Favorite Quotations ~  Happiness, 9 Daily Guideposts

"The only happy people I know are the ones who are working well at something they consider important." ~ Abraham Maslow


To be happy, drop the words “if only” and substitute instead the words “next time.” ~ Smiley Blanton

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. ~ Victor Hugo

We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it. ~ George Bernard Shaw

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

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.” Kurt Vonnegut, Man Without a Country

Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life. ~ James Cagney

So much of what you take for granted is the bedrock of happiness. ~ Anna Quindlen

Happiness is like coke-- something you get as a by-product in the process of making something else. ~ Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

The happiness which we receive from ourselves is greater than that which we obtain from our surroundings… The world in which a man lives shapes itself chiefly by the way in which he looks at it. ~ Arthur Shopenhauer, World as Will & Idea

If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be a human being--you'd be a game-show host. ~ Gabriel Heatter

Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don't even remember leaving open. ~ Rose Wilder Lane

Happiness never decreases by being shared. ~ Buddha

To achieve happiness I advocate four major principles, the principles of love, wisdom, self-reflection, and progress. ~ Ryyho Okawa, Philosophy of Progress

Happiness sneaks through a door you didn't know you left open. ~ John Barrymore