True Happiness Quotes & Sayings


True Happiness in Life


We all want to be happy, but do you know what happiness truly is to you?

The very definition of happiness is to be satisfied and fulfilled. To each individual, this will mean something entirely different.

Whilst material possessions, money, success and ‘things’ may make us happy, true happiness is deeper than that.

  • It’s knowing yourself, understanding what makes you happy and doing it more often.
  • It’s having peace of mind.
  • It’s feeling grateful and focusing on what you have, rather than what you don’t.
  • It’s being responsible for your own happiness, but also sharing happiness with others.
  • It’s being content with where you’re at now, but also being excited for the future.


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Here are 20 inspirational quotes on happiness that help to further illustrate the meaning of true happiness.


True Happiness Quotes


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


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If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. Chinese proverb



“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” Albert Schweitzer



“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Aristotle



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



“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller



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



“Happiness grows at our own firesides and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.” Douglas Jerrold


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“The talent for being happy is appreciating and liking what you have, instead of what you don’t have.” Woody Allen



“We can’t control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.” David C. Hill



“False happiness renders men stern and proud, and that happiness is never communicated. True happiness renders them kind and sensible, and that happiness is always shared.” Montesquieu



“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.” Alan Cohen


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“The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.” Doug Larson



“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” Andrew Carnegie



“Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.” Abraham Lincoln



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


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



“Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley



“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.” Valerie Bertinelli



“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.” Buddha


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