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I am perplext, and often stricken mute. / Wondering which attained the higher bliss, / The wing'd insect, or the chrysalis / It thrust aside with unreluctant foot. (Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty. (Henri-Frederic Amiel)

Joy prompts courage. (Hans Christian Andersen)

Man cannot live without joy; therefore when he is deprived of true spiritual joys it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

To be full of joy when looking at an oeuvre is not a little thing. (Hans Jean Arp)

I buy art in order to live with it at home or in the office, never to store it away in a vault. In fact, living with art has been one of the great joys of my life. It is a private pleasure, however, and not one that I have an urge to inflict on other people. (Michael Audain)

In times of joy, all of us wished we possessed a tail we could wag. (W. H. Auden)

Don't explain, enjoy. (Darby Bannard)

Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves. (James M. Barrie)

There is no greater joy than that of feeling oneself a creator. The triumph of life is expressed by creation. (Henri Bergson)

Be joyful because it is humanly possible. (Wendell Berry)

And I made a rural pen, / And I stained the water clear, / And I wrote my happy songs / Every child my joy to hear. (William Blake)

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)

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy! (Louise Bogan)

The joy's in the process, not the product. (Fay Bohlayer)

Joy is but the sign that creative emotion is fulfilling its purpose. (Charles du Bois)

Each day I go to my studio full of joy; in the evening when obliged to stop because of darkness I can scarcely wait for the morning to come... if I cannot give myself to my dear painting I am miserable. (Adolfe-William Bouguereau)

Don't look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them. (Constantin Brancusi)

Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. (Robert Brault)

Breathless, we flung us on a windy hill, / Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass. (Rupert Brooke)

The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy. (James Broughton)

The joy is in the journey. In the doing. In following one's inspiration. In being one with one's process. A man whistling under a tree does not feel less because he is not performing before an audience. (Abigail Brown)

When I'm on stage, I'm trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don't go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it. (James Brown)

How good is man's life, the mere living! how fit to employ / All the heart and the soul and the senses for ever in joy! (Robert Browning)

The secret of joy in work is contained in one word – excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it. (Pearl S. Buck)

Youth, with swift feet, walks onward in the way; the land of joy lies all before his eyes. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

If there is a virtue in the world at which we should always aim, it is cheerfulness. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

The joyous time is when the breeze first strikes your sails, and the waters rustle under your bows. (Charles Buxton)

A grave mistake is to paint only for the end results and not for the joy of painting! (Leanne Cadden)

The capacity for delight is the gift of paying attention. (Julia Cameron)

Find a place where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain. (Joseph Campbell)

I enjoyed my own nature to the fullest, and we all know that there lies happiness, although, to soothe one another mutually, we occasionally pretend to condemn such joys as selfishness. (Albert Camus)

Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. (Eddie Cantor)

A laugh, to be joyous, must flow from a joyous heart, for without kindness, there can be no true joy. (Thomas Carlyle)

The greatest joy in nature is the absence of man. (Bliss Carman)

I have touched with a sense of art some people – they felt the love and the life. Can you offer me anything to compare to that joy for an artist? (Mary Cassatt)

I think most artists seek to share their joy with the world... it is inseparable from the notion of self-expression. (Lisa Chakrabarti)

You must... know that you are great. Never forget that. It is where true joy lies. (Gurumayi Chidvilasananda)

The greatest obstacle to connecting with our joy is resentment. (Pema Chodron)

The truth is I'm not good at enjoying life. (Amy Chua)

I do not presume to explain how to paint, but only how to get enjoyment. (Winston Churchill)

Part of the joy of looking at art is getting in sync in some ways with the decision-making process that the artist used and the record that's embedded in the work. (Chuck Close)

Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside. (Dr. Melba Colgrove)

If you do anything well, it becomes enjoyable. To keep enjoying something, you need to increase its complexity. (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi)

Art must not be intelligent; art is a jouisance, an enjoyment. (Andre Derain)

I feel an earnest and humble desire, and shall do till I die, to increase the stock of harmless cheerfulness. (Charles Dickens)

I hope I have given back half the joy music has given me. (Placido Domingo)

My artmaking is simply a personal celebration of the joy of being alive. (Dean Taylor Drewyer)

Seek not to know what must not be revealed, for joy only flows where fate is most concealed. A busy person would find their sorrows much more, if future fortunes were known before! (John Dryden)

Joy is not dependent on circumstances. (Faith Duck)

Joy takes a strange effect at times - it seems to oppress us almost the same as sorrow. (Alexandre Dumas)

-The Story of Philosophy, 1926...
And last are the few whose delight is in meditation and understanding; who yearn not for goods, nor for victory, but for knowledge; who leave both market and battlefield to lose themselves in the quiet clarity of secluded thought; whose will is a light rather than a fire, whose haven is not power but truth: these are the men of wisdom, who stand aside unused by the world. (Will Durant)

He that would be a painter must have a natural turn thereto. Love and delight therein are better of the Art of Painting than compulsion. (Albrecht Durer)

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive. (Eleonora Duse)

Feminist art may... though perhaps our imaginations are so mutilated now that we are incapable even of the ambition, introduce a new theme... should we call it 'joy'? (Andrea Dworkin)

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Early morning cheerfulness can be extremely obnoxious. (William Feather)

To enjoy life, you don't need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren't as serious as you make them out to be. (Timothy Ferriss)

Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue. (Henry Fielding)

Be the holder of your own Nature. It is a joyful responsibility. (Eric Fischl)

When money/pride/envy are taken out of the creative process we can be children again - enjoyment/learning/self-expression are always first on my list... I do this only for me and my sanity. (Eric Frantz)

There is no joy equal to that of being able to work for all humanity and doing what you're doing well. (Buckminster Fuller)

I was always aware, reading Chesterton, that there was someone writing this who rejoiced in words, who deployed them on the page as an artist deploys his paints upon his palette... and it seemed to me that at the end of any particularly good sentence or any perfectly-put paradox, you could hear the author, somewhere behind the scenes, giggling with delight. (Neil Gaiman)

Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. (Mahatma Gandhi)

It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. (Karl Freiderich Gauss)

Joy is my energy and energy is my powerhouse. (Sara Genn)

Joy and sorrow are inseparable... together they come and when one sits alone with you... remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. (Kahlil Gibran)

Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one. (Andre Gide)

Be the weirdo who dares to enjoy. (Elizabeth Gilbert)

The joy of making art must lie in freedom; to be as we want to be, say what we want to say, and be known as we wish to be known. It sounds easy, but it's very hard to trust ourselves and value what is meaningful in our seemingly ordinary lives. (John Gilboy)

We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing. (Ira Glass)

Enjoy what you can, endure what you must. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

When you approach each new work with humility, and try to foresee its unique problems, it will win your love; it will give you joy. (Maurice Golleau)

Upon seeing them, I was excited. The image was so gorgeous – the setting sun made the flowers burst with life! (Corinne Groeneveld)

Color is joy. One does not think joy. One is carried by it. (Ernst Haas)

Stay close to any sounds that make you glad you are alive. (Hafiz)

- b.1685 d.1768...
Boundless and free is the sky of Samadhi! / Bright the full moon of wisdom! / Truly, is anything missing now? / Nirvana is right here, before our eyes, / This very place is the Lotus Land, / This very body, the Buddha. (Hakuin)

Art is the distillate of life, the winnowed result of the experience of a people, the record of the joyous adventure of the creative spirit in us toward a higher world; a world in which all ideas, thoughts, and forms are pure and beautiful and completely clear, the world Plato held to be perfect and eternal. All works that have in them an element of joy are records of this adventure. (Lawren Harris)

Pretend you are dancing or singing a picture. A worker or painter should enjoy his work, else the observer will not enjoy it. (Robert Henri)

All real works of art look as though they were done in joy. (Robert Henri)

Enjoyment of the landscape is a thrill (David Hockney)

The life that I have chosen gives me my full hours of enjoyment. (Winslow Homer)

I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty; / I woke, and found that life was Duty. / Was thy dream then a shadowy lie? / Toil on, poor heart, unceasingly; / And thou shalt find thy dream to be / A truth and noonday light to thee. (Ellen Sturgis Hooper)

There is a sort of elation about sunlight on the upper part of a house. (Edward Hopper)

The joy of creativity is a product of the freedom you feel by following the dictates of your whimsical Right Brain. (Marvin Humphrey)

Once you have heard a strange audience burst into laughter at a film you directed, you realize what the word joy is all about. (Chuck Jones)

When colors merge and forms take shape, it is an experience of God's presence and my soul sings... (Julie Rodriguez Jones)

How can one take delight in the world unless one flees to it for refuge? (Franz Kafka)

The joy of life consists in the inevitable, continual triumph of new values. (Wassily Kandinsky)

We could never learn to be brave and patient, if there were only joy in the world. (Helen Keller)

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them? (Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy)

And this is the way a novel gets written, in ignorance, fear, sorrow, madness, and a kind of psychotic happiness as an incubator for the wonders being born. (Jack Kerouac)

- Big Sur...
The more ups and downs, the more joy I feel. The greater the fear, the greater the happiness I feel. (Jack Kerouac)

The best kind of writing, and the biggest thrill in writing, is to suddenly read a line from your typewriter that you didn't know was in you. (Larry L. King)

Having found my bliss, it's bigger than intoxication. It's not some nebulous location you must continually strive for. (Jane Kley)

The joy of the mind is the measure of its strength. (Ninon de L'Enclos)

Do not think only of your own joy, but vow to save all beings from suffering. This is sharing in its highest form and purity beyond all poisons of this world. (Dalai Lama)

When I was a kid, I never felt that what I was drawing really represented me; it was just something I enjoyed. (Jim Lee)

I certainly wasn't happy. Happiness has to do with reason, and only reason earns it. What I was given was the thing you can't earn, and can't keep, and often don't even recognize at the time; I mean joy. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

For the atom's soul is nothing but energy. Spirit blazes in the dullest of clay. The life of every woman or man - the heart of it - is pure and holy joy. (George B. Leonard)

One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge. (Robert S. Lynd)

Joy is the sound of peace when it snows. (Leza MacDonald)

Thought that can merge wholly into feeling; feeling that can merge wholly into thought – these are the artist's highest joy. (Thomas Mann)

Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us. (Orison Swett Marden)

No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you've already had. (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

Wherever your joy is, go after it, ... pretty ladies. (Peter Max)

There is a curiously sharp sense of joy – or perhaps better expressed, a sense of mild ecstasy – that comes when you find the particular form required by your creation. (Rollo May)

One of the great joys of life is creativity. Information goes in, gets shuffled about, and comes out in new and interesting ways. (Peter McWilliams)

Be willing to access joy in the face of adversity. (C. W. Metcalf)

Jump for joy! Life moves in leaps and bounds so enjoy the ride. (Minna)

I'm a painter first. I sing my sorrow and I paint my joy. (Joni Mitchell)

It's been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will. (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor. (William Morris)

To be able to get up and be in my studio and work all day is a great joy. (Martin Mull)

The real joy is in discovering that the twigs and branches of my practice are all firmly rooted in a single tree, even as time goes by and I become increasingly aware of the fleetingness of all things. (James Nares)

Not joy is the mother of dissipation, but joylessness. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

- arriving in New Mexico...
Well! Well! Well!... This is wonderful. No one told me it was like this! (Georgia O'Keeffe)

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don't hesitate. Give in to it. (Mary Oliver)

Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Mary Oliver)

Without zest, what is life? Just waiting for death? It can't be anything else. Only with zest do you live; otherwise you vegetate. (Osho)

Some of the secret joys of living are not found by rushing from point A to point B, but by inventing some imaginary letters along the way. (Douglas Pagels)

I get my highs from using my eyes. (Philip Pearlstein)

When I make my sculpture or medal, I first hold the clay in my palm: It nests in it comfortably. I always hope that one day it will nest in another palm and give the same joy that it gives me to create it. (Dora de Pedery-Hunt)

My joy is as painful as my pain. (Fernando Pessoa)

The real thing is that sweet joy you feel when you're in the midst of it. (Jan Phillips)

All the sorrows, all the bitternesses, all the sadnesses, I forget them and ignore them in the joy of working. (Camille Pissarro)

Gloom and solemnity are entirely out of place in even the most rigorous study of an art originally intended to make glad the heart of man. (Ezra Pound)

One joy scatters a hundred griefs. (Chinese proverb)

I have a predilection for painting that lends joyousness to a wall. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

Paint with joy – with the same joy that you would make love to a woman. (Pierre-Auguste Renoir)

There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and of leaving it behind them when they go. (Jean Paul Richter)

Every intensification is good, if it is in your entire blood, if it isn't intoxication or muddiness, but joy which you can see into, clear to the bottom. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life's deepest joy: true fulfillment. (Tony Robbins)

Propel, propel, propel your craft softly down liquid solution. / Ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, ecstatically, / Existence is simply illusion. (Fred Rogers)

The worst days of those who enjoy what they do are better than the best days of those who don't. (Jim Rohn)

True joy comes from operating with Inner-directedness and recognizing who you are. (Sanaya Roman)

Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Comparison is the thief of joy. (Franklin D. Roosevelt)

Joy is how the universe reminds you that you're alive. (Marc Rosenbush)

- Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself...
We believe that whatever feels at first like joy is not. Or is, but will not last. Or should not last. We feel so sure of this that we will undermine our own inklings of joy, blunting the pain we think awaits. (Anneli Rufus)

When you do things from your soul you feel a river moving in you, a joy. (Rumi)

Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light. (John Ruskin)

Mirth is like a flash of lightening that breaks through a gloom of clouds and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. (Bertrand Russell)

The decision to live blissfully is ours. (Linda Saccoccio)

All of us have had the experience of a sudden joy that came when nothing in the world had forewarned us of its coming - a joy so thrilling that if it was born of misery we remembered even the misery with tenderness. (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by. (Carl Sandburg)

We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth. (Mitsugi Saotome)

Real joy is becoming exceedingly rare among artists of any kind. And I have an idea that those who can and do communicate it are always people who have had a hard time. Then the joy has no smugness or self-righteousness in it, is inclusive not exclusive, and comes close to prayer. (May Sarton)

If you have never seen joy in a beautiful face, you have never seen joy at all. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

It is a visual joy to watch the grays in the morning light turn to color by the sun, watch evenings with color-saturated shadows; see how the noonday sun flattens, how colors sing on a rainy day. (Jo Scott-B)

The joy that isn't shared dies young. (Anne Sexton)

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)

The soul's joy lies in doing. (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty? (Edmund Spenser)

The root of joy is gratefulness... It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. (David Steindl-Rast)

- Harmonium...
I still feel the need of some imperishable bliss. (Wallace Stevens)

A great free joy surges through me when I work... with tense slashes and a few thrusts the beautiful white fields receive their color and the work is finished in a few minutes. (Like Belmonte weaving the pattern of his being by twisting the powerful bulls around him, I seem to achieve a comparable ecstasy in bringing forth the flaming life through these large areas of canvas...) (Clyfford Still)

- disputed after verse written by Ellen Sturgis Hooper...
I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. (Mother Teresa)

With each piece I've completed I have worked to make it intact, and each of them has been an equal high. It's like children. A mother refuses to pick out one as a favorite... (Twyla Tharp)

We were made to enjoy music, to enjoy beautiful sunsets, to enjoy looking at the billows of the sea and to be thrilled with a rose that is bedecked with dew... (Desmond Tutu)

It is the epitome of life. The first half of it consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. (Mark Twain)

I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river. (Chuang Tzu)

Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy. (Lao Tzu)

You can't take joy home in your pockets... (Author unknown)

I'm giving up feeling bad and I'm diving headfirst into the sheer joy of painting. It's no longer a sink or swim proposition. It feels good just in the water. (Janet Warrick)

The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy. (Eudora Welty)

I cannot see that art is anything less than a way of making joys perpetual. (Rebecca West)

For art and joy go together, with bold openness, and high head, and ready hand – fearing naught and dreading no exposure. (James Abbott McNeill Whistler)

We should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry. (E. B. White)

It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing. (Marcia Wieder)

What is beautiful is a joy for all seasons and a possession for all eternity. (Oscar Wilde)

Joy has no cost. (Marianne Williamson)

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. (Marianne Williamson)

We have within ourselves / Enough to fill the present day with joy, / And overspread the future years with hope. (William Wordsworth)

Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy, which sustained him through temporary periods of joy. (William Butler Yeats)

Joy is of the will which labours, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph. (William Butler Yeats)

The weak have remedies, the wise have joys; superior wisdom is superior bliss. (Edward Young)

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 K. Zinsser)