Don’t you just love an inspiring quote? Quotes are not just interesting tidbits of wisdom and inspiration, but if we really pay attention to the wisdom they have to offer, if we take the time to truly digest it, absorb it and hopefully act upon it, it can actually make a real difference in the experience of our lives. Why not learn from the wisdom of others who have found their paths to “True Happiness?”

Here are some of my favorite inspirational Happiness quotes about life.

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

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“Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.  The way it actually works is the reverse.  You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” – Margaret Young

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“We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”- Frederick Keonig

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”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

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“True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new. ‘ – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits. – Thomas Jefferson

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“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature. – Marcus Aurelius

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“There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.” – Epictetus

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“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.” – Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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“True happiness… is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” – Helen Keller

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“Happiness exists on earth, and it is won through prudent exercise of reason, knowledge of the harmony of the universe, and constant practice of generosity.” – Jose Marti

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“Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it. You must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it.” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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“Rules for Happiness: Something to do, Someone to love, Something to hope for.” ― Immanuel Kant

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“The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.” – Carl Sandburg

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“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed.  Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” – Denis Waitley

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“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck

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

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“Satisfaction of one’s curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.” – Linus Pauling

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“The art of living does not consist in preserving and clinging to a particular mode of happiness, but in allowing happiness to change its form without being disappointed by the change; happiness, like a child, must be allowed to grow up.” – Charles L. Morgan

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Though finding, or perhaps more accurately, experiencing our own “True Happiness,” is up to us, we can certainly find inspiration in the thoughts, words and lives of others to help us along our journey.

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