A sunbeam between two clouds.
pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is
follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy,
then, like sheep, it comes most surely, unsought.
There is the true joy in life, the
being used for a purpose
recognized by yourself as
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
The habit of
always putting off an experience until you can afford it,
or until the
time is right, or until you know how to do it
is one of the greatest
burglars of joy. Be deliberate, but once you've made up your
in simplicity, self-respect, and indifference
between virtue and vice.
Love the human race. Follow
Real joy comes not
from ease or riches or
praise of people,
doing something worthwhile.
Wilfred T. Grenfell
no right to ask when a sorrow comes,
"Why did this
happen to me?" unless we ask
the same question for
every joy that comes our way.
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believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of
surely the strange beauty of the world must
somewhere rest on pure joy.
Join the great company of those
the barren places
fruitful with kindness. Carry a
vision of heaven in your
and you shall make your
name, your college, the world,
to that vision. Your success and happiness lie
conditions are the accidents of life, its
outer wrappings. The great, enduring realities are love and
is the holy fire
that keeps our purpose warm and
intelligence aglow. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy
and you shall form
an invincible host against difficulty.
we experience moments of ecstasy—in play, in art,
come not as an exception, an accident, but
as a taste of what life is
meant to be. . . Ecstasy is an idea,
a goal, but it can be the expectation
of every day.
times when we’re grounded in our body, pure in
clear in our mind, rooted in our soul, and suffused with the
energy, the spirit of life, are our birthright.
It’s really not
that hard to stop
and luxuriate in the joy and wonder of
Children do it all the time.
It’s a natural human
gift that should be at the heart of our lives.
Happiness birthed by
joy is an inside decision. You must fight against
human tendency to be hurt by someone else's failure to
see your needs.
You must become an incurable optimist,
not an optimist that wears rose-colored glasses
not see the reality of life; rather, an optimist that
"Thanks to God I am filled with joy, a joy
that transcends all of life."
Elizabeth B. Brown
Speak not, move not, but
listen, the sky is full of gold.
No ripple on the river, no stir in field or fold,
All gleams but naught doth glisten, but the far-off
Forget days past, heart broken, put all memory by!
No grief on the green hillside, no pity in the sky,
Joy that may not be spoken fills mead and flower and tree.
We have within ourselves
Enough to fill the present day with joy,
And overspread the future years with hope.
day rose upon me. It was as if another sun had risen into
the heavens were indescribably brighter, and the
earth fairer; and that
has gone on brightening to the
present hour. I have known the other
joys of life,
suppose, as much as most men; I have known art and beauty,
music and gladness;
I have known friendship and love and
family ties; but
it is certain that till we see God
the world--God in the bright and boundless
never know the highest joy. It is far more than if one were
translated to a world a thousand times fairer than
for that supreme
and central Light of Infinite Love
and Wisdom, shining over this world
and all worlds, alone
can show us how noble and beautiful,
how fair and
glorious they are.
keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us
better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.
Orison Swett Marden
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Joy is what we are,
not what we must get.
Joy is the realization that all we want or need
has been etched into our souls.
Joy helps us see not what we are "going
but what we are "growing to"--a
greater sense of
Joy reveals to us the calm at the end of the
the peace that surpasses the momentary
happiness of pleasure.
If we keep our minds
centered on joy, joy becomes a state of mind.
Not by appointment do we
Or joy; they heed not our expectancy;
But round some corner of the streets of life
They of a sudden greet us with a smile.
affirmation of one's essential being
in spite of
desires and anxieties creates joy.
art of joy is having a love affair with life. It is embracing life,
drawing close to you all the beauty and wonder and goodness of the
universe. It is having a heart aglow with warmth for all your companions
on the journey of life. It is an expression of inner music. It is
radiating joy as does a band of musicians marching down the street.
is a blend of laughter and tears. Often it is the deep joy that comes to
you through the mist of years as you recall tender memories of joyous
days gone by.
It is sharing your joy. "Some people," wrote the poet Walt
Whitman, "are so much sunshine to the square inch." The joyous
person seems to be plugged in to the sun itself.
It is celebrating life. The Master turned water into wine that the
joyous wedding feast might continue. "Be of good cheer,"
said. He proclaimed the purpose of his message to men in these words:
"That my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be
It is the putting forth of all your powers. It is the flood-tide of
inspiration, the glory of creation. As you work with joy you find joy in
It is looking for the joys that come in small, precious packages and
making the most of them, knowing that big packages of joy are few and
far between. It is making the most of now, enjoying what is at hand.
is taking time to enjoy life as you go along.
It is an awareness of the heaven that exists all about you. As Solomon
said: "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed."
making each day your most wonderful day.
Joy is love bubbling forth into life.
Wilferd A. Peterson
that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than
Once you make this all-important discovery,
must embrace joy as a moral obligation.
descends gently upon us like the evening dew,
and does not patter down like a hailstorm.
necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy.
It is a psychological truth
that the physical acts of reverence
and devotion make one feel devout.
The courteous gesture increases one’s respect for others.
To act lovingly
is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act
joyfully brings joy to others
which in turn makes one feel joyful.
I believe we are called to the duty of delight.
such people I have learned a new definition of the word "joy."
I had thought joy to be rather synonymous with happiness, but it
seems now to be far less vulnerable than happiness. Joy seems to
of an unconditional wish to live, not holding back because life may not
meet our preferences and expectations. Joy seems to be a function
the willingness to accept the whole, and to show up to meet with
is there. It has a kind of invincibility that attachment to any
outcome would deny us. Rather than the warrior who fights towards
a specific outcome and therefore is haunted by the specter of failure
and disappointment, it is the lover drunk with the opportunity to love
despite the possibility of loss, the player for whom the playing has
become more important than winning or losing.
willingness to win or lose moves us out of an adversarial relationship
to life and into a powerful kind of openness. From such a
we can make a greater commitment to life. Not only pleasant life,
comfortable life, or our idea of life, but all life. Joy seems
closely related to aliveness than to happiness.
Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure
the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
often the thing that keeps me from experiencing joy is my
preoccupation with self. The very selfishness that keeps me
myself out for the joy of others also keeps me from noticing and
in the myriad small gifts God offers each day. This is why Walker
describes boredom as "the self stuffed with the self."
|We are all capable of living lives characterized by great
joy. Within each of us
is an amazing human spirit that is strong enough to overcome pain and
And no matter what our current situation happens to be, or what beliefs we
currently harbor about ourselves, we can tap into that inner strength and
and move forward to create more joy.
Salle Merrill Redfield
Creating a Life of Joy
is everywhere; it is in the earth’s green covering of grass: in the blue
serenity of the sky:
in the reckless exuberance of spring: in the severe
abstinence of grey winter:
in the living flesh
that animates our bodily frame:
in the perfect poise
of the human figure, noble and upright:
in living, in the exercise
of all our powers:
in the acquisition of knowledge. . . Joy is there everywhere.
I got sick and
tired of a joyless existence, and so have thought
a lot in the past few years about how to bring more joy into my
life. The more I think about it, the more I believe that joy and
gratitude are inseparable. Joy is defined in the dictionary
"emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by
the prospect of possessing what one desires," while gratitude
is that "state of being appreciative of benefits
other words, whenever we are appreciative, we are filled with
a sense of well-being and swept up by the feeling of joy.
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joy is the end of the ways of God. The message of all
is that the Kingdom of God is peace and joy. And it is the message
of Christianity. But eternal joy is
not to be reached by living on the surface.
It is rather
attained by breaking through the surface, by penetrating
the deep things of ourselves, of our world, and of God. The moment
in which we reach the last depth of our lives
is the moment in which
we can experience the joy that has
eternity within it, the hope
that cannot be destroyed,
and the truth on which life and death are built.
the depth is truth; and in the depth is hope; and in the
depth is joy.
is a constituent of life, a necessity of life;
it is an
element of life's
value and life's power. As every person has need of joy, so too, every
has a right to joy . .
. It is a condition of religious living.
Paul Wilhelm von Keppler
without joy--it is no religion.