„To be alive is to feel the joy of being./ In spite of the sorrows and joys of life/ The primary joy is that of being./ That of my existence. / That I exist is the most fundamental experience is joy for me!/ I, who do not deserve to, really exist./ I, who need not, do exist!/ I, who may not, do exist.“
— Richard Bach, Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
„Too unconcerned to love and too passionless to hate, too detached to be selfish and too lifeless to be unselfish, too indifferent to experience joy and too cold to express sorrow, they are neither dead nor alive; they merely exist.“
— Martin Luther King, Jr., Strength to Love
— Eugene Paul Wigner mathematician and Nobel Prize-winning physicist 1902 - 1995
As quoted by Freeman Dyson from a private conversation, Infinite in All Directions (1988)
„I think how the world is still somehow beautiful even when I feel no joy at being alive within it.“
— Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers
— Kuruvilla Pandikattu Indian philosopher 1957
Joy: Share it! p. 140.
„In all living beings exists the self-benediction, ‘would that I were never to cease. May I live on’. And this self-benediction cannot exist in him who has not experienced the nature of death. And by this experience of a former life is inferred. This is the affliction of Love of Life, which flows by its own potency.“
— Vyasa central and revered figure in most Hindu traditions
In pp. 104-105.
„I do want your happiness. But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope.“
— Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Context: First, about the mind. You tell me there is no fighting or hatred or desire in the Town. That this is a beautiful dream, and I do want your happiness. But the absence of fighting or hatred or desire also means the opposites do not exist either. No joy, no communion, no love. Only where there is disillusionment and depression and sorrow does happiness arise; without the despair of loss, there is no hope. Chapter 32, Shadow in the Throes of Death
„I would like to stress that the obligation [of being Queen] has always been driven by joy. The joy is rooted in the warmth that has met me and my family everywhere through every year, in celebration and joy as in sorrow, in the so-called "big days", as well as in everyday life.“
— Margrethe II of Denmark Queen of Denmark 1940
Ruby Jubilee speech, http://www.altinget.dk/artikel/dronningens-jubilaeumstale (15 January 2012).
„That side of our existence whose direction is towards the infinite seeks not wealth, but freedom and joy.“
— Rabindranath Tagore Bengali polymath 1861 - 1941
Context: That side of our existence whose direction is towards the infinite seeks not wealth, but freedom and joy. There the reign of necessity ceases, and there our function is not to get but to be. To be what? To be one with Brahma. For the region of the infinite is the region of unity. Therefore the Upanishads say: If man apprehends God he becomes true. Here it is becoming, it is not having more. Words do no gather bulk when you know their meaning; they become true by being one with the idea.