Do What Makes You Happy Quotes – 36 Of The Best

Doing what makes you happy is about a few key concepts:

  • knowing what it is you actually want,
  • having the courage to go after it,
  • not worrying what other people think and say,
  • feeling grateful and believing it’s possible.

Because doing what makes your heart happy often requires bold moves and bravery.

The following collection of quotes and saying are all about these core abilities, to remind us of possibilities and that you can truly go after what makes you happy.


Do What Makes You Happy Quotes


“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Eliot


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


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


“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle


“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you’ve got to make yourself.” Alice Walker


“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


“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” Coco Chanel


“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.” Sheryl Sandberg


“He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life.” Muhammad Ali


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Steve Jobs


“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream.” Paulo Coelho


“A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.” George A. Moore


“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


“Happiness doesn’t depend on any external conditions, it is governed by our mental attitude.” Dale Carnegie


“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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


“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi


“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” Omar Khayyam


“Money can’t buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you’re being miserable.” Clare Boothe Luce


“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


“If you are lucky enough to find a way of life you love, you have to find the courage to live it.” John Irving


“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.”James M. Barrie


“Anything can be changed. Anything can be fixed. Things that are broken can be fixed. And you don’t have to be some billionaire or millionaire to do it. You just have to be a person with a vision and the passion to do it, and be willing to fight for it every day.” Dana White


“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou


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


“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse


“Happiness is like those palaces in fairy tales whose gates are guarded by dragons: we must fight in order to conquer it.” Alexandre Dumas


“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.” Thomas Jefferson


“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” Dale Carnegie


“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Oprah Winfrey


“Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.” Deepak Chopra


“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” Sheryl Sandberg


“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” Ray Bradbury


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


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


“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson Mandela


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  1. Love this collection of quotes! It’s so important to prioritize happiness and do what brings us joy in life. Thank you for sharing these inspiring quotes 😊

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