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Taking JOY in living is a woman's best cosmetic.

Rosalind Russell, 5-time Oscar- winning actress and comedienne; 1907-1976

May your walls know joy; May every room hold laughter and every window open to
great possibility.

An English proverb; Maryanne Radmacher-Hershey; 1995

Joy delights in joy.

William Shakespeare, Playwright and poet; 1564-1616

Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.

Helen Keller, Author and Educator; 1880-1968

Joy is the feeling of grinning inside.

Melba Colgrove, PhD and author of How to Survive the Loss of a Love; 1930–1999

There are those that give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet; 1883-1931

One Joy shatters a thousand griefs.

Chinese Proverb

Joy is prayer - Joy is strength - Joy is love - Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Mother Teresa, humanitarian and winner of 1979 Nobel Prize for Peace; 1910-1997

Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.

Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance, [Simple Abundance Press, 1995]

I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to
what matters.

Oprah Winfrey, Media Entrepreneur, Actress & Talk show host [O Magazine, 2008]

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist

He `olina leo ka ke aloha. [A joyousness is in the voice of love].

Mary Kawena Pukui, `Ôlelo No`eau: Hawaiian Proverbs and Poetical Sayings,

[Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai`i, 1983]

A joy shared is a joy doubled.

English Proverb

Shared joy is a double joy; shared sorrow is half a sorrow.

Swedish Proverb

Count your joys instead of your woes; Count your friends instead of your foes.

Irish Saying

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

John Keats, Romantic Poet; 1795-1821.

The joy of a spirit is the measure of its power.

Anne “Ninon” de Lenclos, French author, courtesan & patron of the arts; 1620-1705

Joy is increased by spreading it to others. 


Robert Murray McCheyne, Church of Scotland Minister; 1813-1843

Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough. 


Emily Dickinson, Poet; 1830-1886

Things won are done; joy's soul lies in the doing.

William Shakespeare, Playwright and poet. Troilus and Cressida; 1564-1616.

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word - excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. 


Pearl Buck; Pulitzer Prize-winning author & human rights activist; 1892-1973. The Joy of Children, 1964

Find expression for a joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.

Oscar Wilde, Irish poet and Victorian-era playwright; 1954-1900.

What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy.

Ursula K. Leguin, Award-winning SciFi/fantasy author and poet

The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference. 


Audre Lord, 1991 Poet Laureates of New York. [From Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches; 1984]

As you enter into life, feeling the Divine Presence in everything more and more … you will hear a Song of Joy singing at the center of your being. You have only to be still and listen to this Song of Life, for It is always there.

Ernest Holmes, Metaphysical Writer and Divine Science Minister; 1887-1960

Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.

Joseph Addison, English essayist, poet, playwright and politician; 1672-1719

There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life.

Sister Mary Rose McGeady, Catholic nun & Covenant House President , Manahattan runaway teen agency