Joy is not in things; it is in us.
—Richard Wagner (1813–83) German Composer
Every book has an intrinsic impossibility, which its writer discovers as soon as his first excitement dwindles.
—Annie Dillard (b.1945) Essayist, Novelist, Poet, Naturalist, Mystic
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
—Rachel Carson (1907–64) American Naturalist, Science Writer
He who binds to himself a joy
Doth the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity’s sunrise.
—William Blake (1757–1827) English Poet, Painter, Printmaker
One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
The result is often disappointing, but the process is highly exciting.
—Francis Bacon (1561–1626) English Philosopher
The word “romance,” according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime.”
—Billy Graham (1918–91) American Baptist Religious Leader
To find your own way is to follow your bliss. This involves analysis, watching yourself and seeing where real deep bliss is—not the quick little excitement , but the real deep, life-filling bliss.
—Joseph Campbell (1904–87) American Mythologist, Writer, Lecturer
I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.
—Zhuang Zhou (c.369–c.286 BCE) Chinese Taoist Philosopher
Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.
—George Sand (1804–76) French Novelist, Dramatist
The real stumbling-block of totalitarian regimes is not the spiritual need of men for freedom of thought; it is men’s inability to stand the physical and nervous strain of a permanent state of excitement, except during a few years of their youth.
—Simone Weil (1909–1943) French Philosopher, Political Activist
A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked…
—Anais Nin (1903–77) French-American Essayist
Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.
—Mother Teresa (1910–97) Roman Catholic Missionary, Nun
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) Irish Playwright
Joys are our wings; sorrows our spurs.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keep out the joy.
—Jim Rohn (1930–2009) American Entrepreneur, Author, Motivational Speaker
Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear long the burden of great joys.
—Christian Nestell Bovee (1820–1904) American Writer, Aphorist
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
—Michel de Montaigne (1533–92) French Essayist
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow — I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.
—Confucius (551–479 BCE) Chinese Philosopher
Discipline is based on pride, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of the goal or the fear of failure.
—Gary Ryan Blair
Joy, has no cost.
—Marianne Williamson (b.1952) American Activist, Author, Lecturer
In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.
—Henry Ward Beecher (1813–87) American Clergyman, Writer
It is always with excitement that I wake up in the morning wondering what my intuition will toss up to me, like gifts from the sea. I work with it and rely on it. It’s my partner.
—Jonas Salk (1914–95) American Biologist, Physician, Medical Researcher
I live a day at a time. Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning I say: “What is my exciting thing for today?” Then, I do the day. Don’t ask me about tomorrow.
—Barbara Jordan (1936–96) American Lawyer, Educator, Politician
One joy shatters a hundred griefs.
Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young, the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
—John Ciardi (1916–86) American Poet, Teacher, Etymologist, Translator
Joys divided are increased.
—Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819–81) American Editor, Novelist
Joy runs deeper than despair
—Corrie Ten Boom (1892–1983) Dutch Jewish Humanist
Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one’s identity as a being of worth and dignity.
—Rollo May (1909–94) American Philosopher
For present joys are more to flesh and blood than a dull prospect of a distant good.
—John Dryden (1631–1700) English Poet, Literary Critic, Playwright