Happiness

Mahatma Gandhi Page

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

- Mahatma Gandhi

Source/Notes: Attributed
Thomas Jefferson Page

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Source/Notes: As quoted in: "Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States", National Archives and Records Service, 1984, p. 672
Bertrand Russell Page

“If there were in the world today any large number of people who desired their own happiness more than they desired the unhappiness of others, we could have a paradise in a few years.”

- Bertrand Russell

Source/Notes: As quoted in Think, Vol. 27 (1961), p. 32
Billy Graham Page

“God will prepare everything for our perfect happiness in heaven, and if it takes my dog being there, I believe he'll be there.”

- Billy Graham

Mother Teresa Page

“If you find serenity and happiness, some people may be jealous. Be happy anyway.”

- Mother Teresa

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Albert Schweitzer Page

“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

Source/Notes: Attributed. According to the article "Herman Cain: 'I Am the American Dream'" in Parade Magazine, Oct. 13, 1996, Herman Cain is the author of the quote.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Page

“Happiness lies not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort. The joy and moral stimulation of work no longer must be forgotten in the mad chase of evanescent profits. These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men.”

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Source/Notes: First Inaugural Address, Washington, D.C.. March 4, 1933
Helen Keller Page

“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 which has been opened for us.”

- Helen Keller

Source/Notes: We Bereaved (1929). Sometimes misquoted as "... so long and so regretfully upon the closed door...". Often misattributed to Alexander Graham Bell
Dalai Lama Page

“If a person's basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. On the other hand, if someone is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any form of emotional distress, then even if he or she happens to be enjoying physical comforts, he will not really be able to experience the happiness that these could bring.”

- Dalai Lama

Pericles Page

“The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.”

- Pericles

Source/Notes: Often Attributed to Thucydides. As quoted in "A World in Ferment: Interpretations of the War for a New World" by Nicholas Murray Butler, C. Scribner's Sons, 1918, p. 94

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Thomas Jefferson Page

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Source/Notes: The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, 6 (of 20): (Illustrated). (2010 edition), MobileReference - ISBN: 9781607783077
Abdul Kalam Page

“Happiness, satisfaction, and success in life depend on making the right choices, the winning choices. There are forces in life working for you and against you. One must distinguish the beneficial forces from the malevolent ones and choose correctly between them.”

- Abdul Kalam

Source/Notes: Wings of Fire
Joseph Addison Page

“True happiness arises, in the first place, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next, from the friendship and conversation of a few select companions.”

- Joseph Addison

Valerie Bertinelli Page

“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

Dolly Parton Page

“I hope life treats you kind And I hope you have all you've dreamed of. And I wish to you, joy and happiness. But above all this, I wish you love.”

- Dolly Parton

Source/Notes: I Will Always Love You from the album Jolene

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Benjamin Disraeli Page

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.”

- Benjamin Disraeli

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Page

“Do not pursue what is illusory - property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life - don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is after all, all the same: the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.”

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn