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100 Short Happy Life Quotes for a Positive Outlook

Happy life quotes are one of the simplest ways to put a smile on someone’s face. They provide hope and can also be an excellent source of inspiration to keep your head high in times of trouble. We’ve compiled the best happy quotes on life including happy life sayings.

In this collection of quotes, you will find the best motivational and inspirational quotes to help you through tough times, celebrate special moments or brighten your day.

Scroll on through to find your favorite quote.

Our Favorite Short Happy Life Quotes

“It’s important to find the little things in everyday life that make you happy.” ― Paula Cole

“Simply enjoy life and the great pleasures that come with it.” ― Karolina Kurkova

“The only thing that will make you happy is being happy with who you are.” ― Goldie Hawn

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

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

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.” ― Morris West

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

“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ― Omar Khayyam

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“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” ― Benjamin Franklin

“Books, Cats, Life is Good.” ― Edward Gorey

“Relax! Life is beautiful!” ― David L. Wolper

“The bottom line is to have fun and enjoy life.” ― Rekha

“Enjoy life… that’s what we’re here for.” ― David Faustino

“Enjoy the day as if it were your last.” – James De La Vega

“I’d far rather be happy than right any day.” ― Douglas Adams

“Life is good. Or at least, it’s always interesting.” ― Joss Stone

“I like people that enjoy life, ’cause I do the same.” ― Lil Wayne

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ― Anaïs Nin

“Embrace your uniqueness. Time is much too short to be living someone else’s life.” ― Kobi Yamada

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“Life is short and you’ve got to get the most out of it.” ― Gwen Stefani

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

“To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.” ― Albert Camus

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

“Enjoy life while you can. It can be taken in a heartbeat.” ― Jasmin Morin

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” ― Anne Frank

“I just want to live each moment to the fullest. And enjoy life.” ― Kadeena Cox

“This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.” ― Maya Angelou

“It is more fitting for a man to laugh at life than to lament over it.” ― Seneca

“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive.” ― Elbert Hubbard

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

“Happiness is a how; not a what. A talent, not an object.” ― Herman Hesse

“Happiness is not doing fun things. Happiness is doing meaningful things.” ― Maxime Lagacé

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.” ― Benjamin Disraeli

“Happiness [is] only real when shared.” ― Jon Krakauer

“Life is too short and happiness is too rare.” ― A.R.Lucas

“The purpose of life is to believe, to hope, and to strive.” ― Indira Gandhi

“Learn to value yourself, which means: fight for your happiness.” ― Ayn Rand

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“Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy.” ― Heraclitus

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters.” ― Audrey Hepburn

“I am a happy man. I’ve had a good life.” ― John Lee Hooker

“After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.” ― Karl Marx

“Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet.” ― Sarah Louise Delany

“The best things in life come in threes, like friends, dreams, and memories.” ― Mencius

Happy Quotes to Live By

“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

“Live joyfully this life. Once gone, who knows if we ever get it back. Atheists think we do not. Mystics say you will. Either way, chill.” ― Fakeer Ishavardas

“My theory on life is that life is beautiful.” ― Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

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

“Your life is your canvas, and you are the masterpiece. There are a million ways to be kind, amazing, fabulous, creative, bold, and interesting.” ― Kerli

“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” ― Kenneth Branagh

“I enjoy life, and I think that’s important. Life is so fragile and so fleeting, and it’s over in a minute, and you’ve just got to grab it and do everything and not worry about it.” ― Jerry Hall

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ― Nelson Mandela

“Live Life to the fullest. Laugh some every day. Keep growing, keep dreaming, keep following your heart.” ― Albert Einstein

“The best thing in life is to go ahead with all your plans and your dreams, to embrace life and to live everyday with passion, to lose and still keep the faith and to win while being grateful.” ― Charlie Chaplin

“You do not find the happy life. You make it.” — Thomas S. Monson

“A happy life is just a string of happy moments. But most people don’t allow the happy moment, because they’re so busy trying to get a happy life.” — Esther Hicks

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

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“The best things in life are unseen, thats why we close our eyes when we kiss, cry, and dream.” ― Helen Keller

“Enjoy every moment you have. Because in life, there are no rewinds, only flashbacks.” ― Anmol Andore

“If you want to be happy, do not dwell in the past, do not worry about the future, focus on living fully in the present.” ― Roy T Bennett

“The small things of life were often so much bigger than the great things…the trivial pleasure like cooking, one’s home, little poems especially sad ones, solitary walks, funny things seen and overheard.” ― Barbara Pym

“The best things in life are silly.” ― Scott Adams

“The mere sense of living is joy enough.” ― Emily Dickinson

“Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you respond to it.” ― Lou Holtz

“Life is abundant, and life is beautiful. And it’s a good place that we’re all in, you know, on this earth, if we take care of it.” ― Alice Walker

“Life is 10 percent what you make it, and 90 percent how you take it.” ― Irving Berlin

“Live life to the fullest, and focus on the positive.” — Matt Cameron

“Within all of us, there is a little child. Why not enjoy life?” ― Albert II, Prince of Monaco

“I’m a really, really optimistic and really, really positive person. My main thing is, ‘Enjoy life. Celebrate life.” ― Luke Bryan

“I do have a childlike enthusiasm at times. I certainly enjoy life and get pleasure sometimes in childish things.” ― Brian Baumgartner

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

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“I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things… I play with leaves. I skip down the street and run against the wind.” ― Leo Buscaglia

“Life is beautiful because it doesn’t last.” ― Brit Marling

“You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like, people who have a nice conversation. There are so many positive things to think about.” ― Sophia Loren

“The idea that what makes life worth living, the good life, consists of accepting challenges, solving problems, discovery, personal growth, personal change.” ― Edmund Phelps

“The pleasure which we most rarely experience gives us greatest delight.” ― Epictetus

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” ― Gerard Way

“Things will be alright. People need to hear that. Life is good, just as it is. There isn’t anything that I would change about my life.” ― George Dawson

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” ― Aristotle

“The constant happiness is curiosity.” ― Alice Munro

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

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” ― Ernest Hemingway

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well-lived.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get.” ― W. P. Kinsella

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

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“Independence is happiness.” ― Susan B. Anthony

“It’s the moments that I stopped just to be, rather than do, that have given me true happiness.” ― Richard Branson

“Do not set aside your happiness. Do not wait to be happy in the future. The best time to be happy is always now.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” ― Buddha

“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

“Happiness is a state of activity.” ― Aristotle

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

“Others may know pleasure, but pleasure is not happiness. It has no more importance than a shadow following a man.” ― Muhammad Ali

“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.” ― Maxim Gorky

“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

“Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It’s the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps.” ― Sharon Draper

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” ― Ashley Montagu

“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

“If you want to be happy, be.” ― Leo Tolstoy

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

“There is great happiness in not wanting, in not being something, in not going somewhere.” ― Jiddu Krishnamurti

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” ― Joshua J. Marine

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

“The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.” ― George Washington Burnap

“Happiness consists of living each day as if it were the first day of your honeymoon and the last day of your vacation.” ― Leo Tolstoy

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

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.” ― Helen Keller

“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

“The best thing about existence is that any moment in time can be a point of beginning to anything! In other words, every moment of our life holds a key for the unknown or the closed doors of new paths!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

“Simplicity makes me happy.” ― Alicia Keys

“One of the keys to happiness is a bad memory.” ― Rita Mae Brown

“Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.” ― Robert Frost

“There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.” ― George Sand

“Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower.” ― John Harrigan

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

“Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.” ― Oscar Wilde

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Happiness does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to happiness.” ― David Steindl-Rast

Sunset over mountains wtih deep life quotes about happiness by Rast

“I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could.” ― Evel

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

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ― Aesop

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.” ― James Oppenheim

“I define my life around happiness, being safe, being able to enjoy life and live this life for a long time.” ― George Hill

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

“A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness.” ― Albert Einstein

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” ― Diane Ackerman

“Happiness consists more in small conveniences or pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life.” ― Benjamin Franklin

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Inspirational Life Quotes, Positive Life Quotes, Live Your Best Life Quotes, Enjoy Life Quotes, Enjoy the Moment Quotes, Short Life Quotes and Inspirational Letter Board Quotes.

Be Happy Live Life Quotes

“Fill your life with as many moments and experiences of joy and passion as you humanly can.” — Marcia Weider

“Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy.” ― Roy T. Bennett

“Life’s good. Enjoy every moment of it.” ― Tahnni Dupre

“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” ― Marthe Troly-Curtin

“I enjoy being happy every day. Life is beautiful.” ― Christina Milian

“Enjoy small moments as they come. At the end, that’s what makes life worthwhile.” ― Nadun Lokuliyanage

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“To live a full life is to live one without regrets.” ―  Rebecca K. Sampson

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey

“The most important thing is to enjoy your life – to be happy – it’s all that matters.” ― Audrey Hepburn

“The only thing that I am ambitious about is to live a good life. Full stop.” ― Vincent Nichols

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.” ― Oscar Wilde

“One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.” ― William Feather

“Life is beautiful, what do you think? In the morning I say, ‘Ah, I am alive still!’ It is fantastic.” ― Alejandro Jodorowsky

“Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” ― Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” — Ashley Smith

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” — Jawaharlal Nehru

“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

“And I’m a really happy person, I enjoy life.” ― Michelle Pfeiffer

“I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life.” ― Robert Baden-Powell

“The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” — Dalai Lama

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

“I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.” ― Joan Rivers

“I just feel like I figured out on my own how to stay calm, how to enjoy life, how to be happy.” ― Rolando McClain

“Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life.” ― Avril Lavigne

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“I’m just going to go live life. I’m going to go enjoy life. I have nothing left to hide. I am kind of a free person, a free soul.” ― Caitlyn Jenner

“I just enjoy life now. I just enjoy every morning I get to wake up. Nas I don’t trip on that much. I just like to enjoy life and be happy.” ― Roy Ayers

“I realize that humor isn’t for everyone. It’s only for people who want to have fun, enjoy life, and feel alive.” ― Anne Wilson Schaef

“I spend most of my time at the ranch with my family, and enjoy life – watch the sun come up, watch it go down, thank God for another day, and just be happy.” ― Marcus Luttrell

Happy Life Sayings

Check out these happy life sayings for more inspiration.

“Life is a one time offer… use it well.”

“Make space in your life for what matters.”

“Happiness blooms from within.”

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realise they were the big things.”

“Life is like a camera – you focus on what’s important, capture the good times, develop from the negative, and if things don’t work out – take another shot.”

“If it makes you happy – it doesn’t have to make sense to anyone else.”

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“Life is better when you’re laughing.”

“Make your own sunshine.”

“Don’t compare the moon to the sun. They both shine.”

“If you think sunshine brings you happiness, then you haven’t danced in the rain.”

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

So there you have it! Hopefully we were able to help you find the best happy life saying you were looking for.

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Laynni Locke

I am Laynni Locke, a Canadian writer, reader and traveller with a passion for sharing life’s moments on social media. Keeping friends and family in the loop of our lives though photos and videos has become an essential activity for most.

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