Quotations About / On: JOY

  • 51.
    One of the joys of going to the movies was that it was trashy, and we should never lose that.
    (Oliver Stone (b. 1946), U.S. filmmaker. International Herald Tribune (Paris, Feb. 15, 1988).)
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  • 52.
    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 (b. 1937), U.S. writer. Familiar Territory, "Running and Other Vices," Oxford University Press (1979).)
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  • 53.
    It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
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  • 54.
    Beauty is desired in order that it may be befouled; not for its own sake, but for the joy brought by the certainty of profaning it.
    (Georges Bataille (1897-1962), French novelist, critic. Eroticism, ch. 13 (1962).)
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  • 55.
    Loving, not the beloved, is the joy of love. The beloved, knowing this, most resolutely declines to be grateful.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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  • 56.
    Never had he felt the joy of the word more sweetly, never had he known so clearly that Eros dwells in language.
    (Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. originally published in "Die Neue Rundschau" 23, Oct. and Nov. 1912. Death in Venice, ch. 4, p. 236, trans. by David Luke, Bantam Classic (1988). Gustav Aschenbach's (the novella's main protagonist) rapture to write in view of his idol Tadzio.)
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  • 57.
    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 (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman (1765), vol. 7, ch. 13, eds. Melvyn New and Joan New, University of Florida Press (1978).)
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    For what is love itself, for the one we love best?—an enfolding of immeasurable cares which yet are better than any joys outside our love.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Daniel Deronda, bk. 8, ch. 69 (1876).)
  • 60.
    Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Following the Equator, ch. 12, "Pudd'nhead Wilson's New Calendar," (1897).)
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