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Quotations About / On: JOY

  • 51.
    There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Behavior," The Conduct of Life (1860).)
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conducted will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Lecture, March 3, 1884, in Amory Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. "New England Reformers," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
  • 54.
    For the time of towns is tolled from the world by funereal chimes, but in nature the universal hours are counted by succeeding tribes of animals and plants, and by growth of joy on joy.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Poet," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
  • 55.
    Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. De Oratore, III, 100.)
  • 56.
    Life is fountain of joy; but where the rabble also gather to drink, all wells are poisoned.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 124, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On the Rabble," (1883).)
    More quotations from: Friedrich Nietzsche, joy, life
  • 57.
    Money is a singular thing. It ranks with love as man's greatest source of joy. And with death as his greatest source of anxiety. Over all history it has oppressed nearly all people in one of two ways: either it has been abundant and very unreliable, or reliable and very scarce.
    (John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. The Age of Uncertainty, ch. 6 (1977).)
  • 58.
    You have many choices. You can choose forgiveness over revenge, joy over despair. You can choose action over apathy.... You hold the key to how well you make the emotional adjustment to your divorce and consequently how well your children will adapt.
    (Stephanie Marston (20th century), U.S. parent educator, author. The Divorced Parent, ch. 3 (1994).)
  • 59.
    The imagination is the spur of delights ... all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, "Dialogue the Third," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).)
    More quotations from: Marquis de Sade, imagination, joy
  • 60.
    Sun up, sun down, the days slip by and the sand lifted by the breeze will swallow my ship; but I will die here, as I am, standing in my little garden. What joy!
    (Simone Schwarz-Bart (b. 1938), Gaudeloupean author. The Bridge of Beyond, p. 249, Éditions du Seuil (1972).)
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