Happiness & Sadness

“The way sadness works is one of the strange riddles of the world. If you are stricken with a great sadness, you may feel as if you have been set aflame, not only because of the enormous pain but also because your sadness may spread over your life, like smoke from an enormous fire.– Lemony Snicket

“Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought.”– Percy Bysshe Shelley

“Sadness flies away on the wings of time.”– Jean de La Fontaine

“Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.”– Kahlil Gibran

“We must understand that sadness is an ocean, and sometimes we drown, while other days we are forced to swim.”– R.M. Drake

“There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well.”– Nicholas Sparks

“Experiencing sadness and anger can make you feel more creative, and by being creative you can get beyond your pain or negativity.”– Yoko Ono

“Some days are just bad days, that’s all. You have to experience sadness to know happiness, and I remind myself that not every day is going to be a good day, that’s just the way it is!.”– Dita Von Teese

“There is no point treating a depressed person as though she were just feeling sad, saying, ‘There now, hang on, you’ll get over it.’ Sadness is more or less like a head cold- with patience, it passes. Depression is like cancer.”– Barbara Kingsolver

“There is no greater sorrow than to recall in misery the time when we were happy.”– Dante Alighieri

“Depression is the most unpleasant thing I have ever experienced. . . . It is that absence of being able to envisage that you will ever be cheerful again. The absence of hope. That very deadened feeling, which is so very different from feeling sad. Sad hurts but it’s a healthy feeling. It is a necessary thing to feel. Depression is very different.”– J.K. Rowling

“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

“Sometimes we get sad about things and we don’t like to tell other people that we are sad about them. We like to keep it a secret. Or sometimes, we are sad but we really don’t know why we are sad, so we say we aren’t sad but we really are.”– Mark Haddon

“Leaning against my father, the sadness finally broke open inside me, hollowing out my heart and leaving me bleeding. My feet felt rooted in the dirt. There were more than two bodies buried here. Pieces of me that I didn’t even know were under the ground. Pieces of dad, too.”– Laurie Halse Anderson

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

“The word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.”– Carl Jung

“The longer and more carefully we look at a funny story, the sadder it becomes.”– Nikolai Gogol

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human- in not having to be just happy or just sad- in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”– C. Joybell

“So it’s true, when all is said and done, grief is the price we pay for love.”– E.A. Bucchianeri

“The largest part of what we call ‘personality’ is determined by how we’ve opted to defend ourselves against anxiety and sadness.”– Alain de Botton

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”– Osho

“Don’t be ashamed to weep; ’tis right to grieve. Tears are only water, and flowers, trees, and fruit cannot grow without water. But there must be sunlight also. A wounded heart will heal in time, and when it does, the memory and love of our lost ones is sealed inside to comfort us.”– Brian Jacques

“Tears are words the mouth can’t say nor can the heart bear.”– Joshua Wisenbaker

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

“Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.”– Alain De Botton

“The true secret of happiness lies in the taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.”– William Morris

“The greatest happiness you can have is knowing that you do not necessarily require happiness.”– William Saroyan

“People should find happiness in the little things, like family.”– Amanda Bynes

“As people spin faster and faster in the pursuit of merely personal happiness, they become exhausted in the futile effort of chasing themselves.”– Andrew Delbanco

“All happiness or unhappiness solely depends upon the quality of the object to which we are attached by love.”– Baruch Spinoza

“Happiness consists more in conveniences of pleasure that occur everyday than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom.”– Benjamin Franklin

“Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.”– Immanuel Kant

“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.”– Bertrand Russell

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.”– Buddha

“There is some kind of a sweet innocence in being human—in not having to be just happy or just sad—in the nature of being able to be both broken and whole, at the same time.”– C. JoyBell C.

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better to take things as they come along with patience and equanimity.”– Carl Jung

“The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage.”– Carrie Jones

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.”– Charlotte Bronte

“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

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.”– Chuck Palahniuk

“Nobody really cares if you’re miserable, so you might as well be happy.”– Cynthia Nelms

“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 it.”– Dale Carnegie

“People are unhappy when they get something too easily. You have to sweat – that’s the only moral they know.”– Dany Laferrière

“We can’t control the world. We can only (barely) control our own reactions to it. Happiness is largely a choice, not a right or entitlement.”– David C. Hill

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.”– Denis Waitley

“Happiness is being content with what you have, living in freedom and liberty, having a good family life and good friends.”– Divyanka Tripathi

“Happiness is the interval between periods of unhappiness.”– Don Marquis

“The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.”– Doug Larson

“Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in strangers’ gardens.”– Douglas Jerrold

“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”– E.L. Konigsburg

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”– Earl Nightingale

“If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.”– Edith Wharton

“The essence of philosophy is that a man should so live that his happiness shall depend as little as possible on external things.”– Epictetus

“The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.”– Eric Hoffer

“My family didn’t have a lot of money, and I’m grateful for that. Money is the longest route to happiness.” Evangeline Lilly

“Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.”– Franklin D. Roosevelt

“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

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”– Freya Stark

“Give a man health and a course to steer, and he’ll never stop to trouble about whether he’s happy or not.” George Bernard Shaw

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

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

“How simple it is to see that we can only be happy now, and there will never be a time when it is not now.”– Gerald Jampolsky

“Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.”– Gretta Brooker Palmer