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Unexpected Happiness Quote


Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.  ~John Barrymore

This is similar to a quote that we posted last week by Edith Wharton: If only we’d stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time.  ~Edith Wharton

When Barrymore says that happiness often sneaks in through a door that you didn’t know you left open he means that the nature of happiness is so illusive that it can come when least expected.  This quote also implies that happiness is something that often can’t be sought after but rather surprises us at times.

This quote is also incredibly hopeful, and I recommend reading it when you feel a bit sad or directionless.  Sometimes just sitting still and doing nothing will bring happiness.  … Read the rest

Lightness and Darkness Quotes

Skyline - lightness and darkness

There are as many nights as days, and the one is just as long as the other in the year’s course.

Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happy’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. ~Carl Jung


This quote by Carl Jung emphasizes the fact that in life, it is impossible to only experience happiness and never sadness.  Everyone wants to minimize the amount of sadness and negative emotions that they experience throughout life, but it is impossible to ever fully eliminate them.  As Jung points out, there can not be true happiness without sadness.  This is because without the experience of sadness, one can never truly experience happiness.… Read the rest

New Opportunity Quote

door opening - new opportunities

Maybe your reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time, you’ll know.

- Katy Perry, Fireworks

This quote by Katy Perry is such a hopeful quote of how it is when it seems like all your opportunities have dried up.  Maybe you are feeling like you will be single forever, or maybe that you won’t get the job that you want or maybe you just feel like you don’t really know where you are going in life.  But Katy Perry is saying that this is only temporary, even though it might not seem like it at the time.… Read the rest

Winston Churchill on Courage

Clouds and Sky

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts
Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill said these true words about persistence and optimism.  Everyone fails at some point or another in life, and it is the ones who can bounce back, and keep trying that are able to succeed in the end.  One of the most legendary baseball greats of all time, Babe Ruth, had more strikeouts than any other player in baseball.  But he also had the most homeruns.  If he had let all of the ‘failures’ he suffered detract him from trying to swing for the fences, he never would have been able to hit so many homeruns.

Modern science and positive psychology now confirm that optimists are more likely to be able to bounce back from failures, as they have the ability to see that one failure is only temporary and inevitable. … Read the rest