The Happiness Quote Collection: Inspiration for Joyful Living

You've heard that famous happiness quote that joy comes from within. What does that mean exactly? And how do you remember this when you're constantly bombarded with the message that happiness is something outside you--something you can buy.

If you've been on this planet long enough, you've discovered that happiness is not found in the next achievement, product, brand new house or faster car. Even children learn this early on. Although getting something new may create a surge of happiness, it is fleeting and is nothing compared with an inner sense of lasting joy that is not contingent upon accumulation or achievement.

Our happiness quote collection below will inspire you to think about the meaning of true happiness. Pick a quotation and meditate on it. Carry it with you throughout the week and read it aloud during quiet moments. Let it speak to you and reveal its deeper meaning through your musings, experiences and reflections. Above all, remember this: true joy comes from living in concert with the self.

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Happiness Quote:

"Growth itself contains the germ of happiness."

~Pearl S. Buck~

"That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great."

~Willa Cather~

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"Happiness does not consist in pastimes and amusements but in virtuous activities."

~Aristotle~

"Getting what you go after is success; but liking it while you are getting it is happiness."

~Bertha Damon~

Happiness Quotes:

"You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution."

~Robert F. Kennedy~

"My greatest happiness consists precisely in doing nothing whatever that is calculated to obtain happiness."

~Chuang-Tzu~

"Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard's rustling, a breath, a breeze, a moment's glance--it is little that makes the best happiness."

~Friedrich Nietzche~

"Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it."

~Jacques Prevert~

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There's no greater joy than a family that works hard, plays hard and supports each other through tough times.

~ Laura Ramirez

"The better part of happiness is to wish to be what you are."

~Desiderius Erasmus~

"The first and indispensible requisite of happiness is a clear conscience."

~Edward Gibbon~

"Happiness does not consist in things themselves but in the relish we have of them."

~Francois, duc de La Rochefoucauld~


"True happiness for human beings is possible only to those who develop their godlike potentialities to the utmost."

~Bertrand Russell~

"With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Stive to be happy."

~Max Ehrmann~

Happiness Quotes:

"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved."

~George Sand~


"It is not what things are objectively and in themselves, but what they are for us, in our way of looking at them, that makes us happy or the reverse."

~Arthur Schopenhauer~

"The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence."

~John F. Kennedy~

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