Happiness Quotes – 71 Sayings about Happiness

Are you looking for inspirational quotes about happiness and contentment? Then you are exactly right here! When we are unhappy, everything else is secondary. But the feeling of happiness can be regained if we face the appropriate challenge. After all, we are the smiths of our own fortune. In addition, we can also make other people happier and more satisfied by helping them.

Here I would like to give you the best happiness quotes and sayings about contentment, unhappiness and balance.

My request: If you use one of the quotes about happiness and contentment on your website, I would be very happy if you link to this elaborately compiled collection of sayings. Many thanks for your support!

71 quotes about happiness and contentment

You may be wondering why I am blogging about a happy life in a sustainability blog. Well: on the one hand, we all strive for happiness in the long term. Everyone defines this goal differently. One hopes to find happiness in a new sports car, the other in a minimalist lifestyle and less consumption.

Personally, I believe that people who see happiness in simple things can be much more satisfied and thus live more sustainably. So now I want to introduce you to my favorite quotes about happiness and contentment. Here we go!

Happiness Quotes 1 – 10

  1. “Happiness is the only thing that doubles when shared.” (Albert Schweitzer)
  2. “When you’re happy, you shouldn’t want to be even happier.” (Theodor Fontane)
  3. “On a frenzied journey to happiness, it stays behind.” (Manfred Hinrich)
  4. “For whom enough is too little, nothing is enough.” (Epicur of Samos)
  5. “Happy is not who seems so to others, but who thinks himself so.” (Seneca)
  6. “Those who want to be happy all the time, must change frequently.” (Confucius)
  7. “Before one ardently desires something, one should test the luck of the one who already possesses it.” (Francois de La Rochefoucauld)
  8. “It is difficult to find happiness within ourselves, and it is quite impossible to find it anywhere else.” (Nicolas Chamfort)
  9. “True happiness is: doing good.” (Socrates)
  10. “Anyone who is not satisfied with what he has would not be satisfied with what he would like to have either.” (Berthold Auerbach)

Tip: Does consumption make you unhappy? Dina addressed this question in the linked article. Feel free to take a look!

Happiness Quotes 11 – 20

  1. “If you have a garden and a library, you will want for nothing.” (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
  2. “Happiness belongs to those who are self-sufficient. For all external sources of happiness and pleasure are by their very nature highly uncertain, precarious, transitory and haphazard.” (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  3. “There is no way to luckyness. Happiness is the way.” (Buddha)
  4. “Out of temperance comes pure happiness.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  5. “Comparison is the end of happiness and the beginning of dissatisfaction.” (Søren Kierkegaard)
  6. “If you want to be at peace with yourself, you have to accept yourself as you are.” (Selma Lagerlof)
  7. “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts. Our life is the product of our thoughts.” (Marc Aurelius)
  8. “A complete misfortune does not annoy us so much as a happiness that has only come halfway.” (Karl Ferdinand Gutzkow)
  9. “Pay attention to the small things in the world, that makes life richer and happier.” (Carl Hilly)
  10. “Contentment is the philosopher’s stone that turns everything it touches into gold.” (Benjamin Franklin)

Happiness Quotes 21 – 30

  1. “Contentment is a quiet garden to rest in.” (Ernst Ferstl)
  2. “For a heart full of joy sees all things cheerful, a heart full of affliction makes all things gloomy.” (Martin Luther)
  3. “We make a living from what we get and we live from what we give.” (Winston Churchill)
  4. “No one is perfect: happiness means knowing your limits and loving them.” (Romain Rolland)
  5. “The secret of happiness is not in possession, but in giving. Who makes others happy, is happy.” (Andre Gide)
  6. “Happiness is self-sufficiency.” (Aristotle)
  7. “You only get rich by doing things you don’t desire.” (Mahatma Gandhi)
  8. “If you are worth something, experience and misfortune make you better.” (Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi)
  9. “Not he who has little, but he who desires much is poor.” (Seneca)
  10. “The greatest fortunes and the greatest misfortunes are but small deviations from the ordinary.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

LUCK Quotes 31 – 40

  1. “The dissatisfied person cannot find a comfortable chair.” (Benjamin Franklin)
  2. “We rarely think of what we have, but always of what we lack.” (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  3. “Who is happy? Anyone who combines health, contentment and education.” (Thales of Miletus)
  4. “Most people are as happy as they set out to be.” (Abraham Lincoln)
  5. “Let yourself live as you are, without trying tricks on yourself, without trying to force yourself to love things you don’t love.” (Karoline von Günderrode)
  6. “For the insatiable in every pleasure, even happiness becomes abundant.” (Ludwig Bechstein)
  7. “Remember that human relationships are generally inconstant, then you will not be too happy in happiness and not too sad in unhappiness.” (Socrates)
  8. “Basically, every misfortune is only as difficult as you take it.” (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  9. “Happiness does not reside in possessions and not in gold, the feeling of happiness is at home in the soul.” (Democritus)
  10. “Happiness is the only thing we can give to others without having it ourselves.” (Carmen Sylva)

HAPPINESS Quotes 41 – 50

  1. “I have a very simple taste: I’m always satisfied with the best.” (Oscar Wilde)
  2. “Believe in your happiness and you will achieve it.” (Ali ibn Abu Talib)
  3. “Courage is at the beginning of action, luck at the end.” (Democritus)
  4. “You don’t just want to be happy, you want to be happier than the others. And that’s so difficult because we think the others are happier than they are.” (Charles-Louis de Montesquieu)
  5. “Sympathetic friendship brightens happiness and lightens unhappiness.” (Marcus Tullius Cicero)
  6. “True happiness is frugality.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
  7. “Of course we find it very easy that other people aren’t lucky, that we don’t have one ourselves, it’s always unbelievable.” (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  8. “One true friend adds more to our happiness than a thousand enemies to our misery.” (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  9. “Happiness is love, nothing else. Who can love is happy.” (Hermann Hesse)
  10. “Like humans, animals experience joy and pain, happiness and unhappiness.” (Charles Darwin)

Tip: You can find more animal welfare quotes in the linked sayings collection.

HAPPINESS Quotes 51 – 60

  1. “The true art of living is to see the wonderful in the ordinary.” (Pearl S Buck)
  2. “Human happiness comes not so much from great fortunes that seldom occur, as from small fortunate circumstances that occur every day.” (Benjamin Franklin)
  3. “Finding people who feel and feel with us is probably the most beautiful happiness on earth.” (Carl Spitteler)
  4. “Happiness, that’s just good health and a bad memory.” (Ernest Hemingway)
  5. “Most of the time you’re unhappy just by thinking.” (Joseph Joubert)
  6. “The highest form of happiness is a life with a certain degree of madness.” (Erasmus of Rotterdam)
  7. “Many people know that they are unhappy. But even more people don’t know they’re happy.” (Albert Schweitzer)
  8. “Nine-tenths of our happiness is based on health alone.” (Arthur Schopenhauer)
  9. “After suffering and loss, people become humbler and wiser.” (Benjamin Franklin)
  10. “Happiness often comes from paying attention to small things, unhappiness often from neglecting small things.” (Wilhelm Busch)

Happiness Quotes 61 – 71

  1. “You rarely know what happiness is, but you mostly know what happiness was.” (Francoise Sagan)
  2. “Happiness is not a gift from the gods, but the fruit of inner attitude.” (Erich Fromm)
  3. “Pleasure may be based on illusion, but happiness is based on truth alone.” (Nicolas Chamfort)
  4. “A rich man is often just a poor man with a lot of money.” (WC Fields)
  5. “Education can make you very happy and relaxed.” (Günther Jauch)
  6. “True bon vivants are already happy when they’re not unhappy.” (Jean Anouilh)
  7. “How our heart swells when just a breath of happiness blows through it.” (Torquato Tasso)
  8. “I am especially happy when happiness is imperfect. Perfection has no character.” (Peter Ustinov)
  9. “The greatest pleasure is being satisfied with yourself.” (Jean Jacques Rousseau)
  10. “It’s hard to settle for a little, it’s impossible to settle for a lot.” (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)
  11. “Many people miss out on the little happiness while they wait in vain for the big one.” (Pearl S Buck)

Can you think of more sayings about a happy and content life that I should definitely make an inspiring collection of? Then bring your ideas in the comments!

Use sayings about feelings of happiness and satisfaction in everyday life

Now you have a whole range of stirring quotes at your fingertips. Use them to refine your own definition of happiness. Perhaps you are already happiest while striving for something that promises you even more happiness. Just let yourself be inspired by the sayings and help other people to be happy. Because satisfied people are dedicated to solving new problems. For example, solving the biggest environmental problems of our time.

Finally, I’ll give you a few more related articles along the way that could make you and other people and creatures even happier:

Do you have any questions or suggestions – or can you think of more sayings about happiness? Then, as always, feel free to leave me a comment.

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