Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
(Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Mme. de l'Estorade in a letter to Mme. 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).)
Joy wants the eternity of all things, wants deep, wants deep eternity.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 403, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 324, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Viking Press (1966). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Fourth and Last Part, "The Drunken Song," section 11 (issued privately in 1885, publication in 1892).)
The joy of giving is indeed a pleasure, especially when you get rid of something you don't want.
(Frank Butler (1890-1967), British screenwriter, and Frank Cavett (1907-1973), U.S. screenwriter. Father Fitzgibbon (Barry Fitzgerald), Going My Way, after receiving a dog and her newborn puppies from a parishioner (1944).)