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100 Short Happy Quotes for Those Positive Good Vibes

Many people are constantly on the search to feel happy and the path will be different for everyone. For us, we are happiest when we slow down and enjoy the moment while we are traveling, on a hike or during each day. We gathered this list of the best short happy quotes that are positive, inspirational, funny or all about good vibes to help inspire you.

Our Favorite Short Happy Quotes

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

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

Woman sitting on mountain enjoying view with short happy quotes by Lucille Ball

“Happy people plan actions, they don’t plan results.” – Dennis Waitley

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

“Happy he who learns to bear what he cannot change.” – Friedrich Schiller

“If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.” – Epicurus

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

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

“They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: Someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.” – Tom Bodett

“Simplicity makes me happy.” – Alicia Keys

Man looking at waterfall with short happy quote by Alicia Keys

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

“The truly wise and happy are never rushed.” – Maxime Lagacé

“People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” – Anton Chekhov

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

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

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

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

Person silhouetted on cliff at sunrise with short happy quotes about life by Omar Khayyam

“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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

WAlker on beach at sunset wtih be happy and enjoy life quotes by Avril Lavigne

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

“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

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

“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

“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

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

Sunset over river with be happy live life quotes by Lokuliuanage

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” – Guillaume Apollinaire

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

Woman walking on rocky beach with a short being happy quotes by Anne Frank

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

“Most people would rather be certain they’re miserable, than risk being happy.” – Dr. Robert Anthony

“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

“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” – Andrew Carnegie

If you like these, you might also want to check out our other lists of Change Captions, Positive Change Quotes, Kindness Quotes, Powerful Quotes, Inspirational Quotes and Short Funny Quotes.

Life is Short Be Happy Quotes

“Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.” – Paulo Coelho

“Let’s not allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should despise and forget. Remember ‘Life is too short to be little.” – Dale Carnegie

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

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

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

“Life is too short to live on low-fat everything.” – Kristin Scott Thomas

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

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“Our time in this life is limited. And how we respect that time will create a greater possibility for fulfilment.” – Ruben Papian

“Tomorrow is promised to no one. Prioritize today accordingly.” – Gina Greenlee

“If you want something, don’t wish for it. Life is too short to wait.” – Stephen Hines

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

“Don’t rely on someone else for your happiness and self-worth. Only you can be responsible for that.” – Stacey 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

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

Sunrise over a hill with happy short inspirational quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh

“The only joy in the world is to begin.” – Cesare Pavese

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.” – Herman Cain

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

“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

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.” – Celia Thaxter

Ocean beach with short inspirational summer quotes by Celia Thaxter

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

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

Short Happy Positive Quotes

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

“Roll with the punches and enjoy every minute of it.” – Meghan Markle

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

Mountains at sunrise with short happy positive quotes by 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

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” – Robert A. Heinlein

“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 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

“I’m always jacked up. I’m pumped up. It’s just, I love life and I’m having fun.” – Terry McAuliffe

Man jumping with positive love life quotes by McAuliffe

“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

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

“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

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

“If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” – Winnie the Pooh

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

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

“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.” – Confucius

“There’s nothing like deep breaths after laughing that hard. Nothing in the world like a sore stomach for the right reasons.” – Stephen Chbosky

“Children are happy because they don’t have a file in their minds called “All the Things That Could Go Wrong.” – Marianne Williamson

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

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

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

“Be happy. It really annoys negative people.” – Ricky Gervais

“Life would be tragic if it weren’t funny.” – Stephen Hawking

Person jumping with funny happy Sunday quotes by Gervais

“To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.” – Gustave Flaubert

“I may be a living legend, but that sure don’t help when I’ve got to change a flat tire.” – Roy Orbison

“Half our life is spent trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” – Will Rogers

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” – George Burns

“You know, some people say life is short and that you could get hit by a bus at any moment and that you have to live each day like it’s your last. Bullshit. Life is long. You’re probably not gonna get hit by a bus. And you’re gonna have to live with the choices you make for the next fifty years.” – Chris Rock

Short Happiness Quotes

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

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

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

“Happiness depends upon ourselves.” – Aristotle

Woman looking at old bridge between two cliffs with short happiness quotes by Aristotle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.” – L.M. Montgomery

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

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

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

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss

Woman standing by lake with mountains looming overhead with positive short quotes about happiness by Dr. Suess

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

“The constant happiness is curiosity.” – Alice Munro

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

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

“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

“For many men, the acquisition of wealth does not end their troubles, it only changes them.” – Seneca

“Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“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

Beach and ocean from above with deep short happiness quotes by William Feather

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

“Independence is happiness.” – Susan B. Anthony

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

Woman sitting on rocky beach with a simple short quotes on happiness by Oscar Wilde

“We become what we think about.” – Earl Nightingale

“The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” – Mark Twain

“There is more to life than increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

“What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.” – Confucius

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

“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.” – Andre Maurois

“Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.” – Carrie Underwood

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

“Remember, today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.” – Dale Carnegie

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” – Benjamin Franklin

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

“Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon” – Winnie the Pooh

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

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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglia

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

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

“The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.” – James M. Barrie

“Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory.” – Albert Schweitzer

“Happiness is a gift and the trick is not to expect it, but to delight in it when it comes.” – Charles Dickens

Sun shining on mountains with a short happiness is quotes by Charles Dickens

“Happiness is a state of mind. It’s just according to the way you look at things.” – Walt Disney

“Happiness is something that comes into our lives through doors we don’t even remember leaving open.” – Rose Lane

Short Happy Sayings and Proverbs

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

“Happiness is acceptance.”

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

“Just because it didn’t last forever, doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth your while.”

“The grass is always greener where you water it.”

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

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” – Eskimo Proverb

“If you are too busy to laugh, you are too busy.” – Proverb

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“Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese proverb

“You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent their making a nest in your hair.” – Chinese proverb

“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap. If you want happiness for a day — go fishing. If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.” – Chinese Proverb

So that’s our list. We hope you found the short quote you were looking for.

So go out and find what makes you happy!

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About the Author

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.

And it doesn’t matter if you are travelling, celebrating a special occasion or just appreciating day-to-day life, when you take that perfect photo you are going to need the perfect caption or quote before you share it. Which is why we started Routinely Shares, providing comprehensive lists of quotes and captions to cover every occasion, adventure or loved one.

With extensive experience as a travel writer, social media specialist and grant writer, I have made it my mission to curate the best and easiest to use lists for your next post.