Thursday, June 14, 2012

Quotes of Joy

I’m going to be away from the computer for a few days, so I thought I would invite all of you to share your favorite quotes about happiness and joy in the comments. I will publish the comments just as soon as I get back on Sunday.

I’ll start with a few of my own favorites.

There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. –Buddha

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. –Psalm 118:24

Oh, be swift to love. Make haste to be kind. –Henri Frederic Amiel

What about you? What are your favorites?

Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. "There is only one person who can make you happy, and that person is you."--?

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  2. "Happiness is like a perfume, you cannot sprinkle on others without sprinkling a few drops on yourself " author unknown.

    Happiness is not found at the end of the road, but its a part of the journey.

    No one can consume happiness without producing it - Helen Keller

    Happiness is a choice that you make in life.

    Being happy does not mean everything is perfect, it means you have decided to look beyond imperfections. !

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    1. G Angela, Thanks for your wonderful additions!

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  3. The two I like are "You are never completely ready...sometimes it is just your turn" (Ty Murray) and If not now...when?

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    1. Never really ready--that's a good one.

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  4. For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    1. Erin, If we really made a cost/benefit analysis about that 60 seconds, we would all probably choose happiness!

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  5. Have a lovely time Galen! Here are some I like:

    “Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” Mother Theresa

    "If only we'd stop trying to be happy we could have a pretty good time."- Edith Wharton

    Take care

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    1. I did have a lovely time at the cabin, thanks. And thanks for adding your quotes.

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  6. "Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    1. Kim, I think it's like having your sunglasses on top of your head. Sometimes we forget they're there, but they are there anyway!

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  7. I posted quotes today, too! Father's Day quotes!! I have so many favorites that I made a book of quotes and I'm working on volume 2. My two favorite quotes are:

    "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ~Wayne Dyer

    AND

    “Now here is my secret, very simply: you can only see things clearly with your heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
    ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    Thanks for the reminders!!

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    1. Betsy, Wayne Dyer's quote emphasizes our participation in creating what we perceive--so true.

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  8. 'Believe you can and you're half way there' Teddy Roosevelt

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    1. Jodi, That reminds me of a quote, let's see--something like "Whether you believe you can or you can't, you're right." Thanks for adding to the list.

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  9. It is your mind that creates this world. Buddha

    My all time favorite- I believe I responded to you on one of your blog comments:

    ''We can smile, breathe, walk, and eat our meals in a way that allows us to be
    in touch with the abundance of happiness that is available. We are very good
    at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years
    for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car,
    a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive
    in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive. Every breath
    we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy, and serenity.
    We need only to be awake, alive in the present moment. '' Thich Nhat Hanh

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    1. Nancy, So much wisdom in both these quotes. Thanks.

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  10. Love these joyful quotes! I'll have to join you in Psalm 118:24 - one of my favorite lines in scripture.
    Blessings for a wonderful weekend!

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  11. "Make a joyful sound!" Not sure of the source! I just love it!
    Happy break-away-from-the-computer Galen!
    Lori

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    1. Lori, You might be thinking of "Make a joyful noise to the Lord..." from the Psalms. I always think of that verse when children are making noise in church--I love it!

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  12. "when the mouth is open for laughter, you maybe able to shove in a little food for thought ~ Keith Davis (teaches folks about speech writing)

    This idea always just makes me smile
    Good Idea Galen Happy and joy filled time away

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  13. Really love this quotes. They are special and feel inspiring. Thank you for sharing these!

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    1. Hope you'll come back to see the additional quotes in the comments--and add one!

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  14. Galen,
    I love the first quote the best!
    Simply beautiful.
    Thank you!
    xoxo,
    Angela

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  15. Where to start with my favorite quotes, I have so many of them. One of my all time favorites has to be "You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not smashing it" (unknown), a gentle reminder on patience!

    Another is "Don't die with your music still in you", this one I heard Earnie Larson say.

    And here's one more which I've only heard in song and sung by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: "If you wanna see the rainbow, you've got to stand a little rain."

    Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you really enjoy time away from cyber space!

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    1. darlin, Love that first one--ha! Thanks for adding to the list.

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  16. I love the thought of gather quotes on Joy. Here a couple of my favorites -
    "Through all of living have much joy and laughter, life is be enjoyed, not just endured."
    by President Gordon B. Hinckley
    "Joy is ver infectious, therefore be always fullof joy." by Mother Terasa

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  17. “No medicine cures what happiness cannot.”
    ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
    I have nominated you for the sisterhood of the world Bloggers Award
    http://nikkysstrengthandweakness-nikky44.blogspot.com/2012/06/after-all-progress-i-have-done-since.html

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    1. Nikky, Thanks for the quote and for the award!!

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  18. “If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich.” ~Lau Tzu

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    1. Kathi, I love that one, too. A variation of this is "He who knows enough is enough will always have enough."

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  19. That first one is one of my favourites. I have it up on my classroom wall on a big beautiful poster.

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    1. Alexia, What do your students make of it?

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  20. I meant to say: have a nice break away :)

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    1. Thanks, I had a great weekend!

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    2. There is no key to happiness, the door is always open !

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  21. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands....serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing

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    1. Rhonda, I read this psalm while I was up at the cabin this weekend. One of my favorites.

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  22. “To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means.” ~ Brennan Manning
    ~ Brennan Manning

    "Your profession is not what brings home your paycheck. Your profession is what you were put on earth to do. With such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”
    ~ Vincent Van Gogh

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  23. Debra, The Manning quote means a lot to me. Thanks for adding these two quotes.

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  24. Galen,
    I dearly love Mr. Emerson and dare to mess with his words, but I believe that "you can't sprinkle perfume on yourself without getting a few drops on the ones near by." Your joy spills over to your readers each day. Thanks for being a part of my devotional this morning.

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    1. That's a great one! Thanks for adding to the list and for your kind words.

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  25. Love everyone's quotes here Galen, along with yours. I would add:

    But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?--Albert Camus

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    1. Elle, Thanks for adding to the list!

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  26. I am a beloved child of Almighty God on this earth today for a holy purpose which is revealed to me as I need to know it.

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    1. Miriam, That is a comforting quote to live by!

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  27. My favorite happiness quote time and again is ...

    "The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet." – James Oppenheim

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  28. Lovely post and what wonderful comments! I love JD's quote too!
    Hope you're having a good time, Galen!

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  29. The Joy of the Lord is your strength! Nehemiah 8:10

    Joy makes the longest journey too short. John Wooden

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  30. such a positive start to begin the day with
    thanks Galen

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