„Don't look for mysteries. I give you pure joy.“

—  Constantin Brâncuși, Brâncuși cited in: Horst Woldemar Janson, ‎Anthony F. Janson (2004) History of Art: The Western Tradition.
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„The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.“

—  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

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„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

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„The pure memories given
To help our joy on earth, when earth is past,
Shall help our joy in heaven.“

—  Margaret Junkin Preston American writer 1820 - 1897
Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 407.

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