Quotes on Hapiness - By Unknown Authors

Gather the crumbs of happiness and they will make you a loaf of contentment.
- Author Unknown

Some pursue happiness, others create it.
- Author Unknown

You cannot always have happiness, but you can always give happiness.
- Author Unknown

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery while on a detour.
- Author Unknown

Happiness is the feeling you're feeling when you want to keep feeling it.
- Author Unknown

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash.
- Author Unknown

Quotes on Happiness - Can't Live Without Them!

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

People far prefer happiness to wisdom, but that is like wanting to be immortal without getting older.
- Sydney J. Harris

You know what would make a good story? Something about a clown who makes people happy, but inside he's real sad. Also, he has severe diarrhea.
- Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts)

Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!
- William Hazlitt

Love is a condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.
- Robert Anson Heinlein

Happiness is not a circus clown rolling around in a big tractor tire so that his arms and legs form 'spokes.' Happiness is when he stops.
- Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts)

Until you have learned to be tolerant with those who do not always agree with you; until you have cultivated the habit of saying some kind word of those whom you do not admire; until you have formed the habit of looking for the good instead of the bad there is in others, you will be neither successful nor happy.
- Napolian Hill

Abiding happiness is not simply a possibility, but a duty; all may live above the troubles of life; worry is a poison and happiness is a medicine.
- Newell Dwight Hillis

Happiness is not a destination. It is a method of life.
Burton Hills

You can never get enough of what you don't need to make you happy.
- Eric Hoffer

He's happy who, far away from business, like the races of men of old, tills his ancestral fields with his own oxen, unbound by any interest to pay.
- Horace

If you're trying to remember a happy memory, don't think back to a time when you were ALSO thinking of a happy memory, because man, how long does this go on?!
- Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts)

Quotes on Happiness

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions - the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.
- Confucius

Be virtuous and you'll be happy? Nonsense! Be happy and you'll begin to be virtuous.
- James Gould Cozzens

Associate with the noblest people you can find; read the best books; live with the mighty. But learn to be happy alone. Rely upon your own energies, and so do not wait for, or depend on other people.
- Thomas Davidson

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
- Benjamin "Dizzy" Disraeli

The greatest wealth consisteth in being charitable, And the greatest happiness in having tranquility of mind. Experience is the most beautiful adornment; And the best comrade is one that hath no desire.
- Tibetan Doctrine

A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.
- Hugh Downs

If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal. Not to people or things.
- Albert Einstein

To fill the hour-that is happiness.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.
- Epictetus

Quotes on Happiness - From Buddha and Dale and Albert and...

Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.

Everyday happiness means getting up in the morning, and you can't wait to finish your breakfast. You can't wait to do your exercises. You can't wait to put on your clothes. You can't wait to get out -- and you can't wait to come home, because the soup is hot.
George Burns

The secret of happiness is something to do.
John Burroughs

Happiness, that grand mistress of the ceremonies in the dance of life, impels us through all its mazes and meanderings, but leads none of us by the same route.
Albert Camus

I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness. Albert Camus

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
Albert Camus

Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.
Dale Carnegie

It isn't what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.
Dale Carnegie

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.
Dale Carnegie

That is happiness: to be dissolved into something complete and great.
Willa Sibert Cather

Quotes on Happiness - More Favourites

All good men are happy when they choose to be their own authors. Those who choose to have others edit their pathways, must live on the edge of another man's sword.
Julie Arabi

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
Saint Augustine

Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure: where your treasure, there your heart; where your heart, there your happiness.
Saint Augustine

Let no one who loves be called unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.
Sir James Matthew Barrie

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

No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a really nice man who wishes she were not.
Mary Catherine Bateson

People who've had happy childhoods are wonderful, but they're bland... An unhappy childhood compels you to use your imagination to create a world in which you can be happy. Use your old grief. That's the gift you're given
Baron Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett

You are forgiven for your happiness and your successes only if you generously consent to share them.
William Blake

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.
Thomas Edward Bodett

It is only possible to live happily-ever-after on a day-to-day basis.
Margaret Bonnano

Celebrate the happiness that friends are always giving, make every day a holiday and celebrate just living!
Amanda Bradley

Quotes on Happiness - Some of my Favourites

Most of us are just about as happy as we make up our minds to be.
William Adams

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Joseph Addison

There is a courage of happiness as well as a courage of sorrow.
Alfred Adler

Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness; but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise; be wise and thou art happy.

We learn the inner secret of happiness when we learn to direct our inner drives, our interest and our attention to something outside ourselves.
Ethel Perry Andrus

Most people would rather be certain they're miserable, than risk being happy.
Robert Newton Anthony

Road Trip to Happiness


Come join Oza and the gang
inside the Magical Van...
on a Road Trip to
Oh yeah!

Quotes on Happiness - All About Giving

Happiness truly is...
all about giving.

From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know:
That we are here for the sake of others... for the countless unknown souls
with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.
Many times a day, I realize how much my outer and inner life
is built upon the labors of people, both living and dead,
and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return
as much as I have received.

Albert Einstein

Quotes on Happiness - Episode 4

"Happiness is
a Pig-headed Grandma"

- Oza Meilleur

I was baptized the very next day, right there at the hospital, because the doctor and priest feared for my life. And just in case I didn't make it through the night, my grandmother sneaked into the nursery as soon as the bell sounded -- indicating the visits were over -- and proceeded to sprinkle me with the holy water she carried in her purse at all times, secured in an empty aspirin bottle, ready to splash all over herself in case she was caught in an electric storm.

My mom wanted to call me Hélène, my godmother was dead set on Thérèse. But dear old Grandma Meldrude Meilleur had other plans, and my delicate condition gave her even more reason to rush to my side and pronounce the words that would forever resonate in my ears: "By the powers invested in me by the Almighty God, I now baptize you...let me go...OZA! I BAPTIZE YOU OZA!...she's my granddaughter...IN THE NAME OF...don't you dare stop me...THE FATHER...I'll rip your hair off if I have to...THE SON...she's dying, I tell you...AND THE HOLY...shit, you asked for it...GHOST...Ha! I did it!...AMEN!" Then the bottle was knocked out of Grandma's hand, it went flying by the nurse's head, ricocheted on my incubator, and landed in the diaper bin, nearly knocking over the statue of Christ The King, to whom the hospital was dedicated.

Now you may not believe that I remember all this, and to be honest with you, I hadn't intended on telling you about it at first, but I'm writing this story in order to make peace with all the stuff I've had to deal with in my life and to finally get to move on to a "better place," so I'm going to tell it the way it's been haunting me for decades: I was eleven hours old, I couldn't sleep because of the humming from the incubator motor, my grandma had one of her goofy homemade hats on -- a purple thing with what looked like a pigeon wing on the side --, and she called me Oza because it sounds like "osa," which means "dared" in French. She hoped with all her heart that I'd dare to go on living.

I love you, Grandma!

My mom and I stayed an extra seven days in the hospital, my mom resting in her private room, me in my incubator by the nurses' station, struggling to drink out of a bottle with only half my mouth sucking away at the nipple.

My dad was the one who picked us up at the hospital and brought us home. He hadn't seen me till it was time to leave, hadn't wanted to after hearing about the crooked head and all. But as I was bundled up in my newly knitted yellow layette, with only my rosy cheeks and nose poking out from the covers, he was happy to see me somehow, and off we went in his Burgundy Pontiac station wagon to resume "normal life" in his parents' second floor flat.

Living with my grandparents was a lot of fun. Grandpa Théodore rocked me all day long, singing the same song over and over again; my mother went about her daily chores whistling along with whatever was playing on the radio; and Grandma Meldrude chanted a medley of hymns to make sure Saint Ann would hear her plea and deliver me from the evil spirits that were crippling my body. When she wasn't chanting, Grandma prayed. She had Saint Ann pictures and medals and statues all over the place. She even subscribed to Saint Ann's monthly magazine. She was determined to get her wish.

That she did.

As the weeks went by, my left side started to come alive. By the middle of September, it was fully functional and already having a wild time with the other side, making it that more complicated for Grandpa to hold me on his lap.


You should have heard the singing and whistling and chanting going on in that kitchen -- cacophonous happiness. BIG TIME.

If you're wondering about my head, it ended up being as close to a sphere as can be -- my mom made sure I alternated sides when sleeping. I also wore a bonnet nearly 24/7, so maybe it rounded the edges a bit. But one thing's certain, I'm as pig-headed as my Grandma was...and I'm darn proud of it too!

Quotes on Happiness - Episode 3

"Happiness is
a red rabbit."
- Oza Meilleur

The year before I was born, my mother's first pregnancy came to term on June 20. Weighing in at 10 pounds 2 ounces, my brother Philippe chose to exit using the Frank Breech method, that is to say his legs were bent upwards, putting him in a "V" position, thus causing his fat buttocks to totally block his way through the birth canal.

After what must have been a hell of a shot at attempting to push an elephant through a keyhole, Mom was slowly losing her own battle to stay alive. That's when good ol' Doctor Hamel decided to proceed with Plan B -- pronto! -- before Mom exploded. Forceps being of no use in such drastic circumstances, Doc grabbed his scalpel and got my brother out, piece by bloody piece...all dead.

This, my friends, is how I came to inherit the red leatherette rabbit my father had bought for his
first-born child.

Of course, I named it Phil.

Fifty-seven years later, it still reminds me of how lucky I was back then, and how happy I am to be alive right now.

Oh yeah!

Quotes on Happiness - Episode 2

"Happiness is
Focusing On The Good Side"
- Oza Meilleur

I survived my birth, but the pressure from the forceps on my marshmallow skull left me with a crooked head and a partial paralysis.

Not one to dwell on details such as these, I spent some quality time with my right side, waving an arm and a leg, winking away my waking hours, enjoying each movement, and already knowing that half a smile is better than no smile at all.

Later in life, I would come to wonder if Picasso, while going through his Blue Period between 1901 and 1904, had not somehow foreseen my birth and subsequent physical condition during one of his creative trances, thus painting The Old Guitarist.

If this sounds too far fetched, there is no doubt in my mind that I was the inspiration for Nude Queen of the Amazons with Servant, an oil on canvas executed by Picasso a mere ten years following my coming to this world.

Thus I leave you wallowing in your thoughts with a quote from the master himself, who took the secret of his inspiration for such great works of art to his grave.

"God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant, and the cat. He has no real style. He just keeps on trying other things."

- Pablo Picasso

Quotes on Happiness - Episode 1

"Happiness is
Surviving Your Birth"
- Oza Meilleur

I thought I'd start my quest for happiness with my very own selection of personal, homemade, Quotes on Happiness. I mean, why quote some long-gone dead person when you can quote yourself and be proud of it?! Just the process of looking over your shoulder to find the experiences in your past that have brought you happiness is enough to make you smile, so why not give it a try? Here goes...

I was born on
August 16, 1950, at ten past nine in the morning. It was a Wednesday, and the sun shone bright outside the Verdun General Hospital. I didn't realize at that very moment how happy I was, because Doctor Hamel had just yanked me out of my mother's womb with his shiny, cold forceps, scaring the daylights out of me, and probably out of my mother too if she hadn't been knocked out from the gas and exhausted from the long ordeal.

All in all, it was a happy day indeed...I was alive!

Quotes on Happiness - A Welcome Note

Quotes on Happiness - we all use them, right?

I bet you've said, at least once in your life,

"Those who can laugh without cause
have either found the true meaning of happiness
or have gone stark raving mad."

On second thought, maybe that quote by Norm Papernick isn't the most popular Happy Hour conversation piece, but just the fact that you've stumbled onto my site, searching for a quote, is proof that you'll be using one in the very near future.

I rest my case.

Getting down to the business of happiness, I've not only decided to explore the Enchanted World of Quotes on Happiness, I've also taken upon myself to unearth, experience, critique, and categorize every single thing remotely related to happiness. My reasons for this: I can't get enough of the happy feeling and, most importantly, because it's free...it's out there for you and me.

You see, throughout the highs and lows in my life (but mostly the lows as they knock you to your knees and force you to think and observe), I've come to realize there's a funny thing about happiness: sometimes we don't notice it. We may even have to actually learn how to recognize it.

It's no surprise since happiness can be a sneaky little con artist, taking on different shapes, colours and sounds. So this makes me all the more giddy with excitement as I prepare to embark on this sacred quest that will send me rampaging throughout my world, looking out for happiness in disguise, leaving no stone unturned. You won't want to miss a single episode, and will surely rush to buy the t-shirt and handy cotton tote bag once I've settled on the colour combination. Though I may be joking, you never know...

Finally, as I bid you au revoir before mounting Millie, my faithful purple second-hand mountain bike, I leave you with Your First Assignment:

Look in the mirror and give yourself

An honest to goodness
Unconditional Smile.

You must commit to doing this morning, noon, and just before bed.
Do it with attitude, two thumbs up and a brisk high-five.
Oh yeah!

That's the way, uh huh, uh huh, I LIKE IT...