You deserve a happy life: 100 inspiring quotes

 

Happiness quotes




Who holds the key to your happiness? Where is the fate of your happiness resting? He doesn't make me happy. She doesn't make me happy. I'm just not happy. What is it that makes you happy? Does having money make you happy? Do your friends make you happy? Do your children make you happy? Does your job make you happy? Does your spouse make you happy? All these are external influences on your happiness. If any of these becomes the primary source of your happiness. You'll be devastated the moment any of them are removed from your life. In simpler terms, you would have lost the key to your happiness.  The primary source of your happiness has to come from within yourself. You have to be in control of your happiness. If you can't make yourself happy then no one else can. It's your responsibility to find out what is it that brings out the best in you? What is it that makes you smile? What is it that makes you laugh? What is it that brings you peace of mind? What is it that completes you? Until you can find those answers? Your children, job, friends, spouse, etc don't possess the ability to make you into an entirely happy person. That's all up to you. 

''Happiness can only be found if you can free yourself of all other distractions.'' Saul Bellow

Being happy is a choice you have to make for yourself. If you can't find happiness in the little moments then you won't be happier when you have the finer things in life. Many people have confused material wealth with happiness. So, they envy the lives of social media influencers who parade their luxurious lifestyle all over social media. They feel a deep sense of loss within themselves. Thinking that's the happiness that they are missing.  The sad reality is that many are still not happier even with all the material wealth they possess and social media is often a highlight reel that deceives the masses. It isn't affordability that makes people happy, it's their state of mind. Don't ever think that those who are truly happy are without any problems in their life. You must choose happiness. You can always find reasons to be sad every day, but if you can find just one reason to be happy and hold on to that reason. You'll be happier every day. I don't devote a lot of my time to the news. There's just too much tragedy. I don't need anything that is constantly sucking my happiness away. I spend a lot of my time reading inspirational material and writing. I find great joy in writing. It makes me happy to write and inspire others. 


''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

Whatever your little bit of happiness is. You must be willing to protect it from the noisomeness of everyday life. You have to know deep within yourself that whatever decision you're making aligns with your happiness. You don't need anyone or anything that will diminish your happiness. It has nothing to do with being selfish. Self-care is essential. Your happiness is vital. Don't you think that God wants you to be happy? Yes, He does! Often we're pressured into making life choices for the sake of our loved ones. Often we remain in unhealthy situations out of fear that we'll offend or disappoint someone.  We'll do whatever it takes just to make others happy, whilst sacrificing our happiness. A life of misery for the sake of someone else's happiness isn't selflessness, it's self-destruction. You deserve a happy life. We all deserve a happy life. Below I've compiled 100 inspiring quotes. 


''It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.'' Charles Spurgeon


1. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”

― Robert A. Heinlein

3. “Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.”

― Abraham Lincoln

4. “Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”

― Marthe Truly-Curtin

5. “It's so hard to forget pain, but it's even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

6. “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

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

― Mahatma Gandhi

8. “There's nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.”

― Stephen Chbosky,

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

― Dalai Lama XIV

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

― John Lennon

11. “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien

12. “Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.”

― Roy T. Bennett,

13. “They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”

― Tom Bodett

14. “The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it's all that matters.”

― Audrey Hepburn

15.  “Take responsibility for your happiness, never put it in other people’s hands.”

― Roy T. Bennett

16. “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 it.”

― Dale Carnegie

17. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”

― Gabriel García Márquez

18. “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.”

― Roy T. Bennett

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

― Marcel Proust

20. “If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.”

― Roy T. Bennett

21. “Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who don’t respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.”

― Roy T. Bennett,

22. “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, "This is what it is to be happy.”

― Sylvia Plath

23. “Be grateful for what you already have while you pursue your goals.

If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more.”
― Roy T. Bennett

24. “Top 15 Things Money Can’t Buy

Time. Happiness. Inner Peace. Integrity. Love. Character. Manners. Health. Respect. Morals. Trust. Patience. Class. Common sense. Dignity.”
― Roy T. Bennett,

25. “Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

26. “Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get”

― W. P. Kinsella

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

― Simon and Garfunkel

28. “The worst part of success is trying to find someone who is happy for you.”

― Bette Midler

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

― Ayn Rand

30. “The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”

― Marcus Aurelius,

31.  “Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.”

― Steve Maraboli

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

― Jane Austen

33. “Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.”

― Roy T. Bennett

34. “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.”

― Mark Twain

35. “Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.”

― Fyodor Dostoevsky

36. “Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.”

― Roy T. Bennett

37. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.”

― Mother Teresa

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

― Steve Maraboli

39. “It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”

― F. Scott Fitzgerald

40. “The more you feed your mind with positive thoughts, the more you can attract great things into your life.”

― Roy T. Bennett

41. “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

― Aristotle

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

― Guillaume Apollinaire

43. “I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.”

― Daniel Keyes

44. “True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is a content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”

― Seneca

45. “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 having 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

46. “With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.”

― William Shakespeare

47. “Smile more. Smiling can make you and others happy.”

― Roy T. Bennett

48. “The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it's the small things that count.”

― Jennifer Niven

49. “We don’t even ask happiness, just a little less pain.”

― Charles Bukowski

50. “Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.”

― Martin Luther King Jr.

51. “Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. It is always in proportion. That's its balance.”

― Osho Rajneesh,

52. “Stop giving other people the power to control your happiness, your mind, and your life. If you don't take control of yourself and your own life, someone else is bound to try.”

― Roy T. Bennett

53. “Whoever is happy will make others happy.”

― Anne Frank

54. “The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.”

― Carrie Jones

55. “I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.”

― Elizabeth Gilbert

56. “Laughter is poison to fear.”

― George R.R. Martin

57. “Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.”

― Daphne Du Maurier

58. “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

59. “If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.”

― Edith Wharton

60. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

― Dalai Lama XIV

61. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

― Oprah Winfrey

62. “My happiness is not the means to an end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its purpose.”

― Ayn Rand

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

― Epictetus

64. “You cannot be with someone just because you don’t want to hurt him. You have your happiness to think about.”

― Melissa de la Cruz

65. “Happy girls are the prettiest”

― Audrey Hepburn

66.“Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy.”

― Alex Flinn

67.“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

68.“One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly, one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”

― Aristotle

69.“Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections”

― Bob Marley

70. “Nothing makes a person happier than having a happy heart.”

― Roy T. Bennett

71.“Changing your outside world cannot make you happy if you are an unhappy person. Real personal change can only happen from the inside out. If you first create the change within yourself, you can turn your life around.”

― Roy T. Bennett

72.“Plant seeds of happiness, hope, success, and love; it will all come back to you in abundance. This is the law of nature.”

― Steve Maraboli

73.“Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.”

― Dale Carnegie

74.“I don't understand the point of being together if you're not the happiest.”

― Gillian Flynn

75. “Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You'll be happier.”

― Simone Elkeles

76. “Happiness only real when shared.”

― Christopher McCandless

77.“Many people think excitement is happiness... But when you are excited you are not peaceful. True happiness is based on peace.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh

78.“You must be the best judge of your happiness.”

― Jane Austen

79.“There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. It’s just a waste of perfectly good happiness.”

― Katerina Stoykova Klemer

80.“Happiness doesn't result from what we get, but from what we give.”

― Ben Carson

81.“We should always make time for the things we like. If we don't, we might forget how to be happy.”

― T.J. Klune

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

― James Oppenheim

83.“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what it’s like to feel worthless and they don’t want anyone else to feel like that.”

― Robin Williams

84.“When you lose your smile, you lose your way in the chaos of life.”

― Roy T. Bennett

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

― Aeschylus

86.“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.”

― Joseph Addison

87.“Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.”

― Doris Mortman

88.“Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.”

― Thomas Mann

89.“One is happy as a result of one's efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self-denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience.”

― George Sand

90.“Hide in God, so when a man wants to find you he will have to go there first.”

― Shannon L. Alder

91.“The true measure of a man is how he treats you when others are not looking.”

― Alessandra Torre

92.“Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.”

― Steve Maraboli

93.“Happiness comes from within. It is not dependent on external things or other people. You become vulnerable and can be easily hurt when your feelings of security and happiness depend on the behavior and actions of other people. Never give your power to anyone else.”

― Brian Weiss

94.“Nothing is miserable unless you think it so; and on the other hand, nothing brings happiness unless you are content with it.”

― Boethius

95.“Be happy at the moment, that's enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”

― Mother Teresa

96.“Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.”

― Sri Ramana Maharshi

97.“Happiness comes from helping others, by being with others, and by sharing, even if it's only a smile.”

― Zain Hashmi

98.“Most people would rather be certain they're miserable than risk being happy.”

― Robert Anthony

99.“If you are not the hero of your own story, then you're missing the whole point of your humanity.”

― Steve Maraboli

100.“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

― Socrates


Thank you for taking the time to read these inspiring quotes. I do hope that you'll make your happiness a priority. Please share your favorite quotes in the comments.

Resources: Goodreads, Happiness Quotes.


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