150 Happiness Quotes That Will Light Up Your Day

By Maxime Lagacé Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He’s also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he’s dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.Here are 150 of the best happiness quotes I could find. And remember, the happiest and wisest people are the ones who chase nothing. They just say “yes” to what happens. You’ll discover quotes by Buddha, Emerson, Gandhi, and more. Enjoy!

Happiness is an inside job. William Arthur Ward

Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference. Naval Ravikant

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory. Rita Mae Brown

Happiness is a state where nothing is missing. Naval Ravikant

Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness. Steve Maraboli


He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus Aurelius

Life gets better when you accept more and reject less. Maxime Lagacé

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

Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things. Maxime Lagacé

Happiness is a function of accepting what is. Werner Erhard

You can only have bliss if you don’t chase it. Henepola Gunaratana

Difficult roads often leads to beautiful destinations.

It’s the little things in life.


True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Marthe Troly-Curtin

Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. Charles Dickens

The truly wise and happy are never rushed. Maxime Lagacé

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

Related quote topics: life is short, Zen, strength, kindness Enjoying the quotes so far?One thing I’ve noticed over the years is this: the happiest people don’t try so damn hard.They simply do what they love, they are healthy, they have a balanced life but most importantly, they let things be.They learned that expectations kills happiness and that desire should be investigated.The best part?They know they can’t control most things that happen in their life. It means they don’t care about everything but only about the things that are truly important to them.In sum,self-knowledge helps them be happy.Do you agree?

The Best Happiness Quotes

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We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. William James

That’s your unlimited desires that are clouding your peace, your happiness. Naval Ravikant

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. Frank Tyger

Enjoy it. Because it’s happening. Stephen Chbosky

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. Helen Keller

Happiness is a direction, not a place. Sydney J. Harris Click to tweet

Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. Lou Holtz

True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self. Joseph Addison

You are completely in control of your own happiness, and you have no control over the happiness of others. Naval Ravikant (twitter.com)

Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour. Walt Whitman


Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be. Abraham Lincoln

Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory. Albert Schweitzer

Seek it outside and you’ll be exhausted. Seek it inside and you’ll find a path. Maxime Lagacé

It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness. Richard Branson

I am very happy because I have conquered myself and not the world. I am very happy because I have loved the world and not myself. Sri Chinmoy

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. Colette

If you want to be happy, be. Leo Tolstoy

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou

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

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

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. Dale Carnegie

Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time…serenity, that nothing is. Thomas Szasz

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The Most Famous Happiness Quotes

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Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness. Ayn Rand

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. Mark Twain

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

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. 14th Dalai Lama

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. 14th Dalai Lama

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. Ayn Rand

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha

In our lives, change is unavoidable, loss is unavoidable. In the adaptability and ease with which we experience change, lies our happiness and freedom. Buddha

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson Click to tweet

Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway

The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters. Audrey Hepburn

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The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. Friedrich Nietzsche

If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more. Roy T. Bennett

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Augustine of Hippo

Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein

See also: Stumbling on Happiness (Amazon book)

Short Happiness Quotes

Go to table of contentsOne-liners, short happiness quotes for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.

Stop being busy. Start being present. Maxime Lagacé

The constant happiness is curiosity. Alice Munro

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

The secret of happy life lies in renunciation. Mahatma Gandhi

Being happy is being satisfied. Being satisfied means accepting. Maxime Lagacé

Happiness is not out there, it’s in you.

Doing what you were born to do… That’s the way to be happy. Agnes Martin

Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided. Paulo Coelho (twitter.com)

Being happy is not the only happiness. Alice Walker

Happiness is inversely correlated with desire. Unknown

It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. Seneca

Today might not be perfect, but it’s a perfect day to be happy. Lori Deschene

The thicker the skin, the happier the man. @LifeMathMoney

Happiness requires acceptance. Maxime Lagacé

All happiness depends on courage and work. Honoré de Balzac

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet. James Oppenheim

It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon

There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. George Sand

Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon. Winnie the Pooh Click to tweet

Whoever is happy will make others happy. Anne Frank

There is no happiness; there are only moments of happiness.

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt

I’m happy. Which often looks like crazy. David Henry Hwang

A happy life is a simple life. Maxime Lagacé

Want more short quotes? Check out this article: Short Quotes That Will Inspire You (Fast)

Inspirational Happiness Quotes

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What is happiness? The feeling that power is growing, that resistance is overcome. Friedrich Nietzsche

Happiness does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness. David Steindl-Rast Click to tweet

The deepest satisfaction you’ll find will be when you give all you’ve got on one thing, or when you’ll do absolutely nothing and accept life as it is. Think On and Off. Avoid the middle. Maxime Lagacé

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. Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is the joy you feel while moving striving towards your potential. Neil Pasricha (fs.blog)

And I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.’ Kurt Vonnegut

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

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. Albert Schweitzer

People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat – that’s the only moral they know. Dany Laferrière

The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open. Chuck Palahniuk Click to tweet

The greatest secret to happiness and peace is letting every life situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be. Then, make the very best of it. Thibaut

The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage. Carrie Jones

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. Andrew Carnegie

What we think determines what happens to us, so if we want to change our lives, we need to stretch our minds. Wayne Dyer

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much. Jim Rohn

You can’t buy happiness but you can buy ice cream. And that’s kind of the same thing.

Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is. Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought. Our brightest blazes are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks. Samuel Johnson (See also: 5 Simple Ways To Live More Fully, huffpost.com)

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

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it. William Feather

I have only two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy. Allen J. Lefferdink

Want more positive inspiration? Check out Positive Quotes That Will Make Your Day Wonderful

Deep Happiness Quotes

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If we would just slow down, happiness would catch up to us. Richard Carlson Click to tweet

Don’t let your happiness depend on something you may lose. C.S. Lewis

Not wanting something is as good as having it. Naval Ravikant

With my desire to improve everything, I destroy the moment. Naval Ravikant

When you’re unhappy, you know it. When you’re happy, you don’t. Sahil Lavingia (twitter.com)

Happiness is a choice and a skill and you can dedicate yourself to learning that skill and making that choice. Naval Ravikant

School, politics, sports, and games train us to compete against others. True rewards – wealth, knowledge, love, fitness, and equanimity – come from ignoring others and improving ourselves. Naval Ravikant

There is great happiness in not wanting, in not being something, in not going somewhere. Jiddu Krishnamurti

Truly happy people don’t need to show others that they are. Maxime Lagacé

Say “no” more often so you can say “yes” to what’s important. Maxime Lagacé

If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. Mother Teresa

It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will. L.M. Montgomery

A happy person isn’t someone who’s happy all the time. It’s someone who effortlessly interprets events in such a way that they don’t lose their innate peace. Naval Ravikant (twitter.com)

There are two ways to be happy: improve your reality, or lower your expectations. Jodi Picoult

Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson. Alan Cohen

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. Aristotle

Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting. Bernard Meltzer Click to tweet

It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else. Arthur Schopenhauer

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. Carl Sandburg

Happiness is the default state. It’s what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life. Naval Ravikant

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour. Unknown

Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. Chinese proverb

Ask yourself whether you are happy and you cease to be so. John Stuart Mill

There is no way to happiness — happiness is the way. Thich Nhat Hanh

Enjoyment is just the sound of being centered. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Nathaniel Hawthorne

Sometimes we don’t find the thing that will make us happy because we can’t give up the thing that was supposed to. Robert Brault

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

Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine. Henry Ward Beecher

Usefulness is happiness, and… all other things are but incidental. Lydia Maria Child, The American Frugal Housewife

To be happy, you must fancy that everything you have is a gift, and you the chosen, though you worked your tail off for every bit of it. Robert Brault

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. Robert Frost

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. Bertrand Russell

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Part 3. Conclusion

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Everything is a gift of the universe – even joy, anger, jealously, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment. Ken Keyes Jr

Let’s recap:Happiness is internal, not external.Materialism has never made anyone happy. Don’t waste time, energy and money on stuff.What leads to true happiness?Self-knowledgeSelf-understandingDoing what you love oftenHelping othersBeing well surroundedBeing healthyNot trying to control everything, letting goWant happiness? Don’t care about too much stuff, what other people think, what society advocates. Lead YOUR life.Who’s the happiest person? The one not seeking happiness. “The unhappy seeks. The happy enjoys.” Call to action: Read 73 Life Tips To Live Your Best Lifeor Simple Living: 30 Ways To Simplify Your Lifeor How to Be Happy: The 6 Happiness Pillars You Must Know Hope you enjoyed these beautiful happiness quotes.And remember, truly happy people live lightly and forgive fast. They don’t waste time in the past.Now, if you did enjoy the quotes, please share them with a friend today!What was your favorite quote? Please let us know in the comment section below!

Author Bio

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

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