Joy Quotes

Most popular joy quotes

Always have the support of a joyful mind in all situations.
Become less suspicious of joy.
Remembered joys are never past.
Joy is not in things, it is in us.
Men without joy seem like corpses.
Great joys, like griefs, are silent.
Joy rises in me, like as a summer's morn.
Joy is really the simplest form of gratitude.
Love and joy are twins, or born of each other.

love

Excess of sorrow laughs.  Excess of joy weeps.

sorrow suffering

Life thy life ... and pluck the joys that fly.
One filled with joy preaches without preaching.
Joy is the best makeup.  Joy, and good lighting.
Anne Lamott (Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith)
The second half of joy
Is shorter than the first.
There is no hope of joy except in human relations.
Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.
When the great joys are stilled, the minor ones must sing.
Love to faults is always blind,
Always is to joy inclined.
Shared joy is double joy and shared sorrow is half-sorrow.
— Swedish proverb

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You have to sniff out joy, keep your nose to the joy-trail.
Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.
— Swedish proverb

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We should spread joy, but, as far as we can, repress sorrow.

suffering

Joy goes as deep as sorrow, but leaves less of itself behind.

suffering

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
— The Bible—Psalms 30:5

biblical

The sweetest joys of life grow in the very jaws of its perils.
It's easier to write about pain than about joy.  Joy is wordless.
Erica Jong (Fear of Fifty: A Midlife Memoir)
Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
The source of one's joy is also often the source of one's sorrow.

suffering

Find a place where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.
Joseph Campbell (A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living)
The more the heart is sated with joy, the more it becomes insatiable.
Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.

inspirational

We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
Joseph Campbell (A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living)
It is not settled happiness but momentary joy that glorifies the past.
C. S. Lewis (Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life)

the past

An ecstasy is a thing that will not go into words; it feels like music.
To win one's joy through struggle is better than to yield to melancholy.

melancholy struggle

It takes moral courage to grieve; it takes religious courage to be joyful.

courage religion

People need joy quite as much as clothing.  Some of them need it far more.
Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.
The root of joy, as of duty, is to put all one's powers towards some great end.
Gloom we have always with us, a rank and sturdy weed, but joy requires tending.
Barbara Holland (Endangered Pleasures: In Defense of Naps, Bacon, Martinis, Profanity, and Other Indulgences)
Present joys are more to flesh and blood,
Than a dull prospect of a distant good.
It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.

sorrow suffering

Don't postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson.
When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.
Life would not be life if a sorrow were sad, and a joy merry, from beginning to end.

life sorrow

It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

for teachers teaching

The test of Christian character should be that a man is a joy-bearing agent to the world.

proverbs

There may be Peace without Joy, and Joy without Peace, but the two combined make Happiness.

happiness peace

We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others.
For happiness one needs security, but joy can spring like a flower even from the cliffs of despair.

happiness

Those undeserved joys which come uncalled and make us more pleased than grateful are they that sing.
We all sin by needlessly disobeying the apostolic injunction to rejoice as much as by anything else.
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 (Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar in Following the Equator (1897))
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
I find my joy in living in the fierce and ruthless battles of life, and my pleasure comes from learning something.
Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.  And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

laughter suffering

Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings.
When large numbers of people share their joy in common, the happiness of each is greater because each adds fuel to the other's flame.

happiness

Joy is distinct not only from pleasure in general but even from aesthetic pleasure. It must have the stab, the pang, the inconsolable longing.
C. S. Lewis (Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life)
Joy is not a substitute for sex; sex is very often a substitute for Joy. I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for Joy.
C. S. Lewis (Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life)

pleasure

Joy is prayer; joy is strength; joy is love.  Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.  God loves a cheerful giver. She gives most who gives with joy.
Joy is an important element of happiness. It is sometimes the difference between striving and thriving. One must nurture the joy in one's life so that it reaches full bloom.
Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness—happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you're lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love.

happiness

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 by them.
I doubt whether anyone who has tasted it [joy] would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasures in the world. But then Joy is never in our power and pleasure often is.
C. S. Lewis (Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life)

pleasure

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.
I have seen
a curious child, who dwelt upon a tract
of inland ground, applying to his ear
The convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell,
To which, in silence hushed, his very soul
Listened intensely, and his countenance soon
Brightened with joy.
And here the first word that I wish to say to you: joy! Do not be men and women of sadness: a Christian can never be sad! Never give way to discouragement! Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but of having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst.

Christianity Jesus

I used to think—when I was small, and before I could read—that everybody was always happy, and at first it made me very sad to know about pain and great sorrow; but now I know that we could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

sorrow

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.

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It is that of an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction. I call it Joy, which is here a technical term and must be sharply distinguished both from Happiness and from Pleasure. Joy (in my sense) has indeed one characteristic, and one only, in common with them; the fact that anyone who has experienced it will want it again.
C. S. Lewis (Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life)