Happiness Quotes

These happiness quotes remind us of the things that really make us happy, and rarely is it the tangible stuff that money can buy. Think long and hard about this for your goal setting, because this will be important as you define “success” and as you look to determination and persistence to keep going when you face obstacles and challenges to achieving your goals. I hope these quotes inspire and motivate you to consider what really makes you happy as you set and achieve your goals.

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You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace.
(Ernie Banks)

Remember happiness doesn't depend on who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think.
(Dale Carnegie)

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heart felt compliment.
(Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
(Hugh Downs)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
(Mahatma Gandhi)

I know, indeed, of nothing more subtly satisfying and cheering than a knowledge of the real good will and appreciation of others. Such happiness does not come with money, nor does it flow from fine physical state. It cannot be brought. But it is the keenest joy, after all; and the toiler's truest and best reward.
(William Dean Howells)

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
(William Morris)

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.
(J. Robert Oppenheimer)

Happiness does not depend on your circumstances; it depends on your will. It's a choice that you make.
(Joel Osteen from “Become a Better You”)

Learn to be happy. And think of life as a terminal illness because if you do you will live it with joy and passion as it ought to be lived.
(Anna Quindlen)

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.
(Agnes Repplier)

The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.
(Dr. Denis Waitley)


I’ve tried to provide proper attribution to the original sources of these quotations. Please let me know if there are any that may be in error, or if you know some of the sources I have identified as “unknown”. Thanks!

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