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Happiness comes from the full understanding of your own being. (Marina Abramovic)

Happiness is such a good state, it doesn't need to be creative. You're not creative from happiness, you're just happy. You're creative when you're miserable and depressed. You find the key to transform things. Happiness does not need to transform. (Marina Abramovic)

I believe photography is a tool to express our positive assessment of the world. A tool to acquire ultimate happiness and belief. (Ansel Adams)

If you have nothing else to do, look about you and see if there isn't something close at hand that you can improve! It may make you wealthy, though it is more likely that it will make you happy. (George Matthew Adams)

Happiness is nothing but good health and freedom, and money is the single best way you can buy your freedom. (Scott Adams)

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love and something to hope for. (Joseph Addison)

Happiness is obsolete: uneconomic. (Theodor W. Adorno)

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times. (Aeschylus)

Happiness, health, and prosperity are the result of a harmonious adjustment of the inner with the outer of the man with his surroundings. (James Allen)

The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don't have. (Woody Allen)

One day's happiness often predicts the next day's creativity. (Teresa Amabile)

To be of use to the world is the only way to be happy. (Hans Christian Andersen)

Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in our lives: where we focus our attention. (Greg Anderson)

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

Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

Happiness is the highest good, being a realization and perfect practice of virtue, which some can attain, while others have little or none of it. (Aristotle)

Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities. (Aristotle)

Happiness is living by inner purpose. (David Augsburger)

The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts. (Marcus Aurelius)

Don't Worry; be Happy! (Meher Baba)

Happiest is he who expects no happiness from others. Love delights and glorifies in giving, not receiving. (Meher Baba)

The secret of happiness is not doing what one likes to do but in liking what one has to do. (Sathya Sai Baba)

Happiness is the reward we get for living to the highest right we know. (Richard Bach)

The long days are no happier than the short ones. (Philip James Bailey)

Happy people see shades of grey, they prioritize problems and turn them into possibilities. They don't lose sight of the big picture. (Dan Baker)

We can easily set ourselves up for depression and disappointment by bundling all our hopes in future events designed to impart happiness. Lasting happiness is not found in any destination... enjoy the journey. (Mike Barr)

It is not in doing what you like, but in liking what you do that is the secret of happiness. (James M. Barrie)

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

Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response. (Mildred Barthel)

-to 11-year-old Franz Liszt...
Off with you! You're a happy fellow, for you'll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that! (Ludwig van Beethoven)

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

Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life. (Arnold Bennett)

Congenial labor is the secret of happiness. (Arthur Christopher Benson)

Happiness is always a coincidence. (Jose Bergamin)

The happiest people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have. (Ari Bernstein)

- Betelgeuse Incident...
Unhappiness is often caused by tendency to find fault with others. (Toba Beta)

When you experience your origin as a reality, you are happy. Be constant under all circumstances and relate to one thing - you are a part of Infinity and always lean on that power - then you'll never be unhappy. (Yogi Bhajan)

- The Devil's Dictionary...
Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another. (Ambrose Bierce)

Don't mistake pleasure for happiness. They are a different breed of dogs. (Josh Billings)

If you ever find happiness by hunting for it, you will find it, as the old woman did her lost spectacles, safe on her own nose all the time. (Josh Billings)

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy. (William Blake)

Unhappiness is best defined as the difference between our talents and our expectations. (Edward de Bono)

If our lives are dominated by a search for happiness, then perhaps few activities reveal as much about the dynamics of this quest – in all its ardour and paradoxes – than our travels. (Alain de Botton)

Unhappiness can stem from having only one perspective to play with. (Alain de Botton)

Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

Happiness is a resultant of the relative strengths of a positive and negative feeling rather than an absolute amount of one or the other. (Norman Bradburn)

To find a person who will love you for no reason, and to shower that person with reasons, that is the ultimate happiness. (Robert Brault)

It's never too late to have a happy childhood. (Berkely Breathed)

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels. (Bertolt Brecht)

Cheerfulness, it would appear, is a matter which depends fully as much on the state of things within, as on the state of things without and around us. (Charlotte Bronte)

Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has not taste. (Emily Bronte)

Happiness is the natural flower of duty. (Phillips Brooks)

Total uninterrupted happiness does not exist in its purest form... I've always felt that the good moments, and they are blissful, wouldn't measure up if they weren't earned. (Harley Brown)

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. (John Mason Brown)

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is liking what you get. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr.)

Let no one till his death be called unhappy. Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

There may be peace without joy, and joy without peace, but the two combined make happiness. (John Buchan)

This is what makes me happy: ...Any music-free restaurant ... A grandson who offers to clean the snow off my driveway and also fix my computer ... An evening in bed with a good book. (My book.) ... A good night's sleep ... As you can see, it doesn't take much to make me happy. (Art Buchwald)

Happiness and virtue rest upon each other; the best are not only the happiest, but the happiest are usually the best. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

There is work that is work and there is play that is play; there is play that is work and work that is play. And in only one of these lies happiness. (Gelett Burgess)

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. (George Burns)

Dream, Believe, Freedom in love. / Live, laugh, give all a hug! (Tessa Burnside)

Happiness is a byproduct of function, purpose, and conflict; those who seek happiness for itself seek victory without war. (William S. Burroughs)

What we call the secret of happiness is no more a secret than our willingness to choose life. (Leo Buscaglia)

I think in defeat you grope for things that are happy, and it's hard. (George H.W. Bush)

To give pain is the tyranny; to make happy, the true empire of beauty. (Samuel Butler, novelist)

There comes forever something between us and what we deem our happiness. (Lord Byron)

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. (Herman Cain)

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. (Albert Camus)

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads? (Albert Camus)

Rest assured that if you work every day at your art, using the materials nearest at hand, you will gradually discover such beauty in them that they will fill you with happiness. (John F. Carlson)

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. (Thomas Carlyle)

Man's unhappiness, as I construe, comes of his greatness; it is because there is an Infinite in him, which with all his cunning he cannot quite bury under the Finite. (Thomas Carlyle)

Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get. (Dale Carnegie)

Happiness doesn't depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions. (Dale Carnegie)

Trees love to toss and sway; they make such happy noises. (Emily Carr)

Imagine if you could actually be that happy? That would be powerful, man. People would be tunneling under the street to avoid you. They'd go 'Oh, man - is that happy guy still out there?' (Jim Carrey)

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. (Carlos Castaneda)

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great. (Willa Cather)

Never believe straight off in a man's unhappiness. Ask him if he can still sleep. If the answer's 'yes,' all's well. That is enough. (Louis-Ferdinand Celine)

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy. (Anton Chekhov)

Happiness is a mystery like religion, and should never be rationalized. (G. K. Chesterton)

Usefulness is happiness, and... all other things are but incidental. (Lydia M. Child)

The most satisfying project you will ever undertake - and a mark of a complete human being - is to discover how to build a sense of happiness that no one can take away from you... (Deepak Chopra)

Happy are the painters, for they shall not be lonely. (Winston Churchill)

Leave to the masters of art trained by a lifetime of devotion the wonderful process of picture-building and picture creation. Go out into the sunlight and be happy with what you see. (Winston Churchill)

The happy have whole days, and those they choose. The unhappy have but hours, and those they lose. (Colley Cibber)

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 heartfelt compliment. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

We must select the Illusion which appeals to our temperament and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy. (Cyril Connolly)

I don't know why it is that I have always been happier thinking of somewhere I have been or wanted to go, than where I am at the time. I find it difficult to be happy in the present. (Pat Conroy)

The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose. (William Cowper)

Thus happiness depends, as nature shows, less on exterior things than most suppose. (William Cowper)

It is by being fully involved with every detail of our lives, whether good or bad, that we find happiness, not by trying to look for it directly. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. (Bishop Richard Cumberland)

We need a different conception of happiness, more enduring and more genuine, not dependent on external circumstances. (Richard J. Davidson)

Happiness is not something that can be demanded from life, and if you are not happy you had better stop worrying about it and see what treasures you can pluck from your own brand of unhappiness. (Robertson Davies)

The secret of happiness: Find something more important than you are and dedicate your life to it. (Daniel Dennett)

If you are not happy here and now, you never will be. (Taisen Deshimaru)

Such happiness as life is capable of comes from the full participation of all our powers in the endeavor to wrest from each changing situations of experience its own full and unique meaning. (John Dewey)

To find out what one is fitted to do, and to secure an opportunity to do it, is the key to happiness. (John Dewey)

I do not think we have a "right" to happiness. If happiness happens, say thanks. (Marlene Dietrich)

The happiness of most people is not ruined by great catastrophes or fatal errors, but by the repetition of slowly destructive little things. (Ernest Dimnet)

We create happiness. (Walt Disney)

Happiness runs in a circular motion / Thought is like a little boat upon the sea. / Everybody is a part of everything anyway, / You can have everything if you let yourself be. (Donovan)

There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can... give all our attention to the opportunity before us. (Mark van Doren)

Happy the man, and happy he alone, / He who can call today his own: / He who, secure within, can say, / Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. (John Dryden)

Only man clogs his happiness with care, destroying what is with thoughts of what may be. (John Dryden)

There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. (Alexandre Dumas)

I don't think man was meant to attain happiness so easily. Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: We must fight in order to conquer it. (Alexandre Dumas)

The world wisely prefers happiness to wisdom. (Will Durant)

Happiness is inward and not outward, and so it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are. (Henry van Dyke)

To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. (Roger Ebert)

-Desiderata: A Poem for a Way of Life...
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy. (Max Ehrmann)

Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it. (George Eliot)

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. (Desiderius Erasmus)

Luckier than one's neighbor, but still not happy. (Euripides)

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn't stop to enjoy it. (William Feather)

Some of us might find happiness if we quit struggling so desperately for it. (William Feather)

Happiness is simply a temporary condition that proceeds unhappiness. Fortunately for us, it works the other way around as well. But it's all a part of the carnival, isn't it? (Federico Fellini)

People will choose unhappiness over uncertainty. (Timothy Ferriss)

Excitement is the more practical synonym for happiness, and it is precisely what you should strive to chase. It is the cure-all. (Timothy Ferriss)

Sometimes I found that in my happy moments I could not believe that I had ever been miserable. (Joanna Field)

If there is such a thing as complete happiness, it is knowing that you are in the right place. (Fannie Flagg)

To be stupid and selfish and to have good health are the three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, the others are useless. (Gustave Flaubert)

The only way to avoid being unhappy is to close yourself up in Art and to count for nothing all the rest. (Gustave Flaubert)

When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness. (Malcolm Forbes)

My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations. (Michael J. Fox)

In order to be happy you need a good dog, a good woman, and ready money. (Benjamin Franklin)

Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom. (Benjamin Franklin)

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

Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length. (Robert Frost)

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

Happiness and work rose up together with the sun, radiant like it. (Paul Gauguin)

Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness. (Andre Gide)

-Stumbling on Happines...
We treat our future selves as though they were our children, spending most of the hours of most of our days constructing tomorrows that we hope will make them happy. (Daniel T. Gilbert)

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 own blessings. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

How easy it was to make people happy, when you didn't want or need anything from them. (Gail Godwin)

The hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowded with fruition. (Oliver Goldsmith)

Happiness consists in activity – it is a running stream, not a stagnant pool. (John Mason Good)

I have given up considering happiness as relevant. (Edward Gorey)

Yesterday, happiness came in suddenly, as it used to, and remained for a moment in the great, dark, silent drawing room. (Julien Green)

No human being can really understand another, and no one can arrange another's happiness. (Henry Graham Greene)

In misery we seem aware of our own existence, even though it may be in the form of a monstrous egotism: this pain of mine is individual, this nerve that winces belongs to me and to no other. But happiness annihilates us: we lose our identity. (Henry Graham Greene)

Happiness is one of those concepts we all seem to love to learn more about, but we are unwilling to take any big steps to increase it in our own lives. What scientific research into happiness has shown us is that it can be increased in many different ways - but you won't find the answer from a pill. (Dr. John Grohol)

You can choose to focus on the surprises and pleasures, or the frustrations. And you can choose to appreciate the smallest scraps of experience, the everyday moments, or to value only the grandest, most stirring ones. Ultimately, the real question is whether you want to be happy. (Chris Hadfield, astronaut)

Happiness is right in front of you. (Hafiz)

Happiness is but a mere episode in the general drama of pain. (Thomas Hardy)

All I can say is that it's never too late to have a happy childhood! (Margot Hattingh)

Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor. (Paul Hawken)

-interview by Gina Mazza...
Part of being happy is being flexible and not insisting that something has to be a certain way... (David R. Hawkins)

Happiness is a butterfly which when pursued is always just beyond your grasp but which if you will sit down quietly may light upon you. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it. (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

So have I loitered my life away reading books, looking at pictures, going to plays, hearing, thinking, writing on what pleased me best. I have wanted only one thing to make me happy, but wanting that have wanted everything. (William Hazlitt)

What makes men happy is liking what they have to do. This is a principle on which society is not founded. (Claude Adrien Helvetius)

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. (Ernest Hemingway)

It takes wit, interest and energy to be happy. The pursuit of happiness is a great activity. One must be open and alive. It is the greatest feat man has to accomplish, and spirits must flow. (Robert Henri)

There is an hour wherein a man might be happy all his life, could he find it. (George Herbert)

I have never been one of those who cares about happiness. Happiness is a strange notion. I am just not made for it. It has never been a goal of mine; I do not think in those terms. (Werner Herzog)

Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object. (Hermann Hesse)

- Siddhartha...
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. (Hermann Hesse)

Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing. (Napoleon Hill)

Abiding happiness is not simply a possibility, but a duty; all may live above the troubles of life; worry is a poison and happiness is a medicine. (Newell Dwight Hillis)

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life. (Burton Hills)

From the Taoist point of view, the natural result of this harmonious way of living is happiness. (Benjamin Hoff)

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy. (Eric Hoffer)

To be happy you have to know what you really want. After all, you can never have enough of what you didn't want in the first place. True happiness isn't a thing or a commodity, it's something you cultivate and share. (Robert Holden)

Let us waste no further time looking for the secret of success or the key to happiness. Already the door is open and whosoever will, may enter. (Ernest Holmes)

When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things - not the great occasions - that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness. (Bob Hope)

To marvel at nothing is just about the one and only thing, Numicius, that can make a man happy and keep him that way. (Horace)

Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past. (Douglas Horton)

Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities. (Aldous Huxley)

The great thing in the world is not so much to seek happiness as to earn peace and self-respect. (Thomas H. Huxley)

The happy people are those who are producing something;the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing. (William Ralph Inge)

You can be right or you can be happy. (Gerald G. Jampolsky)

How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now. And that there will never be a time when it is not now. (Gerald G. Jampolsky)

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)

It is neither wealth nor splendor, but tranquility and occupation, which give happiness. (Thomas Jefferson)

We bring happiness with us wherever we go. Happiness is not something that happens to us, it happens through us when we consciously choose to make space for it to do so. (Dennis Merritt Jones)

It is an aspect of all happiness to suppose that we deserve it. (Joseph Joubert)

The unhappiest people in this world are those who care the most about what other people think. (C. Joybell C.)

We deem those happy who from the experience of life have learnt to bear its ills without being overcome by them. (Carl Gustav Jung)

I have the true feeling of myself only when I am unbearably unhappy. (Franz Kafka)

In theory there is a possibility of perfect happiness: To believe in the indestructible element within one, and not to strive towards it. (Franz Kafka)

Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination. (Immanuel Kant)

Happiness should always remain a bit incomplete. After all, dreams are boundless. (Anatoly Karpov)

You don't have to believe everything your thoughts tell you. Just become familiar with the particular thoughts you use to deprive yourself of happiness. (Byron Katie)

The mass of men lead lives of shallow happiness; the superior man exults in his gloom. (Garrison Keillor)

Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream. (Jack Kerouac)

A poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy because the poor person has hope. He thinks money will help. (Jean Kerr)

A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him. (Soren Kierkegaard)

Each month, 55 million people google 'how to be happy.' But it's well documented what makes us happy - we find it in each other. (Tim Knox)

The greatest happiness in life is to be truly and consistently creative. (Peter Koestenbaum)

I was happy, but happy is an adult word. You don't have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not. Talking about it is the same as trying to catch the wind. Much easier to let it blow all over you. (Kathe Kollwitz)

If you're an artist, the problem is to make a picture work whether you are happy or not. (Willem de Kooning)

Happiness is the longing for repetition. (Milan Kundera)

I believe that the very purpose of our life is to seek happiness. That is clear. Whether one believes in religion or not, whether one believes in this religion or that religion, we all are seeking something better in life. So, the very motion of our life is towards happiness... (Dalai Lama)

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. (Dalai Lama)

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

We are no longer happy so soon as we wish to be happier. (Walter Savage Landor)

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open. (Rose Lane)

In all climates, under all skies, man's happiness is always somewhere else. (Giacomo Leopardi)

Happiness isn't something you experience, it's something you remember. (Oscar Levant)

Happiness is a by-product. You cannot pursue it by itself. (Sam Levenson)

Just try to be happy. Unhappiness starts with wanting to be happier. (Sam Levenson)

They had the talent for happiness in a high degree – went straight for it the way experienced travelers go for the best seat in a train. (C. S. Lewis)

You are as happy as you make up your mind to be. (Abraham Lincoln)

The happy days unclouded to their close; / The sudden joys that hour of darkness start / As flames from ashes; swift desires that dart / Like swallows singing down each wind that blows! (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

You've gotta do things that make you happy. (Jennifer Lopez)

Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin. (John Lubbock)

Happiness is a condition of mind not a result of circumstances. (John Lubbock)

Most of us believe in trying to make other people happy only if they can be happy in ways which we approve. (Robert S. Lynd)

I know I'm happy, I just can't seem to find it. (Leza MacDonald)

Many people's unhappiness is rooted in the habitual role they play. While our family role may have made sense growing up, it often wreaks havoc in our adult lives. (Lauren Mackler)

Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence. (Maurice Maeterlinck)

Remember that happiness is as contagious as gloom. It should be the first duty of those who are happy to let others know of their gladness. (Maurice Maeterlinck)

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside. (Ramana Maharshi)

Happiness isn't something that happens to you. It is what you yourself do and determine upon. (Maxwell Maltz)

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. (Og Mandino)

To live a happy and healthy life, we must hold on to values that are greater than our own pleasure or satisfaction. (Mark Manson)

Any writer will be happy and good only if they know what they're doing and why they're doing it. (Yann Martel)

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life. (Abraham Maslow)

Derive happiness in oneself from a good day's work, from illuminating the fog that surrounds us. (Henri Matisse)

Happiness simply cannot be relied upon as a measure of success. (John C. Maxwell)

Painting a watercolour allows me to pursue happiness. (Doug Mays)

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance. (Mignon McLaughlin)

-The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960...
Happiness is like the penny candy of our youth: We got a lot more for our money back when we had no money. (Mignon McLaughlin)

The only really happy folk are married women and single men. (H. L. Mencken)

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony. (Thomas Merton)

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so. (John Stuart Mill)

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. (Henry Miller)

There is the happiness which comes from creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building, whether in painting a picture, writing an epic, singing a song, composing a symphony, devising new invention, creating a vast industry. (Henry Miller)

Money can't buy you happiness . But it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery. (Spike Milligan)

I'm happy when I'm painting. I like it. (Joan Mitchell)

Happiness is an angel with a serious face. (Amedeo Modigliani)

I'm very happy, very delighted. I'm setting to like a fighting cockerel, for I'm surrounded here by all that I love. (Claude Monet)

It's better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone. (Marilyn Monroe)

The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. (Ashley Montagu)

Happy the people whose annals are tiresome. (Baron de Montesquieu)

-The Distant Hours...
Happiness in life is not a given, it must be seized. (Kate Morton)

I have been given a unique role to play on this earth: given to me by a life filled with sickness, ill-starred circumstances and my profession as an artist. It is a life that contains nothing that resembles happiness, and moreover does not even desire happiness. (Edvard Munch)

The constant happiness is curiosity. (Alice Munro)

Happiness is when I do a good painting, consequently I am mostly miserable. (Dr. K. Murama)

Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary and everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. (Iris Murdoch)

Happiness is having a scratch for every itch. (Ogden Nash)

The most exciting happiness is the happiness generated by forces beyond your control. (Ogden Nash)

The minute I sat in front of a canvas I was happy. Because it was a world, and I could do what I liked in it. (Alice Neel)

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

In my studio I'm as happy as a cow in her stall. That's the only place where everything is all right. (Louise Nevelson)

Not what we have, but what we use, not what we see, but what we choose, these are the things that mar or bless the sum of human happiness. (Joseph Fort Newton)

There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Always keep that happy attitude. Pretend that you are holding a beautiful fragrant bouquet. (Earl Nightingale)

I think it's so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary - you're happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. (Georgia O'Keeffe)

Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye. (Austin O'Malley)

It's a great game - the pursuit of happiness. (Eugene O'Neill)

I am happy as an artist because I have found my own theme and the way to express it. (Valentin Okorokov)

We all have a hungry heart, and one of the things we hunger for is happiness. So as much as I possibly could, I stayed where I was happy. (Mary Oliver)

Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness. (George Orwell)

Happiness is a shadow of harmony; it follows harmony. There is no other way to be happy. (Osho)

Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love. (Ovid)

True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents. (Douglas Pagels)

Each moment that you are happy is a gift to the rest of the world. (Harry Palmer)

The sole cause of man's unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room. (Blaise Pascal)

Part of the happiness of life consists not in fighting battles, but in avoiding them. A masterly retreat is in itself a victory. (Norman Vincent Peale)

You cannot achieve happiness. Happiness happens and is a transitory stage. (Fritz Perls)

I'm upset by the happiness of all these men who don't know they're unhappy. Because of that, though, I love them all. Dear vegetables! (Fernando Pessoa)

Creative happiness forgives all the disappointments and difficulties that get you there – and ultimately has no bearing on time or money. Recognition of quality is exhilarating for everyone. (Patricia Peterson)

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. (Joseph Pilates)

The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom. (Plato)

Happiness: a way station between too little and too much. (Channing Pollock)

How happy is the blameless vestal's lot? / The world forgetting, by the world forgot. (Alexander Pope)

Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire. (Alexander Pope)

To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your own - this is happiness. (Joseph Priestley)

Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one's values. (Ayn Rand)

Every form of happiness is private. Our greatest moments are personal, self-motivated, not to be touched. (Ayn Rand)

There is no happiness if the things you believe are different from the things you do. (James Arthur Ray)

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. (Francesca Reigler)

Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

It is never too late to have a happy childhood. (Tom Robbins)

Although we cannot always control the events in our lives, we can always control our response to them, and the actions we take as a result. If there's anything you're not happy about... make a decision right now about how you're going to change it immediately. (Tony Robbins)

One is never as unhappy as one thinks, nor as happy as one hopes. (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)

Work lovingly done is the secret of all order and all happiness. (Auguste Rodin)

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want. (Jim Rohn)

Happiness is not an accident. Nor is it something you wish for. Happiness is something you design. (Jim Rohn)

I've learned... that when you harbor bitterness, happiness will dock elsewhere. (Andy Rooney)

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

A Truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a DETOUR... (Pamila Ross)

Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see. (Henri Rousseau)

The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

The real mission you have in life is to make yourself happy, and in order to be happy, you have to look at what you believe, the way you judge yourself, the way you victimize yourself. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

The best path to happiness is learning to change as rapidly as life does. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

I am so happy, I cannot be contained in the world; / But like a spirit, I am hidden from the eyes of the world. (Rumi)

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling. (Margaret Lee Runbeck)

In order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work. (John Ruskin)

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly. (Bertrand Russell)

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. (Bertrand Russell)

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

One is happy as a result of one's own 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. Happiness is no vague dream, of that I now feel certain. (George Sand)

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. (Carl Sandburg)

If artists and poets are unhappy, it is after all because happiness does not interest them. (George Santayana)

The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness. (William Saroyan)

It looks as if I were meant to be alone, and that any hope of happiness is not meant. Am I too old to acquire the knack for happiness? (May Sarton)

Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

Man is never happy, but spends his whole life in striving after something which he thinks will make him so. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral and subject to chance. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

The most general survey shows that the foes of human happiness are pain and boredom. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right? (Charles Schulz)

Happiness is a warm puppy. (Charles Schulz)

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory. (Albert Schweitzer)

There is one aspect of happiness that's been well studied, and it's the notion of flow. Ask yourselves, when for you does time stop? When are you truly at home, wanting to be no place else? (Martin Seligman)

There are no greater wretches in the world than many of those whom people in general take to be happy. (Seneca)

Oh! How bitter a thing it is to look into unhappiness through another man's eyes. (William Shakespeare)

A lifetime of happiness! No man alive could bear it: it would be hell on earth. (George Bernard Shaw)

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. (George Bernard Shaw)

Happiness is not in our circumstances... It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of a fire. Happiness is something we are. (John B. Sheerin)

What leads to unhappiness is making pleasure the chief aim. (William Shenstone)

Most true happiness comes from one's inner life... It takes reflection and contemplation and self-discipline. (William L Shirer)

The simple truth is that happy people generally don't get sick. (Bernie S. Siegal)

- Self and World...
The self by its very nature is compelled to love reality. The self has to aim after happiness and there is no happiness except by the successful love of reality. (Eli Siegel)

-Every Thing on It...
There are no happy endings. / Endings are the saddest part, / So just give me a happy middle / And a very happy start. (Shel Silverstein)

Writing is not a profession but a vocation of unhappiness. I don't think an artist can ever be happy. (Georges Simenon)

You have the capacity to change the plot line of your life, even if you've been acting from the same script since before you can remember... you have the right and the capacity to be happy. You are an innately creative being... (David Simon)

I'm as happy a man as any in the world, for the whole world seems to smile upon me! (Samuel Smiles)

The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase: If you pursue happiness you'll never find it. (C. P. Snow)

Like swimming, riding, writing, or playing gold, happiness can be learned. (Boris Sokoloff)

It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes are within our power... a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him. (Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn)

Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way. (Sophocles)

Wisdom is the supreme part of happiness. (Sophocles)

It is the mind that maketh good of ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor. (Edmund Spenser)

All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love. (Baruch Spinoza)

The greatest happiness is to transform one's feelings into action. (Madame de Stael)

Happiness is never having to measure anything. (Charles Stagg)

The happiest people I have known have been those who gave themselves no concern about their own souls, but did their uttermost to mitigate the miseries of others. (Elizabeth Cady Stanton)

- The Journey's Echo...
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. (Freya Stark)

Look closely and you will find that people are happy because they are grateful. The opposite of gratefulness is just taking everything for granted. (David Steindl-Rast)

Beauty is the promise of happiness. (Stendhal)

To describe happiness is to diminish it. (Stendhal)

The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings. (Robert Louis Stevenson)

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth. / There is no happiness like mine. / I have been eating poetry. (Mark Strand)

Happiness is... usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults. (Thomas Szasz)

Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age. (Booth Tarkington)

To the right, books; to the left, a tea-cup. In front of me, the fireplace; behind me, the post. There is no greater happiness than this. (Teiga)

The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. (Eckhart Tolle)

One of the first conditions of happiness is that the link between Man and Nature shall not be broken. (Leo Tolstoy)

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them. (Leo Tolstoy)

Happiness and high performance come to you when you choose to live your life consistent with your highest values and your deepest convictions. (Brian Tracy)

Happiness comes when you believe in what you are doing, know what you are doing, and love what you are doing. (Brian Tracy)

Almost all unhappiness in life comes from the tendency to blame someone else. (Brian Tracy)

-Mark Twain in Eruption...
When all is said and done, the one sole condition that makes spiritual happiness and preserves it is the absence of doubt. (Mark Twain)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness. (Frank Tyger)

Happiness comes and goes and is short on staying power. (Frank Tyger)

Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. (Chuang Tzu)

True happiness may be sought, thought or caught - but never bought. (Author unknown)

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. (John Updike)

Happiness lies neither in vice nor in virtue; but in the manner we appreciate the one and the other, and the choice we make pursuant to our individual organization. (Marquis de Vauvenargues)

As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death. (Leonardo da Vinci)

The happiest of all lives is a busy solitude. (Voltaire)

Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. (Denis Waitley)

It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit. (Denis Waitley)

Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. (Alice Walker)

Happiness is an inside job. (William Arthur Ward)

The greatest part of our happiness depends on our dispositions, not our circumstances. (Martha Washington)

Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent of everything you think, and of everything you do, is for yourself - and there isn't one. (Wei Wu Wei)

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

Happiness is more important than money any day. (Jack White)

Everything is such a sort of stoned state... I walk around with a bunch of violets in my hand and a sledgehammer and a grain of sand in my head. I am happy. (Brett Whiteley)

Unless we think of others and do something for them, we miss one of the greatest sources of happiness. (Ray Lyman Wilbur)

Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go. (Oscar Wilde)

Happiness isn't something that comes to us; it's our job to create it in our lives. And the best way to achieve this is to do at least one thing everyday that leads to it. (Liz Wiltzen)

The way to be happy is to always allow for each task the time necessary to complete it fully. (Algonquin wisdom)

Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, / We are happy when we are growing. (William Butler Yeats)

Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

The happiness of one's own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one's own happiness, the happiness of others. (Paramahansa Yogananda)

Life finds its purpose and fulfillment in the expansion of happiness. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)

None think the great unhappy, but the great. (Edward Young)

What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money. (Henny Youngman)

What's the use of happiness? It can't buy you money. (Henny Youngman)