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25 Quotes about Joy

Joy is part of the human experience. It makes us want to play and connect with others. It improves our moods, thoughts, and behaviors, and it boosts our mental health. But sometimes joy can be hard to find. To bring a little joy to your life, here are twenty-five inspiring quotes about joy that will make you smile.


“I sometimes wonder whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.”

—C. S. Lewis


“The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.”

—Michel de Montaigne


“Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.”

—Mother Teresa


“The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.”

—George Bernard Shaw


“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”

—George Bernard Shaw


“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”

—Albert Einstein


“Things won are done, joy’s soul lies in the doing.”

—William Shakespeare


“As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.”

—Helen Keller


“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home . . . it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.”

—Chuck Palahniuk


“A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.”

—Mother Teresa


“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.”

—Richard Bach


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

—Khalil Gibran


“The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.”

—Jim Rohn


“Love is the joy of the good, the wonder of the wise, the amazement of the Gods.”



“Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.”

—Marianne Williamson


“The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift.”

—Ellen DeGeneres


“Well, your greatest joy definitely comes from doing something for another, especially when it was done with no thought of something in return.”

—John Wooden


“He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.”

—William Blake


“It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.”

—Amelia Barr


“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”

—Leo Buscaglia


“Joy is not in things; it is in us.”

—Richard Wagner


“A sense of humor . . . is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.”

—Hugh Sidey


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

—Khalil Gibran


“Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her King!”

—Joy to the World


“The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again.”

—Charles Dickens

If reading these quotes about joy brought a smile to your face, you’ll like our other articles “25 Quotes on Love” and “Quotes about Being Happy.”

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