We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.
—Carlos Castaneda (1925–1998)
Resolve to keep happy and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
—Helen Keller (1880–1968)
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
—Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821–1881)
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 (1906–1992)
I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.
—Booker T. Washington (1856–1915)
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 (1804–1864)
Genuine happiness consists in those spiritual qualities of love, compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, and so on. For it is these which provide both for our happiness and others’ happiness.
—The 14th Dalai Lama (b. 1935)
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–1887)
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.
—Margaret Bonnano (b. 1950)
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 (1912–2008)
Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.
—Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910)
If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.
—Edith Wharton (1862–1937)
Seek to do good, and you will find that happiness will run after you.
—James Freeman Clarke (1810–1888)
It is pleasing to God whenever you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.
—Martin Luther (1483–1546)
True happiness comes not in your personal pursuit of selfish pleasure and satisfaction, but in finding God and giving His love and life to others, and bringing them happiness. Then happiness will pursue and overtake and overwhelm you, without your seeking it for yourself.
—David Brandt Berg (1919–1994)