Have you ever heard some Italian sayings about happiness?

There are a lot of famous Italian sayings about happiness that Italians use very often. Either written by Italian authors or translated from another language, these phrases are quite common and you can hear them while listening to the radio, watching the television or you can find them between the lines of a book.

There are also idiomatic expressions that people use while speaking, so it’s important to learn them to be able to catch their meaning!

Let’s have a look!

Essere al settimo cielo –> To be on cloud nine

Chi si accontenta gode –> A contented mind is a perpetual feast

Per essere felici ci vuole coraggio –> It takes courage to be happy (Karen Blixen)

La felicità è un percorso, non una destinazione –> Happines is a journey, not a destination (Mother Teresa)

La felicità è quando ciò che pensi, ciò che dici e ciò che fai sono in armonia –> Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony (Mahatma Gandhi)

Italian sayings about happiness to read

Anche se la felicità ti dimentica un po’, tu non dimenticarla mai del tutto –> Even if happiness forgets you a little bit, never completely forget about it (Jacques Prévert)

La felicità non è avere quello che si desidera, ma desiderare quello che si ha –> Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have (Oscar Wilde)

L’immaginazione è la prima fonte della felicità umana –> Imagination is the first source of human happiness (Giacomo Leopardi)

La felicità è quella cosa che si moltiplica nel momento in cui viene condivisa –> Happiness is something that multiplies when it is divided (Paulo Coelho)

La vera felicità è la pace con sé stessi; e per averla, non bisogna tradire la propria natura –> The real happiness is the peace with yourself, in order to achieve it, you should not betray your nature (Mario Monicelli)

Do you use these phrases in your language?

If you want you can discover other beautiful Italian phrases written by famous authors.


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