Quotations About / On: JOY

  • 61.
    What really distinguishes this generation in all countries from earlier generations ... is its determination to act, its joy in action, the assurance of being able to change things by one's own efforts.
    (Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Thoughts on Politics and Revolution," Crises of the Republic (1972).)
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  • 62.
    Instead of asking—"How much damage will the work in question bring about?" why not ask—"How much good? How much joy?"
    (Henry Miller (1891-1980), U.S. author. "With Edgar Varèse in the Gobi Desert," The Air-Conditioned Nightmare (1945).)
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  • 63.
    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.)
  • 64.
    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).)
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  • 65.
    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).)
  • 66.
    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).)
  • 67.
    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).)
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    An attitude of philosophic doubt, of suspended judgment, is repugnant to the natural man. Belief is an independent joy to him.
    (William Minto (1845-1893), Scottish logician and literary critic. Logic: Inductive and Deductive, introduction, Scribner's (1899).)
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  • 70.
    It is in these acts called trivialities that the seeds of joy are forever wasted, until men and women look round with haggard faces at the devastation their own waste has made, and say, the earth bears no harvest of sweetness—calling their denial knowledge.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Middlemarch, bk. 4, ch. 42 (1871).)
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