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joy Quotes

100+ of the best book quotes about joy
  1. #1
    “Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow cycles of joy and misery over and over, never learning. Every lesson in the universe had to be taught billions of times, and it never stuck.”
  2. #2
    “I have come home at last! This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now.”
  3. #3
    “I have been wandering to find him and my happiness is so great that it even weakens me like a wound. And this is the marvel of marvels, that he called me Beloved, me who am but as a dog.”
  4. #4
    “We chase wild dreams and long for all that eludes us, when the greatest joys are within our grasp, if we can only recognize them.”
  5. #5
    “I am mad with joy. –At least I think it’s joy. Strangers have come, and it’s a whole new game.”
  6. #6
    “It so happened that Lucy, who found daily life rather chaotic, entered a more solid world when she opened the piano. She was then no longer either deferential or patronizing; no longer either a rebel or a slave. The kingdom of music is not the kingdom of this world; it will accept those whom breeding and intellect and culture have alike rejected. The commonplace person begins to play, and shoots into the empyrean without effort, whilst we look up, marvelling how he has escaped us, and thinking how we could worship him and love him, would he but translate his visions into human words, and his experiences into human actions. Perhaps he cannot; certainly he does not, or does so very seldom. Lucy had done so never.”
  7. #7
    “Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are. Joy is what happens when we see that God’s plan is perfect and we’re already staring in a perfect show.”
  8. #8
    “And he found that he actually had hind legs! Instead of dingy velveteen he had brown fur, soft and shiny, his ears twitched by themselves, and his whiskers were so long that they brushed the grass. He gave one leap and the joy of using those hind legs was so great that he went springing about the turf on them, jumping sideways and whirling round as the others did, and he grew so excited that when at last he did stop to look for the Fairy she had gone.”
  9. #9
    “He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him; for the great swans swam round the new-comer, and stroked his neck with their beaks, as a welcome.”
  10. #10
    “I was assailed by memories of a life that wasn’t mine anymore, but one in which I’d found the simplest and most lasting joys.”
  11. #11
    “And if we answer the call to discipleship, where will it lead us? What decisions and partings will it demand? To answer this question we shall have to go to him, for only he knows the answer. Only Jesus Christ, who bids us follow him, knows the journey’s end. But we do know that it will be a road of boundless mercy. Discipleship means joy.”
  12. #12
    “God is full of love, joy and peace. Every religion has said that God is within us or we are a part of God so why do we think small?”
  13. #13
    “Accept that sorrow and strife are part of even a joyful life.”
  14. #14
    “The small fox ran back along the tunnel as fast as he could, carrying the three plump hens. He was exploding with joy. ‘Just wait!’ he kept thinking, ‘just wait till Mummy sees these!’ He had a long way to run but he never stopped once on the way and he came bursting in upon Mrs. Fox. ‘Mummy!’ he cried, out of breath. ‘Look, Mummy, look! Wake up and see what I’ve brought you!’ Mrs. Fox, who was weaker than ever now from lack of food, opened one eye and looked at the hens. ‘I’m dreaming,’ she murmured and closed the eye again.”
  15. #15
    “Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.”
  1. #16
    “You also realize that all the things that truly matter - beauty, love, creativity, joy, and inner peace - arise from beyond the mind.”
  2. #17
    “You got to take the crookeds with the straights. That’s what Papa used to say.”
  3. #18
    “Love, joy, and peace cannot flourish until you have freed yourself from mind dominance.”
  4. #19
    ″ One man ... had contrived to telegraph to Paris. Thence the joyful news had flashed all over the world.”
  5. #20
    “I really try to enjoy life and have joy with what I do.”
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    Tim Tebow
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  6. #21
    “When you wear the weed of impatience in your heart instead of the flower Acceptance-with-Joy, you will always find your enemies get an advantage over you.”
  7. #22
    “Behold me, here I am; thy little handmaiden Acceptance-with-Joy and all that is in my heart is thine.”
  8. #23
    “They offer themselves so sweetly and confidently and willingly, even if it seems that there is no one to appreciate them. Just as though they sang a joyous little song to themselves, that it is so happy to love, even though one is not loved in return.”
  9. #24
    “I felt fear’s echo, and along with that I felt the unhinged, uncontrollable joy which had been its accompaniment and opposite face, joy which had broken out sometimes in those days like Northern Lights across black sky.”
  10. #25
    We embrace the spectrum of emotions, from the heights of transcendent joy to the depths of hatred and despair.
  11. #26
    “The simple joy he felt at being once more a part of such familiar things also contained an element of strangeness and unreality. With a sharp stab of wonder he reminded himself, as he had done a hundred times in the last few weeks, that he had really come home again —”
  12. #27
    “Praise is the mode of love which always has some element of joy in it.”
  13. #28
    “The very nature of Joy makes nonsense of our common distinction between having and wanting.”
  14. #29
    “No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened.”
  15. #30
    “Joy bursts in our lives when we go about doing the good at hand and not trying to manipulate things and times to achieve joy.”

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  1. #31
    “Joy is the serious business of heaven.”
  2. #32
    “Child, to say the very thing you really mean, the whole of it, nothing more or less or other than what you really mean; that’s the whole art and joy of words.”
  3. #33
    “With my mother’s death all settled happiness, all that was tranquil and reliable, disappeared from my life. There was to be much fun, many pleasures, many stabs of Joy; but no more of the old security. It was sea and islands now; the great continent had sunk like Atlantis.”
  4. #34
    “If a thing is free to be good it is also free to be bad. And free will is what has made evil possible. Why, then, did God give them free will? Because free will, though it makes evil possible, is also the only thing that makes possible any love or goodness or joy worth having.”
  5. #35
    “The demand of the loveless and the self-imprisoned that they should be allowed to blackmail the universe: that till they consent to be happy (on their own terms) no one else shall taste joy: that theirs should be the final power; that Hell should be able to veto Heaven.”
  6. #36
    “Dearest Daughter. I knew you would not be long in coming to me. Joy shall be yours.”
  7. #37
    “Praise is the mode of love which always has some element of joy in it.”
  8. #38
    “If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into, the thing that has them. They are not a sort of prize which God could, if He chose, just hand out to anyone.”
  9. #39
    “I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”
  10. #40
    “Into the void of silence, into the empty space of nothing, the joy of life is unfurled.”
  11. #41
    “Joy is never in our power and pleasure often is.”
  12. #42
    “All Joy reminds. It is never a possession, always a desire for something longer ago or further away or still ‘about to be’.”
  13. #43
    “Those who put themselves in His hands will become perfect, as He is perfect- perfect in love, wisdom, joy, beauty, health, and immortality. The change will not be completed in this life, for death is an important part of the treatment. How far the change will have gone before death in any particular Christian is uncertain.”
  14. #44
    “Either the day must come when joy prevails and all the makers of misery are no longer able to infect it, or else, for ever and ever, the makers of misery can destroy in others the happiness they reject for themselves.”
  15. #45
    “Dance and game are frivolous, unimportant down here; for “down here” is not their natural place. Here, they are a moment’s rest from the life we were placed here to live. But in this world everything is upside down. That which, if it could be prolonged here, would be a truancy, is likest that which in a better country is the End of ends. Joy is the serious business of Heaven.”
  1. #46
    “There is no such joy in the tavern as upon the road thereto.”
  2. #47
    “A mindfulness practitioner is able to generate joy and happiness. It’s not so hard. There’s a little difference between joy and happiness. Joy still has some of the element of excitement or anticipation in it. In happiness, there is ease and freedom.”
  3. #48
    “...The miracle is not to walk on water or in thin air, but to walk on Earth. Walk in such a way that you become fully alive, and joy and happiness are possible. That is the miracle that everyone can perform....If you have mindfulness, concentration, and insight then every step you make on this Earth is performing a miracle.”
  4. #49
    “like the rainbow
    after the rain
    joy will reveal itself
    after sorrow”
  5. #50
    “Indeed, there are impressive indications that the positive quality of joy is in Christianity - and possibly nowhere else. If that were certain, it would be proof of a very high order″
  6. #51
    “And her joy was nearly like sorrow.”
  7. #52
    “The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians - when they are sombre and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths.”
  8. #53
    “When we hesitate in being direct, we unknowingly slip something on, some added layer of protection that keeps us from feeling the world, and often that thin covering is the beginning of a loneliness which, if not put down, diminishes our chances of joy.”
  9. #54
    “He was conscious of a thousand odours floating in the air, each one connected with a thousand thoughts, and hopes, and joys, and cares long, long, forgotten!”
  10. #55
    “Pablo looked different, and it took me a moment to figure out how. He had a smile, a smile that showed his teeth, a smile that made his eyes scrunch up. He was making a little high-pitched chipmunk sound. Pablo was laughing.”
  11. #56
    “You made me happy and you made me laugh, and if I could do it all over again, I would not hesitate. Look at our life, at the trips we took, the adventures we had. As your father used to say, we shared the longest ride together, this thing called life, and mine has been filled with joy because of you.”
  12. #57
    “So now do not worry, take what you have, and do your work and you will have a long life and a very merry one.”
  13. #58
    ″‘So that’s what it is!’ he suddenly exclaimed aloud. ‘What joy!‘”
  14. #59
    “Order will ease your load and free your mind for greater peace, joy, and creativity. By more effectively ordering your day, you will gain a sense of control, a sense of purpose, increased productivity, an environment of creativity, and a greater focus and flow of accomplishments.”
  15. #60
    “Infinite riches are all around you if you will open your mental eyes and behold the treasure house of infinity within you. There is a gold mine within you from which you can extract everything you need to live life gloriously, joyously, and abundantly.”

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  1. #61
    “It was a good morning, there were high white clouds above the mountains. It had rained a little in the night and it was fresh and cool on the plateau, and there was a wonderful view. We all felt good and we felt healthy, and I felt quite friendly to Cohn. You could not be upset about anything on a day like that. That was the last day before the fiesta.”
  2. #62
    “Belmonte was no longer well enough. He no longer had his greatest moments in the bull-ring. He was not sure that there were any great moments. Things were not the same and now life only came in flashes.”
  3. #63
    “We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.”
  4. #64
    “But Cody’s oldfashioned family tiptoe sneak carries that strange apocalyptic burst of gold he somehow always manages to produce, like I said elsewhere the time in Mexico he drove an old car over a rutted road very slowly as we were all high on tea and I saw golden Heaven, or the other times he’s always seemed so golden like as I say in a davenport of some sort in Heaven in the golden top of Heaven.”
  5. #65
    “Music to hear, why hear’st thou music sadly?
    Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy.”
  6. #66
    “I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy.”
  7. #67
    “He was smiling ... He was smiling. ”
  8. #68
    “My joy grows with every soul that seeks the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Remember, you have one life. That’s all. You were made for
    God. Don’t waste it.”
  9. #69
    “The really wonderful moments of joy in this world are not the moments of self-satisfaction, but self-forgetfulness. Standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon and contemplating your own greatness is pathological. At such moments we are made for a magnificent joy that comes from outside ourselves.”
  10. #70
    “Something from God was happening there.”
  11. #71
    “The notion that our lives are like the eternal cycle of the seasons does not deny the struggle or the joy, the loss or the gain, the darkness or the light, but encourages us to embrace it all-and to find in all of it opportunities for growth.”
  12. #72
    “Joy is not a requirement of Christian discipleship, it is a consequence. It is not what we have to acquire to experience life in Christ; it is what comes to us when we are walking in the way of faith and obedience.”
  13. #73
    “Joy is what God gives, not what we work up. Laughter is the delight that things are working together for good to those who love God, not the giggles that betray the nervousness of a precarious defense system.”
  14. #74
    ″ One of the most interesting and remarkable things Christians learn is that laughter does not exclude weeping. Christian joy is not an escape from sorrow. Pain and hardship still come, but they are unable to drive out the happiness of the redeemed.”
  15. #75
    “Jesus’ suffering and death brought joy and life. His humiliation brought glory; his rejection brought a community of love.”
  1. #76
    “No greater grief than to remember days Of joy, when mis’ry is at hand!”
  2. #77
    “‘It is because I had so much joy that I came to have so much hate.‘”
  3. #78
    ″‘Then you must teach my daughter this same lesson. How to lose your innocence but not your hope. How to laugh forever.‘”
  4. #79
    “May all sentient beings be endowed with happiness! May they all be separated from suffering and its causes! May they be endowed with joy, free from suffering! May they abide in equanimity, free from attachment or aversion!”
  5. #80
    ″‘So we decided to hold parties and pretend each week had become the new year. Each week we could forget past wrongs done to us. We weren’t allowed to think a bad thought. We feasted, we laughed, we played games, lost and won, we told the best stories. And each week, we could hope to be lucky. That hope was our only joy. And that’s how we came to call our little parties Joy Luck.‘”
  6. #81
    “I have just listened to this
    symphony which Mozart dashed off
    in one day
    and it had enough wild and crazy
    joy to last
    forever,
    whatever forever
    is
    Mozart came as close as possible to
    that.”
  7. #82
    “One of the gasping joys of summer was my daily bath in the spring. It was cold water, I never stayed in long, but it woke me up and started me into the day with a vengeance.”
  8. #83
    “If your goal is to avoid pain and escape suffering, I would not advise you to seek higher levels of consciousness or spiritual evolution. First, you cannot achieve them without suffering, and second, insofar as you do achieve them, you are likely to be called on to serve in ways more painful to you, or at least demanding of you, than you can now imagine. Then why desire to evolve at all, you may ask. If you ask this question, perhaps you do not know enough of joy.”
  9. #84
    “And suddenly there came a breeze from the east, tossing the top of the wave into foamy shapes and ruffling the smooth water all round them. It lasted only a second or so but what it brought them in that second none of those three children will ever forget. It brought both a smell and a sound, a musical sound. Edmund and Eustace would never talk about it afterwards. Lucy could only say, ‘It would break your heart.’ ‘Why,’ said I, ‘was it so sad?’ ‘Sad! No,’ said Lucy.”
  10. #85
    “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”
  11. #86
    “The charitable say in effect, ‘I seem to have more than I need and you seem to have less than you need. I would like to share my excess with you.’ Fine, if my excess is tangible, money or goods, and fine if not, for I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings.”
  12. #87
    “Don’t surrender all your joy for an idea you used to have about yourself that isn’t true anymore.”
  13. #88
    “My sorrows are evil and they are at strife with joys that are good, and I cannot tell which will gain the victory.”
  14. #89
    “Every day and every hour the light became more brilliant and still they could bear it. No one ate or slept and no one wanted to, but they drew buckets of dazzling water from the sea, stronger than wine and somehow wetter, more liquid, than ordinary water, and pledged one another silently in deep draughts of it. And one or two of the sailors who had been oldish men when the voyage began now grew younger every day. Everyone on board was filled with joy and excitement, but not an excitement that made one talk. The further they sailed the less they spoke, and then almost in a whisper. The stillness of that last sea laid hold on them.”
  15. #90
    “The ghostly winter silence had given way to the great spring murmur of awakening life. This murmur arose from all the land, fraught with the joy of living.”
  1. #91
    “When Love doth those sweet eyes to earth incline,
    And weaves those wandering notes into a sigh
    With his own touch, and leads a minstrelsy
    Clear-voiced and pure, angelic and divine,—
    He makes sweet havoc in this heart of mine,
    And to my thoughts brings transformation high,
    So that I say, ‘My time has come to die,
    If fate so blest a death for me design.’
    But to my soul, thus steeped in joy, the sound
    Brings such a wish to keep that present heaven,
    It holds my spirit back to earth as well.
    And thus I live: and thus is loosed and wound
    The thread of life which unto me was given
    By this sole Siren who with us doth dwell.”
  2. #92
    “Love, like rain, can nourish from above, drenching couples with a soaking joy. But sometimes, under the angry heat of life, love dries on the surface and must nourish from below, tending to its roots, keeping itself alive.”
  3. #93
    “And since, when a joyful thing happened, they looked to see whether joy was on her, it was her habit to build up laughter out of inadequate materials.”
  4. #94
    “But better than joy was calm. Imperturbability could be depended upon.”
  5. #95
    “I found that eating alone by the window in a quiet restaurant is one of life’s greatest secret pleasures.”
  6. #96
    She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy
  7. #97
    I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.
  8. #98
    “This was a big storm and he might as well enjoy it. It was ruining everything, but you might as well enjoy it”
  9. #99
    And now the folding doors were thrown open, and a troop of children rushed in as if they intended to upset the tree; they were followed more silently by their elders. For a moment the little ones stood silent with astonishment, and then they shouted for joy, till the room rang, and they danced merrily round the tree, while one present after another was taken from it.
  10. #100
    “Truly precious memories will never vanish even if you discard the objects associated with them . . . No matter how wonderful things used to be, we cannot live in the past. The joy and excitement we feel here and now are more important . . . Does this spark joy?”
  11. #101
    “Take each item in one’s hand and ask: ‘Does this spark joy?’ If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.”′
  12. #102
    “Books: Once you have pile your books, take them in your hand one by one and decide whether you want to keep or discard each one. The criterion is, of course, whether or not it gives you a thrill of pleasure when you touch it.”
  13. #103
    “Reduce until you reach the point where something clicks. Sort by category, in the correct order, and keep only those things that inspire joy. Do this thoroughly and quickly, all in one go. If you follow this advice, you will dramatically reduce the volume of the things you own, experience an exhilaration you have never known before, and gain confidence in your life . . . the click point differs from one person to another.”
  14. #104
    “There are many kinds of joy, but they all lead to one: the joy to be loved.”
  15. #105
    “There were thousands and thousands of forms of joy in the world, but that all were essentially one and the same, namely, the joy of being able to love.”
  1. #106
    “There are three possibilities: you can offer to serve the other with joy, you can make the offer with coldness or resentment, or you can selfishly insist on your own way.”
  2. #107
    “There can actually be richness in the sadness. If you experience joy without craving that the joy linger and intensify, you continue to feel joy without losing your peace of mind.”
  3. #108
    “Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
  4. #109
    “I am so sick of you stealing my joy. But that’s changing too. My joy doesn’t come from my friends, it doesn’t come from my job, it doesn’t even come from my husband. My joy is found in Jesus, and just in case you forgot, He has already defeated you. So go back to hell where you belong and leave my family alone!”
  5. #110
    “Your human joy fascinates me-the way you experience things, in your life span, so wildly and deeply and all at once, is... entrancing. I’m drawn to it, even when I know I shouldn’t be, even when I try not to be.”
  6. #111
    “But as time goes on they begin to realize that even if the child could be released, it would not get much good of its freedom: a little vague pleasure of warmth and food, no doubt, but little more. It is too degraded and imbecile to know any real joy.”
  7. #112
    “My goal was not joy but purity, not happiness but beauty, and spirituality.”
  8. #113
    “Sometimes happiness is not knowing the whole story.”
  9. #114
    “The demand of the loveless and the self-imprisoned that they should be allowed to blackmail the universe: that till they consent to be happy (on their own terms) no one else shall taste joy: that theirs should be the final power; that Hell should be able to veto Heaven.”
  10. #116
    “The basic mistake people make is to think that happiness is the goal!”
  11. #118
    “We are fragile creatures, and it is from this weakness, not despite it, that we discover the possibility of pure joy.”
  12. #119
    “Discovering more joy does not, I’m sorry to say, save us from the inevitability of hardships and heartbreaks. In fact, we may cry more easily, but we will laugh more easily, too. Perhaps we are just more alive. Yet as we discover more joy, we can face suffering in a way that ennobles rather than embitters. We have hardship without becoming hard. We have heartbreak without being broken.”
  13. #120
    “And then one day, after the longest (and somehow, shortest) nine months of your life you get to take part in a miracle. It’s a blur of pain (which you promptly forget) and joy (which you remember forever). And then, suddenly, you’re cradling a tiny bundle in your arms.”
  14. #121
    “Sadly, many of the things that undermine our joy and happiness, we create ourselves. Often it comes from the negative tendencies of the mind, emotional reactivity, or from our inability to appreciate and utilize the resources within us… We create most of our suffering, so it should be logical that we also have the ability to create more joy.”
  15. #122
    “Taking care of others, helping others, ultimately is the way to discover your own joy and to have a happy life.”
  16. #123
    “She laughed and the ringing bells in her laugh had a hard metallic sound.”
  17. #124
    “I wake up thinking of yesterday. The joy is in remembering; the pain is in knowing it was yesterday.”
  18. #125
    “I’ve excluded happiness as one of those possibilities we seek for ourselves. Oh, I still want it, but that’s beside the point. Contentment - they say it’s the ultimate, but I can’t even wish for that. I don’t even want the desire to be content. I can only hope for silence.”
  19. #126
    “True spirituality is a thing of joy and of the earth, and has nothing to do with fake adult dignity. It has nothing to do with long words and sorrowful faces. It has to do with the dance of consciousness that is within you, and with the sense of spiritual adventure that is within your hearts.”
  20. #127
    “You know that kind of quiver that trembles around through you when you are seeing something so strange and enchanting and wonderful that it is just a fearful joy to be alive and look at it.”
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