Selected Quotes about Joy

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief. -- Aeschylus

I feel like a tiny bird with a big song! -- Jerry Van Amerongen

I've grown to realize the joy that comes from little victories is preferable to the fun that comes from ease and the pursuit of pleasure. -- Lawana Blackwell

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy! -- Louise Bogan

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy. -- Sarah Ban Breathnach

There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness. -- Pearl Buck

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. 'Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night's lodging. 'Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. -- Pearl S. Buck

Cease, every joy, to glimmer on my mind, But leave---oh! leave the light of Hope behind. -- Thomas Campbell

During [these] periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight. -- Fritjof Capra

Oh, this is the joy of the rose: / That it blows, / And goes. -- Willa Cather

Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy. -- Edward Chapin

My mind to me a kingdom is, Such present joys therein I find, That it excels all other bliss. -- Sir Edward Dyer

Give not over thy soul to sorrow; and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. Gladness of heart is the life of man and the joyfulness of man is length of days. -- Ecclesiastes

Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings. -- Euripides

... joy and sorrow are inseparable. . . together they come and when one sits alone with you . . . remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. -- Kahlil Gibran

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven? -- Kahlil Gibran

We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them. -- Kahlil Gibran

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. -- Sir Wilfred Grenfell

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. -- Thich Nhat Hanh

Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing. -- Phil Jackson

A thing of beauty is a joy forever. -- John Keats

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. -- Helen Keller

We could never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. -- Helen Keller

When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet. -- Stanislaw J. Lec

The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power. -- Ninon de Lenclos

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference. -- Audre Lorde

There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life. -- Sister Mary Rose McGeady

The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it. -- Michel de Montaigne

The only joy in the world is to begin. -- Cesare Pavese

In reality, in love there is a permanent suffering which joy neutralizes, renders virtual, delays, but which can at any moment become what it would have become long earlier if one had not obtained what one wanted, atrocious. -- Marcel Proust

May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility. -- Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey

If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth. -- Mitsugi Saotome

Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing. -- William Shakespeare

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. -- George Bernard Shaw

This is the best kind of voyeurism, hearing joy from your neighbors. -- Chuck Sigars

Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. -- Mother Teresa

You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake. You must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand-heap. You must have so good an appetite as this, else you will live in vain. -- Henry David Thoreau

Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. -- Mark Twain

The great teachings unanimously emphasize that all the peace, wisdom, and joy in the universe are already within us; we don't have to gain, develop, or attain them. We're like a child standing in a beautiful park with his eyes shut tight. We don't need to imagine trees, flowers, deer, birds, and sky; we merely need to open our eyes and realize what is already here, who we really are -- as soon as we quit pretending we're small or unholy. -- Unknown

Joy is not in things; it is in us. -- Richard Wagner

I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters. -- Oprah Winfrey

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