Happy Life Sayings and Quotes

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

To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.     

Albert Camus

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste, that they hurry past it.      


The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.     

James Openheim

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.      

Helen Keller

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.     

John Lennon

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.     

Robert Anthony

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.     

Carl Jung

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.     

Thich Nhat Hanh

Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.     

Marcel Proust

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed.     

Frank Mckinney Kin Hubbard

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it.     

Jacques Prvert

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.     

Marcus Aurelius

A happy life is one spent in learning, earning, and yearning.     

Lillian Gish

If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.     

Lao Tzu

Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.     

Groucho Marx

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that one is loved; loved for oneself, or better yet, loved despite oneself.     

Victor Hugo

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.     

Herm Albright

The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.     

Bernard M. Baruch

Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.     

Lou Holtz

Life is just a mirror, and what you see out there, you must first see inside of you.     

Wally 'Famous' Amos

You cannot judge what should bring others joy, and others cannot judge what should bring you joy.     

Alan Cohen

What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.     

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One of the secrets of a long and fruitful life is to forgive everybody everything everynight before you go to bed.     

Bernard Baruch

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

Andrew Carnegie

Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.     

Benjamin Franklin

Open-minded, optimistic and flexible people always end up winning the battle in life.     

Dr T.P.Chia

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.     

Dale Carnegie

The opportunity to truly live doesn't wait. Either you use it or you lose it.     


Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.     

James M. Barrie

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

William Saroyan

He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.     


All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The good life, as I conceive it, is a happy life. I do not mean that if you are good you will be happy; I mean that if you are happy you will be good.     

Bertrand Russell

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

There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.     

Albert Einstein

Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results.     

Dennis Waitley

Never let people who are more unhappy than you tell you how to live your life.     

Adam Smith

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

Denis Waitley

I figure, sometimes, bad things happen to us so we can achieve a higher purpose and attain greater happiness and fulfillment in life.     

Omoakhuana Anthonia

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

Albert Camus

The love that comes from friendship is the underlying facet of a happy life.     

Chelsea Handler

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.     


The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.     

Ashley Montagu

If you are happy with your present time, you will look at your past with happy eyes even if you have had a sad past!     

Mehmet Murat

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

Helen Keller

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.     


We are constituted so that simple acts of kindness, such as giving to charity or expressing gratitude, have a positive effect on our long-term moods. The key to the happy life, it seems, is the good life: a life with sustained relationships, challenging work, and connections to community.     

Paul Bloom

Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them yours.     

Zig Ziglar

It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters.     

Amit Ray

To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.     

Mary Stuart

Dance. Smile. Giggle. Marvel. Trust. Hope. Love. Wish. Believe. Most of all, enjoy every moment of the journey, and appreciate where you are at this moment instead of always focusing on how far you have to go.     

Mandy Hale

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.     

Mark Twain

Be happy while you're living, for you're a long time dead.     

Scottish Proverb

We rarely find anyone who can say he has lived a happy life, and who, content with his life, can retire from the world like a satisfied guest.     


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

If you are not happy with your life, it is most probably because you have eagle eyes to see the negative parts of your life and almost blind to the beautiful side!     

Mehmet Murat

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

Gautama Buddha

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive.     

Howard Thurman

An enlightened person strives to live a meaningful life, defined by their personal humility, joy, passion, and profound reverence for life.     

Kilroy J. Oldster

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.     

Marcel Pagnol

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.     

Dalai Lama

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.     

Bertrand Russell

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

Gautama Buddha

If you want to be happy, be.     

Leo Tolstoy

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.     

Palmer Sondreal

Don't put the key to happiness in someone else's pocket.     


People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.     

Abraham Lincoln

A life without suffering is a life without happiness.     

Dr T.P.Chia

Negative emotions like loneliness, envy, and guilt have an important role to play in a happy life; they're big, flashing signs that something needs to change.     

Gretchen Rubin

He who has learned to pray has learned the greatest secret of a holy and happy life.     

William Law

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.     

Oscar Wilde

Life's short, don't waste it being sad. Be who you are, be happy, be free. Be whatever you want to be.     


Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.     

Alan Cohen

How much you enjoy your life is more important than how much you have in life.     

Dr T.P.Chia

Even if we can't be happy, we must always be cheerful.     

Irving Cristol

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.     

William Blake

The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of everyday.     


I've come to realize that just making yourself happy is the most important. Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want and do what makes you happy.      

Demi Lovato

The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy, it's all that matters.     

Audrey Hepburn

Single or married, you are responsible for your own personal happiness.     

Kathy McClary

When you work too much, you are boring - that is possible. But to have a happy life, if you can do several things in the correct way, that is perfect.     

Diego Della Valle

Very little is needed to make a happy life, he said.     

Louise Erdrich

We must let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.     

Joseph Campbell

A solid sense of self will help a person to lead a full and happy life.     

Kimberly Elise

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

Marcus Aurelius

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.     

Dale Carnegie

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.     

Margaret Lee Runbeck

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

Frank Tyger