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The world is extremely interesting to a joyful soul.” Alexandra Stoddard (American philosopher and designer)

The joy that isn't shared dies young. Anne Sexton

I do it for the joy it brings, cause I'm a joyful girl. 'Cause the world owes us nothing, we owe each other the world. Ani Difranco (American Singer, Song Writer and Guitarist. b.1970)

I asked God for all things, that I might enjoy life. God gave life, that I might enjoy all things. Anonymous Author

Unless each day can be looked back upon by an individual as one in which he has had some fun, some joy, some real satisfaction, that day is a loss. Anonymous Author

It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy can live. Bertrand Russell

The joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days. Bible: Ecclesiasticus. XXX. 22

The only joy in the world is to begin. Cesare Pavese (1908 - 1950)

Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose. Charles Du Bos

The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something. Chauncey Depew

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. E. H. Chapin

When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice. Cherokee Indian Saying

One joy scatters a hundred griefs. Chinese Proverb

Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. Earl Nightingale

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

Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it. Eileen Caddy

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. Eleanor Roosevelt

The mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson

Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings. Euripides (484 BC - 406 BC)

Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously! Friedrich Nietzsche

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, physicist

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 (1856 - 1950), Man and Superman, Epistle Dedicatory

The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die. George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)

Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do. Gerry Sikorski

If your capacity to acquire has outstripped your capacity to enjoy, you are on the way to the scrap-heap. Glen Buck

While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance. Hans Bos

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. Helen Keller (1880 - 1968)

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy. Henry Ward Beecher

I have always said and felt that true enjoyment can not be described. Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712 - 1778)

People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well. Joe Gibbs

A joy that's shared is a joy made double. John Ray

Sacred space and sacred time and something joyous to do is all we need. Almost anything then becomes a continuous and increasing joy. What you have to do, you do with play. I think a good way to conceive of sacred space is as a playground. If what you're doing seems like play, you are in it. But you can't play with my toys, you have to have your own. Your life should have yielded some. Older people play with life experiences and realizations or with thoughts they like to entertain. In my case, I have books I like to read that don't lead anywhere. Joseph Campbell, A Joseph Campbell Companion - Reflections on the Art of Living; selected and edited by Diane K. Osborn

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, The Courtship of the Vicar's Daughter, 1998

Joy fills the body and expands beyond its bounds.
The intellect is quieted by joy.
The body bridges to the spirit via joy.
It's good stuff is joy! Leah Klein

When people ponder 'the big questions' like 'who am I?' and 'what's the meaning of life' the answer rarely seems to be about joy. I know love seems to be the usual answer but that gets interpreted, misinterpreted, reinterpreted endlessly whereas joy seems a less confused feeling - pure essence, laughter, lightness, richness, playful, expansive, encompassing, boundless. Leah Klein

Such is human psychology that if we don't express our joy, we soon cease to feel it. Lin Yutang

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

It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Marcia Wieder

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 (1835 - 1910)

The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)

May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility. Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey, 1995

Enjoy the journey, enjoy ever moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing. Matt Biondi

The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it. Michel de Montaigne (1533 - 1592)

Never let anyone steal your joy. Mike Richards

Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)

The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power. Ninon de Lenclos (1620 - 1705)

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

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 (1892 - 1973)

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

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Pierre Coneille

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others. Pope John Paul II (1920-2005)

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. Richard Bach

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

No joy can equal the joy of serving others. Sai Baba

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

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

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Sir Wilfred Grenfell (1865 - 1940)

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

When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet. Stanislaw J. Lec (1909 - 1966), "Unkempt Thoughts"

Time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted time. T. S. Elliot

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

Cease, every joy, to glimmer on my mind,
But leave---oh! leave the light of Hope behind. Thomas Campbell (1777 - 1844)

Joy comes from using your potential. Will Schultz

Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 2

I wish you all the joy that you can wish. William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), (Merchant of Venice)

You can complain because roses have thorns, or you can rejoice because thorns have roses. Ziggy, character in comic strip by Tom Wilson

Quotes

Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948)

Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. Groucho Marx