Quotes To Live By
These happiness quotes are all positive and inspirational words of wisdom on being happy, to give you guidance on living a life of joy.
Babies and young children can teach us a lot about being happy, they live in the moment, not worrying about yesterday or tomorrow, as long as they are comfortable they are happy enjoying NOW. A lot of people think that they will be happy when they have got 'something' or achieved 'something,' but the eternal truth is that NOW is the only time to BE happy. Happiness is not something to be achieved, it is a state of Being that is available for us all.
All of the happiness quotes on this page are from known sources and authors surnames A through to E. The other pages are: F to M and N to Z. There is also a page of happiness sayings which are all from unknown sources.
Happiness quotes are listed alphabetically on surname/source
Happiness Quotes: A
A Course In Miracles
Every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether or not to be happy.
God gives you only happiness. Therefore, the function He gave you must be happiness, even if it appears to be different.
God's Will for you is perfect happiness. Why should you choose to go against His Will?
Happiness is an attribute of love. It cannot be apart from it. Nor can it be experienced where love is not. Love has no limits, being everywhere.
Have you really considered how many opportunities you have had to gladden yourself, and how many of them you have refused?
Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.
Realize that your part (in God's plan) is to be happy. Only this is asked of you or anyone who wants to take his place among God's messengers.
The mind which serves the spirit is at peace and filled with joy. Its power comes from spirit.
Whenever you are not wholly joyous it is because you have reacted with a lack of love to one of God's creations.
Dollars aren’t the root of happiness, but they are not the root of evil either. They are the result of how somebody lines up energy.
Don’t you love knowing that you can think about the easiest darn thing in the whole world that makes you happy, and that’s all the work you gotta do to get ready for everything that you want, everything that life has shown you that you want.
Everything that I think that I need to do, is all in order to propel me to some place, that when I get there I think I will be happier. So, everything that I am doing, no matter what it is, all of my lists of rights and wrongs, are all about me getting to a manifestation, that I believe I will then be happier... So why don't I just take the short cut and just be happy?
If we were talking to you on your first day here we would say, “Welcome to planet Earth, there is nothing that you cannot be or do or have, and your work here, your lifetime career is to seek joy.”
Let your alignment with Well-Being be first and foremost and let everything else be secondary. And not only will you have an eternally joyous journey, but everything you have ever imagined will flow effortlessly into your experience. There is nothing you cannot be, do or have... but your dominant intent is to be JOYFUL.
My path is about joy.
Abraham-Hicks happiness quote
The idea of success for most people revolves around money or the acquisition of property or other possessions, but we consider a state of joy as the greatest achievement of success. And while the attainment of money and wonderful possessions certainly can enhance your state of joy, the achievement of a good-feeling physical body is by far the greatest factor for maintaining a continuing state of joy and Well-Being.
The purpose of life is Joy.
The standard of success in life isn't the things. It isn't the money or the stuff. It is absolutely the amount of joy that you feel.
You cannot judge the value of a life by its quantity. It is by the joy that you are feeling. The more joyful you are, the longer you live. Let yourself relax and breathe and be free and be joyous, and romp.
I’m really happy to be me, and I’d like to think people like me more because I’m happy with myself and not because I refuse to conform to anything.
Joseph Addison 1672 - 1719
One should take good care not to grow too wise for so great a pleasure of life as laughter.
Aesop 620BC - 564BC
He that is discontented in one place, will seldom be happy in another.
Mitch Albom 1958
The secret to happiness... Be satisfied, and be grateful.
Guillaume Apollinaire 1880 - 1918
Now and then, it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just BE happy.
Aristotle 384BC - 322BC
Happiness depends upon ourselves.
Happiness is a quality of the Soul, not a function of one's material circumstances.
Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
Your happiness is the spark that will ignite global change.
Ross Arntson happiness quote
Marcus Aurelius 121 - 180
Very little is needed for a happy life.
To live happily is an inward power of the Soul.
Decimius Magnus Ausonius 310 - 395
Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.
William & Doreen (2011)
Happiness Quotes: B
James Matthew Barrie 1860 - 1937
Let no one who loves be called altogether unhappy. Even love un-returned has its rainbows.
Drew Barrymore 1975
I think happiness is what makes you pretty. Period. Happy people are beautiful. They become like a mirror and they reflect that happiness.
Henry Ward Beecher 1813 - 1887
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
E. F. Benson 1867 - 1940
When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued, being happy engrosses the whole attention.
Milton Berle 1908 - 2002
Laughter is an instant vacation.
Where were you while the morning stars sang together, and the Angels shouted for joy.
Black Elk 1863 - 1950
Every little thing is sent for something, and in that thing there should be happiness and the power to make happy. Like the grasses showing tender faces to each other, thus we should do, for this was the wish of the Grandfathers of the World.
William Blake 1757 - 1827
He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.
Margaret Bonnano 1950
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.
Victor Borge 1909 - 2000
Laughter is the closest distance between two people.
At one time I saw happiness as a destination and sought a shortcut. Now I see happiness as a road and treasure its every bend.
In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy too.
To find someone who will love you for no reason and to shower that person with reasons, is the ultimate happiness.
Thomas Bray 1658 - 1730
Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow.
Joyce Brothers 1927 - 2013
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
Joyce Brothers happiness quote - photo: Paul, Emma, Kevin, Seth & Lucy
poem on this quote
Buddha 624BC - 543BC
Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are... It solely relies on what you think.
Buddha 624BC - 543BC
There is no way to happiness... Happiness is the way.
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.
When you realize how perfect everything is... you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
Leo Buscaglia 1924 - 1998
Happiness and love... are just a choice away.
Lorna Byrne 1953
If we could acknowledge to ourselves and to our good friends that we love them, our lives would be more fulfilled and happy.
The Angels tell me that loving ourselves is very important for our happiness.
Lord Byron 1788 - 1824
Always laugh when you can... it is a cheap medicine.
Happiness Quotes: C
Eileen Caddy 1917 - 2006
Be like a very small joyous child, living gloriously in the ever present now, without a single worry or concern about even the next moment of time.
Eileen Caddy happiness quote - Mark (1973)
Eileen Caddy 1917 - 2006
Gratitude helps you to grow and expand. Gratitude brings joy and laughter into your lives and into the lives of all those around you.
Let there be more joy and laughter in your living.
Start each day in my peace and stillness, then you can go forth and face whatever the day may bring in perfect peace and joy.
Jack Canfield 1944
If you want to find greater happiness and fulfillment in your life, you must begin to understand and live in harmony with the law of attraction.
Fritjof Capre 1939
During periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight.
Richard Carlson 1961 - 2006
The formula for happiness is quite simple... Regardless of what happened this morning, last week or last year, or what may happen later this evening, tomorrow or three years from now, RIGHT NOW is where happiness lies.
Thomas Carlyle 1795 - 1881
A man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible blessing of fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.
Oh, give us the man who sings at his work.
Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do better, will persevere in it longer than the sad of sullen.
Andrew Carnegie 1835 - 1919
If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy and inspires your hope.
Allan K. Chalmers
The grand essentials of happiness are... something to do, something to love and something to hope for.
Lydia Maria Child 1802 - 1880
An effort made for the happiness of others lifts above ourselves.
Every human Soul has a germ of some flowers within; and they would open if they could only find sunshiny and free air to expand in. I always told you that not having enough sunshine was what ailed the world. Make people happy, and there will not be half the quarrelling or a tenth part of the wickedness there is.
You find yourself refreshed in the presence of cheerful people. Why not make and honest effort to confer that pleasure on others?
Mary Cholmondeley 1859 - 1925
A happy childhood is one of the best gifts that parents have it in their powers to bestow.
Seth, Lucy & Joey
Deepak Chopra 1946
Being joyful is our natural state of being.
Happiness can be woven into every aspect of life, once you make new choices.
Success in life could be defined as... the continued expansion of happiness and the progressive realization of worthy goals.
Success, wealth, good health and nurturing relationships are by-products of happiness, not the cause.
The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. Happiness is the goal of every other goal.
Deepak Chopra happiness quote
Deepak Chopra 1946
You don't need others to change in order to be happy.
Paulo Coelho 1947
A child can teach an adult three things... To be happy for no reason. To always be busy with something. And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
Send your intention out every day, every moment, that if something comes your way that you're not happy about, send an intention to change that situation; it will create a sphere of energy, of conscious energy, which is happening all around the world.
Bill Cosby 1937
Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.
William Cowper 1731 - 1800
Happiness depends, as nature shows
less on exterior things than most suppose.
Happiness Quotes: D
Whenever I see my grandkids I have an uncontrollable urge to fling open my arms, excitedly shout their name and scoop them up.
True happiness is an inside job. It originates from the profound acceptance of self, along with a willingness to be vibrationally centred and comfortable in your own skin.
Your Soul Signature is your spiritual DNA - who you are at your core, the most authentic part of you. When we begin to tap into our inherent power, step out of the shadows of fear and self-doubt, and begin living and speaking our truth, we're healthier, happier and in harmony with ourselves.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts, with our thoughts we make the world. Speak or act with a pure mind and happiness will follow you as your shadow, unshakeable.
Princess Diana 1961 - 1997
When you are happy you can forgive a great deal.
Charles M. Dickinson
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
Phyllis Diller 1917 - 2012
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Hugh Downs 1921
A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
Wayne Dyer 1940 - 2015
Abundance is about looking at life and knowing that you have everything you need for complete happiness, and then being able to celebrate each and every moment on Earth.
Arrange photographs of nature scenes, animals and expressions of joy and love in your environment and let their energy radiate into your heart and provide you with their higher frequency.
Wayne Dyer happiness quote
Wayne Dyer 1940 - 2015
Enjoy everything in your life, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to any person, place or thing.
It's not what is available or unavailable that determines your level of success and happiness; it's what you convince yourself it true.
Know that success and inner peace are your birthright, that you are a child of God and as such that you're entitled to a life filled with joy, love and happiness.
Most people search for happiness outside of themselves. That's a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something you ARE, and it comes from the way you think.
Spend some time observing babies. They don't work; they poop in their pants and they have no goals other that to expand, grow and explore this amazing world. Be like that baby you once were, in terms of being joyful.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor... It's to enjoy every step of the way.
Henry van Dyke 1852 - 1933
Happiness is inward and not outward, and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
Happiness Quotes: E
Sylvia Earle 1935
I love music of all kinds, but there’s no greater music than the sound of my grandchildren laughing.
Albert Einstein 1879 - 1955
If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music. I get most joy in life out of my violin.
The ideals which have always shone before me and filled me with the joy of living are... goodness, beauty and truth.
Hal Elrod 1979
Every single one of us already has everything we need to be the happiest person on Earth; it's simply up to us to remember that in every moment.
Life isn't about wishing you were somewhere, or someone that you're not. Life is about enjoying where you are, loving who you are and consistently improving both.
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 - 1882
For every minute you are angry... you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.
Happy is the house that shelters a friend.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
Emerson happiness quote illustrated by Sandra Reeves
Epicurus 341BC - 270BC
Of all the things which provides to make life entirely happy, much the greatest is the possession of friendship.