Cheerful Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old cheerful quotes, cheerful sayings, and cheerful proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Cheerfulness and contentment are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of good looks.     

Charles Dickens

Laughing cheerfulness throws the light of day on all the paths of life.     

Jean Paul

The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.     

Michel de Montaigne

And so of cheerfulness, or a good temper—the more it is spent, the more of it remains.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be cheerful—the problems that worry us most are those that never arrive.     

Benjamin Franklin

You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make an honest effort to confer that pleasure on others?     

Lydia M. Child

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, filling it with a steady and perpetual serenity.     

C.N Douglas

A healthy and wholesome cheerfulness is not necessarily impossible to any occupation.     

Mark Twain

Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman — repose in energy.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cheerfulness is health; its opposite, melancholy, is disease     

Thomas Haliburton

The most manifest sign of wisdom is continued cheerfulness.     

Michel de Montaigne

Cheerfulness is the atmosphere in which all things thrive.     

Jean Paul Richter

Nothing is more beautiful than cheerfulness in an old face     

Jean Paul Richter

Cheerfulness in most cheerful people, is the rich and satisfying result of strenuous discipline.     

Edwin Percy Whipple

Cheerfulness greases the axles of the world.     

H.W. Byles

Cheerfulness removes the rust from the mind, lubricates our inward machinery, and enables us to do our work with fewer creaks and ;groans. If people were universally cheerful, probably there wouldn't be half the quarreling or a tenth part of the wickedness.     


The cheerful live longest in years, and afterwards in our regards. Cheerfulness is the off-shoot of goodness.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

The path to cheerfulness is to sit cheerfully and to act and speak as if cheerfulness were already there.     

William James

Cheerfulness is a very great help in fostering the virtue of charity. Cheerfulness itself is a virtue.     

Lawrence G. Lovasik

The man who radiates good cheer, who makes life happier wherever he meets it, is always a man of vision and faith.     

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Courage and cheerfulness will not only carry you over the rough places in life, but will enable you to bring comfort and help to the weak-hearted and will console you in the sad hours.     

William Osler

Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life.     

John Ruskin

Cheerfulness prepares a glorious mind for all the noblest acts.     

Elizabeth Ann Seton

Cheerfulness is like money well expended in charity; the more we dispense of it, the greater our possession.     

Victor Hugo

Cheerfulness is the best promoter of health and is as friendly to the mind as to the body.     

Joseph Addison

Cheerfulness is an offshoot of goodness and of wisdom.     

Christian Nestell Bovee

If there is a virtue in the world at which we should always aim, it is cheerfulness.     

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Let cheerfulness on happy fortune wait.     

John Dryden