Quotes about Happiness

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

Epictetus (AD 55–AD 135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. He was born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and lived in Rome until banishment when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece where he lived the rest of his life. His teachings were noted down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses. Philosophy, he taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline.


"Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (28 August 1749 – 22 March 1832) was a German writer and polymath. Goethe is considered by many to be the most important writer in the German language and one of the most important thinkers in Western culture. Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, philosophy, and science. His magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust.


"The word "happiness" would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness."

Carl Gustav Jung (26 July 1875 – 6 June 1961) was a Swiss psychiatrist, an influential thinker and the founder of analytical psychology.


"Never mind your happiness; do your duty."

Peter Ferdinand Drucker (November 19, 1909 – November 11, 2005) was a writer, management consultant, and self-described "social ecologist." His books and scholarly and popular articles explored how humans are organized across the business, government and the nonprofit sectors of society. He is one of the best-known and most widely influential thinkers and writers on the subject of management theory and practice.


"There is something curiously boring about somebody else's happiness."

Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family.


"We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it."

George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama and he wrote more than 60 plays.


"Did perpetual happiness in the Garden of Eden maybe get so boring that eating the apple was justified ?"

Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (born February 21, 1962) is an American transgressional fiction novelist and freelance journalist.


"Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping."

Bo Derek (born November 20, 1956) is an American film actress and model.


"People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made."

Joan Alexandra Molinsky Sanger Rosenberg (born June 8, 1933) is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, television personality and actress.


"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."

Charles Haddon (C.H.) Spurgeon (June 19, 1834 – January 31, 1892) was a British Particular Baptist preacher who remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is still known as the "Prince of Preachers".