Joy and Happiness Quotes

When I dwell on the goodness God has expressed towards me, my heart rises up like an artesian well, my eyes gush forth joy that waters my face and leaves the observer in wonder. Gary Amirault

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.--Carlos Castaneda

Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.--Helen Keller

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not on our circumstances. We carry the seeds of the one or the other about with us in our minds wherever we go. --Martha Washington

The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible. --Montaigne

To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy…is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. --Thich Nhat Hanh

No matter how much madder it may make you, get out of bed forcing a smile. You may not smile because you are cheerful; but if you will force yourself to smile, you'll end up laughing. You will be cheerful because you smile. Repeated experiments prove that when man assumes the facial expressions of a given mental mood — any given mood — then that mental mood itself will follow.— Kenneth Goode

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. — Henri Nouwen

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

Happiness is not in our circumstance but in ourselves. 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

The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mood of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; for happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.--Charles Langbridge Morgan

The really happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery when on a detour.-- Unknown

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

The happiest people don't worry too much about whether life is fair or not, they just get on with it. - Andrew Matthews

For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are that you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness. –Andy Rooney

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.— Henry Ward Beecher

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys. -- Christian Nestell Bovee

It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis. --Margaret Bonnano

Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have. – Unknown

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.— Albert Camus

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste, that they hurry past it. –Kierkegaard

If we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time. --Edith Wharton

Happiness is as a butterfly which, when pursued, is always beyond our grasp, but which if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you. --Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Spirit bears witness. Ecstasy and enlightenment, inspiration and intuition are not necessary. Happy is the man who is worthy of these; but woe unto us if we wait for such experiences; woe unto us if we do not perceive that these things are of secondary importance. -- Karl Barth

One ought to seek out virtue for its own sake, without being influenced by fear or hope, or by any external influence. Moreover, that in that does happiness consist. -- Diogenes Laertius, Zeno

You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. -- Hebrews 1:9

It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.--Agnes Repplier

Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.--James Freeman Clarke

I think I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.— Booker T. Washington

If we try hard to bring happiness to others, we cannot stop it from coming to us also. To get joy, we must give it, and to keep joy, we must scatter it. --John Templeton

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. --Buddha

Genuine happiness consists in those spiritual qualities of love, compassion, patience, tolerance and forgiveness and so on. For it is these which provide both for our happiness and others’ happiness. –The Dalai Lama

When we are such as He can love without impediment, we shall in fact be happy. --C.S. Lewis

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. –Jesus Christ (John 15:11-12)

This is the true joy of life, the being used up for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clot of ailments and grievances, complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can. --George Bernard Shaw

There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else. -- Peyton Conway

I've grown to realize the joy that comes from little victories is preferable to the fun that comes from ease and the pursuit of pleasure. --Lawana Blackwell

True happiness is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. --Helen Keller

The happiness that is genuinely satisfying is accompanied by the fullest exercise of our faculties and the fullest realization of the world in which we live. --Bertrand Russell

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. --Franklin D. Roosevelt

Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment. -- Anthony Robbins

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something completely great. -- Willa Cather

The Grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. --Allan K. Chalmers

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth. -- Mitsugi Saotome

Affection is responsible for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in our lives. --C. S. Lewis

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.--Marcel Proust

It is pleasing to God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom of thy heart. --Martin Luther

Whence comes this idea that if what we are doing is fun, it can't be God's will? The God who made giraffes, a baby's fingernails, a puppy's tail, a crooknecked squash, the bobwhite's call, and a young girl's giggle, has a sense of humor. Make no mistake about that. --Catherine Marshall

There is a kind of happiness and wonder that makes you serious. It is too good to waste on jokes. –C.S. Lewis

Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue. -- Henry Fielding

Enjoy the journey, enjoy ever moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing -- Matt Biondi

If we are not happy and joyous at this season, for what other season shall we wait and for what other time shall we look?--Abdul-Baha

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy! --Louise Bogan

What a wonderful life I've had! I only wish I'd realized it sooner. --Colette

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