|A propensity to hope and joy is real riches; one to fear and sorrow, real poverty.
– David Hume (1711-1776)
|Something there is that can refresh and revivify older people: joy in the activities of the younger generation — a joy, to be sure, that is clouded by dark forebodings in these unsettled times. And yet, as always, the springtime sun brings forth new life, and we may rejoice because of this new life and contribute to its unfolding; and Mozart remains as beautiful and tender as he always was and always will be. There is, after all, something eternal that lies beyond the hand of fate and of all human delusions. And such eternals lie closer to an older person than to a younger one oscillating between fear and hope. For us, there remains the privilege of experiencing beauty and truth in their purest forms.
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
|Has joy any survival value in the operations of evolution? I suspect that it does; I suspect that the morose and fearful are doomed to quick extinction. Where there is no joy there can be no courage; and without courage all other virtues are useless.
– Edward Abbey (1927-1989)
|Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.
– Gautama Buddha (563 BC-483 BC)
|Friendship improves happiness, and abates misery, by doubling our joys, and dividing our grief.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)