20 Truly Inspiring Happiness Quotes

Before looking through our selection of inspiring happiness quotes, consider the following.

Probably the best known, and most frequently repeated words in the American Constitution are:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Putting aside the two contentious elements in this paragraph (the existence of God and the inequality of women) we are left with ” the pursuit of happiness.”

Should the pursuit of happiness be a goal itself? What is happiness?

Not everyone has the same perception of happiness. Perhaps it is simply that happiness is just the state of not being unhappy. And the saying that “money can’t buy you happiness” is not a feeling shared by everyone.

As the entertainer, Sophie Tucker once quipped: “I’ve been rich, and I’ve been poor. Rich is better.”

But happiness is not only connected to money, as our Life Daily research team discovered when they investigated how other people have defined happiness.

Browse our selection of inspiring happiness quotes to understand some other viewpoints:

1. David Lee Roth:

Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it.

Money can't buy you happiness, but it can buy you a yacht big enough to pull up right alongside it

2. Abraham Lincoln:

Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.

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

3. Mahatma Gandhi:

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

4. Oscar Wilde:

Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.

5. Alice Walker:

Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.

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

6. Albert Einstein:

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

7. Andre Maurois:

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.

The first recipe for happiness is avoid too lengthy meditation on the past Andre Maurois

8. Benjamin Franklin:

The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.

9. Epictetus:

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

10. Eleanor Roosevelt:

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.

Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product Eleanor Roosevelt

11. Ernest Hemingway:

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.

12. Richard Bach:

If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem.

Richard Bach If your happiness depends on what somebody else does, I guess you do have a problem

13. Plutarch:

Do not speak of your happiness to one less fortunate than yourself.

14. Albert Schweitzer:

Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.

15. Jane Austen:

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of Jane Austen

16. Ambrose Bierce:

Happiness: an agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.

17. Bernard Meltzer:

Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.

Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it

18. John Barrymore:

Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.

19. Ashley Montagu:

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

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

20. John Burroughs:

The secret of happiness is something to do.

The secret of happiness is something to do

Did you identify with any of these inspiring happiness quotes?

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