Quotes About Happiness

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G.K. Chesterton
“Happiness is not only a hope, but also in some strange manner a memory ... we are all kings in exile.”
G.K. Chesterton, The Thing

Raymond Carver
“Happiness. It comes on
unexpectedly. And goes beyond, really,
any early morning talk about it.”
Raymond Carver

Ivan Turgenev
“A withered maple leaf has left its branch and is falling to the ground; its movements resemble those of a butterfly in flight. Isn't it strange? The saddest and deadest of things is yet so like the gayest and most vital of creatures?”
Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

Justina Chen
“What would it be like to look in the mirror and actually accept what you see? Not loathe the reflection, or despise it, or be resigned to it? But to like it?”
Justina Chen, North of Beautiful

Heather O'Neill
“Suddenly I realized that I wanted everything to be as it was when I was younger. When you're young enough, you don't know that you live in a cheap lousy apartment. A cracked chair is nothing other than a chair. A dandelion growing out of a crack in the sidewalk outside your front door is a garden. You could believe that a song your parent was singing in the evening was the most tragic opera in the world. It never occurs to you when you are very young to need something other than what your parents have to offer you.”
Heather O'Neill, Lullabies for Little Criminals

Lauren Oliver
“Unhappiness is bondage; therefore, happiness is freedom.”
Lauren Oliver, Delirium

Maud Hart Lovelace
“She tried to act as though it were nothing to go to the library alone. But her happiness betrayed her. Her smile could not be restrained, and it spread from her tightly pressed mouth, to her round cheeks, almost to the hair ribbons tied in perky bows over her ears.”
Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown

C. JoyBell C.
“Again, I am surprised why people seek to eliminate lust and cling to love; as they wish to ignore happiness and cleave unto joy! Now, now, let's not sugar-coat things! Lust has a lot more to do with life and what is the good of life if you do not carry much lust inside of you at all times? And joy is a noble thing, but happiness though fleeting can be found every day and in every small little way!”
C. JoyBell C.

Anne Carson
“Come here, let me share a bit of wisdom with you.
Have you given much thought to our mortal condition?
Probably not. Why would you? Well, listen.
All mortals owe a debt to death.
There's no one alive
who can say if he will be tomorrow.
Our fate moves invisibly! A mystery.
No one can teach it, no one can grasp it.
Accept this! Cheer up! Have a drink!
But don't forget Aphrodite--that's one sweet goddess.
You can let the rest go. Am I making sense?
I think so. How about a drink.
Put on a garland. I'm sure
the happy splash of wine will cure your mood.
We're all mortal you know. Think mortal.
Because my theory is, there's no such thing as life,
it's just catastrophe.
Anne Carson, Grief Lessons: Four Plays

Jonathan Safran Foer
“You can not protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

Neal Shusterman
“Happiness is not a state of being. Happiness is a vector, it is movement.”
Neal Shusterman, Bruiser

Charles Addams
“It's hard to say. Sometimes people have had terrible childhoods. And sometimes they just haven't found their special place in life. And sometimes they're dogs from hell and must be destroyed.”
Charles Addams

Sonia Rumzi
“It is not where we are that matters nor what we have, it is what we do with where we are and what we have.”
Sonia Rumzi

Sylvia Plath
“How can I tell Bob that my happiness streams from having wrenched a piece out of my life, a piece of hurt and beauty, and transformed it to typewritten words on paper? How can he know I am justifying my life, my keen emotions, my feeling, by turning it into print?”
Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Lawrence Durrell
“You see, nothing matters except pleasure - which is the opposite of happiness, its tragic part, I expect.”
Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

“Happiness is attained, not through self-interest, but through unconditional fidelity in endless love of eternal light.”
Aaron Cohen

Neil Gaiman
“I took the dog out for a walk tonight, and together we wandered across the meadow next door. It was a warm summer's night, dark, and moonless. There were a handful of fireflies flickering intermittently, some so close to me I could see they were burning green as they flew, and some further away, who seemed to be flashing white.

And in the sky above them a continual roil of distant summer lightning (the storm distant enough that it was silent) burned and flashed and illuminated the clouds. It seemed as if the lightning bugs were talking to the lightning, in a perfect call and response of flash and counterflash. I watched the sky and the meadow flash and flash while the dog walked ahead of me, and realised that I was perfectly happy...”
Neil Gaiman

Thisuri Wanniarachchi
“The thing about life is, you’ve got to somehow make it through the day. Don’t wait for the beautiful evening. Go on with your life. Of course, the beautiful evening will come. In fact, she’s on her way. And she’s coming to you as fast as she can. And dude, she’s beautiful.”
Thisuri Wanniarachchi

“The man is happiest who lives from day to day and asks no more, garnering the simple goodness of life.”

Jonathan Anthony Burkett
“Nurturing, Providing, and loving you passionately. May that be, my number of responsibilities. As one to the end, forever more. That's how long I desire, our love to last for. Providing for you many and joyful memories. In hours of darkness, as well as brightness. I plan to supply for you. For your love for me and happiness, is all that matters to me.”
Jonathan Anthony Burkett, Friends 2 Lovers: The Unthinkable

Amy Lane
“I was terrified of my weakness, of my sharp tongue, of
my every flaw. I was terrified that this moment, my chance to
live in happiness for however short a time we may have had,
would be ruined because I was simply not carved out of the
same wood as happiness, and that my grain was too twisted
to ever take its form.”
Amy Lane, Truth in the Dark

Salvatore Scibona
“Reading messed with my brain in an unaccountable way. It made me happy; or something.”
Salvatore Scibona

Ivan Turgenev
“We’re young, we’re not monsters, no fools: we’ll conquer happiness for ourselves.”
Ivan Turgenev

Rachel Machacek
“I'm generally a happy person -with the help of antidepressants, that is- so there is something to be said for surrounding myself with happy people.”
Rachel Machacek, The Science of Single: One Woman's Grand Experiment in Modern Dating, Creating Chemistry, and Finding Love

Yevgeny Zamyatin
“Happiness without freedom, or freedom without happiness. There was no third alternative.”
Yevgeny Zamyatin, We

“Through strength I found love
In time I found myself in happiness with you”
Alexis Jordan

Roberta Gellis
“It is too late for me to learn your wisdom in this matter. From the time I knew aught, I have lived with a knight and his lady whose love lit and warmed the dark hall on winter's nights. Madam, my example comes not from any book of romance. My grandparents walked and breathed; they kissed and quarreled. This I must have, and I will seek it with the point of my knife in a bad husband's heart if I can find it no other way.”
Roberta Gellis

Holly Hood
“People expected something for nothing, that’s why they did nothing so beautifully these days.”
Holly Hood, Prison of Paradise

“For a woman to deny the necessity of true love in her life would be to deny herself, and her creator.”
Dwain K. White Sr., Every Woman's Dream

“Many of us seem to live our lives looking for happiness. That is not always a bad thing, but it can be if we continually believe that happiness is someplace else and not in the present.”
Barbara Barrington Jones

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