55 Joy Quotes To Lift Your Mood (Even More)

By Maxime Lagacé maxime lagace

Maxime is the founder and chief editor of WisdomQuotes. He has been writing and collecting quotes since 2004. He's also into personal development and productivity. Most of all, he's dedicated to help you live a simpler and more peaceful life. Learn more about him on his about page.

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!
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The things that truly bring us joy are rarely things. Joshua Fields Millburn

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If you’re having a good time, you already won. Jack Butcher

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Don’t be afraid to shine bright, be joyful and honor the whole truth of who you are. Gabby Bernstein

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Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. Thich Nhat Hanh

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Only wise people trust life enough to let joy happen by itself. Maxime Lagacé

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Joy is never tomorrow; it is always now. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Don’t allow anyone to steal your joy. Paulo Coelho

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The joy of giving is the greatest joy of life. Rhonda Byrne

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The joy of your spirit is the indication of your strength. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Expectation is the death of spontaneous joy. James Pierce

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The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. Charles Dickens

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Many people lose the small joys in the hope for the big happiness. Pearl S. Buck

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We risk missing out on joy when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary. Brené Brown (Daring Greatly, Amazon book)

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A joy shared is a joy doubled. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. The Dharmapada

Relatedhappiness, gratitude, inner peace

 

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.

 

And remember,

not needing joy is a joy in itself…

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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)

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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

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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

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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

Formula for happiness: smile, serve and meditate. Meditation brings inner strength, service brings merit and smiling keeps you sane. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
Learn.
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)

 

Let’s recap:

  • 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.
    • Accept.

 

Call to action: Read Joy Vs Happiness: What’s the Difference and Can You Achieve Both? (lifehack.org)

or 130 Short Quotes That Will Inspire You (Fast)

or 100 Smile Quotes To Make Your Day Better

or How To Improve Your Mental Health – 36 Wellness Tips

 

Hope you liked these inspiring quotes about joy. If you did, please share them with a friend today to share the joy!

After all, a joy shared is a joy doubled. Right? 🙂

Are you happy? What’s your favorite joy quote? Please let us know in the comment section below!

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Author Bio

maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He started journaling, reflecting, writing his thoughts, feelings and quotes.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two, INFJ and also loves running.

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, SEO, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

Finally, he is (very) far from being perfect.

You can find him on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Quora, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.

Last update

July 5, 2022

Originally published

November 17, 2021

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