50 Simple Quotes About Happiness

Happiness is different for everyone. Some find it in conversations and some find it in loneliness at a sunset. Life throws difficult situations that stem joy and distort perceptions of happiness.

Yet, these painful moments bring lessons for further development towards achieving desired levels of felicity.

If feeling stuck and lost, allow inspirational quotes about happiness to provide insight and direction.

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

Abraham Lincoln

“Happiness is the best makeup”

Drew Barrymore​

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go”

Oscar Wilde

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

~ Dalai Lama

“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”

~ James M. Barrie

“When it rains, look for rainbows. When it’s dark, look for stars.”

~ Invajy

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another.”

Marquis de Condorcet

simple quotes on happiness

“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.”

Elbert Hubbard

“We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh.”

William James

“Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory.”

Albert Schweitzer

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

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George Sand

“Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.”

Friedrich Schiller

“A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.”

Helen Keller

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

Marthe Troly-Curtin

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

James Oppenheim

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”

Dennis Waitley

simple quotes about happiness

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”


“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

~ Aristotle

“A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.” 

~ Bernard de Fontenelle

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”

~ Ayn Rand

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.”

~  Robert Frost

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


“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

Steve Maraboli

“I’ve got nothing to do today but smile.”

~ Paul Simon

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

~  Albert Camus

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.”

Dale Carnegie

simple quotes about happiness

“Be happy. It really annoys negative people.”

~ Ricky Gervais

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”

 ~Eleanor Roosevelt

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

~ Guillaume Apollinaire

“Happiness is good health and a bad memory.”

~ Ingrid Bergman“Doing what you love is freedom. Loving what you do is happiness.”

~ Lana Del Rey

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.”

~ Denis Waitley

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.”

~ Ayn Rand

“You have to be willing to get happy about nothing.”

~ Andy Warhol

“The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.”

~ Erasmus

“It is a happiness to wonder; it is a happiness to dream.”

~ Edgar Allan Poe

“Laughter is poison to fear.”

~ George R.R. Martin

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”

~ Douglas Adams

“I’ve learned …. That when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere.”

~ Andy Rooney

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”

~ Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice

“If you’ve got nothing to dance about, find a reason to sing.”

~ Melody Carstairs

“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”

~ Aeschylus

simple quotes about happiness

“Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.”

~ Walt Disney

“Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you decide to enjoy your life.”

~ Joyce Meyer

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

~ Henri J.M. Nouwen

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“To be happy–one must find one’s bliss”

~ Gloria Vanderbilt

“At some point, you just gotta forgive the past, your happiness hinges on it.”

~ Aaron Lauritsen

“One must have sorrow to truly appreciate joy.”

~ Megan Hart

“The best kind of happiness is a habit you’re passionate about.”
~ Shannon L. Alder

“Happiness is not some ‘thing’ to be pursued it is a way of being born from appreciating”

~ Rasheed Ogunlaru

“You will not find happiness till you find your peaceful corner in life!”

~ Mehmet Murat Ildan

“Don’t wait for the future to hope and find happiness, for the future is unknown.  You can start creating your own happiness today, and every day!”

~ David Paul Vosburg



Works Cited

150 Happiness Quotes to Make you Happy and Feel Good (invajy.com)

111 Happiness Quotes to Lift Your Spirits and Make you Smile (g2.com)

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