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"We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share."
-- Maya Angelou

“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.”
-- Maya Angelou


 

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life.
- Richard Bach

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world's joy.
-- Henry Ward Beecher

* “If you do a good job for others, you heal yourself at the same time, because a dose of joy is a spiritual cure.”
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Gratitude changes the pangs of memory into a tranquil joy.
-- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Sure, I get the blues. But what I try to do, is apply joy to the blues, you know? I don't know if it's a technique, or just being bent that way, being raised by the folks I was raised by.
-- Jeff Bridges

To find joy in work is to discover the fountain of youth.
-- Pearl S. Buck

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it.
-- Pearl S. Buck

To serve is beautiful, but only if it is done with joy and a whole heart and a free mind.
-- Pearl S. Buck

 

Joy in the universe, and keen curiosity about it all - that has been my religion.
~ John Burroughs

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, 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

 

Whenever a human being ceases to live for themselves and begins to care about that which is greater than themselves, the personality begins to experience ecstasy, joy and spontaneous liberation. And that's found through doing, through action, through giving, through deeply embracing the human experience.
-- Andrew Cohen
"What we would like to do is change the world-make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor, of the destitute…we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as well as our friend."
-- Dorothy Day

 

“I do it for the joy it brings, cause I'm a joyful girl. 'Cause the world owes us nothing, we owe each other the world.”
-- Ani DiFranco

 

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

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature's most beautiful gift.
-- Albert Einstein

 

"Scatter Joy"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

* Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love: where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.
-- Saint Francis of Assisi

 

This work is a torture on the rump but a joy to the heart.
-- Eduardo Galeano

“Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself”
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy.
-- Mohandas K. Gandhi

 

Certainly, I think being depressed is absolutely part of the human condition, it has to be, if there's joy there's its opposite, and it's something you ride if you possibly can.
-- Bob Geldof

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity. We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment.
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

"May all beings learn how to nourish themselves with joy each day."
-- Thich Nhat Hanh

 

* Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good.
-- Vaclav Havel

 

If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.
-- Audrey Hepburn

 

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties.
-- Helen Keller

“Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow”
--
Helen Keller

 

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
-- Mother Teresa

Joy is prayer - Joy is strength- Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with Joy.
-- Mother Teresa

We don't need bombs and guns to destroy, to bring peace - just get together, love one another, bring that peace, that joy, that strength of presence of each other in the home. And we will be able to overcome all the evil that is in the world.
-- Mother Teresa

 

Every cliche about kids is true; they grow up so quickly, you blink and they're gone, and you have to spend the time with them now. But that's a joy.
-- Liam Neeson

"We are born, we grow up, we live our lives as best we can. If we are thoughtful we are good parents and good partners. If we are wise we strive for integrity and intimacy. If we are fortunate we discover love and joy. If we are able, we make the world a little better than we found it."
~ Robert Reich

 

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.
-- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Roosevelt

A happy life must be to a great extent a quiet life, for it is only in an atmosphere of quiet that true joy dare live.
-- Bertrand Russell

"You have to sniff out joy. Keep your nose to the joy trail."
- Buffy Sainte-Marie

 

"This is the true joy in life...being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one... 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

 

I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse.
-- Dr. Benjamin Spock

 

Spiritually, life is a festival, a celebration. Joy is of the essence of life;
-- Swami Agnivesh

 

Joy can be real only if people look on their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness
-- Leo Tolstoy

“Life is a place of service, and in that service one has to suffer a great deal that is hard to bear, but more often to experience a great deal of joy. But that joy can be real only if people look upon their lives as a service and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”
-- Leo Tolstoy

 

"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

"From joy springs all creation, By joy it is sustained, Towards joy it proceed, And unto joy it returns."
-The Upanishads

"Where there is joy there is creation. Where there is no joy there is no creation: know the nature of joy."
The Upanishads

"Release the joy that is inside of another, and you release the joy that is inside of you."
~ Neale Donald Walsch

There are those who believe Black people possess the secret of joy and that it is this that will sustain them through any spiritual or moral or physical devastation.
~Alice Walker

To want friendship is a great fault. Friendship ought to be a gratuitous joy, like the joys afforded by art or life.
-- Simone Weil

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry.
~ E. B. White

* We want for our children, as we want for ourselves, lives at home, at work and at play to be lives of joy and peace.
-- Betty Williams

 

 

"When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom."
-- Marianne Williamson

"Joy is our goal, our destiny. We cannot know who we are except in Joy. Not knowing Joy, we do not know ourselves."
-- Marianne Williamson

"Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are. Joy is not necessarily what happens when things unfold according to our plans."
-- Marianne Williamson

"What I know for sure is that you feel real JOY in direct proportion to how connected you are to living your truth."
-- Oprah Winfrey

"Joy is a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters."
-- Oprah Winfrey

 

It appears to me impossible that I should cease to exist, or that this active, restless spirit, equally alive to joy and sorrow, should be only organized dust.
-- Mary Wollstonecraft

 

“When I see brokenness, poverty and crime in inner cities, I also see the enormous potential and readiness for transformation and rebirth. We are creating an art form that comes from the heart and reflects the pain and sorrow of people's lives. It also expresses joy, beauty, and love. This process lays the foundation of building a genuine community in which people are reconnected with their families, sustained by meaningful work, nurtured by the care of each other and will together raise and educate their children. Then we witness social change in action.”
-- Lily Yeh

 

 

 

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