Some Famous Quotes From Famous People
On The Subject Of Happiness

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And the happiness quotes continue with famous quotes from some famous people.

I do hope you find something that resonates with you and inspires you say, Yess! as you reflect on your own experiences of happiness.

I myself have really found it interesting going through these happiness quotations from various people who have made their mark in history. It's given me much food for thought about how other people see this basic human desire.


Famous Quotes From The Dalai Lama



The Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama
The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.

Comment: The purpose of life is the expansion of happiness. And the Dalai Lama's statement recognises this. Everyone wants happiness because that is the very purpose and nature of life.



The Dalai Lama
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

Comment: A good practice, even if you don't "feel love and kindness towards others" is to at least treat others in a kind manner. For example, if the bank clerk makes a mistake, or the phone company operator takes ages to answer one's call, the ego can sometimes get a bit irritated and indignant. Many people find this a trigger to their anger and they lash out at the person concerned. But perhaps the other person is having a bad day already; someone close may have died; they may be at work despite feeling lusy from the flu. We don't know that when we call. Or perhaps s/he hasn't been properly trained. At the point of frustration, if we just take a couple of seconds and make the choice to be kind and friendly, it is a good habit to have for growing our ability to develop inner happiness and peace for ourselves -- with a spill-over effect to others. I've found this practice of great value in my own life.


More Famous Quotes From The Dalai Lama



The Dalai Lama
If you want others to be happy, practise compassion. If you want to be happy, practise compassion.

Comment: When our own heart is full, we are compassionate towards others. Besides experiencing the source of happiness within on a dailiy basis, through an effective method of meditation like Conscious Mental Rest, the deliberate practice of treating others with kindness in our speech and actions cultivates within us the feeling of compassion. By practising this habit of kindness we simulataneous practice compassion.



The Dalai Lama
Consider the following. We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others' actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others' activities. For this reason it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of our relationships with others.

Comment: Hmmmmm. Without wanting to sound disrespectful to His Holiness, I'm not totally in harmony with the last sentence in this one of the several famous quotes from him. From my own experience much of our unhappiness arises in our relationships and dealings with others. But this unhappiness actually stems from our own lack of happiness, which we then project into our relationships. We must first be happy before we can easily and freely add to our happiness in the context of our relationships with others.


One Of Many Famous Quotes From Helen Keller



Helen Keller

Helen Keller
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 which has been opened for us.

Comment: This is so true. The problem is, though, that when a door of happiness closes, we experience UNhappiness. And in a state of unhappiness it is not so easy to shift one’s experience into an experience of happiness – not unless you tap into the source of happiness and use your conscious mental attention to entertain different thoughts that indeed do bring a sense of relief and a lighter feeling of less unhappiness. By shifting one’s attention, little by little, to what Abraham refers to as “better-feeling” thoughts, you can indeed move your feelings higher up the scale from uncomfortable to less uncomfortable, to even less uncomfortable, and then to comfortable, more comfortable and eventually to some experience of happiness.


Not sure if James Oppenheim really qualifies to be on this page of famous quotes from famous people, but here he is anyway



James Oppenheim
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.

Comment: By “distance” I take it that Oppenheim means distance in time as well as space – i.e. in the future. Happiness can only be experienced in the present moment. Pleasant memories of past feelings can certainly be experienced in the now; and thoughts about pleasant situations and feelings in the future can likewise be experienced in the now. But the experience is always in the present moment. So any pursuit of happiness in the future is indeed foolish, as Oppenheim says. It takes one away from the present moment and therefore away from the experience itself. “I will be happy one day, when I am rich; when I have my perfect partner; when I am successful.” I believe that is what Oppenheim means when he speaks about the foolish man who seeks happiness in the distance.


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