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75 Happiness Quotes & 10 Messages about Being Happy

Happiness means something different for everyone. We have versatile quotes and messages about what happiness is and how you can find it. Use them to wish others happiness and help them with good advice.

People have been searching for happiness for thousands of years. They try to find it and define it, but happiness can be very individualized. There are no rules for happiness, but many good quotes and advice on how you can achieve it.

75 Quotes about Being Happy

Quotes about happiness and being happy

Below you will find 75 quotes about happiness and being happy in seven categories. First, we have collected some nice quotes about happiness for you. After that you will find quotes about attaining happiness.

Following that, there are sayings about what happiness is. Then we also have some funny quotes about happiness for you. Messages that you can use to wish someone "good luck" and proverbs are also included. Finally, you will find sayings about the joy of life and contentment.

Quotes about Happiness

In this section, we have collected some famous quotes and wisdom for you from famous people who have talked about their perception of happiness. Among them are individual views and philosophical quotes.

As you will see from the following quotes, everyone thinks differently about happiness. Nicolas Chamfort, for example, thinks that happiness can only be found in oneself. Carmen Sylva, on the other hand, thinks that happiness is the only thing we can give to others without possessing it ourselves.

One statement does not exclude the other here, but it becomes clear that there are different perspectives on happiness. Perhaps with our sayings and quotes, you’ll find out which one best reflects yours.

  1. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.
    (Marcus Aurelius)
  2. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
    (Mahatma Gandhi)
  3. Happiness depends upon ourselves.
  4. Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
    (Oscar Wilde)
  5. Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
    (Abraham Lincoln)
  6. If you want to be happy, be.
    (Leo Tolstoy)
  7. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.
  8. Happiness can exist only in acceptance.
    (George Orwell)
  9. True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
    (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
  10. Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.
    (Guillaume Apollinaire)
  11. There is only one passion, the passion for happiness.
    (Denis Diderot)
  12. Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.
    (John Barrymore)
  13. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
    (Benjamin Disraeli)
  14. The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
    (Henry Ward Beecher)
  15. Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
    (Fyodor Dostoevsky)

"We possess only the happiness we are able to understand." (Maurice Maeterlinck)

Quotes about Being Happy

Quotes about being happy

The quotes in this section are not just about happiness itself, but about being happy. Being happy can refer to a very specific moment when you are joyful and content, or to a general attitude and gratitude that can make your whole life happy.

  1. Most people are happy to the extent that they allow themselves to be.
    (Abraham Lincoln)
  2. Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
    (Marcel Proust)
  3. I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
    (Martha Washington)
  4. Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
    (Omar Khayyam)
  5. I have chosen to be happy because it’s good for my health.
  6. Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.
    (Marcus Aurelius)
  7. If you want to be happy, be.
    (Leo Tolstoy)
  8. Whoever is happy will make others happy too.
    (Anne Frank)
  9. Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.
    (Franz Schubert)
  10. Morality is not the doctrine of how we may make ourselves happy, but how we may make ourselves worthy of happiness.
    (Immanuel Kant)

"The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom." (Arthur Schopenhauer)

Short Happiness Quotes to Make You Smile

Happiness is an individual feeling

The following quotes and sayings about happiness are short and try to define what happiness is. Some quotes are from Buddha and reflect his teachings.

It sometimes seems intangible, yet there. You can feel it, seek it, find it, keep it, give it to others or wish for it. Happiness is whatever you imagine it to be.

  1. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
    (Mahatma Gandhi)
  2. True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
    (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
  3. There is no path to happiness; happiness is the path.
  4. One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond.
  5. Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
  6. If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.
  7. May all beings have happy minds.
  8. Happiness is… when you love and be loved by someone.
  9. The greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it. It has to be the greatest.
  10. Delight in meditation and solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker.

"Happiness is no laughing matter." (Richard Whately)

Funny Quotes about Happiness

Funny quotes about happiness

In this category you will find funny quotes about happiness. They deal with the topic humorously and are suitable to send to friends or family members.

Some of them are slightly sarcastic, others are funny because they have a punchline. Here you’ll find funny quotes and good jokes for every occasion.

  1. Happiness is no more than good health and a bad memory.
  2. If you have what it takes to lead a happy life, make sure you have insurance on it.
  3. For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
  4. Happiness is finding someone who knows you’re not perfect, but pretends you are.
  5. Sometimes happiness is walking into a room and knowing what you wanted there.
  6. Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.
    (Mark Twain)
  7. Whoever said money can’t buy happiness didn’t know where to shop.
    (Gertrude Stein)
  8. Nothing prevents happiness like the memory of happiness.
    (André Gide)
  9. Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.
    (Ernest Hemingway)
  10. Be crazy, be stupid, be silly, be weird. Be whatever, because life is too short to be anything but happy.

"Happiness is when the chaos called my life takes a break." (Unknown)

Inspirational Quotes about Happiness and Success

Good luck / Fingers crossed

The following quotes can also be combined well with a small gift or a nice gesture. Typical luck symbols include a four-leaf clover, a ladybug, a toadstool, an angel, a pig or a chimney sweep.

By using "good luck" quotes, you can show your partner that you are thinking of him or her. The sayings are suitable before a difficult exam, a new stage of life, an operation, a job interview and even more occasions where a little luck is desired.

  1. Don’t do it to make others happy. Do it to make yourself happy. That is why I wish you good luck!
  2. I believe in you and keep my fingers firmly crossed. Good luck for your exam!
  3. Much success for your move and good luck in the new city. I wish you only the best and hope that we will always keep in touch.
  4. "Happiness is a journey, not a destination."
    Don’t put too much pressure on yourself for your exam, I believe in you and good luck!
  5. No matter how good or bad the outcome could get, I hope you will accept it with all your heart and just move on. As of now, Good Luck!
  6. I wish you the best of luck, courage and strength for the upcoming surgery. You can do it and I look forward to seeing you again afterwards.
  7. Now it’s time to give your life its own unique direction. I congratulate you warmly on your graduation and wish you good luck for the future!
  8. Well good luck for the exam. I’m sure that luck is on your side.
  9. I wish you continued success in your academic career. Do work hard and always believe in yourself. Good Luck with your higher studies!
  10. For your new phase of life, I wish you that luck accompanies you and does not leave your side.

Proverbs about happiness

Proverbs about happiness

Quotes and proverbs often accompany us in our daily lives. They are old wisdoms of life in which there is always a bit of truth. We have compiled some proverbs about happiness for you.

Some of them will surely sound familiar to you. Well-known proverbs are, for example, "to have more luck than sense" and "to have luck in misfortune".

  1. The happiness in your pocket, don’t spend it all.
    (Chinese Proverb)
  2. He is not happy who does not realize his happiness.
    (Latin Proverb)
  3. Happiness is not a horse; you cannot harness it.
    (Russian Proverb)
  4. He who plants a garden plants happiness.
    (German Proverb)
  5. Misfortunes make happiness more sweet when it comes.
    (Latin Proverb)
  6. All happiness is in the mind.
    (English Proverb)
  7. Obedience is the mother of happiness.
    (Latin Proverb)
  8. Happiness is something to do, something to love, something to hope for.
    (Chinese Proverb)
  9. Happiness and glass break easily.
    (Danish Proverb)
  10. True happiness lies in giving it to others.
    (Indian Proverb)

Quotes about joy and contentment

Quotes about joy of life and contentment

Joy of life, contentment and gratitude often go hand in hand. After all, in the long run, everyone can determine for themselves what they are satisfied with and what they are not. Someone who is content, is often happier than someone who has very high expectations for a 'happy life'.

The following quotes will help you be more content and are good advice for your acquaintances, friends and relatives.

  1. Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
  2. There is no austerity equal to a balanced mind, and there is no happiness equal to contentment; there is no disease like covetousness, and no virtue like mercy.
  3. Contentment is the only real wealth.
    (Alfred Nobel)
  4. True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
    (Gilbert K. Chesterton)
  5. Contentment consist not in adding more fuel, but in taking away some fire.
    (Thomas Fuller)
  6. True humility is contentment.
    (Henri Frederic Amiel)
  7. We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
  8. Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt)
  9. Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
    (Lao Tzu)
  10. True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
    (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

"Happiness seems made to be shared." (Pierre Corneille)

10 Messages about Happiness and Self-love

Messages about happiness and being happy

In this chapter you will find ten messages about happiness and being happy.

They are suitable to write in a card or to send as a text message. Among them are some poems, but also prose and sample texts that focus on happiness.


"Each has his own happiness in his hands, as the artist handles the rude clay he seeks to reshape it into a figure; yet it is the same with this art as with all others: only the capacity for it is innate; the art itself must be learned and painstakingly practiced."

– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

– Excerpt from "I wandered lonely as a cloud"

(William Wordsworth)


Poems, texts and sayings about happiness

How happy is the little Stone

How happy is the little Stone
That rambles in the Road alone,
And doesn’t care about Careers
And Exigencies never fears
Whose Coat of elemental Brown
A passing Universe put on,
And independent as the Sun
Associates or glows alone,
Fulfilling absolute Decree
In casual simplicity

(Emily Dickinson)


Luck often demands a lot of you, but afterwards you will see: It was worth it! I wish you on your way to happiness only the best and am always supportive at your side.


The way to a happy life is to let go of the things that do not do you good and keep the things that do.

It’s more important to stay as you are than to try to please everyone. True friends and your family will tolerate your limitations and love you.


Happiness to me is spending a quiet evening with you, eating whatever we feel like, having a good glass of wine and having great conversations.


Happiness in life

So far, you’ve still overcome every hurdle that life has thrown your way. I am sure you will overcome every other one as well.

In doing so, I wish you the best of luck!


"Kind words produce happiness. How often have we ourselves been made happy by kind words, in a manner and to an extent which we are unable to explain!"

(Frederick William Faber)

Therefore, I would like to brighten your day with a few kind words. Stay as you are, I love you.


"Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits."

(Thomas Jefferson)

Therefore, I wish you continued good health, freedom and that you always do the right thing to be happy.


"Happiness includes chiefly the idea of satisfaction after full honest effort. No one can possibly be satisfied and no one can be happy who feels that in some paramount affairs he failed to take up the challenge of life."

(Arnold Bennett)

What happiness means

What happiness means

Happiness can take many forms and means something different to every person. It is related to individual experiences, life situation and emotions.

Luck can describe the feeling of being happy, but it can also be a happy accident. When we say "lucky," we are usually talking about external circumstances that have turned out favorably for us. This kind of luck is also meant when we wish someone good luck, for example for an exam or a job interview.

Happiness in life, on the other hand, can mean that we are wishfully happy or simply satisfied with our lives. What triggers this happiness can vary widely. Some find happiness in their job, others in their family, their friends or their faith, and still others in their hobbies.

"Our happiness depends on wisdom all the way." (Sophocles)

Also making others happy can be your own happiness. Everyone must find out for themselves how they can lead a happy life.

What can trigger happiness?

When we are happy, whether in general or from a lucky accident, we get in a good mood. Like being in love, this feeling can trigger emotional, ecstatic, or exuberant behavior. On the other hand, being happy can also evoke quiet contentment.

When we are happy, we smile more. We encounter others more kindly and have a more positive worldview. Simply put, life is more fun. No wonder many people are looking for this feeling and don’t want to let it go once they’ve found it.

Happiness in life, however, can only last if you are constantly aware of your happiness. You need to remind yourself how satisfied you are with your life.

Reasons for happiness quotes

Occasions for happiness quotes

Quotes about luck are suitable for a wide variety of occasions. Congratulations cards for birthdays or anniversaries as well as school graduations, for example, are ideal for talking about happiness. But other events also deserve to be made aware of the happy moments in life:

  • Mother’s Day or Father’s Day
  • Youth Consecration, Communion, Confirmation
  • Weddings or Wedding Anniversary
  • Birth or Baptism
  • Easter, Christmas or New Year’s
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