20 Quotes by Writers On What Happiness Means

Happiness a commodity we all strive to capture but unlike gold its availability is abundant but truly getting it and holding onto it has forever been a struggle.

Here is a compilation of Poets that truly spoke about what true happiness is and their words have transcended the pass of time.


Happiness is the sun rising and bringing in a new dawn- Unknown

Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering ‘it will be happier’…”
Alfred Tennyson

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”
John Keats, Endymion: A Poetic Romance

“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar


“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.”
Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.”
Albert Camus



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

“Laughter is poison to fear.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”
Charles M. Schulz




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

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

“Sanity and happiness are an impossible combination.”
Mark Twain

“Happiness quite unshared can scarcely be called happiness; it has no taste.”

Charlotte Brontë


“It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness a story.”
Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

“The pain I feel now is the happiness I had before. That’s the deal.”
C.S. Lewis

“All happiness depends on courage and work.”
Honoré de Balzac

“I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.”

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

“Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration.”
Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline


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