— Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
Bk. XV, ch. 1
— Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace
— John Greenleaf Whittier American Quaker poet and advocate of the abolition of slavery 1807 - 1892
Context: Somehow not only for Christmas But all the long year through, The joy that you give to others Is the joy that comes back to you. And the more you spend in blessing The poor and lonely and sad, The more of your heart's possessing Returns to make you glad. First published in The Educational Monthly of Canada, Volume 24 (1901), p. 29
— Richard Bach American spiritual writer 1936
— Frank Herbert American writer 1920 - 1986
„You get more joy out of the giving to others, and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness you are able to give.“
— Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962
As quoted in Sheroes: Bold, Brash, and Absolutely Unabashed Superwomen from Susan B. Anthony to Xena (1998) by Varla Ventura, p. 150
— Margaret Junkin Preston American writer 1820 - 1897
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 407.
„Pure nonsense is a joy forever, as Keats didn't quite say. I love to see a writer flying high, just for the hell of it.“
— William Zinsser writer, editor, journalist, literary critic, professor 1922 - 2015
Chapter 20, Humor, p. 246.
— Mary Oliver American writer 1935 - 2019
„It’s always wonderful to get to know women, with the mystery and the joy and the depth. If you can make a woman laugh, you’re seeing the most beautiful thing on God’s Earth.“
— Keanu Reeves Canadian actor, director, producer and musician 1964
„You and I come custom-equipped in much the same way. They don't call babies bundles of joy for nothing.“
— Nick Carter, Facing the Music And Living To Talk About It
„You are my pride and joy
And I just love you, little darlin'
Like a baby boy loves his toy
You've got kisses sweeter than honey
And I work every day to give you all I know
And that's why you're my pride and joy.“
— Marvin Gaye American singer-songwriter and musician 1939 - 1984
Pride and Joy, co-written with William "Mickey" Stevenson and Norman Whitfield.
„Pleasure's fun. It's great, but you can't keep it going forever; just accept the fact that it's here and it's gone, and maybe then again, it will come back, and you'll get to do it again. Joy lasts forever. Pleasure is purely self-centered. It's all about your pleasure: it's about you. It's a selfish, self-centered emotion, that is created by a self-centered motive of greed. Joy is compassion. Joy is giving yourself to somebody else, or something else. And it's a kind of thing that is, in its subtlety and lowness, much more powerful than pleasure. You get hung up on pleasure; you're doomed. If you pursue joy; you will find everlasting happiness.“
— George Lucas American film producer 1944
Academy of Achievement Address, published by Corporate Valley (12 August 2013) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54xWQPq0fuk