Quotes About Happiness

Our fans want us to be happy and if that means being married or having a girlfriend, they are okay with that. Of course, in this industry it is a bit harder to have normal relationships, but it is possible.

— A. J. McLean

That is the land of lost content, I see it shining plain, the happy highways where I went and cannot come again.

— A. E. Housman

Reading about Queen Victoria has been a passion of mine since, as a child, I came across Laurence Housman’s play ‘Happy and Glorious,’ with its Ernest Shepard illustrations.

— A. N. Wilson

I busted my tail for so long, I’m just glad it’s getting recognized now as part of the WWE. Because let’s face it, the WWE is the biggest company out there when it comes to wrestling. I’m just happy that I’m being recognized as somebody who works hard, I guess.

— A.J. Styles

If everybody is happy, then something is wrong with the democratic process.

— Abdullah II of Jordan

If people are looking forward to my films, then I am happy, and I must be doing something right.

— Abhishek Bachchan

I am happy with all the films I’ve done. I have not become the victim of an image. I have managed to do different roles, and I am proud of that.

— Abhishek Bachchan

I had a mundane, happy childhood, without much struggle.

— Adrian Tomine

When we moved to Europe when I was a teenager, I really did not want to go. I was happy in my school, with my friends, but looking back on it, it was the best experience I’ve ever had. We traveled every weekend. I experienced incredible new cultures, museums, cities, and it really opened up my eyes.

— Aerin Lauder

People who look at my painting say that it makes them happy, like the feeling when you wake up in the morning. And happiness is the goal, isn’t it?

— Agnes Martin

I have Googled myself, yeah, I think everybody has. I try not to make a habit of it – in fact I made a rule once never to Google myself, which made me happy.

— Aidan Gillen

It’s hard for me to get interested in stories that ignore death, which is what American marketing culture would like to do: pretend that death doesn’t exist, that you can buy immortality just buy these products, and you’ll be forever young and happy.

— Alan Ball

Well, here’s the thing with relationships on ‘True Blood’: Once they happen then you have to throw a monkey-wrench into them, because to have people be happy is not that exciting.

— Alan Ball

I gotta keep busy. I’m not happy unless I’m working on two, three things.

— Alan Arkin

By asking the question ‘Am I happy?,’ and via the answer setting out what I mean by happiness, there is a political route that can be taken, by asking another question – ‘Can politics deliver happiness, and should it try?’

— Alastair Campbell

I grew up in southern Sudan, one of nine children. Our life was simple but very happy.

— Alek Wek

I wasn’t happy with the outcome in Vietnam. Now, I’ve never said that, but, you know, I’m getting to an age where I think I’d better start saying it… And I don’t mean that to sound that I’m being critical of somebody or blaming somebody.

— Alexander Haig

I have three older sisters, so we were a reasonably large family and, in general, a happy one.

— Alexander McCall Smith

My mom used to model when she was younger, before she went to law school, and I think she thought it was pretty cool. I think my parents saw that acting ultimately made me happy, even though it was a rough ride for a little bit.

— Alexandra Daddario

When I first got here, I thought L.A. sucked. I hated it. I had this pretentious Manhattan thing. But now I’ve made such a life here, and I’m so happy here. They’re just really different places. I can’t really compare them because there’s great things about both of them.

— Alexandra Daddario

I’ve definitely gone through phases where I’m not happy with my life, and you notice in little ways until they start adding up.

— Alia Shawkat

In those early days, the important thing was the happy ending. I did not tolerate unhappy endings – for my heroines, anyway. And later on, I began to read things like ‘Wuthering Heights,’ and very, very unhappy endings would take place, so I changed my ideas completely and went in for the tragic, which I enjoyed.

— Alice Munro

We do nothing for children between the ages of zero and five. And we seem to be quite happy to have children growing up in not just poverty, which wouldn’t be so bad, but isolation, lack of people around them, lack of support, lack of ability to go out and play in the dirt.

— Alison Gopnik

People need jobs, people need happy and successful lives there should be marriage between one man and one woman, there should the value of person from conception until natural death.

— Alveda King

I was so happy to go to prom so I could have a mental break because I’ve been working so hard. It felt so good to feel normal for once, and then the next day, I was in the gym again.

— Aly Raisman

I think that in Hollywood, it’s hard because so many people do turn out crazy. I don’t need to go out every night to get attention. I’m happy with the amount that I have.

— Amanda Bynes

As an actress, I am very happy with ‘Singh Is Bliing’ because that was totally different from what I have done before.

— Amy Jackson

I can’t believe all this is happening to me, but I am definitely here to stay. And I am happy to be in Indian cinema.

— Amy Jackson

When you’re miserable, you don’t want anyone around you to be happy.

— Amy Lee

The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.

— Anderson Cooper

When I began singing, it was the first time I was happy in my life. As a baby, I would stop crying when I heard a great singer.

— Andrea Bocelli

To be happy when you are travelling, you need to be happy inside before you leave. A positive frame of mind will definitely enhance your travelling experience. If I’m not in a positive frame of mind then the whole thing definitely becomes more of a challenge for me.

— Andrea Bocelli

I always knew I would sing. I just didn’t know if I would be successful or not. But I sang at school, I sang at parties, I sang at church. Everyone always asked me to sing. I’d be playing football with my friends, and my parents would ask me to sing for their guests. I was never very happy about that because I wanted to play football.

— Andrea Bocelli

More people are listening to opera, and I’m happy – everybody must be given that opportunity.

— Andrea Bocelli

I write a lot more when I’m happy, because you’re hopeful, you’re motivated.

— Andrew Bird

If I’m breathing in 2016, I’ll be happy.

— Andrew Cuomo

The more people have, the less content they seem to be. In America, the cultural expectation that we’re to be happy all the time and our children are to be happy all the time is toxic, and I think that really gets in the way of emotional well-being.

— Andrew Weil

Lonesome Rhodes had wild mood swings. He’d be very happy, he’d be very said, he’d be very angry, very depressed, and I had to pull all of these emotions out of myself. And it wasn’t easy.

— Andy Griffith

Mornin’ ladies, my goodness don’t you look happy. Must be cuttin’ somebody up pretty good.

— Andy Griffith

It was a fairly happy childhood. My father was working away, and my mum brought up five kids all on her own.

— Andy Serkis

Here’s kind of my motto – if you’re not happy at home, you’re not happy anywhere else.

— Angie Harmon

I’m the kind of person who wants the people around me to be comfortable, to laugh, and to have a fabulous time – I want them to be as happy as I am.

— Angie Harmon

Do I consider myself sexy? It all depends on the way I’m feeling. When I’m happy inside, that’s when I feel most sexy.

— Anna Kournikova

When I started, my teachers told me that I had to sing ‘Mozart, Mozart, Mozart.’ I said, ‘No, I want to sing all the other stuff.’ If you do not push yourself, you will stay the same. Maybe some singers are happy with that, but I have to move, I have to do something new always.

— Anna Netrebko

It used to be the one or the other, right? You were the ‘bad girl’ or the ‘good girl’ or the ‘bad mother’ or ‘the good mother,’ ‘the horrible businesswoman who eschewed her children’ or ‘the earth mother who was happy to be at home baking pies,’ all of that stuff that we sort of knew was a lie.

— Annette Bening

I’m happy to dance with anyone, to be honest. I’ve had some great partners, who have all been talented. But not all of them at dancing.

— Anton du Beke

I don’t want my guy to buy me cars, villas or diamonds. I can do all that. I don’t want any PDA, either. But my guy should be very sensitive to my pains and sorrows and should try to make me happy because I’d do all that for him. Sadly, most of the men that I have met in the past couple of years are too self-obsessed.

— Anushka Sharma

In all of my possessions, in all moments, whether hard or happy, I was accompanied by my dear wife, Lilly, who supported me wholeheartedly.

— Ariel Sharon

Every morning when I wake up, I am grateful and happy that I come to the film set. It is home.

— Arjun Kapoor

Building walls isn’t going to work in the long run. Some people are happy with the wall in Israel, but somebody will get a weapon someday and knock it over or something. Walls aren’t the answer between countries, though.

— Arlo Guthrie

Tollywood has a special place in my heart because Telugu is my mother tongue, and when I sing in the language, my mom feels really happy.

— Armaan Malik

I’m just happy to be part of the family, the decathlon family.

— Ashton Eaton

I had a dream, my dream came true, and my mom was there for me every step of the way. We didn’t do this for any other reason. I am so happy she is here to experience this with me. This would not be the same if she were not by my side.

— Ashton Eaton

Comedy is a universal language. I grew up watching Nagesh, Surilirajan, Thenga Srinivasan and S.V. Shekhar’s comedies. And, of course, Charlie Chaplin! These artists are so blessed: they can make other people happy.

— A. R. Rahman

I desperately need the love of complete strangers. That’s one reason I overtip. I love when skycaps, waiters, and valets are happy to see me.

— Aaron Sorkin

Everything can be going well, but if I’m not writing, I’m not happy. When I’m writing well, I’m like a different person.

— Aaron Sorkin

It is with your aid, as the people, that I think we shall be able to preserve – not the country, for the country will preserve itself, but the institutions of the country – those institutions which have made us free, intelligent and happy – the most free, the most intelligent, and the happiest people on the globe.

— Abraham Lincoln

For my part, I desire to see the time when education – and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry – shall become much more general than at present, and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate the happy period.

— Abraham Lincoln

Whatever woman may cast her lot with mine, should any ever do so, it is my intention to do all in my power to make her happy and contented and there is nothing I can imagine that would make me more unhappy than to fail in the effort.

— Abraham Lincoln

I am never so happy as when I am really engaged in good earnest, & it makes me must wonderfully cheerful & merry at other times, which is curious & very satisfactory.

— Ada Lovelace

When the kids are laughing in the audience, I tear up, I’m so happy I did a nice thing.

— Adam Sandler

No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.

— Adam Smith

I like looking nice, but I always put comfort over fashion. I don’t find thin girls attractive be happy and healthy. I’ve never had a problem with the way I look. I’d rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.

— Adele

It’s never been an issue for me – I don’t want to go on a diet, I don’t want to eat a Caesar salad with no dressing, why would I do that? I ain’t got time for this, just be happy and don’t be stupid. If I’ve got a boyfriend and he loves my body then I’m not worried.

— Adele

If I am constantly working, my relationships fail. So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don’t know what I’ll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch.

— Adele

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.

— Agatha Christie

Standup comedy is inordinately difficult. If doing something else for a living will make you equally happy, choose that instead. I’m serious. Comedy is punishing.

— Aisha Tyler

I get satisfaction when I write something I like, when I’m happy with it.

— Al Franken

As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.

— Al Yankovic

Used to do a lot of falling in love with people, almost in the street, and imagining that there would be no obstacle to a happy love story other than finding the ‘right person’.

— Alain de Botton

I was born poor and without religion, under a happy sky, feeling harmony, not hostility, in nature. I began not by feeling torn, but in plenitude.

— Albert Camus

A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin what else does a man need to be happy?

— Albert Einstein

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.

— Albert Schweitzer

It’s more enjoyable for me to know that life is finite. Knowing that, I would like to go to a party. When you get to the holidays, if you think that the holidays will be forever, you just take it for granted. But, if you know that you have just three days at the beach, you will be so happy to be there every day.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I hated Peter O’Toole. I wanted to kill that guy! When they said he was dead, I was happy. People said, ‘Poor Peter O’Toole.’ I was happy!

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

I was a happy man, never working. Sometimes I saw days with no money to eat. It was not so difficult.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

How happy is the blameless vestal’s lot? The world forgetting, by the world forgot.

— Alexander Pope

Happy the man whose wish and care a few paternal acres bound, content to breathe his native air in his own ground.

— Alexander Pope

The learned is happy, nature to explore The fool is happy, that he knows no more.

— Alexander Pope

Man never thinks himself happy, but when he enjoys those things which others want or desire.

— Alexander Pope

Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God’s eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over me. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy.

— Alfred A. Montapert

I’m a very positive person, but this whole concept of having to always be nice, always smiling, always happy, that’s not real. It was like I was wearing a mask. I was becoming this perfectly chiselled sculpture, and that was bad. That took a long time to understand.

— Alicia Keys

I wasn’t a fan of the Sixers. My dad was a big Mo Cheeks fan, and he wanted me to be drafted by the Sixers. My thing was, if that could make my dad happy, then that would make me happy, you know what I mean?

— Allen Iverson

Nowadays I’d describe myself as earnest, terribly earnest. I’m the person who wants everybody in the room to feel important and happy.

— America Ferrera

I should only look back at moments that were disparaging, look down upon, negative for me – moments where I could learn something. And if I have been able to use that learning in future, then I am happy about it.

— Amitabh Bachchan

I worked at an ice cream parlor called Chadwicks. We wore old-timey outfits and had to bang a drum, play a kazoo, and sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to people while giving them free birthday sundaes. Lots of ice cream scooping and $1 tips.

— Amy Poehler

People think it’s a terrible tragedy when somebody has Alzheimer’s. But in my mother’s case, it’s different. My mother has been unhappy all her life. For the first time in her life, she’s happy.

— Amy Tan

My mother always thought if her mother hadn’t left her, she would have been happy. All the problems she had never would have happened.

— Amy Tan

I’m my own worst critic, and if I don’t pull off what I think I wanted to do in my head, then I won’t be a happy girl.

— Amy Winehouse

If I died tomorrow, I would be a happy girl.

— Amy Winehouse

I love ‘Forrest Gump’ I like sweet, cheery, happy movies. But it has some dark moments too.

— Andie MacDowell

I was from a little rinky-dink town – to be a model… it looked like a lot of fun. I’d look at the girls, and they always looked happy.

— Andie MacDowell

I said, look, do you think you could bring Gerry through, and they said yeah, absolutely, they thought that. Joel was very keen to cast him. If all my music team were happy, I was happy.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

I played one year of fantasy football in high school. You really get into it. It makes more fans of the NFL, and people love talking about it. They’ll come up to me and say, ‘Why did you throw an interception? You ruined my fantasy team!’ Or they’re happy because they got you for a bargain.

— Andrew Luck

Most of us wake up every day and make decision that will make us happy, and generally decisions that will make us happy right then in the moment or that day. We are not really on a truth quest.

— Andy Stanley

I feel sorry sometimes for these sportsmen and women who put in just as much effort as the footballers. For example, athletes train at least as hard as footballers but have to be happy if they can earn enough to finance a decent education.

— Angela Merkel

I don’t see myself as beautiful, because I can see a lot of flaws. People have really odd opinions. They tell me I’m skinny, as if that’s supposed to make me happy.

— Angelina Jolie

I’m happy being myself, which I’ve never been before. I always hid in other people, or tried to find myself through the characters, or live out their lives, but I didn’t have those things in mine.

— Angelina Jolie

I’ve realized that being happy is a choice. You never want to rub anybody the wrong way or not be fun to be around, but you have to be happy. When I get logical and I don’t trust my instincts – Thats when I get in trouble.

— Angelina Jolie

I grew up as this very carefree, happy kid then things turned darker for me. Maybe it was because I saw that the world wasn’t as happy a place as I had hoped it would be for me.

— Angelina Jolie

Sometimes I think my husband is so amazing that I don’t know why he’s with me. I don’t know whether I’m good enough. But if I make him happy, then I’m everything I want to be.

— Angelina Jolie

The side of fairytales I don’t like is that they always have happy endings, that there’s just good and evil, and things are perfect. But life is a little more complicated, and that’s what I try to teach my kids.

— Angelina Jolie

Okay, I am happy with the way I look, but I have never, never, ever thought of myself as a ‘pretty girl.’ Honestly. When I read some of these scripts I’m sent, and they describe the heroine as ‘incredibly beautiful,’ I wonder why they sent it to me.

— Anna Kendrick

Previous first ladies seemed to feel the need to wear a sort of uniform, whereas Michelle Obama likes fashion and is very comfortable in fashion. She’s happy to mix high and low, and she loves emerging designers. That will do nothing but good for our industry.

— Anna Wintour

If you’re not someone who has a natural and effortless love for yourself, it’s hard to let go of your desire to please other people, and that’s really not an ingredient for a happy life.

— Anne Hathaway

I gave up my struggle with perfection a long time ago. That is a concept I don’t find very interesting anymore. Everyone just wants to look good in the photographs. I think that is where some of the pressure comes from. Be happy. Be yourself, the day is about a lot more.

— Anne Hathaway

I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. When do I feel my best? When I haven’t looked in a mirror for days, and I’m doing things that make me happy.

— Anne Hathaway

If you want to open a supermarket chain and put your face all around the globe, selling your baby and your dog, if it makes you happy, who am I to disagree, as the song goes. But it’s not for me. I’ve always tried to keep my integrity and keep my autonomy.

— Annie Lennox

I’m always secretly the most pleased when a show just really, really looks good and when my camera guys are really happy with the images they got.

— Anthony Bourdain

I’m not happy unless I have a pen in my hand, it’s really that simple.

— Anthony Horowitz

My wife, Jill, and I have an incredibly close working relationship, and an incredibly happy married one. We met through work. I was the world’s worst advertising copywriter. She had the misfortune to be my account director, so from the very start she was my boss, and she still is.

— Anthony Horowitz

With every year that passes, I get further away from my target audience, and while I’ve been happy to think of myself as a father figure to these kids, I’d be a little distressed to be thought of as a grandfather figure.

— Anthony Horowitz

We’ve just learned how to balance ourselves a little better so that we’re happier way more of the time than not, and, you know, being happy is a radical and desirable act if you ask me.

— Anthony Kiedis

How unbearable at times are people who are happy, people for whom everything works out.

— Anton Chekhov

Be happy with being you. Love your flaws. Own your quirks. And know that you are just as perfect as anyone else, exactly as you are.

— Ariana Grande

For one swallow does not make a summer, nor does one day and so too one day, or a short time, does not make a man blessed and happy.

— Aristotle

Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.

— Arnold H. Glasow

I believe one of the best things about managing people is that we can influence lives in a positive way. That’s basically what a manager is about. When I can do that, I am very happy.

— Arsene Wenger

I’m happy wherever I go, whatever I do. I’m happy in Iowa, I’m happy here in California.

— Ashton Kutcher

I believe in manicures. I believe in overdressing. I believe in primping at leisure and wearing lipstick. I believe in pink. I believe happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day, and… I believe in miracles.

— Audrey Hepburn

My opinion is the greatest reward that any government could get is the approval of the people. If the people are happy and the people are at peace and the government has done something for them, that’s the greatest reward I think any government could hope for.

— Aung San Suu Kyi

If I can be in a place where my image is encouraging people to see different people behind the camera, and my image and the images I make can help open up a certain world view, I think that’s all a part of a larger spirit of change and progress, and I’m happy to be part of it.

— Ava DuVernay

Life is like a roller coaster, live it, be happy, enjoy life.

— Avril Lavigne

The mall tour was right off of my second record, before it came out. It was very different. I did an acoustic performance every day in a different mall! One interesting thing I remember is playing ‘My Happy Ending’ a lot, and that song was so new that I remember getting emotional.

— Avril Lavigne

The whole idea of love is scary – so is being with someone for the rest of your life and being happy with them for the rest of your life. There’s lots of research to suggest that, actually, love’s not really that simple.

— Aziz Ansari

The Bible is proved to be a revelation from God, by the reasonableness and holiness of its precepts all its commands, exhortations, and promises having the most direct tendency to make men wise, holy, and happy in themselves, and useful to one another.

— Adam Clarke

It makes me happy to think that this world of art-as-investment is a minuscule fraction of the art world overall. Most people who create, trade and own art do it for a much simpler reason. They just like it.

— Adam Davidson

According to the Burman system, there is no escape. According to the Christian system, there is. Jesus Christ has died in the place of sinners, has borne their sins and now those who believe on Him, and become His disciples, are released from the punishment they deserve. At death, they are received into Heaven and are happy forever.

— Adoniram Judson

There are two evil futurities and one good. A miserable future existence is evil and annihilation, or nigban, is an evil – a fearful evil. A happy future existence is alone good.

— Adoniram Judson

God is waiting to be gracious, and is willing to make us happy in religion, if we would not run away from him. We refuse to open the window shutters, and complain that it is dark.

— Adoniram Judson

Love to Jesus is a sure title to the greatest possible happiness for Jesus is omnipotent and has determined to make his friends happy, and surely will not forget a single one in whose heart is enkindled one spark of love.

— Adoniram Judson

If you never lie to yourself, you’ll always be happy with yourself, and eventually the person you wake up with and the person you go to sleep with is yourself.

— Afrojack

People always say, ‘How is it to be so successful?’ I’m not successful yet. Richard Branson is successful. That’s successful. Michael Jackson was successful. U2 was successful. I’m just a guy, doing okay. But I’m a happy guy doing okay.

— Afrojack

The only person you need to be credible to is yourself. When you stand in front of the mirror and nobody is watching, are you happy with yourself?

— Afrojack

Everything about ‘UY’ is new and fresh, and we are extremely happy at the response from the audiences, as most people are walking out of cinema halls with a smile on their faces.

— Akkineni Nagarjuna

Those who gave thee a body, furnished it with weakness but He who gave thee Soul, armed thee with resolution. Employ it, and thou art wise be wise and thou art happy.

— Akhenaton

What is important for me is that people are liking my movies, I am liking my work, for which I am very happy.

— Akkineni Nagarjuna

You want to have fun but you also want to work well. Sometimes I was quite happy at Ferrari, because we would have fun, but then they could not stop having fun and go back to the real work.

— Alain Prost

I’m not saying it isn’t frustrating that my films haven’t gotten a bigger release, but I’m really happy with them and if you just keep cranking and eventually, if you have a certain sensibility, some of your movies will hit and some just won’t.

— Alex Winter

You have to find some way of engaging with the world around you, however it’s constituted. The engagement is necessarily going to be flawed. But if you do it on your own terms, you’ll be able to extract some pleasure from the world. It might even make you really happy sometimes.

— Alexandra Kleeman

Happiness is the first principle of life. Happiness basically means well-being. It is always good and always a choice… We need to make the choice to be happy in a particular situation, just as it is, and at a given moment.

— Alexandra Stoddard

Depending on where I am in the process, sometimes I have a page count and sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I have an hour count sometimes I’m just happy to string a few words together. I do keep pretty rigorous hours, because otherwise you never get anything done.

— Alice Sebold

I have always felt extremely weird. But I am very happy with my weirdnesses, and I want other people to be very happy with theirs.

— Alice Sebold

I’ve met a lot of really friendly people who are incredibly happy for me, which is really flattering and humbling.

— Allison Tolman

My mother has stories of leaving me in the bath as small kid, like a 3-year-old, and there being mirrors on the side, and her going to get a towel and coming back in, and me making faces at myself, like, ‘Now I’m happy. Now I’m sad.’

— Allison Tolman

I worked in IT, which is all boys, and I was the queen of the boys. That’s what I did. I was the one who knew where the paper towels were, which was very important. And I organized happy hours and things like that.

— Allison Tolman

I’m so happy that I finished college. Going into this crazy vortex of scrutiny is tough. If I was younger than I was now and I was going to fashion shows, I might have this distorted sense of self. I might rely on those cameras. Because when I was 18, I was half-baked.

— Allison Williams

I was a very happy banker, but I feel happier as an author.

— Amish Tripathi

It is a wonderful, moving, heart-filling experience to sit with the man or woman you love and your beloved children and know that all are happy to be just where they are with each other and loving one another. This doesn’t happen very often.

— Amy Bloom

I do think that maybe, even subconsciously, a lot of parents in the West are wondering, have we gone too far in the direction of coddling and protecting – you know, you see kids, sometimes that seem very rude and disrespectful. And the more important thing is they don’t seem that happy.

— Amy Chua

Clarinet is often associated with certain genres, like swing or folk music. I combine the old and new, using the clarinet as an expressive tool and not in one genre. I’m just happy that people are drawn to what I do.

— Anat Cohen

I like to do projects in which you can see statistical results. I am very happy for all these small children, who have been the biggest group of victims of iodine deficiency.

— Anatoly Karpov

The popularity of Groupon has almost rendered the group-buying element of it obsolete, because we’re able to deliver so many customers that the merchants are very happy with even the smallest number that we can provide.

— Andrew Mason

The working class of England take their deracination completely for granted. Disenchantment is the happy code that informs every byway of the underclass: service jobs, celebrity dreams, Lotto wins, leisured poverty on pre-crunch credit cards, it’s all there, part of the story of an English people whose grandparents never had it so good.

— Andrew O’Hagan

I am a late discoverer of ‘Friday Night Lights.’ I cry every episode at least once. I love to cry – happy, emotional tears. I just love it.

— Andy Cohen

I would like a boyfriend. I’m a very happy person and it is the final, final piece of the puzzle. I’m looking for that shout-it-out-from-the-mountaintops, fall-in-love person.

— Andy Cohen

Does getting an award make you happy? When you imagine yourself at the ceremony, you’re always so eloquent and gracious. In reality, it’s kind of awkward.

— Ann Leckie

But here’s the thing: I had this great job, and I would still feel terribly depressed. I would just be like, ‘This isn’t the sweet spot. I thought this would be it, and I don’t feel happy.’

— Anna Chlumsky

I just would like to keep going. If I kept getting the kind of work that I’ve been getting for the last 20 years for the next 20, I’d be a bloody Dame of the British Empire. I’d be so happy.

— Anne-Marie Duff

I’ve gotten e-mails asking, ‘Are you taking students?’ Well, come visit and I’ll be happy to talk to you. But I’m not a degree-granting institution.

— Antony Garrett Lisi

I’m very happy doing what I’m doing I don’t think I’m prepared to devote my time to politics. When I am, I’d like to give it 100%. I’m not in the frame of mind, and I’m too greedy an actor to do that.

— Anupam Kher

When I get to do whatever I want, I’m perfectly happy. I’ve found that the best scenario is that I just do what I do, and if somebody wants to be part of it, they should work as a conduit for what vision I have. They should help me complete the universe.

— Ariel Pink

I look at fitness as a necessity in the same way as how you drink water, eat food, one should look at fitness in a dedicated way. People will look fresh and happy. If you are happy, you in a way look fit.

— Arjun Rampal

As a child, as far as I was concerned, my dad had an amazing job, and we had all the money we needed. My life was so fun and carefree that I didn’t realize at all that we weren’t rich – until I met someone rich. Still, I’ve never met a rich kid who grew up as happy as I did.

— Artie Lange

I’m happy, so I just want to project that happiness through my music to make other people happy.

— ASAP Ferg

I might be more satisfied seeing my friends really come up than myself. I’m really happy for my success, but I can’t really see it, because I’m myself working. You can see it everyone around me can see it.

— ASAP Ferg

I feel that it means a lot to the people of Iran that my film is represented at the Oscars, and it makes me happy to bring them that joy, that I’m representing them and that I’m able to give them that element of pleasure to be the envoy from Iran. It’s a very pleasant thing.

— Asghar Farhadi

I’m happy with embellishment in a chunky Prada-esque way, but I’m not into sequins!

— Ashley Madekwe

My films often have a spiritual dimension which comes from my Muslim background, and I’m happy to tackle that in cinema.

— Asif Kapadia

The big thing for me is to make films that you feel, whether you feel happy, whether you feel sad, whether you feel sick it’s to make the audience feel so that the next day they remember what they saw.

— Asif Kapadia

Music is something that always lifts my spirits and makes me happy, and when I make music I always hope it will have the same effect on whoever listens to it.

— Aaron Carter

My mom is proud of me. But she might not be too happy about the hours I keep or how little I eat. I wake up so late that it would be inappropriate to have breakfast. At most, I will have a snack in the day and dinner. I realize that it’s not the healthiest way to live, but it’s all I really have time for.

— Aaron Levie

I’m happy to say I’m a feminist. Being a feminist is just believing in equal rights. Man, woman, gay, straight, black, white – we’re all in it together.

— Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Really, as long as I am working and have diversity, I am happy.

— Adam Brody

Nothing surprises me on ‘Happy Endings,’ because the show – I think one of the awesome things about the show is that it’s so open to doing anything. We could do a genre episode. We have the green light to do whatever we want. Mostly because no one’s watching.

— Adam Pally

The Russo brothers are the best people ever, and they cast me in ‘Happy Endings.’ I did text Joe Russo to say, ‘I don’t think my character dies, so if you need a local news cameraman to show up in ‘Captain America 2’… I know it doesn’t make sense, but just hear me out on this!’ He was really cool about it and turned me down right away.

— Adam Pally

I’m just happy with what I am, and I happen to be a polo player.

— Adolfo Cambiaso

You should learn to be happy with what you have. Besides, the fact that I’m not a huge star has allowed me to pick and choose the roles I want to do, not the ones some person sitting in a studio office thinks I should do.

— Aidan Quinn

I’m not satisfied with the progress of the work, but I am happy that the talks are going on. It might have a negative effect if the United States joins.

— Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

I wrote poetry, journals, and, especially, plays for the neighborhood kids to perform. I had an ordinary, happy childhood. Nothing much was going on, but I had fun.

— Alex Flinn

It would be really great if I discovered a cure for cancer, but it would only be a little bit less great if my neighbor did. So I am pretty happy when my neighbor becomes wealthier, better educated and more innovative. I feel the same about China and India.

— Alex Tabarrok

Yes, I don’t think I shall ever become Prime Minister. Hard as that is to swallow, I tell you one person who is very happy always to see me say that, and that’s my wife.

— Alexander Downer

I tell myself, ‘If I can wake up each day and be excited about what I’m doing, then I must be happy.’ But then again, maybe I’m in denial.

— Alexandra Cassavetes

I am working and improving every day, and I am happy with my work.

— Alexandre Pato

As much as I love my daughters, I wasn’t happy with only being a stay-at-home-dad, and my wife encouraged me to try, to really try, at being a writer. More than anything, I didn’t want to let her down.

— Alexi Zentner

Yeah, I’d be happy to go back to Mexico or Japan to make another film.

— Alex Cox

So if you see Ten Years After, it’s not me anymore. I’m very happy with what I am doing now.

— Alvin Lee

I thought that my movie career was finished. I was quite happy to dedicate myself 100% to the theater. Surprisingly enough, I’ve never gotten so many work offers. It’s so exciting, this feeling of a new beginning after 40.

— Amy Irving

I have to say that I have no regrets about my decision to become a priest or about the major directions my ministry has taken me… I have been and am happy as a priest, and I have never been lonely… I could have used a bit more solitude.

— Andrew Greeley

There are so many cruel decisions parents have to make when their child dies. The funeral director requested a sheet for the coffin, and I sent the cozy flannel one, pale blue with happy snowmen, that had just been put away with the winter linens.

— Ann Hood

I became a full-time writer in 1993 and have been very happy, insofar as anybody is, since.

— Anne Enright

I am a professional footballer, and it’s a game where the coach decides where you can be most beneficial for the team. As long as I am attacking, I am happy! I know what Jose Mourinho decides will be best for me personally and for the team.

— Anthony Martial

Goal scoring is what I do, and it’s the thing that makes me most happy, so I’m really happy inside. But I’m just not the sort of guy who shows that sort of emotion on the outside too much.

— Anthony Martial

If I was to become an icon, then I’d be very happy. I’ll need to score a lot of goals, and the team will need to pick up trophies, though.

— Anthony Martial

You have this impression from England that New Yorkers can be quite aggressive, but certainly the people that I’ve bumped into and the friends I’ve made here don’t seem that way. Just walking down the street and asking for directions, people seem to be very helpful and happy to help.

— Archie Panjabi

I think that, whatever happens, I’m just happy I’ve written those songs and I’ve made an album. That’s really big for me, and I’m proud of that.

— Aurora

Step Brothers’ itself, when I did it, I don’t know if I had any idea that it would become a defining moment in my career and life like it has, and I’m really happy that that’s the one that ended up being that for me.

— Adam Scott

I think people should be proud of the work they do, whatever it is. I have this other arty side that loves creating homes. I can be happy going to the hardware store.

— Aida Turturro

Listen, I’m out of this system, man, I’m out… I’m doing better than ever. I couldn’t be more happy.

— Aimee Mann

Whatever you do, be happy with you. Don’t conform. You are who you are, and you shouldn’t change that for anybody.

— Aimee Teegarden

People relate to things that feel real to them. All the good, happy, over-sexed and moneyed endings on TV are not the way most of us feel in our lives. The success of ‘E.R.,’ I think, is not relying on overly sentimental stories that are solved where people’s lives wrap up nicely with happy endings.

— Anthony Edwards

I’m very happy at Atletico. I’m very proud to play for these fans, with these players, and with this coach. I want to try and pay back the confidence and care that the people at Atletico have always shown me.

— Antoine Griezmann

Looking for the perfect day is not going to make us happy, because that day isn’t going to come.

— Ariel Gore

I’ve been thinking about disowning some of my genes lately. I have a few healthy, happy, long-living optimists in my family tree – most of them fans of Christian Science founder Mary Baker Eddy, a major champion of positive thinking. But I’ve got plenty of ancestors who played out more tortured hands.

— Ariel Gore

I think there are different kinds of happiness. We know when we’re happy a lot of the time, but then there are those moments that have more of an afterglow, when the happiness has more depth.

— Ariel Gore

I spent my 30s figuring out how to be a grown up, I guess. I loved my 30s! My 30s were really about being happy with what I was doing.

— Ana Ortiz

Before I published anything, I dreamed of publication, but I didn’t actually write for it. I imagined that writing for an audience was something for fancier people. I aspired, but mostly I wrote for myself. I wrote because it made me happy.

— Ariel Gore

I wanted to be someone who wanted to produce music, and here I am, and I’m happy about it.

— Arijit Singh

I don’t get bothered by people saying what they say. I’m a happy person and I’m happy with my looks. I’m not an insecure person. I believe if somebody chooses plastic surgery it should be for themselves, not for anyone else.

— Ashlee Simpson

Standards are a little crazy these days. I think that, when you go to sleep, as long as you’re happy with the way you are and the way you look, that’s the most important thing. I think it’s an internal thing. As long as you feel good with who you are and comfortable with what you’re wearing, but not if that’s the most important thing.

— Ashlee Simpson

A lot of people think, and Microsoft is happy to let them think, that all great things are invented by Microsoft. In fact, very, very little has been invented by Microsoft.

— Alan Cooper

It doesn’t matter about money and fame and whatever. I really don’t care about that. My thing is, I’m happy that I’m able to have kids have a hero and have someone that they can look up to.

— Atticus Shaffer

It’s too easy to say that orange is happy and black is sad. To me, black is perfect. You can fill it with the emotion you want to express.

— Ann Demeulemeester

It was a time when only the dead smiled, happy in their peace.

— Anna Akhmatova

My brother is an electrical engineer and went to computer science grad school at Stanford, and he’d tell me stories about the happy hours he’d organize.

— Alec Berg

While not my personal favorite of the Disney princess films, ‘The Little Mermaid’ wins hands-down in my book for best Disney adaptation. Little girls waited for more than 150 years for Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ to have a happy ending. Walt Disney finally gave it to her.

— Alethea Kontis

If I can’t be happy, nobody can be happy.

— Amanda Eliasch

Your parents are always a big influence on you. They help you make you who you are. The main thing my parents taught me is just to be a nice person – to be generous, kind and happy. I hope it comes off when I work and meet people.

— Amber Le Bon

When we put $4 billion into the U.S. economy, they were OK with this. When we preserved jobs in Dearborn, or preserved jobs in Columbus, or preserved jobs in Pennsylvania, everyone was happy.

— Alexei Mordashov

My world has been quite rich in my life, and I’ve been happy. I’ve no regrets.

— Alexis Wright

I really love my work, so wherever it takes me, I’m happy to be.

— Alfred Enoch

I was so happy that it filmed in New York not only because it’s an amazing city, but also because a lot of people across the world somehow started to think about New York as a dangerous place to be and envisioned it as some war zone after that happened.

— Alicia Witt

When I was a kid, my dream was to be a farmer and marry Charlie Brown. I wanted to rescue him and make him happy. Besides, he was always lusting after the little redhead girl.

— Alicia Witt

I wasn’t a great student. Just give me a school with no grades, and I’ll be happy.

— Alison Elliott

We had our first meeting yesterday, and we just laughed all the way through, so if we can bottle that, then I’ll be happy. We just get on, and that’s half the battle.

— Allan Carr

Some authors are quite happy – and have the time – to do it all themselves, which is great.

— Allan Guthrie

Life is too short to be doing work that doesn’t make you feel happy and fulfilled. I’d rather wait for the right project, as opposed to just taking whatever is handed to me.

— Amanda Crew

When I look for the next project, it’s always about, ‘Is it going to push me out of my comfort zone? Am I doing something different? Am I working with people who are passionate about what they’re doing?’ At the end of the day, if I’m going to be bored on set, then I’m not gonna be happy.

— Amanda Crew

I think the artistic process comes from disorder. When you are happy, it’s not always a feeling that you can identify. It’s like a dog sitting in front of a fire. Pain isolates you, but it can also clarify things.

— Amanda Harlech

I will never be one of the happy stupid that were born somewhere. This way of life is excellent for the imagination. It develops your paranoia. You feel paranoid when you don’t understand a country, and being paranoiac is excellent for fiction.

— Amelie Nothomb

I’m very proud to be a professional tennis player. I’m really happy to be doing something that I love. With this comes responsibility, and I am honored when I am told that I have inspired someone to play tennis.

— Ana Ivanovic

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always thought it very important to be happy inside. There’s a lot of bad things happening in the world, but it’s important to try to stay happy and appreciate what you’ve got, and don’t look externally for the happiness.

— Ana Ivanovic

I watch so much TV, it’s sad. I watch ‘Happy Endings’, ’30 Rock’, ‘Parks and Rec’, ‘The Office’, ‘Eagleheart’, ‘Children’s Hospital’. ‘Modern Family’ I guess I’m still kinda watching.

— Anders Holm

I feel happy when I look at my grandson, who is 10 months old. That relaxes me.

— Andrew Tan

I like being on a set where you can make decisions and everything is involved and are happy to work together to make the best work. For me, it’s all about making the best work and creative people working together and all being respected and all having their opinions of what gives it the best quality is important.

— Aneurin Barnard

I can choose to be happy, or choose to be miserable every day – waiting until I die.

— Angel Haze

I remember when I was a kid, I could never find anything positive about chubby girls. If a girl was pudgy in books, she wasn’t okay. She couldn’t be happy or make friends unless she lost weight.

— Ann Aguirre

One of my favorite activities when I was a teenager was going riding on the back of a horse with a friend of mine. Because we were rather high up, I could see into peoples’ lighted windows as we trotted past. Questions would rise up inside: Who lives there? Are they happy? What are they doing? Any dogs or cats in sight?

— Ann Turner

To lose one’s self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.

— Antoine Rivarol

I don’t think I’ll be playing again. I’m very content and happy, doing the types of things I haven’t gotten to do, be a father.

— Antonio Davis

Matt Weiner is very perceptive there’s something about the rhythms and the way people speak that is very authentic to the actor. But there are qualities that are dissimilar. The characters on ‘Mad Men’ are struggling with pretty profound unhappiness, but I can tell you this is a happy bunch.

— Aaron Staton

I have an office full of product from brands trying to be in videos and an inbox full of songs from artists, but at the end of the day if the artist doesn’t support the brand or it doesn’t make sense for the song, then it will never work. What we do is try to pair them up so that both sides are happy.

— Adam Kluger

Surfing makes me happy, so that’s just what I’m going to keep doing.

— Alana Blanchard

You must never actually cheat the customer, even if you can. You must make her happy and satisfied, so she will come back.

— Alexander Turney Stewart

For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream: I would arrive in Vienna at long last. I would feel really happy, for I was returning to my serene childhood.

— Alfred Schnittke

I don’t really believe in the myth of being poor but happy. At the poorest times in my life, I wasn’t happy. I was just hungry.

— Ali Liebegott

I’ve actually medalled in every single swimming meet except for the Olympics, so that’s the goal. I want to get on that podium – I really do. But for me, that’s not something I can control… so I will be happy with going out there and swimming a race that I’m proud of.

— Alia Atkinson

I grew up a happy kid in Toronto. I’ve never suffered. I’ve never even had a real job! But I understand sadness and striving, and those two things tie into all the roles that I’ve played.

— Alison Pill

My experiences have taught me a lot and I’m happy with my learnings, if not with what I went through to learn.

— Ally Sheedy

My dad came over from Ireland when he was 13 and lived on the streets, working on building sites, and has just retired from his job delivering furniture for John Lewis. My mum has had the same job for 30 years as a sales assistant at Marks and Spencer. They’ve always been really great they just want me to be happy.

— Amanda Hale

I like devilish, thorny, dirty, mean roles, muck and mire, unbelievably sad, unbelievably happy, burdened. Inner conflict – that’s where drama is.

— Amanda Plummer

Learning disabilities cannot be cured, but they can be treated successfully and children with LD can go on to live happy, successful lives.

— Anne Ford

I feel like hair is the number one thing that makes me feel beautiful or not. If I have really bad hair, but my makeup’s beautiful and I have a wonderful dress on, I’m still not happy. So if I wake up, and I’ve got 2 big zits on my face and my hair looks fierce, I feel ok. I have a weird hair obsession.

— Amber Stevens

Happy Days’ is the type of show that represents the best we can be. It’s something warm, something tactile when life was good and life was simple.

— Anson Williams

I give talks to theater arts departments, and I don’t know what I’ll say. I don’t plan a thing. It’s just the energy of these young people. They’re the next generation, and what they have is very representative of how I felt when I was 19 or 20 or so. I’m really happy to be with them.

— Anthony Zerbe

You’re going to play good. You’re going to play bad. But as long as I stay healthy, I should be happy. Every player should feel the same way.

— Anderson Varejao

If all the shows on television were about happy, functional relationships, first of all I don’t know how many role models there are out there, sadly. And secondly, who would watch? Drama is conflict.

— Andrea Roth

Not that I wouldn’t have been equally happy to see the old buddies and see it all start up again that way. But this was more of a work situation, and a very good one.

— Andreas Katsulas

I am quite happy that I can still walk down the street every day in a pair of jogging bottoms and my woolly hat, and no one knows who I am. That’s nice.

— Andrew Gower

The destination is a happy life, an accomplished life that doesn’t end with death but with eternal life.

— Angelo Scola

I’m singing in the rain, just singing in the rain What a wonderful feeling, I’m happy again.

— Arthur Freed

I’m happy to see book clubs on TV. Talking about books has always been an important and invigorating part of reading them, and it’s nice that that is getting attention from the media.

— Ann Packer

I finally realized the happy medium, ‘honey blonde’ was the correct color and line for me.

— Ann Sothern

They see me wheeling around in a beautiful gown, and they realize you can look elegant, and you can lead a happy life in a wheelchair. I know I’ve helped handicapped people, because I’ve received many comments.

— Anna Lee

Let me be content with being happy, without sighing that I am not distinguished.

— Anna Seward

Our friends at the Republican convention were more than happy to talk about everything they think is wrong with America, but they didn’t have much to say about how they’d make it right. They want your vote, but they don’t want you to know their plan.

— Barack Obama

Personally, I can’t see why it would be any less romantic to find a husband in a nice four-color catalogue than in the average downtown bar at happy hour.

— Barbara Ehrenreich

I built the business exactly the way my mother built and ran her family. I wanted a replication of the big, happy family I grew up in. I wanted happy people having fun.

— Barbara Corcoran

Happiness does not come from football awards. It’s terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don’t dream football, I dream the American dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father.

— Barry Sanders

We don’t wake up happy and looking absolutely perfect and feeling amazing every day, you know? We’re only human. So I think, with me, I’m not really scared to let people see that – because it’s real.

— Bebe Rexha

If you are not happy with yourself, even the loftiest achievements won’t bring you much satisfaction.

— Ben Bernanke

Socialism violates at least three of the Ten Commandments: It turns government into God, it legalizes thievery and it elevates covetousness. Discussions of income inequality, after all, aren’t about prosperity but about petty spite. Why should you care how much money I make, so long as you are happy?

— Ben Shapiro

The human spirit needs to accomplish, to achieve, to triumph to be happy.

— Ben Stein

I was happy as an only child, but I’ve always wanted to be part of a bigger family.

— Benedict Cumberbatch

On the average, older parents are more flexible, tolerant, understanding, and happy in child care.

— Benjamin Spock

The words that I’m most happy with are the ones that come from my subconscious rather than my conscious. They just feel right. I think that’s the same with music, really. If you’re doing an album, there’s ten or eleven sets of lyrics, so you get to the point of inspiration ten or eleven times – it’s difficult.

— Bernard Sumner

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.

— Bertrand Russell

Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy.

— Bertrand Russell

Exercise is like an old friend: You may not be able to see that friend all the time, but you’re not mad when you see them, you’re happy, and you get right back into it.

— Bethenny Frankel

I hope children will be happy with the books I’ve written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.

— Beverly Cleary

There is an English saying that the king is always happy, or, ‘happy as the king’ – which is not true at all. But I can be as happy as a king if all of you know what is right and what is wrong and cooperate to fix things.

— Bhumibol Adulyadej

Although I was always very happy in Britain, I never stopped thinking of America as home, in the fundamental sense of the term. It was where I came from, what I really understood, the base against which all else was measured.

— Bill Bryson

Reunited with strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, I am berry, berry happy to be back working with JELL-O.

— Bill Cosby

My observations are not bread crumbs. They do not dissolve. They are on record, on film printed in books, and found on the Internet. I am happy to share them. For this I was born.

— Bill Cosby

Getting ‘SNL’ was pretty amazing, so just to be able to have an eight-year career there and be really happy with everything I did, it was pretty big.

— Bill Hader

And if I can take part in it by transforming my own consciousness, then someone else’s, I’m happy to do it.

— Bill Hicks

No one’s really happy anyway, it’s not human.

— Billie Joe Armstrong

I’m happy to stick with my persona. There are themes of love lost and love regained, but the main themes of all poems are basically love and death, and that seems to be the message of poetry.

— Billy Collins

We live in a zoo, and we get to share all our animals with the people who come in. We really put our animals first, and then the staff, and then the visitors. The animals aren’t pacing they’re all happy. When you touch an animal, it ultimately touches you.

— Bindi Irwin

Maybe it’s just a personal thing, but I get so much grounding from Iceland because I know it’s always going to be there. I have a very happy, healthy relationship with the country, so it’s really easy to go everywhere because I always have Iceland to go back to.

— Bjork

I looked below and saw my people there, and all were well and happy except one, and he was lying like the dead – and that one was myself.

— Black Elk

If our condition were truly happy, we would not seek diversion from it in order to make ourselves happy.

— Blaise Pascal

There are days when I will be like, ‘Oh my goodness, I am not happy with the way I look because I cannot fit into any of my clothes.’ So I eat quinoa that week, and then I feel good.

— Blake Lively

Let’s face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can’t resist.

— Bob Uecker

I was really happy with my race, though. I beat my personal best by 1.2 seconds.

— Bonnie Blair

Everyone hopes to get a fall slot, but I’m just happy to get on the air.

— Bonnie Hunt

I’m happy to say that at 62, I think I’ve reached that point where stuff doesn’t bother me as much, and my gratitude level has gone way up, especially having gone through the loss that I’ve had, and losing so many of the great artists that I was close to. They taught me how to see it with a grain of salt and a lot of humor and perspective.

— Bonnie Raitt

Whenever I sing ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart,’ the way people sing along with me still excites me. It’s one of the songs that audiences know all the lyrics to, and they sing along with me, and it makes me so happy. People also know my songs ‘Holding out for a Hero’ and ‘Lost in France,’ and this gives me so much joy on stage.

— Bonnie Tyler

It’s a whole other ball game and I am glad that I fit into that space where, whatever it is that you want to do and you are doing as long as you are happy with it, then you know What the Heck!

— Bootsy Collins

I want London to be the most cycle-friendly city on Earth, and I want more people to be happy and safe on bicycles.

— Boris Johnson

I want to keep my clients happy, and the pressure’s on me as the boss to manage my three assistants and make sure that everything is getting done. There’s less time for tears and more time for bossing people around.

— Brad Goreski

I believe everyone should have a pair of ‘party pumps,’ something with a little bit of sparkle that is attention grabbing and makes you happy.

— Brad Goreski

I was actually perfectly happy when I had no money, which lasted right up until we had a hit with Killer Queen, in 1974. I never wanted for anything.

— Brian May

I’m very happy to have been a one-club man, but I wouldn’t shoot down guys who have gone off and played in multiple clubs either because, essentially, it is an earning that people are after.

— Brian O’Driscoll

Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun.

— Brian Wilson

I won’t do things for money. I can’t. So I’ll hold out and say, in my mind, ‘There’s a really cool diner down the street from my house. They make really good pancakes I’d be happy doing that.’

— Brie Larson

I watch clothes on other people, and it’s like having a conversation before opening your mouth. For me, clothes come from the mind. They represent what’s happening inside, and as long as they feel honestly like what I’m thinking about and going toward, I’m happy to bounce around and experience different things.

— Brie Larson

We lived in just a studio apartment with just a room and a bed that came out of the wall, and my mom couldn’t afford even a Happy Meal. We ate Top Ramen. I had no toys, and I had, like, two shirts, a pair of jeans, and that was it. But I had my mom to myself, and I remember it being the coolest period of time. I loved it. I really loved it.

— Brie Larson

I give people style tips in Whole Foods. Wherever I go, people want to ask me questions all the time, and I’m more than happy to answer them. I love talking to people.

— Brad Goreski

I have been very happy, very rich, very beautiful, much adulated, very famous and very unhappy.

— Brigitte Bardot

I think with anybody who’s doing well in the public eye or whatever, there’s always gonna be a shift because people don’t wanna see somebody happy all the time. And they’re gonna try to take shots at people.

— Britney Spears

I want to be an artist that everyone can relate to, that’s young, happy and fun.

— Britney Spears

For me, success is a state of mind. I feel like success isn’t about conquering something it’s being happy with who you are.

— Britney Spears

One of the greatest, smartest things I ever did was give my kids Angie as their mom. She is such a great mom. Oh, man, I’m so happy to have her.

— Brad Pitt

Give me an authentic woman, and I’m happy.

— Bradley Cooper

If we could get your subconscious mind to agree with your conscious mind about being happy, that’s when your positive thoughts work.

— Bruce Lipton

There was a point where there was a vision that we’ll get to a certain age, and then we’ll retire and be happy. Now that’s like, that’s being compromised every day. So I think we have to start living happy now and stop waiting for the forty years because by then you’ll be so sick, you wouldn’t enjoy it anyway.

— Bruce Lipton

I haven’t had that good a time in ages. Since September 11, really. I just felt so happy, it was like the sun came out of the clouds for me. I love Italy.

— Bruce Sterling

I’ve done my work and I’m happy with it… I respect my father very much, but I’m a very different person than he was.

— Brandon Lee

I’m a very happy man. I’ve seen how bad it can get, and I’m sure it could get worse if I let it, but all that made me appreciate where I am. Plus, I’m married to a very hot woman who got away.

— Brantley Gilbert

I wouldn’t be happy had I only been a teacher, if all I had done was help young people, frankly. I don’t get nearly the joy teaching as I do out of creation.

— Barry Hannah

I think most artists would be happy to have bigger audiences rather than smaller ones. It doesn’t mean that they are going to change their work in order necessarily to get it, but they’re happy if they do get it.

— Brian Eno

I’m like, ‘Yeah, I could afford braces, but why should I change myself to be what everybody else wants me to be when I’m OK with who I am and I’m happy with who I am?’

— Becky G

If Twitter is worth seven billion next month, I’m happy for them to be worth six billion and spend a billion making it safer for people, for example.

— Beeban Kidron

The first ‘Star Wars’ film was enormously important. I grew up right smack-bang in the sweet spot of all of those. It’s true cinema magic. It’s fair to say that, as a kid, I would have been very happy to be Han Solo, and I would have been happy to have gone out with Princess Leia.

— Ben Mendelsohn

Thanks to capitalism, the importance placed on beauty has never been so manipulated. We are the guinea pigs force-fed ads that tell us how pathetic we are: that we will never be loved, happy or valuable unless we have the body, the face, the hair, even the personality that will apparently be ours, if only we buy their products.

— Beth Ditto

For me the greatest revenge of all is having a happy adulthood, waking up in my gorgeous turquoise bedroom in the morning beside a person who really inspires me. That’s the best revenge a girl-loving girl from the Bible belt could possibly have. And, importantly, it’s healthy.

— Beth Ditto

My mother told me Homer Ditto was not my father. Nope. Mom had had a fling with some other guy who was my dad. Some dude who didn’t stick around too long who Mom was happy to get rid of. She chose Homer, and Homer chose me, so he lent me his name even though I didn’t have his blood.

— Beth Ditto

If they’re committed to the mission statement of the RSC, they’re going to be happy with me as their chair. If they’re committed to another vision, then they may not be happy with me.

— Bill Flores

There are no mistakes, only happy accidents.

— Bob Ross

One of the questions that I hear over and over and over is, ‘What do we do with all these paintings we do on television?’ Most of these paintings are donated to PBS stations across the country. They auction them off, and they make a happy buck with ’em.

— Bob Ross

I’m doing 5000 seat theaters and audiences are going nuts, it’s fantastic and it makes me very happy. I’m dirty, but not like this I just do comedy that I find funny. I’m working on a new tv show for cable and it’s not set up yet.

— Bob Saget

I love old funky things. Color just makes me happy, and things all lined up.

— Bobbi Brown

If I’m not comfortable, I’m not happy. When I go to the White House, I wear my jeans.

— Bobbi Brown

So this is why I’m always say happy that somebody mentions Rwanda, because behind Rwanda, we have Africa.

— Boutros Boutros-Ghali

I was raised in the church, and there’s still a fire burning inside me. I definitely don’t ever want to be preachy. But less and less young people are religious. The thing is, I see so many positive things about religion, so I’m happy to talk about it.

— Brandon Flowers

So when you get a chance to look at things and chill and relax, it makes you want it more, and that’s why I’m so happy to be back!

— Brandy Norwood

I’m totally open to it being a movie or a television series or whatever, but truthfully, if no one wants to do it right, I’m also happy for ‘Ex Machina’ to only ever exist as a comic book.

— Brian K. Vaughan

The popular notion is that Americans are addicted to fossil fuels, but I find that’s not true most people would be happy to power their lives with anything else.

— Bill McKibben

I am now a member of the private sector. I’m happy. I’ve got a little foundation. You never say never, but I may have had my last race and that was the Presidential race. I think that you only get one shot.

— Bill Richardson

I have no arguments to defend how brutal and disturbing a ritual the corrida is. Like all tragedies, no matter the beauty created, there are no happy endings. If it is indeed an art form, bullfighting is the most disturbing I have ever witnessed.

— Brin-Jonathan Butler

As for the stage fright, it never goes away. When I’m waiting in the wings to go on, it’s agony every single time but I stay focused and I know that once I’m on stage it’ll be fine I’ll be in my happy little bubble.

— Britt Ekland

By the time I’m 35, I’ll probably want to have a family. I’d be happy doing that, teaching my kids to do the right things, to do good things.

— Brittany Howard

Have you ever noticed how nice people are at the car wash?! Maybe it’s just me, but it makes me happy. Weird, I know!

— Brittany Snow

It may sound lame, but I’ve been journaling since I was in third grade. I love it! It makes me feel calm and happy.

— Brittany Snow

As long as we’re winning football games, I’m happy.

— Brock Osweiler

All you need to do is turn on the news, and in five minutes, you’re depressed with the state of the world. Choosing joy is a completely active choice. It doesn’t just happen. You can’t just say, ‘I want to be happy.’ You have to take action.

— Billy Porter

I want to tell women that you need to love yourself and make yourself a priority. It’s only when you are happy yourself, can you make everyone else around you happy. I am still a dreamer and still believe in fairy tales, but there is only that much one should give another person. You need to keep something for yourself.

— Bipasha Basu

I am a positive person. I am not cynical. If you are born in this world, no matter who you are, negative things will happen. If you aren’t positive as a person, you’ll be very unhappy. It’s extremely important to be positive, to laugh, to be happy, to accept life as it comes.

— Bipasha Basu

Bottom line is I always want what’s best for the team, and as long as the football team is winning games, I’m happy.

— Brock Osweiler

Whenever I have a few hours to dive into a book, I am happy.

— Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

The music of ABBA is not that happy. It might sound happy, in some strange way, but deep within, it’s not happy music. It has that Nordic melancholic feeling to it. What fools you is the girls’ voices. You know, I do think that is one of the secrets about ABBA. Even when we were really quite sad, we always sounded jubilant.

— Bjorn Ulvaeus

Our deal always was that we did one as scripted always, we got it like we thought we needed – so we were all happy with it as written. Then I’d let him play as long as we had time.

— Blair Underwood

Don’t waste a minute not being happy. If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door.

— Brooke Shields

The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downstairs, or in the same room, and you feel that warmth that you don’t find very often, then that is what love is all about.

— Bruce Forsyth

It may sound too good to be true, but once you’ve seen the happiest people in your life who have nothing, you really start rethinking what the world, and society, tells us that we need to be happy.

— Blake Mycoskie

Traveling as much as I do, I get lonely sometimes. I have friends now in cities all over the world, so I get to be social, but it’s hard to have the deep meaningful relationships, especially an intimate one. With my guy friends, I can show up once a month and go to dinner with them and they’re happy.

— Blake Mycoskie

I don’t really talk too much about my personal life, but I’m happy.

— Bryan Greenberg

Getting on a popular, long-running show like ‘Happy Days’ is the actor’s equivalent of winning the lottery.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

My mom always told me one of the reasons that she was really happy in her life was that, if Dad never worked again, she was confident that she could support the family.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

I’m not a rich person financially, but I am in mind and soul. I have so much energy and strength, and I can do a lot of things that make me, and I think my fans, quite happy. When everything’s gone, music alone shall live on.

— Burning Spear

For me the best thing about winning an award is when the people cheer for your win. When you can see that the people are really happy that you are winning something, that’s the most reward thing in the world.

— Busta Rhymes

Stupidity knows no bounds and certainly no city limits, but by and large, 99 percent of the people who come to Melvins shows seem to be relatively well behaved… I’m happy and relieved by this.

— Buzz Osborne

The partner that you have is supposed to make you a better person, and when you’re happy, you’re a better person.

— Bai Ling

I am not saying that I’m happy about what’s going on right now in our nation, but I am at peace and I am comforted because I know that He’s on the throne. That is good enough for me.

— Barbara Mandrell

I like to exercise in the morning before work. It puts me in a good mood, which makes my coworkers happy, and jump-starts my brain, which makes me happy.

— Betsy Beers

If I could get the respect of 14-year-olds, I’m happy. They’re the toughest audience.

— Barry McGee

Since the whole village was poor, we didn’t realize our own poverty. I was happy.

— Bidzina Ivanishvili

I have been steadily exchanging a rock audience who were nervous about what they had just bought for a jazz audience who not only were happy with their purchase, but are increasingly coming again.

— Bill Bruford

At midnight every night, I would methodically leave the house for a couple hours’ walk, come back in, and record. And then the sun came up. If I had done something good, then I’d be happy and go to sleep.

— Bill Callahan

The reason I still love performing is that people my age, a little younger and a little older, show up to relive that thing that made them so happy all those years ago. And as long as they show up, I’ll keep on keepin’ on till I keel over.

— Bill Medley

I think love’s exciting and happy, as well as being able to make you sad.

— Billy Idol

When they told me there would be a statue erected at Wrigley Field, I was happy with that. I know there will be a meeting place for a lot of people. There will be a conversation every day. They say now, ‘I’ll meet you at Ernie Banks’ statue.’ After Sept. 7, they’ll say, ‘I’ll meet you by Billy Williams’ statue.’

— Billy Williams

As long as I can apply my craft, I’m happy.

— Billy West

As tennis players, we work and we sacrifice many things. To lose, that’s not a happy thing – I mean sure, I was disappointed. You have to come back strong. But to win the last point in a grand slam tournament, that’s the most beautiful and most satisfying feeling you can get as a tennis player. It’s worth it.

— Bjorn Borg

Part of our responsibility as parents, as adults, is to set examples for children. But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults.

— Bobby McFerrin

I have this old-man character named Glary Oldman. His apartment was on fire, but he was stubborn about leaving because he didn’t want to leave all his stuff. I have a character called Berle, who lost 19 pounds, and now he’s 600 pounds and very happy about it.

— Bobby Moynihan

Hey, we’ve all been to high school We’ve seen the in-crowds. Most of us have been in the outer crowds, the people who weren’t in. Although I was never in, I was selling records and was very happy.

— Bobby Vinton

I am very proud to be a part of ‘3 Idiots,’ and happy that the character has worked in a big way.

— Boman Irani

Don’t ignore the past, but deal with it, on your own pace. Once you deal with it, you are free of it and you are free to embrace your life and be a happy loving person because if you don’t, the past will come back to haunt and keep coming back to haunt you.

— Boris Kodjoe

I’m loving N.Y., and words can’t even describe how happy I am to be here.

— Bow Wow

But so long as we can keep this crew of fantastic people together and can continue to make real breakthrough films in this category, as well as characters that stay true to what we’ve done in this first film, I’d be more than happy to be a part of it.

— Brandon Routh

I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like child stringing beads in kindergarten, – happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another.

— Brenda Ueland

Hugh Jackman really inspired me as a kid. He’s a cool Aussie guy who works very hard, and he’s a fantastic actor. Obviously, he keeps really fit. He seems like he’s happy acting. Who knows if he really is, but he gives you that impression.

— Brenton Thwaites

It’s just been a lot of hard work and lot of auditions. A lot of ups and downs, but a lot of ups, and I’m really happy for my downs, too. I’m really thankful.

— Bresha Webb

Here’s the thing that I think about life – if you manage to get into a space where you don’t need that much, where the overhead of your life is not that great and you’re pretty happy and relaxed without that much stuff, you are really liberated because you never have to say yes to something because you want another refrigerator or car!

— Brit Marling

I wasn’t happy at the career I was at and wanted to try something else, and so I tried fighting, and it’s working out pretty well. I set my own schedule I have my own training facilities. I’m not traveling as much, and I’m at home every night.

— Brock Lesnar

My hands. I’m constantly working on my hands. I’m constantly working on my ground game and constantly trying not to get satisfied with where I’m at with my career and where I’m at as an athlete. I’m somewhat happy, but never satisfied.

— Brock Lesnar

I’ve never come out and said, ‘I hold the most pay-per-view buys.’ All I know is what I got paid, and I’m happy.

— Brock Lesnar

The nicest part of the prize, perhaps, is the effect on my friends and family. Each of them feels proud and happy to have the relationship with me that they do. In a way, it’s as though they received an award too, and I like that very much.

— Bruce Beutler

My main characters are the most sunny, happy, optimistic, loving creatures on the face of the Earth. I couldn’t be happier that’s where I start. I can put as many flawed people in the dog’s world as I like, but the dog doesn’t care. Dog doesn’t judge. Dog doesn’t dislike. Dog loves. That’s not so bad.

— Bruce Cameron

When faced with a challenge, happy families, like happy people, just add a new chapter to their life story that shows them overcoming the hardship. This skill is particularly important for children, whose identity tends to get locked in during adolescence.

— Bruce Feiler

Decades of research have shown that most happy families communicate effectively. But talking doesn’t mean simply ‘talking through problems,’ as important as that is. Talking also means telling a positive story about yourselves.

— Bruce Feiler

I think living my happy, open life and showing young gay kids you can be successful, you can have love in your life, you can be a contributing member of society and you can be respected – I think that’s it.

— Bryan Batt

People are easily intimidated when they decorate their home. They think it has to be one way. But there’s no one way. It’s your way, your style. At the end of the day, you have to live there. It’s your cocoon, your nest. You have to be happy in it.

— Bryan Batt

It was in Cardiff, and the cast was 60 per cent Welsh-speaking. It’s the first time I’ve walked into a rehearsal room speaking my mother tongue, which in itself was a breath of fresh clean air from the Welsh mountains. Singing Hans Sachs is always a milestone, but I was happy to be part of such an achievement, not personally but as a company.

— Bryn Terfel

A woman should say: ‘Have I made him happy? Is he satisfied? Does he love me more than he loved me before? Is he likely to go to bed with another woman?’ If he does, then it’s the wife’s fault because she is not trying to make him happy.

— Barbara Cartland

I’m so happy that I was able to make it to 120 games for Germany 175 games would have been possible. I’ve had many great moments, but particularly the way the fans supported me and the road to the final in Rio.

— Bastian Schweinsteiger

I want to be happy. I realized that being happy isn’t necessarily about getting there, it’s how you get there. It almost sounds like a cliche, but every entrepreneur I’ve talked to – every good entrepreneur – really enjoys the ‘how you get here.’

— Ben Huh

Building a successful company (or living a happy life, for that matter) is not about embracing someone else’s philosophy, but staying true to your own beliefs about the world and learning from the mistakes you make along the way.

— Ben Parr

I never thought about how I didn’t have a cell phone or I’m in 2011. I was just so happy to be able to be a character in the 30s and there are these actresses that I really liked in the 40s, 50s and 60s in American movies that I’ve seen since I was a little girl. But you don’t really think like that when you prepare for a role.

— Berenice Bejo

Many of Bush’s defenders have praised him for keeping the country safe since Sept. 11, 2001. He deserves that praise, and I’m perfectly happy to defend most of his surveillance, interrogation and counterterrorism policies against his critics.

— Bill Kristol

I’m very happy with the success of short films. In fact, for me, the short films make more money than the features.

— Bill Plympton

Rather than thinking, ‘If I do this, and in five years I’ll be where I want to be,’ you’re better just doing something that makes you happy now.

— Billy Boyd

It just kills me when people buy a dog when there are dogs in shelters. I still get emotional when I think of Karl sitting in that shelter. I wasn’t looking. I didn’t even think I had time for a dog, and then I met this little one and he needed help. It’s been so amazing to see him transform into a happy and confident companion.

— Bob Harper

A Bug’s Life’ is a really funny movie and the characters have such different personalities. The movie is happy and then gets really sad and I’m like, W’hoa, I’m feeling this way and this movie is about bugs!’

— Booboo Stewart

Working with children has done well for me. I don’t find them intolerable or frustrating. They’re just fun, full of energy, and happy to be there.

— Beck Bennett

They think the banjo can only be happy, but that’s not true.

— Bela Fleck

As long as I’m able to write across the media and across the age groups, I’m happy.

— Berlie Doherty

I love writing, and I am never as happy as when I have a week, a month – three months – with nothing to do but write.

— Bernhard Schlink

At the surface, many people’s goals are to lose weight, tone up, feel better, etc. But superficial goals get superficial results that usually fade. Dig a little deeper, and the ‘why’ is usually unveiled: to be more confident, to be more happy, to feel sexy again.

— Brett Hoebel

If Harry Connick Jr. wants to call me and ask me to join his band, that would be fine with me. I’m happy, but if he calls, I would pick up.

— Bria Skonberg

If you are not happy when you’re weightless, then something’s wrong.

— Brian Binnie

I think it’s always a really stupid thing to base your achievement on someone else. I just want to base it on myself… do something that I can be proud of, and then I’ll be happy.

— Bronte Campbell

I am so happy, so in love, and so content.

— Brooke Burns

My early life has given me a great deal to draw on, certainly – but would I have swapped a happy childhood for the writing? Yes.

— Bruce Robinson

I suggested that we had experience in helping other countries build their military forces, and we would be willing and happy to do the same for Afghanistan, together with the United States.

— Bulent Ecevit

I know in Britain with ‘Doctor Who’ all the classic actors, and the people who you’d really want to, work on the show. I like that the fact that ‘Torchwood’ has actors that want to be involved from the stage. It has raised our game, and I’m just happy for good actors who want to be in sci-fi shows who love the genre.

— Burn Gorman

I see groups that are hot one minute, and next time you see them, they’re asking if you want a soda with that Happy Meal.

— Big Bank Hank

School Daze’ was one of the highlights of my life because it was the first chance I had to act on screen. I would have been happy if that had been it, because I proved that I could do it.

— Bill Nunn

And you realise you’re doing a public service in making people happy – as a musician you can give people something a doctor, a lawyer, a politician cannot give them that. It’s not scientific. It’s spiritual – a good feeling. And although you don’t know them personally, the audience are like your friends.

— Billy Ocean

Given a choice between being happy or being efficient and safe, I’ll take efficient and safe.

— Bob Buckhorn

The orphan in children’s literature allows the child protagonist to move the story forward themselves. I think that, however happy a family, every intelligent child thinks: ‘How did I come to be born to these parents?’ – it is about finding your place in the world.

— Brian Selznick

I enjoy working with Melissa a great deal. We’re always looking for projects to do together. I was happy to have her do the show, because she doesn’t normally do episodic unless she’s starring, and I was very happy with the results.

— Bruce Boxleitner

I am reasonably happy, providing I keep busy.

— Burt Lancaster

Henceforth, we shall be happy to be a free citizen in an independent country.

— Bao Dai

I gotta say, Pluto is such a great character, and if I ever got to work with him, I’d be very happy. The scene where he gets caught in fly paper, he’s such a great dog!

— Bob Peterson

One moment I can be happy and laughing, but then it comes over me. It’s my mom.

— Bobbi Kristina Brown

I’m so happy after such a long struggle to be living my true self. Welcome to the world, Caitlyn. Can’t wait for you to get to know her/me.

— Caitlyn Jenner

I can’t say this enough, I’m totally comfortable with my body. I like my body, I don’t think it’s a bad thing, I think I have a nice body, I’m happy with it.

— Cameron Diaz

I’m very happy with what I’ve accomplished, but we’re going for more.

— Canelo Alvarez

If the people like watching me, see me as an example of someone succeeding, as a young guy who has the will to win, then I’m happy.

— Canelo Alvarez

When you are clinically diagnosed with depression as a teenager, sometimes people don’t understand it. You feel like you should be happy, especially when you have a very lucky upbringing, and you blame yourself.

— Cara Delevingne

I worked hard to be accepted by the fashion community in ways beyond my physical appearance. In no time, though, I found myself surrendering to the industry’s approval process. I felt like I needed validation from everyone. As a result, I lost sight of myself and what it meant to be happy, what it meant to be successful.

— Cara Delevingne

If I am able to carry on modeling, I’ll be very happy to, but my passion is definitely in music and acting. I would love to do what Meryl Streep is doing. Her or Judi Dench, or maybe Charlize Theron as well.

— Cara Delevingne

I would never share my daughter’s wardrobe. Every five years you have to go through your wardrobe and say, ‘This is possible, this is not possible.’ But you have to be happy with yourself.

— Carine Roitfeld

I had the good fortune of having a happy, closely knit family.

— Carlos Fuentes

I’m the C.E.O., nominated by the shareholders. If they’re not happy, I have to take the consequences.

— Carlos Ghosn

I’m happy to tell you that having been through surgery and chemotherapy and radiation, breast cancer is officially behind me. I feel absolutely great and I am raring to go.

— Carly Fiorina

I always remember my childhood house with happy memories. There was a beautiful garden, and outside my bedroom window was a jasmine vine which would open in the evenings, giving off a divine scent.

— Carolina Herrera

Feeling good about yourself and your life is very important. I’m a happy woman, happy with my husband, my daughters, my grandchildren. We all get along quite well, and that keeps me centered.

— Carolina Herrera

I love books my suitcases are always full of them. Books and shoes. I read when I am sad, when I am happy, when I am nervous. My favourite British author is Jane Austen, and my favourite American one is John O’Hara.

— Carolina Herrera

I am truly happy with what I’ve got. But if I could alter something, it would be my hands. I’ve never been satisfied with them – I would love longer fingers.

— Carolina Herrera

We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. Everyone in L.A. says, ‘Oh, you look good,’ and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never ‘How are you?’ or ‘You seem happy!’

— Carrie Fisher

I’m extremely happy, but I don’t do love songs for the most part. It feels weird that’s such a personal thing to me. I’d rather live that in my real life and play a different character outside of that.

— Carrie Underwood

I think it’s okay to feel jealous, but it’s how you deal with it that’s the important thing. You have to be happy for your friends when they do well because you want them to do well. It’s not a competition.

— Carrie Underwood

I never had ambitions to see how rich I could get. I got a lot of contemporaries that that’s their ambition, and I don’t know very many of them that are happy.

— Carroll Shelby

The reality is, if you have a high-level-energy dog, it’s not going to be happy with a one-hour walk. Those types of dogs are going to require more than one hour of physical challenge in the outside world.

— Cesar Millan

Happy are those few nations that have not waited till the slow succession of human vicissitudes should, from the extremity of evil, produce a transition to good but by prudent laws have facilitated the progress from one to the other!

— Cesare Beccaria

Come, let us have some tea and continue to talk about happy things.

— Chaim Potok

He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.

— Chanakya

A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints’ was the first real actor-actor part I did, and I hope I to do more. Action movies are fun, but I’d be happy not to do them if there are better roles.

— Channing Tatum

Truthfully, this is how I approach my workout: I want to be the best athlete I can possibly be. If I can out-perform some of the better athletes then I’m happy. When I look at the NFL or the NBA, these guys look how I want to look – it’s useable, functional muscle.

— Channing Tatum

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!

— Charles Dickens

Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image.

— Charles Dickens

If we only wanted to be happy, it would be easy but we want to be happier than other people, and that is almost always difficult, since we think them happier than they are.

— Charles de Montesquieu

Hank Paulson, the happy capitalist warrior who spent his life pursuing and defending free markets, is now the biggest interventionist Treasury secretary we’ve had since the Great Depression.

— Charles Duhigg

My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I’m happy. I can’t figure it out. What am I doing right?

— Charles M. Schulz

A man will speedily sit down and sympathize with a friend’s griefs, but if he sees him honored and esteemed, he is apt to regard him as a rival and does not so readily rejoice with him. This ought not to be without effort, we ought to be happy in our brother’s happiness.

— Charles Spurgeon

The exercise of benevolence is joy to loving hearts: the more pain it costs, the more joy it is. Kind actions make us happy, and in such joy we find communion with the great heart of Jesus.

— Charles Spurgeon

I’m happy being an actor, it’s what I have always wanted to do. I’m just lucky I got to do it so early.

— Charlie Hunnam

I think it’s possible to have been a happy child, as I was, and still question and push back with regard to societal conventions.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

If your goal is to be the biggest movie star in the world, a 10-movie contract is gold. It was never my goal. Up until now, I made movies – and I have a nice house, a nice car. I’m fortunate, happy and grateful. Life is good.

— Chris Evans

You want to strike that happy medium: the balance of being able to find creative satisfaction in your profession, be able to afford a roof over your head, but still have the freedom to live a relatively normal life.

— Chris Evans

To be totally honest with you, I’m so happy to be alive every day.

— Chris Martin

I’m happy in L.A., but I will live wherever my kids are, and I don’t really mind where it is.

— Chris Martin

But I learned that there’s a certain character that can be built from embarrassing yourself endlessly. If you can sit happy with embarrassment, there’s not much else that can really get to ya.

— Christian Bale

In a creative business, if you’re happy, it will come out in your work. I don’t see how you can be happy if you don’t like the people you’re working with and if they aren’t a joy to have fun with.

— Christian Louboutin

Shoes for men are about elegance or wealth, they are not playing with the inner character. That is why women are happy to wear painful shoes.

— Christian Louboutin

I am always surprised by who wears my shoes. This is a good thing. There is no type of woman, but all my women like to feel feminine. They are women who are happy to be women.

— Christian Louboutin

I believe in true love, and I believe in happy endings. And I believe.

— Christie Brinkley

All I ever wanted was a big, happy family.

— Christie Brinkley

I’m a smart girl. There are decisions that I make for reasons, and the most important thing is that my son is happy and he always will be. He’s surrounded by love.

— Christina Aguilera

My son is healthy and happy, so that’s all that matters to me.

— Christina Aguilera

My favorite thing about motherhood is the outpouring of love that is non-judgmental and beautiful. My daughter just makes me happy, and she motivates me to be a kid again.

— Christina Milian

At 18, I finally came into a relationship with a record label. My family got back on its feet. I was happy.

— Christina Milian

I love dress shopping, and I love talking about the wedding food. That’s what makes me happy.

— Christine Teigen

I sometimes think how strange it is that I’ve got to do exactly what I want, and that is difficult to cope with. You have to remind yourself every few weeks: I’m making this film and this is exactly what I want to do. And suddenly you’re happy again.

— Christopher Nolan

A photograph doesn’t gain weight or lose weight, or change from being happy to being sad. It’s frozen. You can use it, then recycle it.

— Chuck Close

People used to ask me how I got my jollies, and I guess I’m happy when what I’m doing is helping people and unhappy when what I’m doing isn’t helping people.

— Chuck Feeney

My stories always have these twisted happy endings, and the boy always gets the girl.

— Chuck Palahniuk

Anytime my work can coax bodily fluids out of someone, I’m happy.

— Chuck Palahniuk

If you don’t embrace who you are and accept who you are, you won’t be able to live a happy life.

— Ciara

I like to stay happy, and I like to live life light and make the best of life.

— Ciara

I’m a very happy university professor… the best thing about being a university professor is that you see young people as they’re being shaped and molded toward their own future, and you have a chance to be a part of that.

— Condoleezza Rice

What the purpose of my life is about is I want to become the kind of person that God wants me to become, and through my study of the scriptures I can articulate the kind of person that God would be happy if I become.

— Clayton M. Christensen

I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.

— Conrad Hall

I am reasonably happy. I didn’t find Jesus or anything like that. Part of it is that I just feel that I could go home. I did not feel like that for a long time, but I could go back now.

— Craig Ferguson

What the purpose of my life is about is I want to become the kind of person that God wants me to become, and through my study of the scriptures, I can articulate the kind of person that God would be happy if I become.

— Clayton Christensen

People have an idol they want to be like and try to follow what the idols did. But when you do, you find out you’re not very successful and you’re not very happy. You try to copy these models, and it doesn’t yield successful results.

— Clayton Christensen

My life is in the art that I make, and I’m very happy with it.

— Clive Barker

You know, in the 1970’s, when I was in high school, I belonged to a band called the Happy Funk Band. Until an unfortunate typo caused us to be expelled from school.

— Colin Mochrie

We don’t have one of those houses where there’s a rope that separates the kids’ area from the adult area. There’s a happy medium. It’s all about fabric choices, accessories.

— Candice Olson

I feel if I’m healthy and happy, I look good. With a good mixture of fitness and healthy food I always feel great!

— Candice Swanepoel

You know, I do not know, I just want to date someone who makes me happy.

— Caprice Bourret

I’m 64 years old and, yeah, I went through a transition in my life last year, with the death of my son, that woke me up to a lot of things. You know, I’m perfectly happy in my own little groove. Marching along, building my company, and you know, a happy person.

— Carl Paladino

The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.

— Carlos Castaneda

I’ve never once heard my mum shout and she’s 83 now. She’s incredible. She’s very, very happy, slightly eccentric but loves laughing, which I do too.

— Carol Vorderman

There was a great strain in our family because my father didn’t want anything to do with me. He was happy to see my brother and sister, but not me. I don’t know why. Maybe it was shame. I don’t know. But he never wanted anything to do with me. That rejection was terribly hurtful and it went on for years.

— Carol Vorderman

I feel like my grandparents and parents gave me a tremendous amount. And if I can pass some of that on, then I’ll be very happy.

— Caroline Kennedy

Happy and alone, you say? Reclusive and merry? How oxymoronic! Pas possible! Alas, the concept is lost on so many.

— Caroline Knapp

I used to always be the young one playing without pressure, but I am just happy to be where I am and enjoying my time.

— Caroline Wozniacki

The most important thing is friends, family, and the people around you. That’s what really makes you happy.

— Caroline Wozniacki

I think ultimately I make people happy: Whether I’m doing the stage show, giving somebody a makeover, or designing clothing, the end goal is to make people smile.

— Carson Kressley

I’m never more miserable than when I write, and never more happy than having finished and having it sitting in front of me.

— Cary Fukunaga

Something that’s good in the mini-culture of ‘Happy Endings’ is that the goal is to try and make each other laugh. There is a pretty high bar, and you want to make the writers laugh, and you want to elevate what’s already great material – and also, we’re like, ‘Who is even watching this? Let’s just go for it.’

— Casey Wilson

Lead the life that will make you kindly and friendly to everyone about you, and you will be surprised what a happy life you will lead.

— Charles M. Schwab

The biggest threat to McDonald’s lies within – and that is us as a company becoming complacent. There are a lot of companies that get fat, dumb and happy and take their eye off the ball and forget about serving customers.

— Charlie Bell

James Cotton is a real blues guy, and he played with Muddy Waters, and it surprised me that they would want me to make a record with them, that he called me to do this record. I’d never done anything like that before. But I love blues, so I was very happy.

— Charlie Haden

Britain is still seen as a beacon for decency, for democracy, for vigorous judges upholding the rule of law and, dare I say it, a free press. I respect the press in theory, but when you see some of the things it writes about you, it’s not exactly a happy relationship.

— Cherie Blair

I can’t hurt any more than I’ve been hurt, I can’t cry any more than I’ve cried. I’ve been to the highest of highs and lowest of lows, so one day I’m going to find my middle ground and be happy.

— Cheryl Cole

The suburbs are the American dream, right? Living in a nice house, having a good job, a happy family.

— Cheryl Hines

Of course, you decide which story you want to tell. For me, it’s been very authentic, so sometimes I’m super happy, and I post four pictures one after the other sometimes I’m busy, and I don’t. Sometimes I’m sad, and I post a sad picture.

— Chiara Ferragni

If I had to look at ‘Now He Sings’… from outside myself, I see it as a natural part of the growth of the jazz culture, which I’ve always been so happy – honored, really – to be a small part of.

— Chick Corea

I have always done things that made me happy. I work with people I like, and I do the job I like. I only see people who I like to be with. I have led a wonderful life.

— China Machado

In Hollywood, you can’t say anything bad about anybody or everyone is going to attack you. It’s like you always have to put on a happy face, be the phony baloney, and I’m so not that. I never was that I’ll never be that. That is part of the business that I don’t like.

— Chloe Sevigny

It’s like you always have to put on a happy face, be the phony baloney, and I’m so not that. I never was that I’ll never be that. That is part of the business that I don’t like. Maybe that will always keep me an outsider, I don’t know. But that’s fine.

— Chloe Sevigny

I wasn’t going to get such a nice car – I was going to get a cute little hybrid or something, keep the trees happy – but then my grandfather died, and it was all: retail therapy!

— Chris Colfer

If a band is really good and the chemistry is unique, it should continue. But I guess David is just very happy doing his solo career. He’s got a different band every time he goes out.

— Chris Frantz

I have my own worries and concerns and frustrations, but I’m doing something I love to do. My wife and kids are in good shape. What is there not to be happy about?

— Chris O’Donnell

If my son is happy, then I am happy.

— Chris Paul

I’m the weirdo. There have been multitudes of times in my career where I could have taken an easier road or a more commercial path, and I’ve been just like, that’s not gonna make me happy.

— Chris Robinson

There have been multitudes of times in my career where I could have taken an easier road or a more commercial path, and I’ve been just like, ‘That’s not gonna make me happy.’

— Chris Robinson

I love dress shopping, and I love talking about the wedding food. That’s what makes me happy. If you tell me to do a guest list, I cry. I hate it.

— Chrissy Teigen

Kanye is so much fun. He’s a wonderful person. What I love about Kim and Kanye is that I think they save their happy moments and their smiles for themselves rather than sharing everything with the public. And listen, when a camera is shoved in your face trying to take a selfie, you do not want to smile.

— Chrissy Teigen

For me, I am still very happy to be able to do stage design as it’s an opportunity to express the extreme.

— Christian Lacroix

It just seemed so odd as people had never commented on my body before. Every woman obsesses over her figure, but I was happy, I felt sexy – I never thought about it. I know this sounds naive, but I honestly never expected this kind of attention.

— Christina Hendricks

I think every relationship has a point where you stop and reevaluate. Are you happy? Have you grown together or apart? What do you share interests in? I think that’s a normal thing to do, but it’s so much harder when it’s done publicly.

— Courteney Cox

The questions I’m asking myself are, ‘What makes me happy? Where do I want to be? What will make me happy at 50, 60 and 70?’

— Courteney Cox

Once I said to my mother: ‘You would be happy if I just kept well-dressed and had good manners,’ and she said: ‘What else is there?’

— Cy Twombly

My private life is private. But at the same time, I have nothing to hide. So what I will say is that I am very happy.

— Cynthia Nixon

I am definitely as happy as I’ve ever been. Happier, I would say, than I’ve ever been.

— Cynthia Nixon

There are three legs of the stool spending, entitlements and making the tax code fair and equitable. That’s the three legs of the stool. If we do all of those in a responsible, bipartisan way, I think the American people would all be very, very happy.

— Claire McCaskill

We must select the illusion which appeals to our temperament, and embrace it with passion, if we want to be happy.

— Cyril Connolly

A working definition of fathering might be this: fathering is the act of guiding a child to behave in ways that lead to the child’s becoming a secure child in full, thus increasing his or her chances of being happy and fruitful as a young adult.

— Clyde Edgerton

I remember in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I had to do a scene where I broke down. And before we filmed I spent like three hours imagining my mum’s funeral. Actually, she’s very much alive, happy and healthy. It was really horrible.

— Carey Mulligan

And for a very special group of people, we’ve provided their only job. I’m speaking of course of the disabled. They have stated they don’t want a hand out just a hand. We are happy to give them one.

— Carl Karcher

The success of ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ made me very happy, but it did not change my perspective or the way I was.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafon

I’m done with Everest. I did it three times, and I need to be good at that and be happy with it and focus on other climbs.

— Conrad Anker

As an entertainer, a comedy guy, whatever, you’re never gonna be truly 100-percent happy with anything.

— Corey Feldman

A lot of people around me were really staggeringly rich, which I never have been. I walked in between the raindrops of real money, but I’ve stayed happy.

— Carmen Dell’Orefice

My characters always start well in movies. Almost every movie I’ve done starts with a happy marriage, it’s all beautiful, wealthy, whatever… and then of course my husband leaves me, and everything falls apart.

— Carole Bouquet

I’ve really become super active in rescuing animals, and it has made my life feel so much better. I can’t even express to you how happy it has made me.

— Carrie Ann Inaba

I think that in order for anything to work on television, you have to have conflict. Nothing can be too happy or it’s boring. People don’t want to watch that – they want to watch things that are exciting and dangerous and sexy and have tension.

— Carrie Preston

The No. 1 question I get from everybody is, ‘How did you make it?’ I’m like, Don’t worry about making it. There is no making it. Just be happy.

— Carson Daly

I want a character to wake up one day and feel like, ‘I can face it’. That, to me, is happy. I want the characters to rescue themselves, though you use the relationships you have, to make you strong enough to be able to do that.

— Cecelia Ahern

I’m most happy when I am writing at night, because I need space and time to write.

— Cecelia Ahern

So, I’m happy to do that because it’s a wonderful working relationship but I will be going out for pilot season for half hour work and that’s the gamble I’m taking.

— Charisma Carpenter

Yes, I’m happy with Alan Ball’s production of my novels.

— Charlaine Harris

If I win, I’ll take my wife and buy her a whole new wardrobe. If she’s happy then I’ll be happy.

— Chris Daughtry

Happy is said to be the family which can eat onions together. They are, for the time being, separate, from the world, and have a harmony of aspiration.

— Charles Dudley Warner

Singing is something that I’m always happy to do it and going in the studio I never felt any pressure. I just feel like I get to sing, you know. It’s fun.

— Chris Isaak

I like light green, sometimes red is fun to look at, not a fan of yellow, unless it’s in a rainbow or on a coffee mug or on a happy face.

— Chris Kattan

We would have been happy if we could have assigned just three categories, large, medium, and small the point is, we wanted to avoid personal judgments. It actually turned out to be quite a finely tuned scale.

— Charles Francis Richter

I have to tell you, I’m a happy man. I’ve lived the life I wanted to live. I’ve written the books I wanted to write. No publisher has ever even suggested that I change so much as a phrase – commas and periods, yes – and I suspect that I have a lot of serious readers in fact, I know.

— Charles McCarry

The public is eager for stories of True Cybercrime, and the media is happy to glamorize the subject. But when teenagers take the bait and live out our fantasies for us, we punish them for frightening us too much.

— Charles Platt

When you are happy and playing regular football, that can make life a lot easier.

— Charlie Adam

What mom cares about most is that I’m happy, healthy and enjoying my life.

— Chaz Bono

I feel really good, I feel like a man now, and I’m really happy.

— Chaz Bono

However, I must say that I am very happy to see that we have such a positive result for our first referendum in our history and that gives me more confidence in Taiwan’s democracy.

— Chen Shui-bian

I feel like I’ve always been doubted or slighted. Let’s be honest. When you’re a walk-on, you don’t start for a No. 1 team, a national championship contender. You just don’t. A walk-on is a guy who plays scout team, who’s just happy to be on the team.

— Clay Matthews III

I know a lot of people didn’t understand why I came back, and people are still going to say it was stupid and it was the wrong decision. But I’m happy.

— Cobi Jones

But, you know, sometimes – many – they all understand. That’s the nice thing. They were all very happy for me and they understand why I decided to come to CNN. So in that respect, I know that they think it’s the best thing for me to do.

— Connie Chung

I always choose to remember the moment that was the best of Jeanne Cooper – those photos where she’s in that wild dress triumphantly hoisting up the Emmy the night she finally won the damn thing. She was so proud, so happy.

— Corbin Bernsen

I probably prefer comedy. Why? I’m not sure. I feel like the energy of a comedy is a better fit for me. I try to be a happy guy! It seems that most of my life has the energy more for a comedy than for drama. I’m grateful to do both, but I would have to lean towards the comedy side of acting.

— Cameron Mathison

I came out to my parents as gay, and then I realized, you know, four or five years later, that I wasn’t really happy, no relationships were working, and there was something missing in my life, and you know, I was doing drag, performing and stuff, and I realized through that arc that I was much happier doing that.

— Candis Cayne

Then after I saw the scoreboard that we were tied, I was really happy, because I really wanted to win.

— Carly Patterson

I thought I had gotten second, but I didn’t, so I was really happy.

— Carly Patterson

She said I did good and I think she was happy with what I did. She just wants me to get my higher Start Value vault, which I’ll be competing at Trials and, hopefully, the Olympics.

— Carly Patterson

At least, I’m very happy that it’s going out on DVD because if it wasn’t for the fans who signed this petition and were really ongoing about how they loved it, we wouldn’t see this DVD right now.

— Caroline Dhavernas

My parents wanted me to be a doctor, and they weren’t very happy at the idea of me choosing acting as a career. Everyone in my family went to university – my older brother is a lawyer – but when they saw me for the first time at the theatre, they thought, ‘OK.’ They like it very much now.

— Caterina Murino

If I’m laughing, you know I’m either very happy or very sad. I cope with things with jokes.

— Cristela Alonzo

I always knew, even as a kid, that my mom had a really rough life, and I always wanted to make her feel happy and to make her feel good.

— Cristela Alonzo

Jazz of the sort we play is a happy, extroverted music. You don’t have to think about it too much.

— Chris Barber

We play happy music, and we make people happy. That’s why they like us.

— Chris Barber

If a girl is smiling and is bringing positive energy and she’s happy, that’s what I notice right away – and her teeth.

— Chandler Parsons

Christmas was always a big holiday in our family. Every Christmas Eve before we’d go to bed, my mom and dad would read to us two or three stories and they would always be ‘The Happy Prince,’ ‘The Gift of the Magi’ and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,’ and I would like to keep that alive.

— Cameron Mathison

I liked ‘Z Cars’ – just hearing the music got me going! ‘Coronation Street’ was massive in our house. My mum used to say Ena Sharples reminded her of Gran, which she wouldn’t have been happy to hear!

— Colin Salmon

I could only try to comfort the women that I came face-to-face with. I was really moved by how much they wanted to talk, how much they needed to be comforted, and how happy they were that we were there.

— Connie Sellecca

There must have been something in my nature – I believe, with all my heart, that I have conquered it now – which prevented me from being perfectly happy or making a woman perfectly happy.

— Conrad Veidt

A library book, I imagine, is a happy book.

— Cornelia Funke

A happy player is a good player, I think.

— Curtis Joseph

As much I can stay away from people, I remain happy.

— Cyrus Broacha

I considered myself very lucky after ‘Baghdad Cafe,’ and I have ‘The Shield.’ In every genre, I’ve kicked butt at some point. I’m real happy.

— C. C. H. Pounder

Basically, I would be happy with any profession where I got to be creative and make things.

— Christopher Paolini

I had friends growing up there were other home-schoolers we were in touch with so we weren’t isolated, and I’ve always been happy engaged in my own projects and pursuing my own goals.

— Christopher Paolini

People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life, and they can’t do it. I’m too happy.

— Curt Flood

I feel very privileged to be part of this mission, and when my nomination was announced, I was really very, very happy to be selected for this mission.

— Claude Nicollier

Balthazar’ is very much about the title hero having to choose between his past and his future. For the first time in a long time, he has a chance to be happy – with Skye. But he has this terrible tendency to set himself up for heartbreak, in part because he punishes himself for his past.

— Claudia Gray

I’m happy to be with this organization, and I hope to retire as a Yankee.

— CC Sabathia

I discovered at the age of five that I could sing, and I realised people liked it. The sound that came out made people happy, so I kept doing it.

— Cynthia Erivo

I try to only read light things when I’m working on my books, and in the evenings I watch a lot of mindless TV. I have to break up the ‘dark,’ or I wouldn’t be a very happy person.

— Chevy Stevens

How ridiculous I was as a Marionette! And how happy I am, now that I have become a real boy!

— Carlo Collodi

And I’m happy to say that I’m able to find people wherever I go that are not black, not white – they’re just human beings. That’s where I am, where I’ve been and where I intend to stay.

— Chico Hamilton

You look at a herd of cattle and well, they all look the same… but they know. They all have an individual personality, and those personalities change from day to day. They can have their grumpy days and their happy days and their serene days. But it’s unpredictable. You can’t be off in outer space when you’re dealing with animals.

— Chris Cooper

Children are not only innocent and curious but also optimistic and joyful and essentially happy. They are, in short, everything adults wish they could be.

— Carolyn Haywood

The three-year-old who lies about taking a cookie isn’t really a liar after all. He simply can’t control his impulses. He then convinces himself of a new truth and, eager for your approval, reports the version that he knows will make you happy.

— Cathy Rindner Tempelsman

Many working mothers feel guilty about not being at home. And when they are there, they wish it could be perfect. This pressure to make every minute happy puts working parents in a bind when it comes to setting limits and modifying behavior.

— Cathy Rindner Tempelsman

Sometimes you hate villains, but you love that you hate them, and it finds this happy medium where you enjoy the process of loathing them so much that you want them to be there. It’s such a weird, twisted thing that our minds do.

— Chris Wood

I’m happy to have a physical part in ‘High Tension,’ in ‘Hereafter,’ and in a lot of French movies and Belgian movies. But its not by chance directors choose me for physical parts. I like to do that. I like to tell a story also with the body. It’s important, because you can tell a lot of things.

— Cecile de France

You should never worry too much about achieving your goals, because in the long run you might not find yourself too happy when you get there.

— Chad Channing

As long as there are people who are not happy with their lot in life, as long as the United States is perceived to somehow be the cause of this unhappiness, there will be terrorism.

— Cofer Black

I had a happy childhood, with many stimulations and support from my parents who, in postwar times, when it was difficult to buy things, made children’s books and toys for us. We had much freedom and were encouraged by our parents to do interesting things.

— Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

It’s true that my mom loved it when I played Joanie Cunningham in the musical ‘Happy Days,’ but I think she finally realized I am never going to do ‘Oklahoma!’

— Christine Lakin

I think videos are really hard. I’m yet to be happy with a video. It’s very weird watching yourself on camera, which I guess I’m going to have to get used to. I love the thought of being in them, but it’s one thing to say that and another to actually do it.

— Conrad Sewell

To come home and have three songs working on radio, I can’t tell you how happy I am. It is amazing.

— Conrad Sewell

I’m a very outgoing person. I’m always happy, I’m one of those people who are always smiling. If somebody described me to somebody else, they’d say the kid with the curly hair with the big smile on his face. I get along with everybody.

— Corbin Bleu

You need to eat normally and healthfully, and you need to exercise. I’m so passionate about this because I think people spend their lives not happy in their bodies.

— Courtney Thorne-Smith

The first duty to children is to make them happy. If you have not made them so, you have wronged them. No other good they may get can make up for that.

— Charles Buxton

Let us all be happy, and live within our means, even if we have to borrow the money to do it with.

— Charles Farrar Browne

If happy I and wretched he, Perhaps the king would change with me.

— Charles Mackay

To keep the edge, you just keep doing something new. I’m not gonna say that working is easy, but while I’m doing it, I’m just a happy little moron – that’s how my girlfriend describes me. The fact that nothing might happen with those things is not the point. The point is, I’m doing new things, and I have a good feeling in my soul.

— Charles Pollock

Who is my biggest inspiration? Wow… I really, without wanting to sound ‘aw gee shucks,’ I’d have to say my wife who taught a rather uptight Englishman what there is to be got out of life. Susan is my greatest inspiration. She has more integrity than anyone I know, and integrity is more important than anything for a happy and successful life.

— Charles Shaughnessy

Be unselfish. That is the first and final commandment for those who would be useful and happy in their usefulness. If you think of yourself only, you cannot develop because you are choking the source of development, which is spiritual expansion through thought for others.

— Charles William Eliot

I’m happy with the movies I did, and the movies I didn’t do.

— Charlie Korsmo

UNICEF is such a special organization, and to spread the word just makes me so happy.

— Charlotte Sullivan

It’s weird, you know? I didn’t really envision my future, but I’m pretty happy with how it’s turned out.

— Chloe Gosselin

In Europe, you would almost never have people with large amounts of income being happy with a two-volume vehicle like a hatchback or a minivan. They want to structurally show their societal position, which is why three volumes are so popular. They show ‘I’m part of that hierarchy.’

— Chris Bangle

I love Taco Bell. Whenever I go there, I could get anything on the menu and be totally happy.

— Chris Massoglia

All I can say is that with ‘The Golden Compass,’ I didn’t get to make the movie I had planned to make. When I look at the film, at the casting and certain scenes, I’m very happy. As for the final product, I can’t vouch for that.

— Chris Weitz

I cannot imagine being happy anywhere else in the world but in Cape Town – South Africa in general, but Cape Town in particular.

— Christoffel Wiese

At the base level, a burger is a piece of meat and a bun with something on it. It’s simple but it seems to make a lot of people happy.

— Danny Meyer

You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy campers you have been, and, as far as I am concerned, happy campers you will always be.

— Dan Quayle

If I were going to stay in coaching, I would have stayed right there because I was totally happy.

— Darrell Royal

Every single aspect of myself, let me put it this way, it’s all about trying to incorporate. It’s about trying to weave the web and keep everyone happy. And of course, it’s about giving value to those people so they continue to sponsor me.

— Danica Patrick

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting – for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.

— Dag Hammarskjold

When I joined Nirvana, I was the fifth or sixth drummer – I don’t know if they’d ever had a drummer they were totally happy with. And they were strangers. There was never much of a deeper connection outside of the music.

— Dave Grohl

I think about my dwindling anonymity, and that’s really scary because a very large part of me would be perfectly happy living on a ranch in Colorado and having babies and chickens and horses – which I will do anyway.

— Dakota Johnson

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

— Dalai Lama

Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.

— Dalai Lama

Even when we have physical hardships, we can be very happy.

— Dalai Lama

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

Felicity, the companion of content, is rather found in our own breasts than in the enjoyment of external things and I firmly believe it requires but a little philosophy to make a man happy in whatever state he is.

— Daniel Boone

I like a set to be a happy place, where people can feel free to experiment.

— Damien Chazelle

The Father’s plan is designed to provide direction for His children, to help them become happy, and to bring them safely home to Him with resurrected, exalted bodies.

— David A. Bednar

Through the marginalization of black fathers and encouragement of destruction lifestyle choices, the progressive Left has cut off one of the lifelines to raising healthy, happy, children intent on bettering themselves and their community.

— David A. Clarke, Jr.

The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?

— David Attenborough

The billable hours is a classic case of restricted autonomy. I mean, you’re working on – I mean, sometimes on these six-minute increments. So you’re not focused on doing a good job. You’re focused on hitting your numbers. It’s one reason why lawyers typically are so unhappy. And I want a world of happy lawyers.

— Daniel H. Pink

Experienced happiness refers to your feelings, to how happy you are as you live your life. In contrast, the satisfaction of the remembering self refers to your feelings when you think about your life.

— Daniel Kahneman

People tell me I look mournful. They say, ‘Cheer up, Dan, it’s not that bad!’ Sometimes I just look into space, which freaks people out. If I was ever required to do anything other than look haunted, I could. I’m a happy person.

— Daniel Radcliffe

I like the idea of not having to do stuff for the money, and if I want to, I can pick indie projects for the rest of my life and be quite happy doing that.

— Daniel Radcliffe

If I die on a film set when I’m 80, I’ll be happy with that.

— Daniel Radcliffe

It would be my guess that Madonna is not a very happy woman. From my own experience, having gone through persona changes like that, that kind of clawing need to be the center of attention is not a pleasant place to be.

— David Bowie

Frankly, if I could get away with not having to perform, I’d be very happy. It’s not my favorite thing to do.

— David Bowie

I’ve always had a love for horses since I was really young. When I was 5 years old, the only thing that made me happy was when they’d take me out and give me pony rides.

— David Cassidy

Anybody who thinks money will make you happy, hasn’t got money.

— David Geffen

Come on, I’m a television star. Nobody on television is curing cancer. I’ve had a great ride, and I’m very honored to have been in this business. I’m happy if I managed to affect people in a positive way.

— David Hasselhoff

As we move towards 8 or 10 billion people on the planet, there’s a little less gold per capita. Each one of us will continue to be fighting over an ever smaller percentage of total resources. This is not a happy thought.

— Dean Kamen

Of all the characteristics needed for both a happy and morally decent life, none surpasses gratitude. Grateful people are happier, and grateful people are more morally decent.

— Dennis Prager

As you get older and wiser you realize that when people are given anything without having to earn it (unless they are physically or mentally utterly incapable of earning anything), they become ungrateful and lazy. They also become less happy.

— Dennis Prager

That’s what I love about dance. It makes you happy, fully happy.

— Debbie Reynolds

It took, like, 30 years for Carrie to be really happy with me. I don’t know what the problem ever was. I’ve had to work at it.

— Debbie Reynolds

Every poll about the Left, the Right, and happiness reveals that the farther left one goes, the less happy the person is likely to be.

— Dennis Prager

Happy accidents are real gifts, and they can open the door to a future that didn’t even exist. It’s kind of nice sometimes to set up something to encourage or allow happy accidents to happen.

— David Lynch

I’m naturally a muscular gal with some curves, so eating a Mediterranean diet makes my body happy.

— Debi Mazar

When you come into our house, you get a flavor for our life, our travels, our kids, our 18-year-old poodle who is like, blind, deaf and incontinent but so happy.

— Debi Mazar

Happy for America, happy for Europe, perhaps for the world when, on the delivery of Cornwallis’s sword to the illustrious, the immortal Washington, or rather by his order, to the brave Lincoln, the sun of Liberty and Independence burst through a sable cloud, and his benign influence was, almost instantaneously, felt in our remotest corners!

— Deborah Sampson

My mom, she wasn’t like a baseball mother who knew everything about the game. She just wanted me to be happy with what I was doing.

— David Ortiz

I am someone who can’t hold on to negativity or hold on to grudges. I might feel something at a certain point, but I get tired after that. I don’t carry it with me. I forgive and forget very easily, and that’s the only way to be happy and peaceful.

— Deepika Padukone

I was born in Copenhagen, and when I was a year old, we moved to Bangalore. I was always a shy person and was happy with just a few friends and that came from my own social awkwardness. I did not know how to make conversations.

— Deepika Padukone

So I’m not worried about the emotions I carry with me, because I’m happy that I have them I think it’s good for the work I do. The emotions that are not healthy are the ones you hold inside, like anger.

— Diana Ross

Food makes me happy. Make me work round the clock, but just feed me first!

— Deepika Padukone

I’m quite happy having stuff like quinoa, sushi, and even vegetable juices.

— Deepika Padukone

I wrapped my Christmas presents early this year, but I used the wrong paper. See, the paper I used said ‘Happy Birthday’ on it. I didn’t want to waste it so I just wrote ‘Jesus’ on it.

— Demetri Martin

Never be ashamed of what you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion that you want, and to do what makes you happy. That’s my life motto.

— Demi Lovato

I don’t let anyone’s insecurities, emotions, or opinions bother me. I know that if I am happy, that’s all that matters to me.

— Demi Lovato

I learned that you go through things, you deal with them and that’s what empowers you and ultimately makes you a happy person.

— Demi Lovato

One day in ’61, I was looking in the Santa Monica phone book for a number, and there it was: Stan Laurel, Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica. I went over there and spent the afternoon with them. And pumped him with questions. I must have driven him crazy. I spent a lot of happy hours at Stan’s house on Sundays just talking about comedy.

— Dick Van Dyke

Everyone knows that if you can keep on making money, everyone’s happy.

— David Stern

I had a very happy childhood, but I wasn’t that happy a child. I liked being alone and creating characters and voices. I think that’s when your creativity is developed, when you’re young. I liked the world of the imagination because it was an easy place to go to.

— David Walliams

I don’t get recognized much, and am very happy with that. The fans I have met have all been delightful.

— David Walliams

I just want to be happy, have kids, enjoy my life, help others and create some good work.

— David Walliams

I know some of my parents’ friends think ‘Little Britain’ is in incredibly poor taste. But swimming the Channel? You can’t really say anything negative about that, can you? There’s nothing better than making your parents happy. The glee on my father’s face that day was amazing.

— David Walliams

Sometimes you meet people who can’t swim. And I always think: ‘Oh my God, that’s extraordinary.’ For me, it’s always been a treat… I just feel really happy in the water.

— David Walliams

People say I look so happy – and I say, ‘That’s the Botox.’

— Dolly Parton

I was born with a happy heart, and I try to keep a good attitude. It’s not true that I’m happy all the time because nobody is, and we all go through our things.

— Dolly Parton

I’m not happy all the time, and I wouldn’t want to be because that would make me a shallow person. But I do try to find the good in everybody.

— Dolly Parton

When you happy, you get locked in sleep. You get sleepy happy. I always wanna be on point. I always wanna be aware.

— DMX

I like joy I want to be joyous I want to have fun on the set I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile, and I want to make people laugh. And that’s all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.

— Doris Day

I’m not a hoarder, I’m a collector: if you have something you like, every time you see it, you have a little happy hit.

— Douglas Coupland

In Canada, we’re happy to provide a safe haven for next-door neighbors in the middle of a marital dispute. And if anyone trips while crossing the border, we’re happy to set their broken bones for free.

— Douglas Coupland

That statesman is indeed happy who can count as his friends the really honest and consistent, the true Patriots, and the men of honorable thought.

— Dorothea Dix

I like being surrounded by good ideas. Every single time you walk past something you like, you get a blast of happy chemicals to the brain, and I like that.

— Douglas Coupland

I have to say, ‘Pod’ was a bon-bon, a treat to myself. A treat to write: a happy, pleasurable write.

— Douglas Coupland

It’s not like you can say, ‘This is the right side and this is the wrong side,’ because obviously, a happy person is never going to want to inflict pain on somebody else. So the bullies are really victims themselves and yada, yada, yada, pop psychology, but it’s true.

— Dove Cameron

The stories that I want to tell, especially as a director, don’t necessarily have a perfect ending because, the older you get, the more you appreciate a good day versus a happy ending. You understand that life continues on the next day the reality of things is what happens tomorrow.

— Drew Barrymore

I don’t want to be stinky poo poo girl, I want to be happy flower child.

— Drew Barrymore

I love doing ‘The Price is Right.’ It’s so much fun. I love meeting everybody and giving out prizes, especially when it’s not my money. It’s really a happy place, and everybody is all jazzed up.

— Drew Carey

I got some funky scholarships to play soccer and did well in my SATs, so I went off to college and then grad school but found that that wasn’t me. My family, relieved I seemed to have come to my senses, were happy to let me go to film school.

— Duncan Jones

I know my dad’s proud that I’ve done it on my own, and I’m happy with that.

— Duncan Jones

Normally, we are happy to find a fragment of jaw, a few isolated teeth, a bit of an arm, a bit of a skull. But to find associated body parts is extremely rare.

— Donald Johanson

Sure, one can always get the students to relax and be happy – entertained, but although being laid back and relax can also lead to creativity, mostly it means that nothing much gets done.

— Donald Norman

I’m happy that I can focus on my body a little bit. I’m not happy to get surgery, but I’m happy that I can focus on getting better.

— Dwyane Wade

My parents always told me, ‘Do what you love because that is what you will do well in.’ They told me to make sure that you are happy.

— Dylan Lauren

You’re not going to learn anything if you’re not prepared to go flat, so I’m very happy to go flat.

— Dylan Moran

No matter how bad things are, you can at least be happy that you woke up this morning.

— D. L. Hughley

Happiness, true happiness, is an inner quality. It is a state of mind. If your mind is at peace, you are happy. If your mind is at peace, but you have nothing else, you can be happy. If you have everything the world can give – pleasure, possessions, power – but lack peace of mind, you can never be happy.

— Dada Vaswani

If you want to be happy, make others happy!

— Dada Vaswani

It was really really neat to make the movie because there were mentally challenged actors in the movie. So that was really really cool to work with them and they were always really happy, and they made everybody really happy on the set too.

— Dakota Fanning

In the happy scenes there were really fun times. Sean would say really funny stuff because he likes to improv. I would want to laugh, but you are not allowed to do that during the take.

— Dakota Fanning

It’s rare to see women in a film who are not somehow validated by a male or discussing a male or heartbroken by a male,or end up being happy because of a male. It’s interesting to think about, and it’s very true.

— Dakota Fanning

It’s successful, middle-class Arab men and women, professionals with seemingly happy family lives, who are prepared to go to paradise for a greater cause. That’s terrifying.

— Damian Lewis

I don’t really have a lot of appropriate feelings for people on an individual basis, but I’ve always wanted to make people happy.

— Dan Harmon

I always shoot for the moon in my work, so that I’m happy when I land on the roof.

— Darren Criss

Act happy, feel happy, be happy, without a reason in the world. Then you can love, and do what you will.

— Dan Millman

When I was in high school I got involved in the fringe theater scene in Chicago, and I met some openly gay people. I could see that it got better, that they were happy and loved and supported. I saw with my own eyes that it got better.

— Dan Savage

I found a mistake in a rule. They addressed the wrong rule number… I pointed it out, did an amendment, and everybody was happy after that.

— Dan Webster

I’m going to keep working hard, and I will be happy to play anywhere for the country. I’m young and would like to play anywhere.

— Dele Alli

You have to have a certain single-mindedness if you want to reach the top of the profession, and I’m not sure if I’ve got that cold-eyed egomania that perhaps is needed to get to the top. So as long as I can keep paying the mortgage and keep myself interested, I’ll be happy.

— David Harewood

It’s like a whole orchestra, the piano for me. And also it’s to me the greatest instrument. I shouldn’t say that, but I believe that this is the only instrument I can really feel happy about playing.

— Dave Brubeck

Our problems stem from our childhood. Ray was, for so long, the only boy. Then I arrive and take all his limelight away from him. That must have quite a profound effect. I sometimes think that Ray was only happy for three-and-a-half years in his life. And those were the three-and-a-half years before I was born.

— Dave Davies

It’s a wonderful side effect of what we’re doing, to give someone the strength to come out of the closet to their family, or simply present themselves aesthetically in a way they feel happy with, whether or not their friends are going to be allowed to like them anymore.

— Davey Havok

I, as prime minister, never went to Washington. Certainly never went to a presidential ranch. I hate to say this, but I wasn’t going to be the pilot fish to the shark, whereas Australia quite happily bobbed along like a happy little pilot fish with a shark who was a messy eater, and I just couldn’t feel like that.

— David Lange

Look, I’m in love. I’m very happy.

— Daniel Craig

Moneymaking was never anything to me. I was happy never making money I just was happy doing things I liked. But I fell into the money thing. I now don’t feel guilty about it, but I am determined to give away the bulk of it and enjoy doing it.

— David Rubenstein

Often autism is portrayed in the media as a very negative condition, as something that prevents somebody from communicating or from socializing or from being able to have any kind of normal, happy life.

— Daniel Tammet

I’m not jaded yet. I’m still at the point where, if someone comes up to me with great energy, I’m happy to meet them.

— David Walton

If you’re with someone who makes you happy in your personal life, then you’re happy with where you’re at.

— Diane Kruger

Once a month, try something you don’t think you’d be good at. You can find such happy surprises.

— Dianna Agron

That’s what my music does for me. It makes people happy. When I play, I thank the Lord I’ve never seen someone walk away from a Dick Dale dance not having a good time. That’s what it’s all about.

— Dick Dale

I started ‘Storyline’ after I’d accomplished all my goals and still wasn’t happy. I’d become a ‘New York Times’ bestselling author, which was my goal from high school, and yet I was less happy after accomplishing my goals than I was before.

— Donald Miller

I’m part of the party, getting the crowd fired up, singing songs, pouring drinks, whatever it takes to get them to have a good time. When I walk into the meet-and-greet, someone’s always going to have a story, a sad story or a happy story.

— Dierks Bentley

Small things make me happy, and I laugh out loud on the silliest of jokes!

— Divyanka Tripathi

Indeed it is possible to stand with one foot on the inevitable ‘banana peel’ of life with both eyes peering into the Great Beyond, and still be happy, comfortable, and serene – if we will even so much as smile.

— Douglas Fairbanks
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