101 Quotes About Finding Happiness In Yourself (Handpicked)

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There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

– G.K. Chesterton

Happiness can often be found within. We just need to be aware of what control we have. These quotes won’t show you how to change things that you can’t control. Instead, these quotes will inspire you to find happiness in yourself.

I’ve handpicked 101 quotes around the internet that will hopefully inspire you to find happiness from within yourself.

Sometimes, everything seems to go wrong. Our circumstances can be horrifying. However, in almost every situation, we can change our internal mindset, even if just a little. I’m sure there’s a quote here that will help you find happiness from within.

101 Quotes On Finding Happiness In Yourself

1. And therein lies the whole of man’s plight. Human time does not turn in a circle it runs ahead in a straight line. That is why man cannot be happy happiness is the longing for repetition.Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

2. Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.Mahatma Gandhi

3. You can’t buy happiness.Kurt Cobain

4. I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.Jane Austen, Pride And Prejudice

If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.

– Edith Wharton

5. If only we’d stop trying to be happy, we could have a pretty good time.Edith Wharton

6. Whoever is happy will make others happy.Anne Frank, The Diary Of A Young Girl

7. We’re all golden sunflowers inside.Allen Ginsberg

8. Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.Dalai Lama Xiv

You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.

– Wayne Dyer

9. You have everything you need for complete peace and total happiness right now.Wayne Dyer

10. Once you embrace your value, talents and strengths, it neutralizes when others think less of you.Rob Liano

11. The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

12. You cannot protect yourself from sadness without protecting yourself from happiness.Jonathan Safran Foer

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

– Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

13. I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.Groucho Marx, The Essential Groucho: Writings For By And About Groucho Marx

14. There are different kinds of happy, she said. Some kinds dont need any proof.Jennifer E. Smith, This Is What Happy Looks Like

15. When your back is to the wall and you are facing fear head on, the only way is forward and through it.Stephen Richards, Releasing You From Fear

16. Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections.Bob Marley

There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.

– G.K. Chesterton

17. There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more. The other is to desire less.G.K. Chesterton

18. You cannot be lonely if you like the person you’re alone with.Wayne W. Dyer

19. The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

20. As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.Nic Sheff

No boundary or barrier surrounds the heart of a person that loves their self and others.

– Shannon L. Alder

21. No boundary or barrier surrounds the heart of a person that loves their self and others.Shannon L. Alder

22. It is impossible to build one’s own happiness on the unhappiness of others. This perspective is at the heart of Buddhist teachings.Daisaku Ikeda

23. Sometimes you break your heart in the right way, if you know what I mean.Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

24. In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.

– Stephen Richards

25. Our way of thinking creates good or bad outcomes.Stephen Richards

26. Until you make peace with who you are, you’ll never be content with what you have.Doris Mortman

27. I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.Neil Gaiman, The Ocean At The End Of The Lane

28. The moment you feel you have to prove your worth to someone is the moment to absolutely and utterly walk away.Alysia Harris

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.

– Guillaume Apollinaire

29. Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.Guillaume Apollinaire

30. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.Ralph Waldo Emerson

31. But if you forgive someone for something they did to you, it doesnt mean you agree with what they did or believe it was right. Forgiving that person means you have chosen not to dwell on the matter anymore you have moved on with your life.Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth For All: Living A Life Of Success At The Edge Of Your Ability

32. The secret to life is to have no fear. When you can let go of what others think about you, how something is going to turn out, or how your past will affect your future, then you are finally living life free.Shannon L. Alder

Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called All the Things That Could Go Wrong.

– Marianne Williamson

33. Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called All the Things That Could Go Wrong.Marianne Williamson

34. There you go…let it all slide out. Unhappiness can’t stick in a person’s soul when it’s slick with tears.Shannon Hale, Princess Academy

35. Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.Epictetus

36. Generally speaking, the most miserable people I know are those who are obsessed with themselves the happiest people I know are those who lose themselves in the service of others…By and large, I have come to see that if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves.Gordon B. Hinckley

Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.

– W. P. Kinsella

37. Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.W. P. Kinsella

38. Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.Eleanor Roosevelt

39. My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me it has only strengthened me.Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections On Life And The Human Experience

40. Everybody in the world is seeking happiness—and there is one sure way to find it. That is by controlling your thoughts. Happiness doesn’t depend on outward conditions. It depends on inner conditions.Dale Carnegie, How To Win Friends And Influence People

Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.

– Steve Maraboli

41. Letting go means to come to the realization that some people are a part of your history, but not a part of your destiny.Steve Maraboli

42. Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married

43. You can’t be happy unless you’re unhappy sometimes.Lauren Oliver, Delirium

44. I think and think and think, Ive thought myself out of happiness one million times, but never once into it.Jonathan Safran Foer

It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.

– Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

45. It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness. We learn so little from peace.Chuck Palahniuk, Diary

46. Some day you will find out that there is far more happiness in another’s happiness than in your own.Honoré De Balzac, Père Goriot

47. The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.Carlos Castaneda

48. You all have your own distinct personal backgrounds. Of course some of you come from rich families, some from poor families. But circumstances beyond your control like that shouldnt determine who you are. You must all realize what youre worth on your own.Koushun Takami, Battle Royale

The enemy uses those things your insecure about. Free yourself and take your power back by being secure in who you are – flaws and all.

– Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir

49. The enemy uses those things your insecure about. Free yourself and take your power back by being secure in who you are – flaws and all.Yvonne Pierre, The Day My Soul Cried: A Memoir

50. I have come to realize that truly rich people are rich not because they are frugal or they chose to be frugal, but because they are so grateful, contented and full of self-worth that they don’t have to prove anything to anyone with material possessions. This way, they appear frugal.Jan Mckingley Hilado, Rich Real Radical: 40 Lessons From A Magna Cum Laude And A College Drop Out

51. Expectations make people miserable, so whatever yours are, lower them. You’ll definitely be happier.Simone Elkeles, How To Ruin Your Boyfriend’S Reputation

52. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.Dalai Lama Xiv, The Art Of Happiness

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.

– James Matthew Barrie

53. The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.James Matthew Barrie

54. It’s a tragic that we recognized our self worth from external validation.Aditya Ajmera

55. Happiness doesn’t result from what we get, but from what we give.Ben Carson

56. Sometimes the hardest part of the journey is believing you’re worthy of the trip.Glenn Beck, The Christmas Sweater

A smile puts you on the right track. A smile makes the world a beautiful place. When you lose your smile, you lose your way in the chaos of life.

– Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

57. A smile puts you on the right track. A smile makes the world a beautiful place. When you lose your smile, you lose your way in the chaos of life.Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

58. One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.Shannon L. Alder

59. Be believing, be happy, don’t get discouraged. Things will work out.Gordon B. Hinckley

60. No medicine cures what happiness cannot.Gabriel García Márquez

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. .

– William James

61. Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action. .William James

62. The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.Marcel Pagnol

63. I was lieing to myself when I thought I was lost, I have never been lost – I just wasn’t ready to be found.Nikki Rowe

64. The advantage of a bad memory is that one enjoys several times the same good things for the first time.Friedrich Nietzsche

Dont sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much theres nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.

– Karl Lagerfeld

65. Dont sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much theres nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.Karl Lagerfeld

66. Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections On Life And The Human Experience

67. Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.Steve Maraboli, Life, The Truth, And Being Free

68. You’re growing and that scares people, it frightens the shit out of them because they know if they don’t step up within themselves you’ll move forward with out them. When this happens, don’t you dare settle to suit the mould – have courage to live without one.Nikki Rowe

Happiness is within. Meditation helps you to realise this.

– Purvi Raniga

69. Happiness is within. Meditation helps you to realise this.Purvi Raniga

70. A flower blossoms for its own joy.Oscar Wilde

71. Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears.John Lennon

72. My only regrets are the moments when i doubted myself and took the safe route. Life is too short to waste time being unhappy.Dan Howell

It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life.

– Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts

73. It is the very mark of the spirit of rebellion to crave for happiness in this life.Henrik Ibsen, Ghosts

74. We cannot think of being acceptable to others until we have first proven acceptable to ourselves.Malcolm X

75. A diamond doesn’t start out polished and shining. It once was nothing special, but with enough pressure and time, becomes spectacular. I’m that diamond.Solange Nicole

76. There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power or our will. .Epictetus

People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat–that’s the only moral they know.

– Dany Laferrière, I Am A Japanese Writer

77. People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat–that’s the only moral they know.Dany Laferrière, I Am A Japanese Writer

78. Why should we build our happiness on the opinons of others, when we can find it in our own hearts.Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract And Discourses

79. It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.Dale Carnegie

80. Always forgive, but never forget, else you will be a prisoner of your own hatred, and doomed to repeat your mistakes forever.Wil Zeus, Sun Beyond The Clouds

You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.

– Mary Tyler Moore

81. You can’t be brave if you’ve only had wonderful things happen to you.Mary Tyler Moore

82. I am not good at noticing when I’m happy, except in retrospect.Tana French, In The Woods

83. If you wish to achieve worthwhile things in your personal and career life, you must become a worthwhile person in your own self-development.Brian Tracy

84. Happiness is not a possession to be prized, it is a quality of thought, a state of mind.Daphne Du Maurier, Rebecca

Nothing wonderful lasted forever. Joy was as fleeting as a shooting star that crossed the evening sky, ready to blink out at any moment.

– Nicholas Sparks

85. Nothing wonderful lasted forever. Joy was as fleeting as a shooting star that crossed the evening sky, ready to blink out at any moment.Nicholas Sparks

86. Those who do not know how to see the precious things in life will never be happy.Alex Flinn, Beastly

87. Cry. Forgive. Learn. Move on. Let your tears water the seeds of your future happiness.Steve Maraboli

88. Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.Daisaku Ikeda

Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.

– Chili Davis

89. Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.Chili Davis

90. It’s a funny thing about life, once you begin to take note of the things you are grateful for, you begin to lose sight of the things that you lack.Germany Kent

91. The problem with people is they forget that most of the time it’s the small things that count.Jennifer Niven, All The Bright Places

92. Folks are usually about as happy as they make their minds up to be.Abraham Lincoln

It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.

– Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne Of Green Gables

93. It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne Of Green Gables

94. One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

95. Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.Mark Twain

96. Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.Martin Luther King Jr.

Maybe the truth is, there’s a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things.

– Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

97. Maybe the truth is, there’s a little bit of loser in all of us. Being happy isn’t having everything in your life be perfect. Maybe it’s about stringing together all the little things.Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants

98. One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.Rita Mae Brown

99. It does not matter how long you are spending on the earth, how much money you have gathered or how much attention you have received. It is the amount of positive vibration you have radiated in life that matters,.Amit Ray, Meditation: Insights And Inspirations

100. The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.Oprah Winfrey

Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.

– Andy Rooney

101. Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain, but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.Andy Rooney

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Founder of Tracking Happiness and lives in the Netherlands. Ran 5 marathons, with one of them in under 4 hours (3:59:58 to be exact). Data junkie and happiness tracker for over 6 years.

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