Zen and Buddha quotes about Happiness

happyBeing happy is natural, yet in our society it is often the last priority. When success is measured in money, your job, you college degree, and things that make people content and fulfilled like creative expression, exercise, are downgraded– it is easy to see why happiness can be hard for many to achieve. These quotes and saying are generally from known zen figures and also include some quips by others as Zen is hard to define anyway. Enjoy and feel free to suggest your own happy quotes.

zen quotes about happiness

“Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”
― Alan Wilson Watts

“Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.” ― Ray Bradbury

“Like vanishing dew,
a passing apparition
or the sudden flash
of lightning — already gone —
thus should one regard one’s self.”
― Ikkyu

Bob Marley-Don’t worry be happy

Inspiring others towards happiness brings you happiness. –Zen saying

Here it is – right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it. – Huang-po

“Don’t take anything personally. Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves” – Don Miguel Ruiz

Zen and the Art of Happiness Quotes

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“The Universe continues to be perfect at every moment and never permits even the first imperfect event to occur. It goes from perfect to perfect to perfect.”
― Chris Prentiss, Zen And the Art of Happiness

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“Who you allow into the circle of your life will make the difference in the quality of your life.”
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

“The true source of happiness is within each of us.”
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“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.” Buddha

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

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

“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

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

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

A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away. Bill Keane

“If you are surrounded by people who not only don’t believe in your goals and your positive outlook on life, but who also continually try to tear you down, it will be extremely challenging for you to hold firmly in mind that you will succeed and that you can be happy.”
― Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness

happy_turtleMore compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other’s well-being, is source of happiness. Dalai Lama

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

“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
Thich Nhat Hanh