Quotations About / On: JOY

  • 51.
    When the affections so kindly break loose, Joy, is another name for Religion.
    (Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 20, "The prodigal son" (1766), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996). Sterne's comment on the welcomed return of the prodigal.)
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  • 52.
    We should spread joy, but, as far as we can, repress sorrow.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Vanity," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 9, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).)
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  • 53.
    What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?
    (Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Last Words," All Trivia (1933).)
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  • 54.
    A good newspaper is never nearly good enough but a lousy newspaper is a joy forever.
    (Garrison Keillor (b. 1942), U.S. author. "That Old 'Picayune-Moon'," Harper's (New York, Sept. 1990).)
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  • 55.
    Energy falls just short of being joy.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 56.
    Many pains are imaginary, but all joys are real.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
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  • 57.
    Rejoicing in our joy, not suffering over our suffering, makes someone a friend.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 320, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 499, "Friend," (1878). Wordplay between Nietzsche's coinage Mitfreude ("rejoicing in our joy") and Mitleiden ("suffering over our suffering" or, more conventionally, "pitying").)
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  • 58.
    Sleep, that deplorable curtailment of the joy of life.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. "Montaigne," The Common Reader, First Series (1925).)
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  • 59.
    I see ... a multitude ... in transport ... of joy.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. Clov, in Endgame, p. 29, Grove Press (1958). Clov is looking at the audience through a telescope while he says this.)
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  • 60.
    The joys of the evil flow away like a torrent.
    (Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Joash, in Athaliah, act 2, sc. 7 (1691).)
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