By Maxime Lagacé
Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been collecting quotes since 2004. His goal? To help you develop a calm, powerful, and peaceful mind. Learn more about him on his about page.
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According to science, 40% of happiness is internal.
The rest is genetics (50%) and life circumstances (10%).
It means you have a BIG chunk of that pie in your hands.
The good news?
You can become even happier with these 67 happiness quotes. 😄
And remember: the happiest people are the ones who chase nothing.
They say “yes” to what happens.
You’ll discover quotes by Buddha, Emerson, Gandhi, and more.
I hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I did!
P.S. I’ve been collecting quotes since 2004.
I guarantee they are the best happiness quotes you’ll ever find.
Send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org if I forgot one. 🙃 Thank you
Happiness is an inside job. William Arthur Ward
Meaning: Nothing external can make you happy forever. Happiness is a mindset, a direction. It’s not a place or a milestone.
He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe. Marcus Aurelius
Life gets better when you accept more and reject less. Maxime Lagacé
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Ludwig Jacobowski
Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison
It’s the little things in life…
Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. Marthe Troly-Curtin
Happy people take what comes. Maxime Lagacé
Meaning: Happy people don’t try to control what happens around them. They just relax, accept, and do their best to enjoy what’s in front of them.
We don’t laugh because we’re happy – we’re happy because we laugh. William James
Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Guillaume Apollinaire
Stop being busy. Start being present. Maxime Lagacé
That’s your unlimited desires that are clouding your peace, your happiness. Naval Ravikant
Enjoy it. Because it’s happening. Stephen Chbosky
Happiness is a state where nothing is missing. Naval Ravikant
Meaning: Happiness is when you’re not trying to escape the present moment. Whatever it is, you relax into it, content.
True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one’s self. Joseph Addison
Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour. Walt Whitman
Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it. Lou Holtz
Happiness is a direction, not a place. Sydney J. Harris
Seek it outside and you’ll be exhausted. Seek it inside and you’ll find a path. Maxime Lagacé
It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness. Richard Branson
The truly wise and happy are never rushed. Maxime Lagacé
Meaning: The wiser you get, the happier you get, the more alert and present you are, right here and right now.
Happiness? That’s nothing more than health and a poor memory. Albert Schweitzer
What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner. Colette
Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are. Chinese proverb
Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. Thomas Jefferson
Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get. Dale Carnegie
Happiness depends upon ourselves. Aristotle
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People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. Anton Chekhov
Meaning: Happy people don’t mind what happens around them. Their happiness is not dependent on external circumstances.
The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up. Mark Twain
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi
Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values. Ayn Rand
If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. 14th Dalai Lama
Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. Buddha
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. Ralph Waldo Emerson
True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. Helen Keller
Meaning: Relying on rewards for your happiness is futile. But having a goal in mind, something to aim at, brings motivation and inspiration.
The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time. Friedrich Nietzsche
Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible. Augustine of Hippo
If you aren’t grateful for what you already have, what makes you think you would be happy with more. Roy T. Bennett
Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein
Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things. Maxime Lagacé
The constant happiness is curiosity. Alice Munro
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Happiness comes from peace. Peace comes from indifference. Naval Ravikant
Meaning: Happiness is when you’re content, right now. But to be content, right now, you can’t be concerned with too many things. Hence, the indifference.
Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. Colette
The secret of happy life lies in renunciation. Mahatma Gandhi
It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it. Seneca
Today might not be perfect, but it’s a perfect day to be happy. Lori Deschene
We will never be this young again. Do what makes you happy. Gary Goodridge (Source)
Happiness is not out there, it’s in you. Unknown
Doing what you were born to do… That’s the way to be happy. Agnes Martin
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You can only have bliss if you don’t chase it. Henepola Gunaratana
Meaning: If you’re chasing something it’s because you don’t have it. Stop chasing, and it appears.
Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided. Paulo Coelho (Source)
Happiness is inversely correlated with desire. Unknown
Happiness requires acceptance. Maxime Lagacé
It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness. Charles Spurgeon
Truly happy people don’t need to show others that they are. Maxime Lagacé
All happiness depends on courage and work. Honoré de Balzac
Being happy is not the only happiness. Alice Walker
Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes. Charles Dickens
Meaning: You can’t say “That’s it, I’m happy, I’m done.” Happiness is not a permanent state. And it’s fine this way. Life is fine this way. Take happiness when it’s there.
Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon. Winnie the Pooh
Whoever is happy will make others happy. Anne Frank
Everything is a gift of the universe – even joy, anger, jealously, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment. Ken Keyes Jr
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved. George Sand
I’m happy. Which often looks like crazy. David Henry Hwang
The unhappy seek. The happy enjoy. Maxime Lagacé
Meaning: Want a glimpse of happiness? Stop expecting it. Enjoy the reality you have in front of your eyes. Paradise is a mindset.
- Happiness is internal, not external.
- Materialism has never made anyone happy. Don’t waste your time, energy, and money on stuff.
- What leads to true happiness?
- Being healthy
- Helping others
- Being well surrounded
- Doing what you love often
- Not trying to control everything, letting go
- Remember: Don’t care about stuff, what other people think, what society advocates. Lead YOUR life.
- Who’s the happiest person? The one not seeking happiness. “The unhappy seek. The happy enjoy.”
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Hope you enjoyed these beautiful happiness quotes.
And remember, truly happy people live lightly and forgive fast. They don’t waste time in the past.
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