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Is it that they fear the pain of death, or could it be they fear the joy of life?

TOAD THE WET SPROCKET, Pray Your Gods

He who has once been happy is for aye
Out of destruction's reach. His fortune then
Holds nothing secret; and Eternity,
Which is a mystery to other men,
Has like a woman given him its joy.

WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT, With Esther

Joy may be a miser,
But Sorrow’s purse is free.

RICHARD HENRY STODDARD, Persian Song

Men are not put into this world to be everlastingly played on by the harping fingers of joy.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

If I dream I have you, I have you,
For, all our joys are but fantastical.

JOHN DONNE, The Dream

Pleasure's a Moth, that sleeps by day
And dances by false glare at night;
But Joy's a Butterfly, that loves
To spread its wings in Nature's light.

WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES, Joy and Pleasure

Joy's recollection is no longer joy,
While Sorrow's memory is a sorrow still.

LORD BYRON, Marino Faliero

Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within.

ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now

People come and go, pain comes and goes. But so does joy. And if our hearts are closed because we don't want to suffer, they won't be open enough to recognize the joy as it flies by.

GENEEN ROTH, Good Housekeeping, Dec. 2008

Optimists find joy in small things. They enjoy sunsets, a good conversation with a close friend; and they enjoy life in general. They are more concerned with having many small joys rather than having one huge joy.

ROBERT M. SHERFIELD, The Everything Self-Esteem Book

The fine art of Life is to make
Another Soul vibrate with a song of joy.

EDWIN LEIBFREED, "The Song of the Soul"

Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have someone to divide it with.

MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

Joy is good--the angel's food.

CAROLINE SPENCER, "The Old Is Better"

In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Nothing brings joy as does a
tamed, controlled, attended and restrained heart.
This heart brings joy.

GAUTAMA BUDDHA, Anguttara Nikaya

It is the sum of the million little unconscious dispositions that go to make life joyful or painful.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Life's joys and sorrows meet us every day,
But some are blinded by their tears of sorrow
And see no joy.

S. MOORE, "Sonnet"

Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Troubles loom up big when they're ahead,
And joys seem always sweeter when they're past.

EDGAR GUEST, "The Present"

Joy and grief are things of great hazard and danger in the life of man: The one breaks the heart; the other intoxicates the head.

BENJAMIN WHICHCOTE, Moral and Religious Aphorisms

Joy and sorrow are like milk and cookies. That's how well they go together.

NEIL GAIMAN, American Gods

The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.

J. D. SALINGER, "De Daumier-Smith's Blue Period"

Joy is the best wine.

GEORGE ELIOT, Silas Marner

Joy's the shyest bird
Mortal ever heard;
Listen rapt and silent while he sings;
Do not seek to see,
Less the vision be
But a flutter of departing wings.

CAROLINE SPENCER, "A Strange Singer"

Notes of joy have a special STP solvent in them that dissolves all the gluey engine deposits of heartache. War and woe don't have anything like the range and reach that notes of joy do.

NICHOLSON BAKER, The Anthologist

I have drunken deep of joy,
And I will taste no other wine tonight.

PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY, The Cenci

Joy is the vital air of the soul.

HENRI-FREDERIC AMIEL, Journal Intime

For sudden Joys, like Griefs, confound at first.

DANIEL DEFOE, Robinson Crusoe

Joy flees from the selfish, it deserts the quarrelsome; it is hidden from the impure.

JAMES ALLEN, Morning and Evening Thoughts

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