30 Fascinating Gretchen Rubin Quotes

Gretchen Rubin is an American author, blogger, and speaker. Specializing in the the habits of individuals, human nature and how it impacts daily happiness; Rubin has shared his insight and experiences through her own pursuit of happiness. Here is a listing to some of the most memorable and well documented Gretchen Rubin quotes.

“Enthusiasm is more important than innate ability, it turns out, because the single more important element in developing an expertise is your willingness to practice.”

“Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”

“He is my fate. He’s my soul mate. He pervades my whole existence. So, of course, I often ignore him.”

“I am living my real life, this is it. Now is now, and if I waited to be happier, waited to have fun, waited to do the things that I know I ought to do, I might never get the chance.”

“I can DO ANYTHING I want, but I can’t DO EVERYTHING I want.”

“I enjoy the fun of failure. It’s fun to fail, I kept repeating. It’s part of being ambitious; it’s part of being creative. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.”


“I grasped two things: I wasn’t as happy as I could be, and my life wasn’t going to change unless I made it change.”

“It’s about living in the moment and appreciating the smallest things. Surrounding yourself with the things that inspire you and letting go of the obsessions that want to take over your mind.”

“It’s easy to be heavy; hard to be light.”

“It’s so easy to wish that we’d made an effort in the past, so that we’d happily be enjoying the benefit now, but when now is the time when that effort must be made, as it always is, that prospect is much less inviting.”

“Laughter is more than just a pleasurable activity…When people laugh together, they tend to talk and touch more and to make eye contact more frequently.”

“Look for happiness under your own roof.”

“Money. It’s a good servant but a bad master.”

“Never start a sentence with the words ‘No offense.'”

“One of the best ways to make yourself happy is to make other people happy. One of the best ways to make other people happy is to be happy yourself.”

“One of the great joys of falling in love is the feeling that the most extraordinary person in the entire world has chosen you.”

“Sometimes I succeed, sometimes I fail, but every day is a clean slate and a fresh opportunity.”

“Studies show that aggressively expressing anger doesn’t relieve anger but amplifies it. On the other hand, not expressing anger often allows it to disappear without leaving ugly traces.”

“The belief that unhappiness is selfless and happiness is selfish is misguided. It’s more selfless to act happy. It takes energy, generosity, and discipline to be unfailingly lighthearted, yet everyone takes the happy person for granted.”

“The biggest waste of time is to do well something that we need not do at all.”

“The days are long, but the years are short.”

“The First Splendid Truth: To be happy, I need to think about feeling good, feeling bad, and feeling right, in an atmosphere of growth.”

“The things that go wrong often make the best memories.”

“There are no do overs and some things just aren’t going to happen. It is a little sad but you just have to embrace what is.”

“We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.”

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while”

“When I find myself focusing overmuch on the anticipated future happiness of arriving at a certain goal, I remind myself to ‘Enjoy now’.”

“When I thought about why I was sometimes reluctant to push myself, I realized that it was because I was afraid of failure.”

“Work harder to appreciate your ordinary day.”

Gretchen Rubin makes an appearance at this Google Talk with Logan Ury. As the bestselling author of ‘The Happiness Project’ and ‘Happier at Home,’ Rubin knows a thing or two about transforming everyday life.

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