Quotes on Happiness


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Happiness is Wanting What You Get

"Do our faces show that we are happy to be alive and doing? Can we radiate goodness and empathy with our eyes and smiles? Can we speak cordially to the store clerk, drive our cars with Christian charity, earnestly listen to the ideas of others and respond with kindly encouraging words? No one is happy all of the time, but can we make the best of even negative situations, and let the light of Christ radiate through us?"

-Book: Knit Together in Love-

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"SUCCESS is getting what you want. HAPPINESS is wanting what you get."

-Carl Trumbell Hayden-

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"Happiness is the soul's joy in the possession of the intangible."

-William George Jordan-

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"If I am not happy with me, other people suffer."

-Neal A. Maxwell-

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"One seldom-mentioned reason for keeping the commandments is that we then become genuinely happier with ourselves; otherwise, when we are unhappy with ourselves, as we all know, the grim tendency is to pass our misery along."

-Neal Maxwell-

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"Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself."

William George Jordan - The Majesty of Calmness, 1900, p. 54 Quoted by President David O. McKay, CR Oct. 1955, p. 8 Quoted by Mary Ellen Edmunds, Speeches 1995-96, p. 88

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"Happiness is a state of being content or satisfied. But sometimes it's hard to be content and satisfied—to have enough. There will always be a newer watch, a more powerful computer, a fancier car. But you can never get enough of what you don't need, because what you don't need never satisfies. We spend money we don't have to buy things we don't need to impress people we don't like who don't come over and get impressed anyway."

Mary Ellen Edmunds, BYU Speeches, 1995-96, p. 88

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"Happiness comes from what we are, not what we have."

~Richard G. Scott, Dev. 1990~

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"The time to be happy is now.  The place to be happy is here.  The way to be happy is to make others so."   

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"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 had been opened for us"

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"Happiness is a by product of making someone else happy."

Gretta Brooker Palmer

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"Self-pity is an acid which eats holes in happiness."    

Earl Nightingale  

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"A contented person is the one who enjoys the scenery along the detours.  Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy."


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"Every Latter-day Saint knows that to be found in the discharge of his duty makes him a happy man, and when he is not in the discharge of his duty, there is an uneasiness about him which makes him feel that something is wrong."

Matthias F. Cowley, CR, April 1902, p. 39

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"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes happiness.  It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."   

Hellen Keller

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"Cultivate a spirit of gladness in your homes.  Subdue and overcome all elements of anger, impatience, and unbecoming talk one to another.  Let the light of the gospel shine in your faces  wherever you go and in whatever you do."

Gordon B. Hinckley (Ensign, Nov. 1984, p. 86)

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"Ironically, brothers and sisters, the natural man who is so very selfish in so many ordinary ways is strangely unselfish in that he reaches for too few of the things that bring real joy.   He settles for a mess of pottage instead of eternal joy."

Neal Maxwell, Fireside, 3/27/94

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"One does not have to be an especially brilliant student of the likes and dislikes of the Diety to be confident that the Lord loves a cheerful man.  God somehow seems to put on this earth a sufficient number of joyful persons to keep the rest of us from drowning in our own tears." 

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"May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, enough sorrow to keep you human, enough hope to bring you joy." 

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"The really happy man is the one who can enjoy scenery when he has to take a detour." 

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"A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition."

-William Ward-

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"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson-

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"Gentlemen, why don't you laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me night and day, if I did not laugh, I should die."

-Abraham Lincoln-

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"A SMILE is a curve that sets everything straight."

Phyllis Diller

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"Are you bored with life?  Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours." 

Dale Carnegie

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


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"A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks."

Charles Gordy

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"Always laugh when you can.  It is cheap medicine."

Lord Byron

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"Be a creator of mental sunshine."

Book: Attitudes of Gratitude, p. 17

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"Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling."

Margaret Lee Runbeck

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"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

The Dalai Lama 

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"If you would make a man happy, do not add to his possessions, but subtract from the sum of his desires."         


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"The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for."   

Joseph Addison, quoted in the Book:  Attitudes of Gratitude, p. 109

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