quote by Frank Bruni

I suppose there are people who can pass up free guacamole, but they're either allergic to avocado or too joyless to live.

— Frank Bruni

Helpful Joyless quotations

Instead of fulfilling the promise of infinite orgasmic bliss, sex in the America of the feminine mystique is becoming a strangely joyless national compulsion, if not a contemptuous mockery.

To me, the most important part of winning is joy.

You can win without joy, but winning that’s joyless is like eating in a four-star restaurant when you’re not hungry. Joy is a current of energy in your body, like chlorophyll or sunlight, that fills you up and makes you naturally want to do your best.

Never till this day Did life disturb the dense eternity Of joyless quiet;

never skylark's song, Or storm-bird's prescient scream, or eaglet's cry, Made vital the gross fog. The very light Is but an alien that can find no welcome

Authority allows two roles: the torturer and the tortured.

Twists people into joyless mannequins that fear and hate, while culture plunges into the abyss.


...the true spirit of gastronomic joylessness. Porridge fills the Englishman up, and prunes clear him out.

My life as a professional musician is a joyless exercise in futility.

If he does go, the change will be doleful.

Suppose he should be absent spring, summer, and autumn: how joyless sunshine and fine days will seem!

Postmodernism is silly and joyless at the same time.

The only sin passion can commit is to be joyless.


Time! Joyless emblem of the greed of millions, robber of the best which earth can give.

The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.

The Christian life that is joyless is a discredit to God and a disgrace to itself.

(Title: To the Moon) Art thou pale for weariness Of climbing heaven, and gazing on the earth, Wandering companionless Among the stars that have a different birth,-- And ever-changing, like a joyless eye That finds no object worth its constancy?

The child thinks of growing old as an almost obscene calamity, which for some mysterious reason will never happen to itself. All who have passed the age of thirty are joyless grotesques, endlessly fussing about things of no importance and staying alive without, so far as the child can see, having anything to live for. Only child life is real life.


Wrapped in his sad-colored cloak, the Day, like a Puritan, standeth Stern in the joyless fields, rebuking the lingering color,-- Dying hectic of leaves and the chilly blue of the asters,-- Hearing, perchance, the croak of a crow on the desolate tree-top.

Foul jealousy! that turnest love divine to joyless dread, and makest the loving heart with hateful thoughts to languish and to pine.

Not joy is the mother of dissipation, but joylessness.

And so the greatest of American triumphs.

.. became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades.

Christians will want to be in the vanguard in favoring ways of life that decisively break with the exhausting and joyless frenzy of consumerism.


Confronted by a Church that has ceased to manifest God's mercy and intimate connection with humankind - that has converted Christ into a grim and joyless adjunct to the policing of bedrooms and marital intercourse - men and women can no longer see themselves as beloved of God, only as impure and reprehensible.

In secondary school I was floating - I wasn't passionate about anything.

I did a little sport, but it was pretty joyless because the competitiveness was too much to bear.

I am so fed up and joyless that not only have I nothing to fill my soul, I cannot even conceive of anything that could possibly satisfy it - alas, not even the bliss of heaven.

Traditional spirituality often made pleasure, joy, good feelings.

the things to overcome. It said you couldn't just indulge in your desires; that would be selfish. Anyone who has been in a spiritual community recognizes the dangers of this kind of joyless spirituality, where everything is somber and heavy and serious. We recognize that as kind of a trap, a false path.

I came to writing kind of late. I was an engineer, and the one thing I've learned is that you have to steer a project in the direction of the maximum fun for you. You could say lively energy, or you have to try to be intrigued. Basically, if you were a musician and you were playing joylessly, nobody would want to hear you.


Taking down the Christmas tree makes it feel official: time to get back to joyless and cynical.

Some people seem to think that my life dedicated to simplicity and service is austere and joyless, but they do not know the freedom of simplicity. I am thankful to God every moment of my life for the great riches that have been showered upon me. My life is full and good but never overcrowded. If life is overcrowded then you are doing more than is required for you to do.

Those who are driven by poverty, those who're free from material worries hunger exhausting labor a joyless existence ask the same question, the question of meaning.

Enthusiasm is contagious - so is a lack of it.

Joyless Christians are a greater assault on the gospel than atheism.

I was raised in a religious home. It was unreasonable enforced religion that turned me off it. It was a joyless, unpleasant, stupid, barbaric thing when I was a child and I've never gotten over that feeling. If you're talking about religion it's one thing; I don't hold Jewish religion with any more seriousness than I would any other.


Victory is gay only back home. Up front it is joyless.

Pan's Labyrinth works on so many levels that it seems to change shape even as you watch it. It is, at times, a joyless picture, and its pall of sadness can begin to weigh you down.

The mystical nature of American consumption accounts for its joylessness.

We spend a great deal of time in stores, but if we don't seem to take much pleasure in our buying, it's because we're engaged in the acts of sacrifice and self-definition. Abashed in the presence of expensive merchandise, we recognize ourselves . . . as suppliants admitted to a shrine.

The best argument for Christianity is Christians: their joy, their certainty, their completeness. But the strongest argument against Christianity is also Christians-when they are somber and joyless, when they are self-righteous and smug in complacent consecration, when they are narrow and repressive, then Christianity dies a thousand deaths.

Sri Krishna refers, of course, to this world as a joyless, transient world.

Obviously, he's never been to Disneyland.