
    Happiness
  14. #77
    “We have many reasons to hope for great happiness, but...we have to earn it. And that’s something you can’t achieve by taking the easy way out. Earning happiness means doing good and working, not speculating and being lazy. Laziness may look inviting, but only work gives you true satisfaction.”
  15. #78
    “Do anything, but let it produce joy.”
  16. #79
    “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
  17. #80
    “Happy are they that hear their detractions, and can put them to mending.”
  18. #81
    “She carried within herself a great fund of life, and her deepest enjoyment was to feel the continuity between the movements of her own heart and the agitations of the world.”
  19. #82
    “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
  20. #83
    ″You may cut off my branches and build a house. Then you will be happy.”
  21. #84
    “Then you can sail away . . .
    and be happy.”
  1. #85
    “And the tree was happy . . .”
  2. #86
    “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
  3. #87
    “This planet has — or rather had — a problem, which was this: most of the people living on it were unhappy for pretty much all of the time. Many solutions were suggested for this problem, but most of these were largely concerned with the movement of small green pieces of paper, which was odd because on the whole it wasn’t the small green pieces of paper that were unhappy.”
  4. #88
    “Thank you for coming into my life and giving me joy, thank you for loving me and receiving my love in return. Thank you for the memories I will cherish forever. But most of all, thank you for showing me that there will come a time when I can eventually let you go. ”
  5. #89
    “If you like her, if she makes you happy, and if you feel like you know her--then don’t let her go.”
  6. #90
    The happiness of one man and one woman is the greatest thing in all the world.
  7. #91
    Humanity does not ask us to be happy. It merely asks us to be brilliant on its behalf.
  8. #92
    “The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.”
  9. #93
    “If it be the will of God,” said my wife, “to leave us alone on this solitary place, let us be content; and rejoice that we are all together in safety.”
  10. #94
    “What a jolly little fellow it is!”
  11. #95
    “A noble mind finds its purest joy in the accomplishment of its duty, and to that willingly sacrifices its inclination.”
  12. #96
    “After many years of joyless life, the blind grandmother had at last found something to make her happy; her days were no longer passed in weariness and darkness, one like the other without pleasure or change, for now she had always something to which she could look forward.”
  13. #97
    “I tore off my mask so as not to lose one of her tears... and she did not run away!...and she did not die!... She remained alive, weeping over me, weeping with me. We cried together! I have tasted all the happiness the world can offer.”
  14. #98
    “Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best becomes you.”
  15. #99
    “Yes, we should have a full day to-day,” he remarked, and he rubbed his hands with the joy of action.”
  16. #100
    “Then you will have money and you will be happy.”
  17. #101
    “He went to church, and walked about the streets, and watched the people hurrying to and fro, and patted children on the head, and questioned beggars, and looked down into the kitchens of houses, and up to the windows, and found that everything could yield him pleasure. He had never dreamed that any walk—that anything—could give him so much happiness.”
  18. #102
    ″‘It is required of every man,’ the Ghost returned, ‘that the spirit within him should walk abroad among his fellowmen, and travel far and wide; and if that spirit goes not forth in life, it is condemned to do so after death. It is doomed to wander through the world—oh, woe is me!—and witness what it cannot share, but might have shared on earth, and turned to happiness!‘”
  19. #103
    “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”
  20. #104
    “Never has it felt more important for me to tell stories of joy and abandon, passion and recklessness. Life is short and difficult, people. We must take our pleasures where we can find them. Let us not become so cautious that we forget to live.”
  21. #105
    “You are loved. Massively. Ferociously. Unconditionally. The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are. It’s got you wrapped in a warm gorilla hug of adoration. It wants to give you everything you desire. It wants you to be happy. It wants you to see what it sees in you.”
  1. #106
    “Western children are definitely no happier than Chinese ones.”
  2. #107
    Miss Bates had never boasted either beauty or cleverness. Her youth had passed without distinction, and her middle of life was devoted to the care of a failing mother, and the endeavor to make a small income go as far as possible. And yet she was a happy woman, and a woman whom no one named without good will.
    author
    Jane Austen
    book
    Emma
    character
    Miss Bates
    concept
    Happiness
  3. #108
    How often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparation!
  4. #109
    “I have lived through much, and now I think I have found what is needed for happiness. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then work which one hopes may be of some use; then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor - such is my idea of happiness. And then, on top of all that, you for a mate, and children, perhaps - what more can the heart of a man desire?”
  5. #110
    “I worked out what would make me happy, and I worked out what I wanted to do, and I trained myself to do the job that would make those two things happen.”
  6. #111
    “To while away the day contemplating evils that might have been is to poison the happiness we already have.”
  7. #112
    “The trick is to find happiness in the brief gaps between disasters.”
  8. #113
    “It’s about living in the moment and appreciating the smallest things. Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you and letting go of the obsessions that want to take over your mind. It is a daily struggle sometimes and hard work but happiness begins with your own attitude and how you look at the world.”
  9. #114
    “Work just as hard for fun moments, vacation moments, and pee-your-pants laughing moments as you do for all the other things.”
  10. #115
    [W]e frequently pass so near to happiness without seeing, without regarding it, or if we do see and regard it, yet without recognizing it.
  11. #116
    “Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish,” said Emmanuel, “know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.”
  12. #117
    We are always in a hurry to be happy,... for when we have suffered a long time, we have great difficulty in believing in good fortune.
  13. #118
    Happiness is like one of those palaces on an enchanted island, its gates guarded by dragons. One must fight to gain it.
  14. #119
    There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness.
  15. #120
    I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.
  16. #121
    “When I went into their family, it was the abode of happiness and contentment. The mistress of the house was a model of affection and tenderness. Her fervent piety and watchful uprightness made it impossible to see her without thinking and feeling—“that woman is a Christian.”
  17. #122
    “She thought, I’ve learned to bear anything except happiness. I must learn how to carry it.”
  18. #123
    “...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.”
  19. #124
    “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
  20. #125
    “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
  21. #126
    “Pan, who and what art thou?” he cried huskily.
    “I’m youth, I’m joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”
  1. #127
    “Most of us are showing up to ensure that people’s basic needs are met and their civil rights are upheld. But we’re also working to make sure that everyone gets to experience what brings meaning to life: love, belonging, and joy. These are essential, irreducible needs for all of us. And we can’t give people what we don’t have. We can’t fight for what’s not in our hearts.”
  2. #128
    “I am only resolved to act in that manner, which will, in my own opinion, constitute my happiness, without reference to you, or to any person so wholly unconnected with me.”
  3. #129
    “Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is.”
  4. #130
    “So she enjoyed herself heartily, and found, what isn’t always the case, that her granted wish was all she had hoped.”
  5. #131
    “Don’t mind me. I’m as happy as a cricket here.”
  6. #132
    “I’m not ambitious for a splendid fortune, but I know, by experience, how much genuine happiness can be had in a plain little house, where the daily bead is earned, and some privations give sweetness to the few pleasures. I am content to see Meg begin humbly, for if I am not mistaken, she will be rich in the possession of a good man’s heart, and that is better than a fortune.”
  7. #133
    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
  8. #134
    “He was sunshine most always-I mean he made it seem like good weather.”
  9. #135
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
  10. #136
    “Pleasure is Nature’s test, her sign of approval. When we are happy, we are always good, but when we are good, we are not always happy.”
  11. #137
    “Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
  12. #138
    “And many happy returns to you, Pooh Bear.”
  13. #139
    “Know your own happiness. You want nothing but patience- or give it a more fascinating name, call it hope.”
  14. #140
    “Justine, you may remember, was a great favourite of yours; and I recollect you once remarked that if you were in an ill humour, one glance from Justine could dissipate it, for the same reason that Ariosto gives concerning the beauty of Angelica--she looked so frank-hearted and happy.”
  15. #141
    “All I can say is that you make me... you make me into someone I couldn’t even imagine. You make me happy, even when you’re awful. I would rather be with you - even the you that you seem to think is diminished - than with anyone else in the world.”
  16. #142
    “That was her mistake. She’d pinned her happiness to a teenage girl’s chest. Idiot. The realization made her almost smile. She certainly knew better than that.”
  17. #143
    Life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating.
  18. #144
    She hugged them to her bosom, and at length she was able to look up with dim eyes and a smile and say: “My hair grows so fast, Jim!”
  19. #145
    “Stay in your own lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.”
  20. #146
    “Old people are not unhappy. They don’t long for the things we want.”
  21. #147
    “The foundation of courage is vulnerability--the ability to navigate uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. It takes courage to open ourselves up to joy...joy is probably the most vulnerable emotion we experience. We’re afraid that if we allow ourselves to feel lit, we’ll get blindsided by disaster or disappointment. That’s why in moments of real joy, many of us dress-rehearse tragedy...I call it foreboding joy. The only way to combat foreboding joy is gratitude.”
  1. #148
    A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.
  2. #149
    The sound of the distant breakers made her heart ache with melancholy. She was in the mood when the sea has a saddening effect upon the nerves. It is only when we are very happy, that we can bear to gaze merrily upon the vast and limitless expanse of water, rolling on and on with such persistent, irritating monotony, to the accompaniment of our thoughts, whether grave or gay. When they are gay, the waves echo their gaiety; but when they are sad, then every breaker, as it rolls, seems to bring additional sadness, and to speak to us of hopelessness and of the pettiness of all our joys.
  3. #150
    “I don’t want to know what time it is. I don’t want to know what day it is or where I am. None of that matters.”
  4. #151
    “Without pain, how could we know joy?′ This is an old argument in the field of thinking about suffering and its stupidity and lack of sophistication could be plumbed for centuries but suffice it to say that the existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.”
  5. #152
    It is a charming quality of the happiness we inspire in others that, far from being diminished like a reflection, it comes back to us enhanced.
  6. #153
    “‘It has made me better loving you,’ he said on another occasion; ‘it has made me wiser, and easier, and brighter.‘”
  7. #154
    “There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”
  8. #155
    “They haven’t an idea of what happiness is; they don’t know that without our love, for us there is neither happiness nor unhappiness--no life at all.”
  9. #156
    Wherever you are you should always be contented, but especially at home, because there you must spend the most of your time.
  10. #157
    The supreme happiness in life is the assurance of being loved; of being loved for oneself, even in spite of oneself.
  11. #158
    “Marry, peace it bodes, and love, and quiet life,
    An awful rule and right supremacy;
    And, to be short, what not that’s sweet and happy.”
  12. #159
    “It has been,” I told him, “the best six months of my entire life.”
    There was a long silence.
    “Funnily enough, Clark, mine too.”
    And then, just like that, my heart broke. My face crumpled, my composure went and I held him tightly and I stopped caring that he could feel the shudder of my sobbing body because grief swamped me. It overwhelmed me and tore at my heart and my stomach and my head and it pulled me under, and I couldn’t bear it.
  13. #160
    ″‘Nonsense,’ said Mama. ‘Old age isn’t such a tragedy. If he was the only old man in the world -- yes. But he has other old men to keep him company.‘”
  14. #161
    For brains do not make one happy, and happiness is the best thing in the world.
  15. #162
    “None will ever be a true Parisian who has not learned to wear a mask of gaiety over his sorrows and one of sadness, boredom or indifference over his inward joy.”
  16. #163
    “You seem so sad, Eeyore.”
    “Sad? Why should I be sad? It’s my birthday. The happiest day of the year.”
  17. #164
    “I am satisfied ... I see, dance, laugh, sing.”
  18. #165
    “He don’t want to die. He wants to keep on living even though he’s so old and there’s nothing to be happy about anymore.”
  19. #166
    “I wish to be left alone,” said Scrooge. “Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry.”
  20. #167
    “God certainly knows of some happiness for us which He is going to bring out of the trouble, only we must have patience and not run away. And then all at once something happens and we see clearly ourselves that God has had some good thought in His mind all along; but because we cannot see things beforehand, and only know how dreadfully miserable we are, we think it is always going to be so.”
  21. #168
    “Sam sat down and started laughing. Patrick started laughing. I started laughing.
    And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
  22. #169
    “Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”
  23. #170
    “Our contract is an old one. It was made when we were both poor and content to be so, until, in good season, we could improve our worldly fortune by our patient industry. You are changed. When it was made, you were another man.”
  24. #171
    “Well, here at last, dear friends, on the shores of the Sea comes the end of our fellowship in Middle-earth. Go in peace! I will not say: do not weep; for not all tears are an evil.”
  25. #172
    During the year I stood there I had known was the loss of my heart. While I was in love I was the happiest man on earth.
  26. #173
    “She had a theory that it was only on this condition that life was worth living; that one should be one of the best, should be conscious of a fine organization, should move in the realm of light, of natural wisdom, of happy impulse, of inspiration gracefully chronic.”
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