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The Keys to Happiness can be Found in Quotes

By Andrew Burgon / phoenix@projectfellowship.com
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August 13, 2014

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If we mastered the art of happiness we’d realize that to a certain extent it’s like flipping a switch in our mind and that there are no further requirements. That it’s not dependent on what you have, where you are or what you’ve been through that determines happiness. The ability to zoom out of those things causing us unhappiness and zooming in close to those things we are already grateful for and count among our blessings is definitely one of the keys of happiness. Then there’s finding contentment and satisfaction in the simple things of life. There are other keys, of course, that require more than just changing our thoughts and focus. They require action. It might be to let go of a relationship that continually bothers you or to set out on a path of life you know will be richly rewarding and fulfilling. Check out the thought-provoking quotes below, extract the keys contained therein and use them to create a happier life.

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“Happiness is the art of never holding in your mind the memory of any unpleasant thing that has passed.”
– Unknown

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that. If you can’t love and respect yourself – no one else will be able to make that happen. Accept who you are – completely; the good and the bad – and make changes as YOU see fit – not because you think someone else wants you to be different.”
– Stacy Charter

“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

“It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.”
– Lucille Ball

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

“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

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
– Thich Nhat Hanh

“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”
– Mary Stuart

“Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.”
– Dalai Lama

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”
– Aristotle

“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

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We begin from the recognition that all beings cherish happiness and do not want suffering. It then becomes both morally wrong and pragmatically unwise to pursue only one’s own happiness oblivious to the feelings and aspirations of all others who surround us as members of the same human family. The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.”
– Dalai Lama

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?”
– Albert Einstein

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
– Confucius

“Men spend their lives in anticipations, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other – it is our own. Past opportunities are gone, future ones have not come. We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.”
– Charles Caleb Colton

“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
– Marchus Aurelius Antoninus

“When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
– Winston Churchill

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

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

“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 with it.”
– Groucho Marx

“That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.”
– Henry David Thoreau

“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

“It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving, but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.”
– William Feather

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
– Eleanor Roosevelt

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature… Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

“For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don’t enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends, then the chances are you’re not going to be very happy. If someone bases his/her happiness on major events like a great job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn’t going to be happy much of the time.

If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness.”
-Andy Rooney

“Learn to let go. That is the key to happiness.”
– Buddha

“Enjoy your own ife without comparing it with that of another.”
-Marquis de Condorcet

“On a deeper level you are already complete. When you realize that, there is a playful, joyous energy behind what you do.”
– Eckhart Tolle

“The happiest people in the world are those who feel absolutely terrific about themselves, and this is the natural outgrowth of accepting total responsibility for every part of their life.”
– Brian Tracy

“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.”
– William Arthur Ward

“Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive, good things and good people will be drawn to you.”
– Mary Lou Retton

“I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives.”
– Dalai Lama

“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
– Joseph Campbell

“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
– Unknown

“The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?”
– Kahlil Gibran

“Life will bring you pain all by itself. Your responsibility is to create joy.”
– Milton Erickson

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain

“Gratitude is a vaccine, an antitoxin, and an antiseptic.”
– John Henry Jowett

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