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101 of the most powerful happiness quotesSometimes life can be overwhelming…

We have to work, keep up with our social contacts, clean the house, cook food and most of us have dreams and goals that we want to pursue.

Often it just feels like there is not enough time in one day or a week to do everything that we want to do.

I often feel like that…

I’m working full time with people who have a disability, I’m playing soccer, learning guitar, maintaining my vegetable garden and I have friends and family to hang out with. And on top of that I’m trying to build a successful online business.

Sometimes I really wonder if I’m putting too much pressure on myself and whether it’s all worth it.

It’s at moments like these that I like to read inspiring and uplifting quotes. I find that they help me to put things into perspective, to find clarity and to feel motivated again.

I’d like to share with you 101 powerful quotes that you can use to feel uplifted and to feel more positive when you’re overwhelmed in life.

 

The 101 best and most powerful Happiness Quotes

 

1. “In seeking happiness for others, you will find it in yourself.” – Unknown

2. “When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” – Helen Keller

3. “If you want happiness for an hour – take a nap. If you want happiness for a day – go fishing. If you want happiness for a year – inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a life time – help someone else.” – Chinese proverb

4. “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” – Confucius

5. “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

6. “Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more it eludes you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder.” – Henry David Thoreau

7. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

8. “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

9. “If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.” – Proverb

10. “Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.” – William Feather

11. “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.” – Winston Churchill

12. “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.” – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

13. “Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.” – Friedrich Schiller

14. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

15 “Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!” – Lawrence G. Lovasik

16 “Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.” – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

17 “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

18. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” – Ingrid Bergman

19. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

20. “You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren’t happy in one place, chances are you won’t be happy anyplace.” – Ernie Banks

21. “If you wait for the perfect moment when all is safe and assured, it may never arrive. Mountains will not be climbed, races won, or lasting happiness achieved.” – Maurice Chevalier

22. “The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.” – Henry Ward Beecher

23. “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. “If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu

25. “Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb

26. “If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.” – Stephen Covey

27. “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, then there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” – Anne Frank

28. “Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.” – Carl Jung

29. “Don’t put the key to happiness in someone else’s pocket.” – Author Unknown

30. “The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” – James Openheim

31. “As long as you understand that you find happiness through family, friends and love, then money is just a nice bonus.” – Ioan Gruffudd

32. “Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.” – Daphne du Maurier

33. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

34. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

35. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” – Aesop

36. “Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices – today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it.” – Kevyn Aucoin

37. “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

38. “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” – Democritus

39. “Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young

101 of the most powerful happiness quotes

101 of the most powerful happiness quotes

40.“Nothing that you plan is going to work out. Everything is going to be totally different than the way you expected. And things will constantly challenge you. Wherever you look the world is not as solid it seems to be.” – Eckhart Tolle

41. “Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one.” – Bruce Lee

42. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

43. “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” – Bruce Lee

44. “Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it.” –Dennis Kimbro

45. We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have. – Frederick Koenig

46. “I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.” – Dalai Lama

47. “Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.” – Mary Lou Retton

48. “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

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

50 – “The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.” – Brian Tracy

51. “Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.” – John Henry Jowett

52. “That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.” – Henry David Thoreau

53. “Life isn’t about having, it’s about being. You could surround yourself with all that money can buy, and you’d still be as miserable as a human can be. I know people with perfect bodies who don’t have half the happiness I’ve found. On my journeys I’ve seen more joy in the slums of Mumbai and the orphanages of Africa than in wealthy gated communities and on sprawling estates worth millions. Why is that? You’ll find contentment when your talents and passion are completely engaged, in full force. Recognise instant self-gratification for what it is. Resist the temptation to grab for material objects like the perfect house, the coolest clothes or the hottest car. The if I just had X, I would be happy syndrome is a mass delusion. When you look for happiness in mere objects, they are never enough. Look around. Look within.” – Nick Vujicic

54. “Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment.” – Tony Robbins

55. “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” – Stephen Covey

56. “Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.” – Augustine

57. “Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.” – Thomas Aquinas

58. “The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky

59. “The surest way of spoiling a pleasure is to start examining your satisfaction.” – C.S. Lewis

60. “The challenges in our lives are there to STRENGTHEN our CONVICTIONS. They are NOT there to run us over.” – Nick Vujicic

61. “There is a difference between happiness and wisdom: he that thinks himself the happiest man is really so; but he that thinks himself the wisest is generally the greatest fool.” – Francis Bacon

62. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

63, “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” – Viktor Frankl

64. “He who fears he will suffer, already suffers because he fears.” – Michel De Montaigne

65. “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

66. “Many people are passionate, but because of their limiting beliefs about who they are and what they can do, they never take actions that could make their dream a reality” – Anthony Robins

67. “Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” – Henry van Dyk

68. “I would rather die a meaningful death than to live a meaningless life.” – Corazon Aquino

69. “It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.”- Charles Spurgeon

70. “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

71. “True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

72. “There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus

73. “In order to have great happiness you have to have great pain and unhappiness – otherwise how would you know when you’re happy?” – Leslie Caron

74. “Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.” – Dada Vaswani

75. “The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.” – Plato

76. “Often people ask how I manage to be happy despite having no arms and no legs. The quick answer is that I have a choice. I can be angry about not having limbs, or I can be thankful that I have a purpose. I chose gratitude.”- Nick Vujicic

77. “As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” – Henry David Thoreau

78. “Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.” – Helen Keller

79. “To succeed, you need to find something to hold on to, something to motivate you, something to inspire you.” – Tony Dorsett

80. “The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.” – William Morris

81. “The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” – Scott Hamilton

82. “We don’t see things the way they are. We see them the way WE are” – Talmud.

83. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it” – Henry David Thoreau

84. “Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time dead” – Scottish Proverb

85. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” – Viktor Frankl

86. “You are who you are and what you are because of what has gone into your mind. You can change who you are and what you are by changing what goes into your mind” – Zig Ziglar

87. “Baby steps count, as long as you are going forward. You add them all up, and one day you look back and you’ll be surprised at where you might get to.” – Chris Gardner

88. “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile.” – Mother Teresa

89. “Your life only gets better when you get better.” – Brian Tracy

90. “Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” – Og Mandino

91 “To forgive is the highest, most beautiful form of love. In return, you will receive untold peace and happiness.” – Robert Muller

92. “You are only ever unhappy, when you focus upon what you don’t have.” – Patrick Combs

93. “The greatest discovery of the 19th century was not in the realm of the physical sciences, but the power of the subconscious mind touched by faith. Any individual can tap into an eternal reservoir of power that will enable them to overcome any problem that may arise. All weaknesses can be overcome, bodily healing, financial independence, spiritual awakening, and prosperity beyond your wildest dreams. This is the superstructure of happiness.” – William James

94. “The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you’ll never find it.” – C. P. Snow

95. “Everything that’s really worthwhile in life comes to us free – our minds, our souls, our bodies, our hopes, our dreams, our intelligence, our love of family and friends and country. All of these priceless possessions are free.” – Earl Nightingale

96. “No matter what age you are, or what your circumstances might be, you are special, and you still have something unique to offer. Your life, because of who you are, has meaning.” – Barbara De Angelis

97. “The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?” – Henry David Thoreau

98. “All seasons are beautiful for the person who carries happiness within.” – Horace Friess

99. “If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing double dahlias in his garden. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that has rolled under the radiator.” – W. Beran Wolfe

100. “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter” E E. Cummings

101. “Happiness is a grateful spirit, and optimistic attitude, and a heart full of love” – Unknown

 

What is your favourite happiness quote?

I’d love to hear what your favourite happiness quote is. Feel free to share the best one you’ve found in this article in the comment section. Also don’t hesitate to share an awesome quote that’s not in the above list!

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