Quotations About / On:
We never taste a perfect joy; our happiest successes are mixed with sadness.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Don Diègue, in The Cid, act 3, sc. 5 (1637).)
I wish you joy of your unhappiness, since you cling to it so.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
Suffering teaches us only that we suffer. Joy shows us which way to go.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Second Selection, New York (1985).)
True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others.
(André Gide (1869-1951), French author. "Portraits and Aphorisms," Pretexts (1903).)
Every parent can imagine the joys of child abuse.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.
(Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German-born U.S. physicist. Motto for the astronomy building of Junior College, Pasadena, California.)
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).)
When the affections so kindly break loose, Joy, is another name for Religion.
(Laurence Sterne (1713-1768), British author, clergyman. Sermons, sermon 20, "The prodigal son" (1766), ed. Melvyn New, University Press of Florida (1996).
Sterne's comment on the welcomed return of the prodigal.)
We should spread joy, but, as far as we can, repress sorrow.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Vanity," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 9, Abel Langelier, Paris (1588).)
What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?
(Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. "Last Words," All Trivia (1933).)