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JOY
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[ Also see Blessedness Bliss Cheerfulness Delight Ecstasy Enjoyment Gladness Grief Happiness Laughter Merriment Pleasure Regret Smiles Sorrow Suffering ]

Joy surfeited turns to sorrow.
      - Vittorio Alfieri

Many men fail to realize that joy is distinctly moral. It is a fruit of the spiritual life. We have no more right to pray for joy, if we are not doing the things that Jesus said would bring it, than we would have to ask interest in a savings bank in which we had never deposited money. Joy does not happen. It is a flower that springs from roots. It is the inevitable result of certain lines followed and laws obeyed, and so a matter of character. Therefore, we cannot say that joy is like a fine complexion, a distinct addition to the charm of the face, which yet would be structurally perfect without this charm. Joy is a feature, and the face that does not have it is disfigured. The Christian life that is joyless is a discredit to God, and a disgrace to itself.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Joys
  Are bubble-like--what makes them bursts them too.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Library and Balcony--A Summer Night, l. 62)

And these are joys, like beauty, but skin deep.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Village Feast, l. 26)

The greatest joy a petty soul can taste is to dupe a great soul and catch it in a snare.
      - Honore de Balzac

One hour of joy dispels the cares
  And sufferings of a thousand years.
      - Batiste (f/k/a Nicolas Anselme)

The joy late coming late departs.
      - Lewis J. Bates, Some Sweet Day

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

Joy is more divine than sorrow; for joy is bread, and sorrow is medicine.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

medicine.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Joy in one's work is the consummate tool.
      - Phillips Brooks

Capacity for joy
  Admits temptation.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. I, l. 703)

We lose the peace of years when we hunt after the rapture of moments.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

There is not a joy the world can give like that it takes away.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

An infant when it gazes on a light,
  A child the moment when it drains the breast,
    A devotee when soars the Host in sight,
      An Arab with a stranger for a guest,
        A sailor when the prize has struck in fight,
          A miser filling his most hoarded chest,
            Feel rapture; but not such true joy are reaping
              As they who watch o'er what they love while sleeping.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto III, st. 196)

There's not a joy the world can give like that it takes away.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Stanzas for Music--There's not a joy, etc.

There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.
      - John Calvin

You must submit to supreme suffering in order to discover the completion of joy.
      - John Calvin

Without kindness, there can be no true joy.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Oh, frabjous day! Callooh. Callay!
  He chortled in his joy.
      - Lewis Carroll (pseudonym of Charles L. Dodgson),
        Through the Looking Glass, Jabberwocky

Sing out my soul, thy songs of joy;
  Such as a happy bird will sing,
    Beneath a Rainbow's lovely arch,
      In early spring.
      - William Henry Davies, Songs of Joy

What is joy? A sunbeam between two clouds.
      - Dorothee DeLuzy

Joy rul'd the day, and Love the night.
      - John Dryden, The Secular Masque (l. 82)

How happy are the pessimists! What joy is theirs when they have proved there is no joy.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach


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