— Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987
The Way to Love (1995), Context: Mostly the discontent that you feel comes from not having enough of something — you are dissatisfied because you think you do not have enough money or power or success or fame or virtue or love or holiness. This is not the discontent that leads to the joy of the kingdom. Its source is greed and ambition and its fruit is restlessness and frustration. The day you are discontented not because you want more of something but without knowing what it is you want; when you are sick at heart of everything you are pursuing so far and you are sick of the pursuing itself, then your heart will attain a great clarity, an insight that will cause you mysteriously to delight in everything and in nothing.
— Eknath Easwaran spiritual teacher, author of books on meditation and spiritual practice, and translator and interpreter of Indian liter… 1910 - 1999
[The end of sorrow <nowiki>[vol 1 of the Bhagavad Gita for daily living]</nowiki>, Easwaran, Eknath, w:Eknath Easwaran, 1993, Nilgiri, Tomales, CA, 9780915132171, http://books.google.com/books?id=3S4fEjh40AUC&pg=PA109&dq=%22We+all+need+joy,+and+we+can+all+receive+joy+in+only+one+way,+by+adding+to+the+joy+of+others.%22&hl=en&ei=4qmfTuKjO4LliALiucFt&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22We%20all%20need%20joy%2C%20and%20we%20can%20all%20receive%20joy%20in%20only%20one%20way%2C%20by%20adding%20to%20the%20joy%20of%20others.%22&f=false] (p. 109). (work originally published 1975)
— André Gide French novelist and essayist 1869 - 1951
Portraits and Aphorisms (1903), Pretexts
— Siddharth Katragadda Indian writer 1972
The Other Wife (2003), page 35
„I'm not living the life I thought I would lead, but it does have meaning, purpose. There is love… there is joy… there is laughter.“
— Christopher Reeve actor, director, producer, screenwriter 1952 - 2004
— Orson Welles American actor, director, writer and producer 1915 - 1985
— George Sand French novelist and memoirist; pseudonym of Lucile Aurore Dupin 1804 - 1876
„There are many kinds of love, as many kinds of light,
And every kind of love makes a glory in the night.
There is love that stirs the heart, and love that gives it rest,
But the love that leads life upward is the noblest and the best.“
— Henry Van Dyke American diplomat 1852 - 1933
Love and Light.
„Grosser light vanishes into eternal rays
Of all-pervading Cosmic Joy.
From Joy we come,
For Joy we live,
In the sacred Joy we melt.“
— Paramahansa Yogananda Yogi, a guru of Kriya Yoga and founder of Self-Realization Fellowship 1893 - 1952
Quotes drawn from the poem "Samadhi"
„The cross is there, of course, but "in the cross is joy of spirit." And love makes all things easy.“
— Dorothy Day Social activist 1897 - 1980
Context: We are not expecting Utopia here on this earth. But God meant things to be much easier than we have made them. A man has a natural right to food, clothing, and shelter. A certain amount of goods is necessary to lead a good life. A family needs work as well as bread. Property is proper to man. We must keep repeating these things. Eternal life begins now. "All the way to heaven is heaven, because He said, "I am the Way." The cross is there, of course, but "in the cross is joy of spirit." And love makes all things easy. On Pilgrimage (1948)
— Julie Taymor American film and theatre director 1952
Academy of Achievement interview (2006), Context: In our culture, we think that happy and color is trivial, that black and darkness is deeper. But Nietzsche said — which is a line that I firmly believe — "Joy is deeper than sorrow, for all joy seeks eternity." And if you see Grendel, you'll see, as he's on the edge of the abyss, ready to leap to his death, he sings, "Is it joy I feel? Is it joy I feel?" And it's so, so moving. You can have a lot of different explanations for the ending of that opera, but there is something so palpable that you will feel when he sings those lines.
„Joy to the world
All the boys and girls, now,
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me“
— Hoyt Axton American country singer 1938 - 1999
Joy To The World (1971), Joy to the World
„One of the many joys of the millennial kingdom and the eternal state will be the endless discussion, genuine fellowship with one another.“
— Paul P. Enns American theologian 1937
Heaven Revealed (Moody, 2011), p. 166
— Marlene Dietrich German-American actress and singer 1901 - 1992
„But love for an object eternal and infinite feeds the mind with joy alone, and a joy which is free from all sorrow. This is something greatly to be desired and to be sought with all our strength.“
— Baruch Spinoza Dutch philosopher 1632 - 1677
On the Improvement of the Understanding (1662), Sed amor erga rem aeternam et infinitam sola laetitia pascit animum, ipsaque omnis tristitiae est expers; quod valde est desiderandum totisque viribus quaerendum. I, 10; translation by W. Hale White (Revised by Amelia Hutchison Stirling)