Happiness Quotes

Money does not buy you happiness, but lack of money certainly buys you misery.

- Daniel Kahneman, Well-Being

Maybe happiness isn't in the choosing. Maybe it's in the fiction, in the pretending: that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.

- Lauren Oliver, Requiem

Happiness wasn't a mystical place to be reached or won - some bright terrain beyond the boundary of misery, a paradise waiting for them to find it - but something to carry doggedly with you through everything, as humble and ordinary as your gear and supplies.

- Laini Taylor, Dreams of Gods & Monsters

To be prosperous and happy in life, it is simple. Pick one woman, pick it well, and surrender.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, The Signature of All Things

People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you're fortunate. But happiness is the result 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.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.

- Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

Sometimes fate or life or whatever you want to call it, leaves a door a little open and you walk through it. But sometimes it locks the door and you have to find the key, or pick the lock, or knock the damn thing down. And sometimes, it doesn't even show you the door, and you have to build it yourself. But if you keep waiting for the doors to be opened for you, I think you'll have a hard time finding single happiness, let alone that double portion.

- Gayle Forman, Just One Year

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.

- Albert Einstein

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

- Albert Einstein

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

A thousand candles can be lighted from the flame of one candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness can be spread without diminishing that of yourself.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Madame, you must be gay; only thus can life be endured. I speak from experience for I have had to endure much, and have only been able to endure it because I have always laughed whenever I had the chance.

- Robert K. Massie, Catherine the Great

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

- J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Sometimes what we want to do and what we must do are not the same. The smaller the space between your desire and what is right, the happier you will be.

- Jess Walter, Beautiful Ruins