Quotes: How To Be Happy

Wit and wisdom on understanding – and achieving – true happiness

"I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition."
– Martha Washington

"The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past."
– Andre Maurois

"It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness."
– Charles Spurgeon

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"Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be."
– Abraham Lincoln

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."
– Oscar Wilde

"Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all."
– Ovid

"Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know."
– Ernest Hemingway

"To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
– Bertrand Russell

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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."
– Robert Green Ingersoll

"There are people who can do all fine and heroic things but one – keep from telling their happiness to the unhappy."
– Mark Twain

"What do I do well as a father? I'm there all the time. I give unconditional love. And I have a lot of skills in terms of getting them to express themselves. I'm good with handy hints – if they can tell me what their problem is – 'cos I've had a lot of problems in life myself. I make an effort to expose them to things. I want them to have a deep, inner feeling that it's alright to be happy, that you don't have to be constantly manufacturing problems that you don't really have."
Jack Nicholson

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