„Madam, in God's presence I speak: I never delighted in the weeping of any of God's creatures; yea I can scarcely well abide the tears of my own boys whom my own hand corrects, much less can I rejoice in your Majesty's weeping.“
— John Knox Scottish clergyman, writer and historian 1505 - 1572
As quoted in The Thundering Scot (1957) by Geddes MacGregor <!-- Philadelphia: The Westminster Press -->
— Aurelius Augustinus early Christian theologian and philosopher 354 - 430
Context: All those of you who rejoice in peace, now it is time to judge the truth.... Undoubtedly in days gone by there were holy men as Scripture tells, For God stated that he left behind seven thousand men in safety, And there are many priests and kings who are righteous under the law, There you find so many of the prophets, and many of the people too. Tell me which of the righteous of that time claimed an altar for himself? That wicked nation perpetrated a very large number of crimes, They sacrificed to idols and may prophets were put to death, Yet not a single one of the righteous withdrew from unity. The righteous endured the unrighteous while waiting for the winnower: They all mingled in one temple but were not mingled in their hearts; They said such things against them yet they had a single altar. Early Christian Latin Poets, 2000, Carolinne White, Routledge, London, p. 55. http://books.google.com/books?id=MoI963yzTisC&pg=PA55
— Arthur Symons British poet 1865 - 1945
Love and Sleep, st. 1.
„If I have a face that rejoices in God's grace, my brother, it is because I have learned more from those who have lived within these [prison] walls than from those who live outside them. I have learned more from those who have fallen down than those who have remained upright.
- the cathedral pastor visiting Ólafur“
— Halldór Laxness Icelandic author 1902 - 1998
— Denis Diderot French Enlightenment philosopher and encyclopædist 1713 - 1784
"Paradox on Acting" (1830), as quoted in Selected Writings (1966) edited by Lester G. Crocker
— John Marks Templeton stock investor, businessman and philanthropist 1912 - 2008
— Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012
Context: I am the dreamer and the doer I the hearer and the knower I the giver and the taker I the sword and the wound of sword. If this be true, then let sword fall free from hand. I embrace myself. I laugh until I weep And weep until I smile…
„Because I cannot hope to turn again
Consequently I rejoice, having to construct something
Upon which to rejoice“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
„In those days I, Virgil, was nursed of sweet Parthenope, and rejoiced in the arts of inglorious ease.“
— Virgil Ancient Roman poet -70 - -19 a.C.
Book IV, lines 563–564 (tr. Fairclough)