Quotes - Happiness


"Happiness is a conscious choice, not an automatic response."
- Michael Bartel

All the joy the world contains
is through wishing happiness for others.
All the misery the world contains
has come through wanting pleasure for oneself.

(8.129 - Shantideva - Bodhicharyavatara)


Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.

How sad to see a father with money and no joy. The man studied economics, but never studied happiness.

The greatest source of unhappiness comes from inside. Happiness is the art of learning how to get joy from your substance.

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

Excerpted from The Treasury of Quotes by Jim Rohn. Copyright 1994 Jim Rohn International. These quotes are by Jim Rohn, America's Foremost Business Philosopher. To subscribe to the Free Jim Rohn Weekly E-zine, go to

Happiness depends as Nature shows, Less on exterior things than most suppose - William Cowper

To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, increaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not. Akhenaton

We should not identify ourselves with reason, for man is not and never will be a creature of reason alone... - Carl Jung

Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness. Chuang Tzu

For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness - Emerson

Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question. Lao Tzu

One's place is where one can live happily - K

One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.
-- Rita Mae Brown

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does. James M Barrie

For fast acting relief try slowing down. Lily Tomli



All happiness is in the mind.- Anon

Happiness is not a matter of events; it depends upon the tides of the mind.- Alice Meynell

A happy life consists in tranquility of mind.- Cicero

Misery is almost always the result of thinking.- Joseph Joubert

Joy has nothing to do with material things, or with a man's outward circumstance....a man living in the lap of luxury can be wretched, and a man in depths of poverty can overflow with joy.- William Barclay

happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of travelling.- Margaret Lee Runbeck

Happiness is a way station between too lttle and too much/- Channing Pollock

That man is happiest who lives day to day and asks no more, garnering simple goodness of life.- Euripedes



I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.-Joseph Roux



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

My advice is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate.- Thorton Wilder.

To describe happiness is to diminish it.- Stendhal

Happiness comes fleetingly now and then to those who have learned to do without it, and to them only.- DOm Marquis

Perfect happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.- Chuang-Tse


"Money never made a man happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more a man has, the more he wants. Instead of its filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way." Proverb of Ben franklin


Paramahansa Yogananda put it in these words:

Possession of material riches, without inner peace, is like dying of thirst while bathing in a lake. If material poverty is to be avoided, spiritual poverty is to be abhorred! For it is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.


"Wealth Is Not His That Has It, But His That Enjoys It."
Benjamin Franklin

"The wealthiest man is the one who needs the least" -
Lao Tse Tao Te Ching

Success is getting what you want, Happiness is being happy with what you have. Author Unknown

"The root of all evil is the love of money" St. Paul



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