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25 Happy Quotes You Won’t Stop Reading

Inspire yourself with happy quotes from notable people who've all attempted to find the secret to happiness.

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Happy quote #1: On compassion

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." —The Dalai Lama. Here are some more quotes about compassion that inspire you to be kind.

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Happy quote #2: On happiness being overrated

"I think happiness is overrated. Satisfied, at peace—those would be more realistic goals." —Brad Pitt, actor.

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Happy quote #3: On not taking yourself too seriously

"I've always thought people would find a lot more pleasure in their routines if they burst into song at significant moments." —John Barrowman, actor.  If these happy quotes don't do it for you, there are small changes you can make to make yourself happy at home.

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Happy quote #4: On the "key" to happiness

"People say that money isn't the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made." —Joan Rivers, comedian.

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Happy quote #5: On knowing oneself

"I think self-knowledge is a key to happiness. We can build happy lives only on the foundation of our own natures, our own values, and our own interests." —Gretchen Rubin, author.

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Happy quote #6: On not keeping score

"Personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a checklist of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications are not your life." —J. K. Rowling, novelist. The Harry Potter writer has plenty of happy quotes to share—check out some more of our favorite J. K. Rowling quotes.

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Happy quote #7: On self-pity

"Stop feeling sorry for yourself and you will be happy." —Stephen Fry, actor and writer. Find out some more things happy people never, ever do (so you shouldn't either).

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Happy quote #8: On following kids' example

"Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called 'all the things that could go wrong.'" —Marianne Williamson, spiritual teacher. 

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Happy quote #9: On smiling

"I've got nothing to do today but smile." —Paul Simon, musician.

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Happy quote #10: On the good and the bad

"I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe." —The Dalai Lama. Read some more of the Dalai Lama's wisest words.

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