40+ Short & Happy Quotes to Help You Bust a Smile

Rupert Spira

We don't have to wait for the right circumstances to have happiness.

Rupert Spira

If you want to be happy, be.

Leo Tolstoy

This very moment is a seed from which the flowers of tomorrow’s happiness grow.

Margaret Lindsey

He who sings frightens away his ills.

Miguel de Cervantes

Death smiles at us all, all a man can do is smile back.

Marcus Aurelius

There is only one happiness in life, to love and to be loved.

George Sand

The greatest happiness is to transform one’s feelings into actions.

Madame de Stael

No medicine cures what happiness cannot.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.

Omar Khayyam

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.


Growth itself contains the germ of happiness.

Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

People are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.

Attributed to Abraham Lincoln

There is no way to happiness, happiness is the way.


Talk happiness. The world is sad enough without your woe.

Orison Swett Marden

The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is, courage.


Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To live we must conquer incessantly, we must have the courage to be happy.

Henri Frederic Amiel

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.

James Oppenheim

There are chords in every human heart. If we only know how to strike the right chord, we bring out the music.


Happiness is the only good. The time to be happy is now. The place to be happy is here. The way to be happy is to make others so.

Robert Green Ingersoll

A happy life consists not in the absence, but in the mastery of hardships.

Helen Keller

Anne Frank

Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.

Anne Frank
(The Diary of a Young Girl, 1942-1944)

Happiness, not in another place but this place… Not for another hour, but this hour.

Walt Whitman

Happiness sneaks through a door you didn’t know that you left open.

John Barrymore

Happiness is good health and a bad memory.

Ingrid Bergman

But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?

Albert Camus

Happiness is a direction, not a place.

Sydney J. Harris

Try to enjoy the great festival of life.

Epictetus (Quoted in The Golden Sayings of Epictetus)

Happiness cannot be found; it must be created anew everyday.

Jose Raul Bernardo

Happiness consists in activity. It is running stream, not a stagnant pool.

John Mason Good

When what we are is what we want to be, that’s happiness.

Malcolm Forbes

A man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy and nothing can stop him.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Happiness is simply to allow everything to be exactly as it is from moment to moment.

Rupert Spira

Happiness is a state of activity.


For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.

Marcus Aurelius

That action is best which procures the greatest happiness.

Francis Hutcheson

The man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.

Henry David Thoreau

Happiness is found in doing, not merely possessing.

Napoleon Hill