Quotes About Joy

Quotes tagged as "joy" (showing 151-180 of 3,000)
Jiddu Krishnamurti
“It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Emily Dickinson
“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.”
Emily Dickinson

“As spiritual searchers we need to become freer and freer of the attachment to our own smallness in which we get occupied with me-me-me. Pondering on large ideas or standing in front of things which remind us of a vast scale can free us from acquisitiveness and competitiveness and from our likes and dislikes. If we sit with an increasing stillness of the body, and attune our mind to the sky or to the ocean or to the myriad stars at night, or any other indicators of vastness, the mind gradually stills and the heart is filled with quiet joy. Also recalling our own experiences in which we acted generously or with compassion for the simple delight of it without expectation of any gain can give us more confidence in the existence of a deeper goodness from which we may deviate. (39)”
Ravi Ravindra, The Wisdom of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras: A New Translation and Guide by Ravi Ravindra

Roman Payne
“I was surrounded by friends, my work was immense, and pleasures were abundant. Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil. Overall, I was happiest to be alone; for it was then I was most aware of what I possessed. Free to look out over the rooftops of the city. Happy to be alone in the company of friends, the company of lovers and strangers. Everything, I decided, in this life, was pure pleasure.”
Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

Mark Batterson
“Embrace relational uncertainty. It's called romance. Embrace spiritual uncertainty. It's called mystery. Embrace occupational uncertainty. It's called destiny. Embrace emotional uncertainty. It's called joy. Embrace intellectual uncertainty. It's called revelation.”
Mark Batterson, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day: How to Survive and Thrive When Opportunity Roars

David O. McKay
“Happiness consists not of having, but of being; not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is a warm glow of the heart at peace with itself. A martyr at the stake may have happiness that a king on his throne might envy. Man is the creator of his own happiness. It is the aroma of life, lived in harmony with high ideals. For what a man has he may be dependent upon others; what he is rests with him alone.”
David O. McKay, Pathways to Happiness

Frederick William Faber
“There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.”
Frederick William Faber

Shirley Temple Black
“You've got to S-M-I-L-E
To be H-A-Double-P-Y”
Shirley Temple Black

Pope Benedict XVI
“Something I constantly notice is that unembarrassed joy has become rarer. Joy today is increasingly saddled with moral and ideological burdens, so to speak. When someone rejoices, he is afraid of offending against solidarity with the many people who suffer. I don't have any right to rejoice, people think, in a world where there is so much misery, so much injustice.

I can understand that. There is a moral attitude at work here. But this attitude is nonetheless wrong. The loss of joy does not make the world better - and, conversely, refusing joy for the sake of suffering does not help those who suffer. The contrary is true. The world needs people who discover the good, who rejoice in it and thereby derive the impetus and courage to do good. Joy, then, does not break with solidarity. When it is the right kind of joy, when it is not egotistic, when it comes from the perception of the good, then it wants to communicate itself, and it gets passed on. In this connection, it always strikes me that in the poor neighborhoods of, say, South America, one sees many more laughing happy people than among us. Obviously, despite all their misery, they still have the perception of the good to which they cling and in which they can find encouragement and strength.

In this sense we have a new need for that primordial trust which ultimately only faith can give. That the world is basically good, that God is there and is good. That it is good to live and to be a human being. This results, then, in the courage to rejoice, which in turn becomes commitment to making sure that other people, too, can rejoice and receive good news.”
Pope Benedict XVI
tags: joy

Durgesh Satpathy
“It will be better to spent our energy on reality; the tangible facts, not thoughts of the past.”
Durgesh Satpathy, Equating the Equations of Insanity: A Journey from Grief to Victory

Durgesh Satpathy
“Being in home is like magic moments, in a magic world, among maicians”
Durgesh Satpathy, Equating the Equations of Insanity: A Journey from Grief to Victory

Mother Teresa
“Do we know our poor people? Do we know the poor in our house, in our family? Perhaps they are not hungry for a piece of bread. Perhaps our children, husband, wife, are not hungry, or naked, or dispossessed, but are you sure there is no one there who feels unwanted, deprived of affection?”
Mother Teresa, Heart of Joy

Søren Kierkegaard
“And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality, when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every individual in these millions and millions about only one thing: whether you have lived in despair or not.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Oswald Chambers
“There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes.”
Oswald Chambers
tags: joy, prize

Vianka Van Bokkem
“Reading is an addiction that I adore.”
Vianka Van Bokkem, Elina Jensen's Double Curse

Shannon L. Alder
“When you let go of control and commit yourself to happiness, it is so easy to offer compassion and forgiveness. This propels you from the past, into the present. People that are negative, spend so much time trying to control situations and blame others for their problems. Committing yourself to staying positive is a daily mantra that states, “I have control over how I plan to react, feel, think and believe in the present. No one guides the tone of my life, except me!”
Shannon L. Alder

“The goal of prayer is to live all of my life and speak all of my words in the joyful awareness of the presence of God.
Prayer becomes real when we grasp the reality and goodness of God's constant presence with 'the real me.' Jesus lived his everyday life in conscious awareness of his Father.”
John Ortberg Jr., The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You

“Those who wish to sing always find a song.”
Swedish Proverb

Ayn Rand
“People, he thought, were as hungry for a sight of joy as he had always been--for a moment's relief from that gray load of suffering which seemed so inexplicable and unnecessary. He had never been able to understand why men should be unhappy.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Oswald Chambers
“Am I as spontaneously kind to God as I used to be, or am I only expecting God to be kind to me? Am I full of the little things that cheer His heart over me, or am I whimpering because things are going hardly with me? There is no joy in the soul that has forgotten what God prizes.”
Oswald Chambers
tags: god, joy, soul

Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Jean-Yves Leloup
“If you are a Buddhist, inspire yourself by thinking of the bodhisattva. If you are a Christian, think of the Christ, who came not to be served by others but to serve them in joy, in peace, and in generosity. For these things, these are not mere words, but acts, which go all the way, right up to their last breath. Even their death is a gift, and resurrection is born from this kind of death. (157)”
Jean-Yves Leloup, Compassion and Meditation: The Spiritual Dynamic between Buddhism and Christianity

Tamora Pierce
Tamora Pierce, The Realms of the Gods
tags: humor, joy

Todd Stocker
“Helping others is the secret sauce to a happy life.”
Todd Stocker, Refined: Turning Pain Into Purpose

Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
“Oh happy pessimists! What a joy it is to them to be able to prove again and again that there is no joy.”
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Aphorisms

“Because when you’re laughing, there is no other emotion in that moment except for joy.”
Robert Schimmel, Cancer on Five Dollars a Day* (*chemo not included): How Humor Got Me Through the Toughest Journey of My Life

Frederick William Faber
“There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go.”
Frederick William Faber

Elizabeth Berg
“The things that brought me the most comfort now were too small to list. Raspberries in cream. Sparrows with cocked heads. Shadows of bare limbs making for sidewalk filigrees. Roses past their prime with their petals loose about them. The shouts of children at play in the neighborhood, Ginger Rogers on the black-and-white screen.”
Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures

Benedict Cumberbatch
“I've been quite a late developer on the clothes front, but I've suddenly realised it is one of life's joys.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

“The joy you find as a teen, however frivolous and dumb, is pure and meaningful.”
Goldy Moldavsky, Kill the Boy Band

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