66 Quotes About Materialism And Happiness

Written by - Last updated on November 16, 2020

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

– James Oppenheim

Materialism can potentially be a reason for why you are currently feeling anxious or unhappy. But you might not even know it yet. For that reason, I’ve collected inspiring quotes on materialism and happiness. These quotes will hopefully inspire you to rethink what happiness means to you.

The quotes on this page are selected from the web, and will hopefully show you that material possessions are not the solution for a happy life. Instead, these quotes will show you have unrelated materialism and happiness really are.

66 Handpicked Quotes About Materialism And Happiness

1. Whoever prefers the material comforts of life over intellectual wealth is like the owner of a palace who moves into the servants quarters and leaves the sumptuous rooms empty.Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach, Aphorisms

2. 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

3. But maybe happiness isn’t in the choosing. Maybe it’s in the fiction, in the pretending that wherever we have ended up is where we intended to be all along.Lauren Oliver, Requiem

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

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

5. 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

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

7. Only the development of compassion and understanding for others can bring us the tranquility and happiness we all seek.Dalai Lama Xiv

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

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

– Stephen Richards

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

10. The Master said, If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.Confucius

11. If moneys the god people worship, Id rather go worship the devil instead.Jess C Scott, Rockstar

12. Hold material goods and wealth on a flat palm and not in a clenched fist.Alistair Begg, Made For His Pleasure: Ten Benchmarks Of A Vital Faith

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

– James Oppenheim

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

14. Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.Franklin D. Roosevelt

15. Happiness depends upon ourselves.Aristotle

16. My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.Michael J. Fox

Some people, when theres a threat of everything they have being ripped away at a moments notice, they place value on the things they can keep with them, or find anywhere, so they can say these are my things, nobody else can touch them. .

– Benjamin R. Smith, Atlas

17. Some people, when theres a threat of everything they have being ripped away at a moments notice, they place value on the things they can keep with them, or find anywhere, so they can say these are my things, nobody else can touch them. .Benjamin R. Smith, Atlas

18. If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.John Lennon

19. What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on.Henry David Thoreau, Familiar Letters

20. A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them then work which one hopes may be of some use then rest, nature, books, music, love for one’s neighbor — such is my idea of happiness.Leo Tolstoy, Family Happiness

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

21. 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

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

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

24. Happiness only real when shared.Christopher Mccandless

Very little is needed to make a happy life it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.

– Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

25. Very little is needed to make a happy life it is all within yourself in your way of thinking.Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

26. Freedom is the only worthy goal in life. It is won by disregarding things that lie beyond our control.Epictetus

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

28. 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

A flower blossoms for its own joy.

– Oscar Wilde

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

30. The power of finding beauty in the humblest things makes home happy and life lovely.Louisa May Alcott

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

32. 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

Communism in a capitalist world requires eliminating the hope of the citizens for owning what others own.

– Osman Doluca

33. Communism in a capitalist world requires eliminating the hope of the citizens for owning what others own.Osman Doluca

34. Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.John Ruskin

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

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

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

– John Lennon

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

38. They have succeeded in accumulating a greater mass of objects, but the joy in the world has grown less.Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

39. Money is a great servant but a bad master.Francis Bacon

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

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

– Wayne Dyer

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

42. 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

43. 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

44. Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy so theyll have jobs and get enough money to buy things.Philip Slater

Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.

– Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

45. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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

47. Happiness is a myth. It was invented to make us buy new things.Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

48. We’re all to driven by materialism. Obsessed with success. With money. With trying to impress people who’ll never be impressed.Sophie Kinsella, Shopaholic Ties The Knot

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

49. 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

50. How good something is should never be determined by its cost, designer, origin, or its perceived value by others.Ashly Lorenzana

51. How pointless life could be, what a foolish business of inventing things to love, just so you could dread losing them.Barbara Kingsolver, Prodigal Summer

52. The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything that you’re free to do anything.Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.

– Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan For Financial Fitness

53. We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.Dave Ramsey, The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan For Financial Fitness

54. The only time you look in your neighbor’s bowl is to make sure that they have enough. You don’t look in your neighbor’s bowl to see if you have as much as them.Louis C.K.

55. 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

56. Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for—in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.Ellen Goodman

Ambition is greed rebranded.

– Mokokoma Mokhonoana

57. Ambition is greed rebranded.Mokokoma Mokhonoana

58. A lot of people get so hung up on what they can’t have that they don’t think for a second about whether they really want it.Lionel Shriver, Checker And The Derailleurs

59. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.J.R.R. Tolkien

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

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

61. 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

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

63. 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

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

True beauty is measured by the number of pearls within you, not those around your neck.

– Suzy Kassem, Rise Up And Salute The Sun: The Writings Of Suzy Kassem

65. True beauty is measured by the number of pearls within you, not those around your neck.Suzy Kassem, Rise Up And Salute The Sun: The Writings Of Suzy Kassem

66. It is the preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.Bertrand Russell

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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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