Quotes — Joy (42 entries)

A bird doesn’t sing…

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

— Maya Angelou [via]

« πλ | 8 Nov 2004 »

Ardent Reader…

If you are an ardent reader, seek not brilliant and erudite texts; otherwise the demon of haughtiness will strike your heart. But like a wise bee that gathers honey from flowers, so also through your reading obtain healing for your soul.

St. Ephraim the Syrian [via]

« πλ | 9 Jul 2003 »

Be Anyway…

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
…Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
…Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
…Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
…Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
…Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
…Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
…Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
…Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

— Mother Teresa [via]

« πλ | 9 Feb 2004 »

Being happy doesn’t mean…

Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you have decided to see beyond the imperfections.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 23 May 2003 »

Bigger plan…

Maybe God has a bigger plan for me than I have for myself.

— Jamie, A Walk to Remember

« πλ | 15 Jul 2003 »

Depression might have chosen you…

Depression might have chosen you, but you don’t have to choose it back. Sometimes happiness comes with bootstraps, but so what? Pull ‘em up. Choose joy.

Marianne Williamson [via]

« πλ | 31 Mar 2005 »

Difficulty in generating joy…

Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy.

— Pope Paul VI [via]

« πλ | 19 May 2006 »

Everything is a miracle…

There are two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.

— Albert Einstein

« πλ | 23 Jan 2004 »

Everytime you smile…

Your big heart circles the world everytime you smile.

— Dan Zanes

« πλ | 16 Aug 2005 »

Full value of joy…

To get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

— Mark Twain

« πλ | 1 May 2003 »

Gratitude is…

Gratitude is the seedbed of joy.

— Peter Kreeft, Back to Virtue

« πλ | 10 Oct 2004 »

Happiness comes from…

Happiness comes from how much we enjoy, not how much we have.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 7 Apr 2005 »

Happiness is the way…

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

« πλ | 14 Dec 2005 »

Happiness should be…

Happiness should be a way to travel, not a destination.

— Zainto

« πλ | 5 Sep 2004 »

It is not happiness that makes us grateful…

In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | 16 Dec 2005 »

Joy is a mystery…

Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising circumstances, even in the midst of suffering, with tears in its eyes.

— Frederich Buechner [via]

« πλ | 6 Jun 2005 »

Joy is not a feeling…

Joy is not a feeling in us. Joy does not enter into us. We enter into joy: “Enter into the joy of your Lord” (Mt 25:21).

— Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

« πλ | 29 Jan 2006 »

Keep your eyes to the…

Keep your eyes to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.

— Helen Keller [via]

« πλ | 8 Dec 2005 »

Key to unlocking human destiny…

The key to unlocking our human destiny is the joy of possessing the Beloved, not loving what we possess.

— Gordon Fuglie (from essay describing this painting)

« πλ | 11 Jan 2004 »

Letting our heart break we discover…

It is only through letting our heart break that we discover something unexpected: the heart cannot actually break, it can only break open. When we feel both our love for this world and the pain of this world—together, at the same time—the heart breaks out of its shell. To live with an open heart is to experience life full-strength.

— John Welwood

« πλ | 6 Dec 2004 »

Life is a gift…

Life is a gift, not to possess, but to share.

— Henri Nouwen

« πλ | 26 Jul 2004 »

Life: A Cup of Sorrows and a Cup of Joy

Your cup of sorrows and your cup of joys are mixed into one cup, the cup of your life. It is a cup of blessings. You are asked to drink it. Drink it to the bottom as Jesus drank his.

— Inspired by Henri Nouwen’s book, Can You Drink the Cup?

« πλ | 19 Jun 2004 »

Loneliness or Solitude, Pain or Glory

Language…has created the word “loneliness” to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word “solitude” to express the glory of being alone.

— Paul Tillich, The Eternal Now

« πλ | 11 Aug 2004 »

Misery and joy have the same shape…

Misery and joy have the same shape in this world: you may call the rose an open heart or a broken heart.

— Dard [via]

« πλ | 23 Oct 2006 »

More company increases happiness…

More company increases happiness, but does not lighten or diminish misery.

— Thomas Traherne

« πλ | 25 Jan 2005 »

None of these things…

Whether you are blamed, or mocked at, or regarded as a hypocrite, or treated as a prude, none of these things should be capable of robbing yourself of your peace of soul.

— St. John Vianney (thanks TSO)

« πλ | 6 Aug 2004 »

Our greatest glory is not…

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson [via]

« πλ | 26 Apr 2005 »

Perfect Happiness…

Sooner or later in life everyone discovers that perfect happiness is unrealizable, but there are few who pause to consider the antithesis: that perfect unhappiness is equally unattainable. The obstacles preventing the realization of both these extreme states are of the same nature: they derive from our human condition which is opposed to everything infinite.

— Primo Levi (thanks Kellen)

« πλ | 14 Apr 2003 »

Prayer is a surge of the heart…

For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.

— St. Thérèse of Lisieux

« πλ | 30 Oct 2003 »


It takes both sunshine and rain to make a rainbow.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 10 Apr 2003 »

Stepping stone…

Each trial in our life, no matter how happy, sad, painful, or hard it may seem, is a stepping stone in our life. We must use these stepping stones one at a time to lead us to our final destination, HOME.

— Libby Saumur

« πλ | 15 Jul 2005 »

The miracle of a sunrise…

We can only appreciate the miracle of a sunrise if we have waited in the darkness.

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | 7 Dec 2005 »

The prickly thorn produces…

Often the prickly thorn produces tender roses.

— Ovid

« πλ | 30 Aug 2006 »

The secret of joy…

The secret of joy is hidden in the word itself: first J, then O, then Y: Jesus first, Others next, Yourself last.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 5 Apr 2006 »

This moment exhibits infinite space…

This moment exhibits infinite space, but there is a space also wherein all moments are infinitely exhibited, and the everlasting duration of infinite space is another region and room of joys.

— Thomas Traherne

« πλ | 24 Jan 2005 »

To love means to open ourselves to…

To love means to open ourselves to the negative as well as the positive—to grief, sorrow, and disappointment as well as to joy, fulfillment, and an intensity of consciousness we did not know was possible before.

— Rollo May

« πλ | 22 Aug 2004 »

Upgrade My Attachments…

Detachment means upgrading my ‘attachments’ to ‘preferences’.

— Jennifer Rice [via]

« πλ | 12 Jan 2004 »

Upon death, two questions…

Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death they would be asked two questions and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was, “Did you bring joy?” The second was, “Did you find joy?”

— Leo Buscaglia

« πλ | 18 Nov 2005 »

We are cups…

We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.

— Ray Bradbury [via]

« πλ | 11 Nov 2005 »

We could never learn to be…

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world.

— Helen Keller

« πλ | 20 Nov 2005 »

When one door of happiness closes…

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

— Helen Keller (thanks Libby)

« πλ | 12 Oct 2004 »

Windstorms of life…

To love means never to be afraid of the windstorms of life: should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.

— Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

« πλ | 26 Jan 2005 »