Quotations About / On: JOY

  • 41.
    Surely joy is the condition of life.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Natural History of Massachusetts" (1842), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 106, Houghton Mifflin (1906). A declaration inspired by Thoreau's contemplation of the sheer variety and liveliness of creatures in nature.)
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  • 42.
    The secret of fortune is joy in our hands.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 43.
    It is a greater joy to see the author's author, than himself.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nominalist and Realist," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 44.
    The joy that comes past hope and beyond expectation is like no other pleasure in extent.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 392.)
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  • 45.
    We are superior to the joy we experience.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, December 22, 1853, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 225, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 46.
    Both the ancestry and posterity of Grief go further than the ancestry and posterity of Joy.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Moby-Dick (1851), ch. 106, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 6, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1988). Thought by Captain Ahab.)
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  • 47.
    The sweetest joys of life grow in the very jaws of its perils.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Pierre (1852), bk. IV, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 7, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1971).)
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  • 48.
    The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British lawyer, philosopher and essayist. "Of Parents and Children," Essays (1625).)
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  • 49.
    Silence is the perfectest herald of joy.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Claudio, in Much Ado About Nothing, act 2, sc. 1, l. 306. Unable to express his happiness on being offered Hero in marriage.)
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  • 50.
    The writer's joy is the thought that can become emotion, the emotion that can wholly become a thought.
    (Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. originally published in "Die Neue Rundschau" 23, Oct. and Nov. 1912. Death in Venice, ch. 4, p. 235, trans. by David Luke, Bantam Classic (1988).)
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