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Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss, writer

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with. Mark Twain, author

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognise how good things really are. Marianne Williamson, author

If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment. Carlos Santana, musician

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

The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die. George Bernard Shaw, dramatist

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

Comparison is the thief of joy. Theodore Roosevelt, president

For me, half the joy of achieving has been the struggle and the fight, the pitting myself against the world and all its competition - and winning. Conrad Veidt, actor

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. Lao Tzu, philosopher

Joy runs deeper than despair Corrie Ten Boom, author

Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. William Congreve, poet

Joy has this in common with pain, that it robs people of reason. Platen,

We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy. Walter Anderson, writer

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy. Jim Rohn, businessman

I'm trying to stay as calm as possible and focus one day at a time, but when reality sets in, I feel everything: anxiety, excitement, nerves, pressure and joy. Shawn Johnson, athlete

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief. Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman

And remember, it's also very funny, because side by side with grief lies joy. Fran Drescher, actress

I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy. C.S. Lewis, novelist

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

I have no greater joy then to hear that my children walk in truth. John 4 Bible,

May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam. Source Unknown,

Joy is not in things, it is in us. Richard Wagner, composer

Joy, has no cost. Marianne Williamson, author

I'm real excited. I'm so blessed to have so much peace and joy inside. I just can't keep quiet about it. Brian Welch, musician

I love my children beyond all reason. They're my joy, even when they're wild with kid energy. Christopher Meloni, actor

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. Emily Dickinson, poet

The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Charles Dickens, novelist

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

The trouble with many men is that they have got just enough religion to make them miserable. If there is not joy in religion, you have got a leak in your religion. Billy Sunday, clergyman

One joy scatters a hundred grieves. Chinese Proverbs,

Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys. Christian Nevell Bovee,

One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad. Elbert Hubbard, writer

Be good, keep your feet dry, your eyes open, your heart at peace and your soul in the joy of Christ. Thomas Merton, author

Grief can take care if itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with. Mark Twain, author

Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. Thomas Aquinas, theologian

Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that's embedded in the work. Chuck Close, artist

The joy of viewing land, the hope of in a few days ranging through the long wished-for spot and the pleasure of again resuming my wonted employment may be readily calculated. David Douglas, environmentalist

The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook. Julia Child, chef

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Philippians 4:4 Bible,

Joys divided are increased. Josiah Gilbert Holland,

The joys we expect are not so bright, nor the troubles so dark as we fancy they will be. Charles Reade, novelist

I've always associated the moment of writing with a moment of lift, of joy, of unexpected reward. Seamus Heaney, poet

A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. John Keats, poet

It is a simple but sometimes forgotten truth that the greatest enemy to present joy and high hopes is the cultivation of retrospective bitterness. Robert Menzies, statesman

How good is man's life, the mere living! How fit to employ all the heart and the soul and the senses forever in joy! Robert Browning, poet

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. Jean Paul, author

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. Buddha, leader

You pray in your distress and in your need; would that you might also pray in the fullness of your joy and in your days of abundance. Khalil Gibran, poet

Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow. Rene Descartes, mathematician

Nothing gives me quite so much joy as when people tell me they've had their pets spayed or neutered. Bob Barker, actor

Meditation is painful in the beginning but it bestows immortal Bliss and supreme joy in the end. Swami Sivananda, philosopher

A lot of people put all that stuff on a pedestal, and they won't touch it. But I don't think that's the reason they did that. I think they played that stuff out of pure joy. Brian Setzer, musician

And I think a woman should find it a joy to be female because God made both male and female. Little Richard, musician

The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy. James Broughton, director

The joy of winning is not as dramatic as the losses were, because I expected us to win. Jack Youngblood, athlete

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast. Henry Ward Beecher, clergyman

He who binds to himself a joy does the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity's sunrise. William Blake, poet

When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy. The only question that matters is this: When you die, will YOU be happy when everybody else is crying? Tony Campolo, clergyman

The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it. Michel de Montaigne, philosopher

Happy is the person who not only sings, but feels God's eye is on the sparrow, and knows He watches over me. To be simply ensconced in God is true joy. Alfred A. Montapert, author

What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away? Logan Pearsall Smith, critic

Joy is a subtle elf; I think one's happiest when he forgets himself. Cyril Tourneur, dramatist

I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river. Chuang Tzu,

There are, as is known, insects that die in the moment of fertilization. So it is with all joy: life's highest, most splendid moment of enjoyment is accompanied by death. Soren Kierkegaard, philosopher

Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare. Ed Asner, actor

What matters poverty? What matters anything to him who is enamoured of our art? Does he not carry in himself every joy and every beauty? Sarah Bernhardt, actress

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow. Honore de Balzac, novelist

I do what I do because of Walt Disney - his films and his theme park and his characters and his joy in entertaining. John Lasseter, director

Rekindle the joy yachtsman that lies deep inside of you; share magic crystals and watch it grow! Isabel Yosito, artist

I can see the music. I know what it looks like. I know what color it is. The words come easy, the tears come easy, and the joy comes easy. The music tells you what to do. Mary J. Blige, musician

Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies. Erich Fromm, psychologist

There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. Khalil Gibran, poet

I don't really care how I am remembered as long as I bring happiness and joy to people. Eddie Albert, actor

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson, athlete

Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy. Jim Rohn, businessman

My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed! Anne Sullivan, educator

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

If things don't come easy, there is no premium on effort. There should be joy in the chase, zest in the pursuit. Branch Rickey, athlete

Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue. Henry Fielding, novelist

I will not be just a tourist in the world of images, just watching images passing by which I cannot live in, make love to, possess as permanent sources of joy and ecstasy. Anais Nin, author

You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy. John Calvin, theologian

Words are less needful to sorrow than to joy. Helen Hunt Jackson, writer

When I think about my new CD, the word "joy" comes to mind. I sincerely hope that each listener will feel the earth, spirit, and aggressive creativity emanating from this album. George Duke, musician

Shared joy is increased, shared pain is lessened. Spider Robinson, writer

We could all do with a bit more joy in our lives couldn't we? The wonderful thing is that when we start spreading joy, we begin to actually experience more joy in our lives too! Steve Goodier,

Pan, who and what art thou? he cried huskily. I'm youth, I'm joy, Peter answered at a venture, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg. J.M. Barrie,

Lonesome. Lonesome. I know what it means. Here all by my lonesome, dreaming empty dreams. Weary. Weary at the close of day, wondering if tomorrow brings me joy or sorrow. Leon Redbone, musician

From my point of view, there is a lot of joy in stage work. George Peppard, actor

I'll keep working as long as I live because singing has taken on the feeling of joy that I had when I started, when my only responsibility was to sing well. Rosemary Clooney, musician

All the suffering and joy we experience depend on conditions. Bodhidharma, leader

Those who remain unmoved by the wind of joy silently follow the Path. Bodhidharma, leader

I really feel like the gift is also the curse. It's always half-and-half. Whatever brings you the most joy will also probably bring you the most pain. Always a price to pay. Alice Hoffman, author

There's a joy in writing short stories, a wonderful sense of reward when you pull certain things off. Tobias Wolff, writer

Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside. Dr. Melba Colgrove,

Real joy comes not from ease or riches or from the praise of men, but from doing something worthwhile. Pierre Coneille,

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things. Confucius, philosopher

We ask God to forgive us for our evil thoughts and evil temper, but rarely, if ever ask Him to forgive us for our sadness. R. W. Dale,

'Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy! If I should fail, what poverty! And yet, as poor as I Have ventured all upon a throw; Have gained! Yes! Hesitated so this side the victory! Emily Dickinson, poet

For present joys are more to flesh and blood than a dull prospect of a distant good. John Dryden, poet

All human joys are swift of wing, For heaven does so allot it; That when you get an easy thing, You find you haven't got it. Eugene Field, poet

Unexplained joy is always so keen that... it seems to hold enough to reconcile one to the inevitable. Jessie B. Fremont,

Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart. Martin Luther King, Jr., leader

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, psychologist

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 Theresa, saint

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, author

Joys are our wings, sorrows our spurs. Jean Paul, author

We French found it and called it joie de vivre -- the joy of living. Renee Repound,

The surest mark of a Christian is not faith, or even love, but joy. Samuel M. Shoemaker,

For one mother, joy is the quiet pleasure found in gently rubbing shampoo into her young child's hair. For another woman it's taking a long walk alone, while for yet another it's reviling in a much -- anticipated vacation. Eileen Stukane,

Joy is free, unrestrained passion Eileen Stukane,

The end of life is life. Life is action, the use of one's powers. And to use them to their height is our joy of duty. Source Unknown,

So much of motion, is so much of life, and so much of joy, and to stand still, or get on but slowly, is death and the devil. Laurence Sterne, novelist

A garden must combine the poetic and he mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy. Luis Barragan, architect

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, author

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. Mahatma Gandhi, leader

Labor wants pride and joy in doing good work, a sense of making or doing something beautiful or useful - to be treated with dignity and respect as brother and sister. Thorstein Veblen, economist

The pleasure of jogging and running is rather like that of wearing a fur coat in Texas in August: the true joy comes in being able to take the damn thing off. Joseph Epstein, writer

The real joy is in constructing a sentence. But I see myself as an actor first because writing is what you do when you are ready and acting is what you do when someone else is ready. Steve Martin, comedian

Of all the joys that lighten suffering earth, what joy is welcomed like a newborn child? Dorothy Nolte, writer

The joy of giving is indeed a pleasure, especially when you get rid of something you don't want. Frank Butler,

Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy. P. J. O'Rourke, comedian

An attitude of philosophic doubt, of suspended judgment, is repugnant to the natural man. Belief is an independent joy to him. William Minto, writer

Music exalts each joy, allays each grief, expels diseases, softens every pain, subdues the rage of poison, and the plague. John Armstrong,

I call for a collective adventure in generalized joy and freely interdependent exuberance. Bob Black, activist

I am probably the most selfish man you will ever meet in your life. No one gets the satisfaction or the joy that I get out of seeing kids realize there is hope. Jerry Lewis, comedian

My joy knows no bounds... I will devote all my energy and all the powers available to me to the service of Nigeria and humanity. Olusegun Obasanjo, statesman

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference. Audre Lorde, poet

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. Benjamin Spock, scientist

My wife has brought great beauty into my life. And my daughter has brought me nothing but joy. Those qualities were greatly lacking. Christopher Meloni, actor

Although we hardly see each other off the set, Joy and I get along well when we do. As far as the marriage between Nathan and Haley, I think they are young and will see the reality of the situation eventually. James Lafferty, actor

The adoring crowds and overwhelming Democratic support in the 2008 election was based largely on joy at jettisoning Bush and the appeal of electing a superbly qualified charismatic African American leader. Mary Frances Berry, writer

This is going to sound completely absurd, but I do sometimes feel like the enjoyment of an awards ceremony or the pride in the finished article hasn't ever surpassed the joy of doing the work, of making it. The doing it is really the bit I'm there for. Chiwetel Ejiofor, actor

I love being on stage or in front of the camera. My work brings me a lot of joy. It helps me figure out who I am. I'm really lucky that I get to make a living at acting. Dana Delany, actress

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, actor

The joy of acting for me is to be able to experience emotions in a safe environment. You can't scream and cry in the street because everybody will look. If you do it on a movie set, you get applauded. Jesse Eisenberg, actor

The idea is that we're doing it just for the joy of the actual physical experience. We may record something just for the fun of it, but the idea is just to be truly joyful and truly fun, especially for me, because I take myself too seriously all the time. Lauren Ambrose, actress

Something that's such a joy in my life every day - cooking - is this incredible, horrific danger to women around the world. Julia Roberts, actress

African art is functional, it serves a purpose. It's not a dormant. It's not a means to collect the largest cheering section. It should be healing, a source a joy. Spreading positive vibrations. Mos Def, musician

The fun for me is to mix it all up. I would actually like to do something as far away from what I've just done, just for my own personal joy and growth, for what I want to do. Don Cheadle, actor

It's astonishing what you learn and feel and see along the way. That's why a reporter's job, as you know, is such a joy. Mike Wallace, journalist

I was hitting .360 when I was diagnosed. I didn't forget how to play while I was recovering. I don't know if the cancer is gone for good. I don't think anyone ever knows, but no one is going to steal my joy for as along as I'm able to play baseball. Eric Davis, athlete

I think the joy of wanting to direct is having that nervous anxiety knowing your film is about to be shown and you're sitting right there with everyone. Renee O'Connor, actress

I am an optimist. I think, as bad as life sometimes gets, there is so much joy and so much good stuff, that there is a balance. Amanda Holden, actress

When you get pure joy out of 'being' rather than 'doing' or 'seeing,' that's when you realize how big and unexplainable some things are and being a dad is one of those very few things. Brendan Fehr, actor

I started thinking about joy. Everything in our society is so purposeful. Let's bring joy back to the experience. Sara Blakely, businesswoman

First and foremost comes my family and my life with Brad. We have so much joy in raising our children and teaching them about the world that nothing really compares to that. Angelina Jolie, actress

To make my brothers and my sister laugh was the greatest joy to me in my life. I like people who can make fun of themselves a lot. Gemma Ward, actress

In Athens I was 17 and I didn't have any expectations. I was just swimming fast and racing everybody. I didn't have the joy after my races in 2007. I didn't want to go to Beijing. I had to for sponsors. Laure Manaudou, athlete

My baby is the joy in my life. Candace Parker, athlete

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