Quotations About / On: JOY

  • 41.
    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).)
  • 42.
    The joys of the evil flow away like a torrent.
    (Jean Racine (1639-1699), French playwright. Joash, in Athaliah, act 2, sc. 7 (1691).)
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  • 43.
    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).)
  • 44.
    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.)
  • 45.
    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).)
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  • 46.
    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.)
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  • 47.
    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).)
  • 48.
    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).)
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  • 49.
    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).)
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  • 50.
    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).)
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