Quotations About / On:
Those who prepared for all the emergencies of life beforehand may equip themselves at the expense of joy.
(E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879-1970), British novelist, essayist. Margaret Schlegel, in Howard's End, ch. 7 (1910).)
The joys of the evil flow away like a torrent.
(Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Joash, in Athaliah, act 2, sc. 7 (1691).)
Ideology, politics and journalism, which luxuriate in failure, are impotent in the face of hope and joy.
(P.J. (Patrick Jake) O'Rourke (b. 1947), U.S. journalist. repr. In Give War a Chance (1992). "The Death of Communism," Rolling Stone (New York, Nov. 1989).)
The land of joy, the lovely glades of the fortunate woods and the home of the blest.
(Virgil [Publius Vergilius Maro] (70-19 B.C.), Roman poet. Aeneid, bk. 6, l. 638 (19 B.C.), trans. by David West (1991).
Referring to the Elysian Fields, a stop on Aeneas's journey to the Underworld.)
As with all children, the feeling that I was useful was perhaps the greatest joy I experienced.
(Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962), First Lady of the United States, author, speaker, and diplomat. This Is My Story, ch. 1 (1937).)
Tortures are to them what joys are to us.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Pauline, in Polyeucte, act 3, sc. 3 (1641).
Pauline is a Roman, speaking of early Christians.)
I do not remember joy or sorrow in childhood, but listening for clues.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Joy goes as deep as sorrow, but leaves less of itself behind.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
It's almost worth having been in the army for the joy your freedom gives you.
(John Dos Passos (1896-1970), U.S. novelist, poet, playwright, painter. Originally published in 1922. John Andrews in Three Soldiers, Houghton Mifflin Company (1964).)
The mother of excess is not joy but joylessness.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 409, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Mixed Opinions and Maxims, aphorism 77, "Excess," (1879).)