Quotations - Happiness

A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness. ~ Bernard de Fontenelle.

Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it. ~ Jacques Prévert.

Happiness is a direction, not a place. ~ Sydney J. Harris.

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open. ~ John Barrymore.

Happiness? That's nothing more than health and a poor memory. ~ Albert Schweitzer.

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has. ~ Henry Ward Beecher.

If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. ~ Edith Wharton.

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. ~ Dalai Lama.

It's never too late to have a happy childhood. ~ Berke Breathed.

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness. Poverty and wealth have both failed. ~ Frank McKinney "Kin" Hubbard.

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it. ~ Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~ Abraham Lincoln.

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy. ~ Robert Anthony.

Nobody really cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy. ~ Cynthia Nelms.

Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want. ~ Margaret Young.

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost. ~ H. Jackson Browne.

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up. ~ Mark Twain.

The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. ~ Benjamin Franklin.

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet. ~ James Openheim.

We tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. ~ Frederick Keonig.

"Well," said Pooh, "what I like best," and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called. ~ A.A. Milne.

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. ~ Colette.