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Happiness Quotes

94 of the best book quotes about happiness
  1. #1
    “You must be the best judge of your own happiness.”
  2. #2
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  3. #3
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  4. #4
    “Look for happiness under your own roof.”
  5. #5
    “Oh, my girls, however long you may live, I never can wish you a greater happiness than this!”
  6. #6
    “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.”
  7. #7
    “But you know, happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
  8. #8
    “Chin up, chin up. Everybody loves a happy face.”
  9. #9
    “Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
  10. #10
    “We thought we had such problems. How were we to know we were happy?”
  11. #11
    “There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”
  12. #12
    “Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine.”
  13. #13
    “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?”
  14. #14
    “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.”
  15. #15
    “I hustled for joy.”
  16. #16
    “Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.”
  17. #17
    “Give me a moment, because I like to cry for joy. It’s so delicious, John dear, to cry for joy.”
  18. #18
    “I don’t care about truth. I want some happiness.”
  19. #19
    “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.”
  20. #20
    “Happiness [is] only real when shared.”
  21. #21
    “Some stories don’t have happy endings. Even love stories. Maybe especially love stories.”
  22. #22
    “If you aren’t unhappy sometimes you don’t know how to be happy.”
  23. #23
    “The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship”
  24. #24
    “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.”
  25. #25
    “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.”
  26. #26
    “The First Splendid Truth: To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.”
  27. #27
    “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”.”
  28. #28
    “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.”
  29. #29
    “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.”
  30. #30
    “Turned on its side, the brick announced a happy bee family, no Ozzie, just Harriet and her ten thousand daughters.”
  31. #31
    “We are all a great deal luckier that we realize, we usually get what we want - or near enough.”
  32. #32
    “No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.”
  33. #33
    “Every form of happiness is private.”
    author
    Ayn Rand
    book
    The Fountainhead
    character
    Roark
    concept
    Happiness
  34. #34
    “Do anything, but let it produce joy.”
  35. #35
    “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
  36. #36
    “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.”
  37. #37
    “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.”
  38. #38
    “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.”
  39. #39
    “She was sensible and clever, but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.”
  40. #40
    “I wish, as well as everybody else, to be perfectly happy; but, like everybody else, it must be in my own way.”
  41. #41
    “It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness.”
  42. #42
    “Why joys so scantily disburse,
    Why Paradise defer,
    Why floods are served to us in bowls,—
    I speculate no more.”
  43. #43
    “For each ecstatic instant
    We must an anguish pay
    In keen and quivering ratio
    To the ecstasy.”
  44. #44
    “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.”
  45. #45
    “Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose.”
  46. #46
    “I sometimes wonder if all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
  47. #47
    “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
  48. #48
    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.”
  49. #49
    “Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.”
  50. #50
    “And O there are days in this life, worth life and worth death.”
  51. #51
    “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!”
  52. #52
    “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.”
  53. #53
    “...when pain is over, the remembrance of it often becomes a pleasure.”
  54. #54
    “Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.”
  55. #55
    “To while away the day contemplating evils that might have been is to poison the happiness we already have.”
  56. #56
    “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.”
  57. #57
    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.
  58. #58
    Happiness is like one of those palaces on an enchanted island, its gates guarded by dragons. One must fight to gain it.
  59. #59
    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.
  60. #60
    I am not proud, but I am happy; and happiness blinds, I think, more than pride.
  61. #61
    “Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is.”
  62. #62
    “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.”
  63. #63
    “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.”
  64. #64
    “So she enjoyed herself heartily, and found, what isn’t always the case, that her granted wish was all she had hoped.”
  65. #65
    “She thought, I’ve learned to bear anything except happiness. I must learn how to carry it.”
  66. #66
    “Don’t mind me. I’m as happy as a cricket here.”
  67. #67
    “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.”
  68. #68
    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
  69. #69
    “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”
  70. #70
    [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.
  71. #71
    “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
  72. #72
    “It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”
  73. #73
    “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.”
  74. #74
    “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.”
  75. #75
    “He was sunshine most always-I mean he made it seem like good weather.”
  76. #76
    “The trick is to find happiness in the brief gaps between disasters.”
  77. #77
    “Work just as hard for fun moments, vacation moments, and pee-your-pants laughing moments as you do for all the other things.”
  78. #78
    “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.”
  79. #79
    “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.”
  80. #80
    “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.”
  81. #81
    “Love is taking a few steps backward, maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.”
  82. #82
    “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.”
  83. #83
    “Stay in your own lane. Comparison kills creativity and joy.”
  84. #84
    “And many happy returns to you, Pooh Bear.”
  85. #85
    “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.”
  86. #86
    The supreme happiness in life is the assurance of being loved; of being loved for oneself, even in spite of oneself.
  87. #87
    “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.”
  88. #88
    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.
  89. #89
    “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.”
  90. #90
    “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.”
  91. #91
    “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.
  92. #92
    “I am satisfied ... I see, dance, laugh, sing.”
  93. #93
    “You seem so sad, Eeyore.”
    “Sad? Why should I be sad? It’s my birthday. The happiest day of the year.”
  94. #94
    “Sam sat down and started laughing. Patrick started laughing. I started laughing.
    And in that moment, I swear we were infinite.”
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