Here are 55 of the best joy quotes I could find. I’ve spent years collecting them. The goal? To inspire you to live more deeply, lightly and purposefully. Enjoy!
The things that truly bring us joy are rarely things. Joshua Fields Millburn
If you’re having a good time, you already won. Jack Butcher
Don’t be afraid to shine bright, be joyful and honor the whole truth of who you are. Gabby Bernstein
Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh
Only wise people trust life enough to let joy happen by itself. Maxime Lagacé
Joy is never tomorrow; it is always now. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Don’t allow anyone to steal your joy. Paulo Coelho
The joy of giving is the greatest joy of life. Rhonda Byrne
The joy of your spirit is the indication of your strength. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Expectation is the death of spontaneous joy. James Pierce
The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Charles Dickens
Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness. Pearl S. Buck
We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary. Brené Brown (Daring Greatly, Amazon book)
A joy shared is a joy doubled. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. The Dharmapada
Now, a few thoughts on joy…
Don’t aim at joy.
Joy is dynamic. Joy is life.
You cannot find joy. There’s no path.
In fact, joy finds you when you no longer seek it.
It’s true. If you seek joy, it’s because you don’t possess it.
If you let it find you, it’s because you trust life.
not needing joy is a joy in itself…
Nothing better in life than spending time with great humans and having a few good laughs. Anthony Pompliano Click to tweet
Eternity is the natural state of mind. Time? An unatural state of mind. Byron Katie
Nothing will make you happier than an ego death. Sahil Lavingia
Pleasure is always derived from something outside you, whereas joy arises from within. Eckhart Tolle
When you shine brightly, you give others permission to shine with you. Joy is your birthright. Freedom is your birthright. Claim them and live your truth. Gabby Bernstein
The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy. Ethel Barrymore
Comparing yourself to others is a guaranteed prescription for misery. Shane Parrish (Source)
Don’t postpone joy until you have learned all of your lessons. Joy is your lesson. Alan Cohen
Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going to fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. Eddie Cantor
The keys to your happiness are inside of you and come to the surface during prayer and meditation. In the eternal silence. Garry Gordon
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A man’s delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes. Arthur Schopenhauer
If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never truly be fulfilled. Lao Tzu
Happiness is an effect, not an end. When we live fully, happiness appears. When we chase happiness, it vanishes. Eric Peng
A sign of wisdom: you enjoy little things more than big ones. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet
One of the great joys in life is finding your purpose, excelling at it, and discovering that your impact matters to something larger than yourself. Sam Altman
The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy. Hermann Hesse
If you are a taker of happiness you get misery, if you are a give of happiness you get joy and love. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Don’t equate good fortune with money. Your good fortune lies in your happiness. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
The secret of the enjoyment of pleasure is to know when to stop. Alan Watts
Expectation is the death of spontaneous joy. James Pierce (Source)
Arising from without, happiness is unreliable. Arising from within, equanimity can become one’s natural state. James Pierce
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The very act of searching for happiness implies that a person does not already have it. James Pierce
With all its infinite possibilities, this life is a gift as it can become a fountain of joy not just for oneself but for others as well. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Happiness is like rising bubbles — delightful and inevitably fleeting. Joy is the oxygen — ever present. Danielle LaPorte Click to tweet
Enlightenment, peace, and joy will not be granted by someone else. The well is within us. Thich Nhat Hanh
Sit just to enjoy your sitting; you don’t need to attain any goal. Each moment of sitting meditation brings you back to life. Thich Nhat Hanh
Postpone joy, it will diminish. Postpone a problem, it will grow. Paulo Coelho (Source)
As gratitude grows, it gives rise to joy. We experience the courage to rejoice in our own good fortune, and that of others. Joy gladdens the heart. Ram Dass
The greatest enjoyment is experienced when there is no concern for its duration. Wu Hsin Click to tweet
True education consists in this: to feel joy and grief at the right things. Aristotle
Being happy is a pointless goal. It’s simply a side effect of doing something you enjoy. Thibaut
Related: This Is How To Find Joy: 4 Simple Secrets To The Good Life (bakadesuyo.com)
Happiness consists in realizing it is all a great strange dream. Jack Kerouac
An act is best performed when you are enjoying the act itself and not thinking about the outcome. Kunal
True joy and success is not about what you have on the outside. It’s about how you feel about yourself on the inside. Mel Robbins
Joy is easier when you’re a little foolish. Maxime Lagacé Click to tweet
Cheerful people don’t get frustrated, hurt, or rejected – though they create those feelings in the people attempting to stop them. Richard O’Connor
Happiness is a solid and joy a liquid. J. D. Salinger
Ecstasy is a legitimate human need – as essential for mental and physical health as proper nutrition, vitamins, rest, and recreation. Alan Watts
To spread joy, you have to have it. To impart delight, you have to be more or less delightful. And to be delightful is not some factor of trying to make yourself look delightful, it is to do things that are delightful to you. You thereby become delightful to others. Alan Watts
Contentment, as it is a short road and pleasant, has great delight and little trouble. Epictetus (Enchiridion, Amazon book)
I slept and I dreamed that life is all joy. I woke and I saw that life is all service. I served and I saw that service is joy. Kahlil Gibran
Only when you ask nothing of the world can you be truly free. James Pierce (Source)
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing. William Congreve
Few things in life are more pleasurable than doing a good deed anonymously and being discovered accidentally. Tim Madigan
The real source of inner joy is to remain truthful and honest. Dalai Lama
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
A thing of beauty is a joy forever. John Keats
The best pleasures are those for which we do not plan. Alan Watts
You are joy, looking for a way to express. Abraham Hicks
Joy Quotes: The Conclusion
Pleasure is the state of being
Brought about by what you
Learning is the process of
Entering into the experience of this
Kind of pleasure.
No pleasure, no learning.
No learning, no pleasure.
Wang Ken (Song of Joy)
- Joy is simple: a sunrise, a sunset, a smile, a book, a friend, etc.
- Joy is not the past. Joy is not the future. Joy is “now”.
- Live lightly and joyfully. It’s better for your health.
- Avoid seeking joy directly. It’s a byproduct.
- The secret to a happy life?
- Expect nothing.
- Live spontaneously.
Call to action: Read Joy Vs Happiness: What’s the Difference and Can You Achieve Both? (lifehack.org)
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After all, a joy shared is a joy doubled. Right? 🙂
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