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

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918 – )

Ask yourself whether you are happy, and you cease to be so.

John Stuart Mill (1806 – 1873)

Do anything, but let it produce joy.

Henry Miller (1891 – 1980)

Happiness is a mystery like religion, and should never be rationalized.

G. K. Chesterton (1874 – 1936)

Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.

Thomas Szasz (1920 – )

Happiness is not best achieved by those who seek it directly.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

Happy the man, whose wish and care
A few paternal acres bound,
Content to breathe his native air,
In his own ground.

Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

He is happiest of whom the world says least, good or bad.

Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826)

I can sympathize with people’s pains, but not with their pleasures. There is something curiously boring about somebody else’s happiness.

Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963)

I can’t quite explain it, but I don’t believe one can ever be unhappy for long provided one does just exactly what one wants to and when one wants to.

Evelyn Waugh (1903 – 1966)

I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive.

Henry Miller (1891 – 1980)

If you haven’t been happy very young, you can still be happy later on, but it’s much harder. You need more luck.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908 – 1986)

Not to admire, is all the art I know
To make men happy, and to keep them so.

Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744)

Off with you! You’re a happy fellow, for you’ll give happiness and joy to many other people. There is nothing better or greater than that!

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827)

Often you don’t know how truly happy you were then until you look back and realize how much worse things could have been.

Nina Simone (1933 – 2003)

One cannot divine nor forecast the conditions that will make happiness; one only stumbles upon them by chance, in a lucky hour, at the world’s end somewhere.

Willa Cather (1873 – 1947)

That action is best, which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.

Francis Hutcheson (1694 – 1746)

That all who are happy, are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy.

Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784)

The happiness of the wicked runs away like a raging stream.

Jean Baptiste Racine (1639 – 1699)

The most widely accepted philosophy of life at present is that what matters most to a man’s happiness is his income. This philosophy, apart from other demerits, is harmful because it leads men to aim at a result rather than an activity.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.

F. H. Bradley (1846 – 1924)

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.

Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885)

There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.

Logan Pearsall Smith (1865 – 1946)

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

George Sand (1804 – 1876)

To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970)

We are never so happy nor so unhappy as we imagine.

François La Rochefoucauld (1613 – 1680)

What concerns me is not the happiness of all men, but that of each.

Boris Vian (1920 – 1959)

When a small child…  I thought that success spelled happiness. I was wrong. Happiness is like a butterfly which appears and delights us for one brief moment, but soon flits away.

Anna Pavlova (1882 – 1931)

When intention, ability, success, and correctness come together, there happiness is perfected.

Husayn (626 – 680)