Happiness Sayings and Quotes

Happiness is heavily pursued but not so easily found. Perhaps we’re so focused on searching for our happy place, that we forget to enjoy where we are. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful quotes about happiness.

If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.     

Chinese Proverb

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.     

George Burns

Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.      

Henry David Thoreau

Happiness cannot come from without. It must come from within. It is not what we see and touch or that which others do for us which makes us happy; it is that which we think and feel and do, first for the other fellow and then for ourselves.     

Helen Keller

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

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.     

Marcus Aurelius

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, or worn. It is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.     

Denis Waitley

Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.     

Robert Green Ingersoll

Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.     

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Surely happiness is reflective, like the light of heaven; and every countenance, bright with smiles, and glowing with innocent enjoyment, is a mirror transmitting to others the rays of a supreme and ever-shining benevolence.     

Washington Irving

Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you'll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.      

William John Bennett

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time.      

Josh Billings

Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.     


Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.     

Dalai Lama

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 comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing.     

Brian Tracy

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

George Sand

Happiness resides not in possessions and not in gold; the feeling of happiness dwells in the soul.     


There is no happiness except in the realization that we have accomplished something.     

Henry Ford

The greater part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances.     

Martha Washington

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.     

Frederick Keonig

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.     

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.     

Jose Marti

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.     

Carl Sandburg

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

Mahatma Gandhi

Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling, enduring, and accomplishing.     

George Sheehan

The bad news: there is no key to happiness. The good news: it isn't locked.     


I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.     

Drew Barrymore

Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.     

Roy Goodman

Remember, happiness doesn't depend upon who you are or what you have, it depends solely upon what you think.     

Dale Carnegie