102 Quotes About Happiness After Sadness (Handpicked)

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The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

Happiness doesn’t exist without sadness. However, we sometimes need a little perspective on how to get from a place of sadness to a happier place. Quotes can be an inspiration for igniting change and looking at life differently. These quotes about happiness after sadness can hopefully inspire you to think more positively.

I have hand-picked these 102 quotes about happiness and sadness, so that you’ll hopefully find one that inspires you. These quotes are from books, movies and thought leaders, and range from uplifting to igniting.

I’m sure there are quotes in here that are relevant to the situation that you’re currently in!

102 Happiness After Sadness Quotes

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

2. Human happiness and moral duty are inseparably connected.George Washington

3. Please believe that things are good with me, and even when they’re not, they will be soon enough. And i will always believe the same about you.Stephen Chbosky, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

4. Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

– Martha Washington

5. The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.Martha Washington

6. 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

7. Pierre was right when he said that one must believe in the possibility of happiness in order to be happy, and I now believe in it. Let the dead bury the dead, but while I’m alive, I must live and be happy.Leo Tolstoy, War And Peace

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

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.

– Mark Twain

9. The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.Mark Twain

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

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

12. Happiness is like those palaces in fairytales whose gates are guarded by dragons We must fight in order to conquer it.Alexandre Dumas

Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.

– Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

13. Imagine smiling after a slap in the face. Then think of doing it twenty-four hours a day.Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

14. It’s OK not to be OK.Lindsey Kelk, I Heart New York

15. 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

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

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

17. 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

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

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

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

Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.

– Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

21. Stop comparing yourself to other people, just choose to be happy and live your own life.Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

22. 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

23. I am always sad, I think. Perhaps this signifies that I am not sad at all, because sadness is something lower than your normal disposition, and I am always the same thing. Perhaps I am the only person in the world, then, who never becomes sad. Perhaps I am lucky.Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

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

People wait around too long for love. I’m happy with all of my lusts.

– C. Joybell C.

25. People wait around too long for love. I’m happy with all of my lusts.C. Joybell C.

26. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestation of your own blessings.Elizabeth Gilbert

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

28. The moral of the story is even though that seemed like the end of the world back then, right now I can look back on it and laugh. And if anyone is going through something similar right now just know it will get better.Phil Lester

Don’t cry over someone who wouldn’t cry over you.

– Lauren Conrad

29. Don’t cry over someone who wouldn’t cry over you.Lauren Conrad

30. Perfectionism is the enemy of happiness. Embrace being perfectly imperfect. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, youll be happier. We make mistakes because we are imperfect. Learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself, and keep moving forward.Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

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

32. 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

Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.

– Jasmine Warga, My Heart And Other Black Holes

33. Maybe we all have darkness inside of us and some of us are better at dealing with it than others.Jasmine Warga, My Heart And Other Black Holes

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

35. Sometimes you weren’t supposed to share pain. Sometimes it was best just to deal with it alone.Sarah Addison Allen, The Sugar Queen

36. Your success and happiness are forgiven you only if you generously consent to share them. But to be happy it is essential not to be too concerned with others. Consequently, there is no escape. Happy and judged, or absolved and wretched.Albert Camus, The Fall

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

– Doris Mortman

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

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

39. Once you start down the slippery slope of depression, it’s hard to climb off of it. And sometimes you don’t want to climb off of it.Keary Taylor, What I Didn’T Say

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

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

41. 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

42. The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure.Stephen Richards

43. Even if you cannot change all the people around you, you can change the people you choose to be around. Life is too short to waste your time on people who dont respect, appreciate, and value you. Spend your life with people who make you smile, laugh, and feel loved.Roy T. Bennett, The Light In The Heart

44. If you can’t get what you want, you end up doing something else, just to get some relief. Just to keep from going crazy. Because when you’re sad enough, you look for ways to fill you up.Laura Pritchett, Sky Bridge

I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart.

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

45. I do not believe anyone can be perfectly well, who has a brain and a heart.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

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

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

There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. Its just a waste of perfectly good happiness.

– Katerina Stoykova Klemer

49. There is no beauty in sadness. No honor in suffering. No growth in fear. No relief in hate. Its just a waste of perfectly good happiness.Katerina Stoykova Klemer

50. With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.William Shakespeare, The Merchant Of Venice

51. The trick. . .is to find the balance between the bright colors of humor and the serious issues of identity, self-loathing, and the possibility for intimacy and love when it seems no longer possible or, sadder yet, no longer necessary.Wendy Wasserstein

52. The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.George Washington Burnap, The Sphere And Duties Of Woman: A Course Of Lectures

Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.

– Mother Teresa

53. Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.Mother Teresa

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

55. There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.C. Joybell C.

56. I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy because they know what its like to feel absolutely worthless and they dont want anyone else to feel like that.Robin Williams

Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.

– Bertrand Russell, The Conquest Of Happiness

57. Of all forms of caution, caution in love is perhaps the most fatal to true happiness.Bertrand Russell, The Conquest Of Happiness

58. 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

59. You cannot be with someone just because you dont want to hurt him. You have your own happiness to think about.Melissa De La Cruz, The Van Alen Legacy

60. Anyone who has actually been that sad can tell you that there’s nothing beautiful or literary or mysterious about depression.Jasmine Warga, My Heart And Other Black Holes

I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness. The proof is how beautiful sad songs can be. So I dont think being sad is to be avoided. Its apathy and boredom you want to avoid. But feeling anything is good, I think. Maybe thats sadistic of me.

– Joseph Gordon-Levitt

61. I think there is something beautiful in reveling in sadness. The proof is how beautiful sad songs can be. So I dont think being sad is to be avoided. Its apathy and boredom you want to avoid. But feeling anything is good, I think. Maybe thats sadistic of me.Joseph Gordon-Levitt

62. You must be the best judge of your own happiness.Jane Austen, Emma

63. The sadness of the world has different ways of getting to people, but it seems to succeed almost every time.Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey To The End Of The Night

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

No medicine cures what happiness cannot.

– Gabriel García Márquez

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

66. 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

67. You can’t keep the birds of sadness from flying over your head, but you can keep them from nesting in your hair.Sharon Creech, Walk Two Moons

68. 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

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

69. 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

70. From the moment we are born, we begin to die.Janne Teller, Nothing

71. 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

72. So we shall let the reader answer this question for himself who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed.Hunter S. Thompson

There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.

– Nicholas Sparks, A Walk To Remember

73. There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.Nicholas Sparks, A Walk To Remember

74. Happiness is a risk. If youre not a little scared, then youre not doing it right.Sarah Addison Allen, The Peach Keeper

75. Having a low opinion of yourself is not ‘modesty.’ It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not ‘egotism.’ It’s a necessary precondition to happiness and success.Bobbe Sommer

76. One of the greatest tragedies in life is to lose your own sense of self and accept the version of you that is expected by everyone else.K.L. Toth

When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.

– John Lennon

77. When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.John Lennon

78. When you connect to the silence within you, that is when you can make sense of the disturbance going on around you.Stephen Richards

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

80. 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

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

– Aristotle

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

82. We dont even ask happiness, just a little less pain.Charles Bukowski

83. The true measure of a man is how he treats you when others are not looking.Alessandra Torre

84. Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.Kahlil Gibran, Sand And Foam

I don’t know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn’t make you happy.

– J.D. Salinger, Franny And Zooey

85. I don’t know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn’t make you happy.J.D. Salinger, Franny And Zooey

86. I’ve always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments.John Barrowman

87. 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

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

The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.

– Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You Can Be Successful

89. The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You Can Be Successful

90. Laughter is poison to fear.George R.R. Martin, A Game Of Thrones

91. 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

92. To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.Gustave Flaubert

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet.

– James Oppenheim

93. The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance. The wise grows it under his feet.James Oppenheim

94. Joy came always after pain.Guillaume Apollinaire

95. My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.Ayn Rand, Anthem

96. 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

Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.

– Hafez

97. Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.Hafez

98. Tears are words that need to be written.Paulo Coelho

99. 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

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

There is no loss, if you cannot remember what you have lost.

– Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August

101. There is no loss, if you cannot remember what you have lost.Claire North, The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August

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

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