Happiness Quotes

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.


Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Happiness is not the absence of problems but the ability to deal with them.

Jack Brown

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

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Happiness is when the goals of yesterday, emotions of today and the hopes for tomorrow are all the same.

Joseph Gogler

Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.

Dale Carnegie

The happiness of society is the end of government.

John Adams 1735-1826 ‘Thoughts on Government’ (1776)

A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of. It certainly may secure all the myrtle and turkey part of it.

Jane Austen 1775-1817 ‘Mansfield Park’ (1814) ch. 22

The greatest happiness of the greatest number is the foundation of morals and legislation.

Jeremy Bentham 1748-1832 ‘The Commonplace Book’ in J. Bowring (ed.) ‘Works’ vol. 10 (1843) p. 142, in which Bentham claims to have acquired the ‘sacred truth’ either from Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) or Cesare Beccaria (1738-94).

The object of government in peace and in war is not the glory of rulers or of races, but the happiness of the common man.

William Henry Beveridge (First Baron Beveridge) 1879-1963 ‘Social Insurance and Allied Services’ (1942) pt. 7

Certainly there is no happiness within this circle of flesh, nor is it in the optics of these eyes to behold felicity; the first day of our Jubilee is death.

Sir Thomas Browne 1605-82 ‘Religio Medici’ (1643) pt. 1, sect. 44

There is no greater sorrow than to recall a time of happiness in misery.

Dante Alighieri 1265-1321 ‘Divina Commedia’ ‘Inferno’ canto 5, l. 121.

Being happy doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.


Be happy. It’s one way of being wise.

Sidonie Gabrielle

Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.

Robert Heinlein

People love others not for who they are but for how they make them feel

Irwin Federman

Love is when the other person’s happiness is more important than your own.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.

Oscar Wilde