See a gallery of 12 quotes about joy.
I have merged, like the bird, with the bright air,
And my thought flies to the place by the bo-tree.
Being, not doing, is my first joy.
Theodore Roethke quoted in Finding Deep Joy by Robert Ellwood
Joy has no name. Its very being is lost in the great tide of selfless delight creation's response to the infinite loving of God.
Evelyn Underhill quoted in Finding Deep Joy by Robert Ellwood
To wholeheartedly rejoice in another's good can deliver us from the chains of competition. While polite congratulations may be socially correct, it is not liberating. It takes a wholehearted delight in another's accomplishments or good fortune to free us and enlarge our hearts.
Edward Hays in The Great Escape Manual
This silent ability to impart to others the light of Divine Intelligence, and all its attendant qualities of joy, warmth, insight, and revelation, is captured in a Sufi phrase, "the smiling forehead." For illumination is always linked with a kind of smile, like the mysterious, lingering smile of the Buddha.
Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan in Awakening: A Sufi Experience
The atom's soul is nothing but energy. Spirit blazes in the dullest clay. The life of every man the heart of it is pure and holy joy.
George Leonard quoted in Shadow Culture by Eugene Taylor
Joy clarifies everything.
How many times have I found myself quite simply walking along. And suddenly I receive one of these gusts of contentment, of, so to say, "joy" or "well-being," which is a marvelous feeling because one has no idea where it comes from.
Jacques Lusseyran in Against the Pollution of the I
The announcement is the great joy that the Lord is present and living in the world: that the Lord is with us. Dominus vobiscum, the Lord be with you. This is what we are constantly announcing in the liturgy, that the Lord is present in the world.
Thomas Merton quoted in Thomas Merton: Essential Writings edited by Christine M. Bochen
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