Happiness Quotes II – The Not So Well Known Quotes


One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

– Chinese Proverb


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

– George Bernard Shaw, Candida, 1898


One should be either sad or joyful.  Contentment is a warm sty for eaters and sleepers.

– Eugene O’Neill


A man’s as miserable as he thinks he is.

– Seneca


One filled with joy preaches without preaching.

– Mother Teresa


Misery is almost always the result of thinking.

– Joseph Joubert


My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate.

– Thornton Wilder


Be happy.  It’s one way of being wise.

– Colette

Happiness Quotes

Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness.

– Frederich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra


The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.

– William Saroyan


People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.

– Anton Chekhov


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

– Douglas Jerrold


Unhappiness is not knowing what we want and killing ourselves to get it.

– Don Herold


If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.

– Taisen Deshimaru


It is strange what contempt men have for the joys that are offered them freely.

– Georges Duhamel


If the day and night be such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more immortal – that is your success.  All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden


The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.

– J.D. Salinger


There is no expert on what happiness is but many on what it might have been.

– Robert Brault


Eden is that old-fashioned house we dwell in every day

Without suspecting our abode until we drive away.

– Emily Dickinson


Happiness is a function of accepting what is.

– Werner Erhard


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


Unquestionably, it is possible to do without happiness; it is done involuntarily by nineteen-twentieths of mankind.

– John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism, 1863


Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.

– Joseph Addison


Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought.  Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.  -Samuel Johnson


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

– Freya Stark, The Journey’s Echo


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.

– Robert Brault


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


On the whole, the happiest people seem to be those who have no particular cause for being happy except that they are so.

– William R. Inge


To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.

– Albert Camus


Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.

– Mahatma Gandhi


When you’re really happy, the birds chirp and the sun shines even on cold dark winter nights – and flowers will bloom on a barren land.

– Grey Livingston


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