Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously: 9 Quotes About Happiness, Laughter and Letting Go

UPDATED: February 1, 2024
PUBLISHED: February 4, 2023
friends laughing and not taking life too seriously

Life is beautiful and magical and all things wonderful—but only if you let it be. Sometimes we get distracted by missteps and misfortunes, and we take it to heart. We let it take the magic away. It doesn’t have to be that way. Learn to laugh at yourself. Find a way to let go. Here are nine quotes to help you find humor and happiness in your life–in short, don’t take life too seriously:

On humor and happiness in life

“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place.” 

Mark Twain, Essays on Paul Bourget

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine.” 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” 

Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” 

Guillaume Apollinaire

Don’t take life too seriously quotes

“Looking silly can be very powerful.” 

Amy Poehler

“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” 

Elbert Hubbard

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere.”

 –Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”


“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.” 


This article was published in May 2018 and has been updated. Photo by Ground Picture/Shutterstock

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