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28 Happiness Quotations

''True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.''
- Joseph Addison The Spectator, March 17, 1711

''Very little is needed to make a happy life.''
- Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Meditations

''The secret of happiness is to make others believe they are the cause of it.''
- Al Batt in National Enquirer

''The discovery of a new dish does more for human happiness than the discovery of a new star.''
- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin Physiologie du Gout, 1825

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

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

''The only true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.''
- William Cowper

''If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us least live so as to deserve it.''
- Immanuel Hermann Fichte

''To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.''
- Gustave Flaubert

''A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.''
- Anatole France

''Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.''
- Robert Frost

''Remember that happiness is a way of travel - not a destination.''
- Roy M. Goodman

''It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.''
- Kin Hubbard

''Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.''
- Victor Hugo Les Miserables

''Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.''
- Helen Keller

''When you reliquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.''
- Nicole Kidman in The Scotsman

''Seek not happiness too greedily, and be not fearful of happiness.''
- Lao-tsze

''Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember.''
- Oscar Levant

''Cherish all your happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.''
- Christopher Morley

''The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.''
- James Oppenheim

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

''Happiness: a good bank account, a good cook and a good digestion.''
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

''I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy.''
- J.D. Salinger

''Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.''
- Albert Schweitzer

''No man is happy who does not think himself so.''
- Publilius Syrus Maxims

''The happiness of a man in this life does not consist in the absence but in the mastery of his passions.''
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

''Man is the artificer of his own happiness.''
- Henry David Thoreau Journal, January 21, 1838

''Depend not on another, but lean instead on thyself...True happiness is born of self-reliance.''
- Unknown The Laws of Manu

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