If you want others to be happy,
If you want to be happy,
- The Dalai Lama
And Joy is Everywhere;
It is in the Earth's green covering of grass;
In the blue serenity of the Sky;
In the reckless exuberance of Spring;
In the severe abstinence of gray Winter;
In the Living flesh that animates our bodily frame;
In the perfect poise of the Human figure, noble and upright;
In the exercise of all our powers;
In the acquisition of Knowledge;
in fighting evils...
Joy is there Everywhere.
- Rabindranath Tagore
If we are not happy and joyous at this season,
for what other season shall we wait and
for what other time shall we look?
We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are... Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honors it may bring, but for the life itself.
- R.J. Baughan
We shall find peace. We shall hear angels.
We shall see the sky sparkling with diamonds.
- Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
- Marcel Proust
If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.
- Chinese Proverb
The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible.
The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
- Richard Bach
Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods.
- Japanese Proverb
When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced. Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice.
- Cherokee Expression
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Happiness is to take up the struggle in the midst of the raging storm
and not to pluck the lute in the moonlight or recite poetry among the
- Ding Ling
The only joy in the world is to begin.
- Cesare Pavese
Do not judge men by mere appearances; for the light laughter that bubbles on the lip often mantles over the depths of sadness, and the serious look may be the sober veil that covers a divine peace and joy.
- E. H. Chapin
Give not over thy soul to sorrow; and afflict not thyself in thy own counsel. Gladness of heart is the life of man and the joyfulness of man is length of days.
Short is the joy that guilty pleasure brings.
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.
- George Bernard Shaw
We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.
- Helen Keller
I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy!
- Louise Bogan
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
May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility.
- Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
- Michel de Montaigne
Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.
- Mother Teresa
The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power.
- Ninon de Lenclos
There is an alchemy in sorrow. It can be transmuted into wisdom, which, if it does not bring joy, can yet bring happiness.
- Pearl Buck
Winning is important to me, but what brings me real joy is the experience of being fully engaged in whatever I'm doing.
- Phil Jackson
Joy is not in things; it is in us.
- Richard Wagner
Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.
- Sarah Ban Breathnach
My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss.
- Sir Edward Dyer
Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile.
- Sir Wilfred Grenfell
There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life.
- Sister Mary Rose McGeady
When you jump for joy, beware that no one moves the ground from beneath your feet.
- Stanislaw J. Lec
Cease, every joy, to glimmer on my mind,
But leave---oh! leave the light of Hope behind.
- Thomas Campbell
Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.
- William Shakespeare
Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.
- Storm Jameson