Joy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old joy quotes, joy sayings, and joy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Every tear has a smile behind it.      

Iranian (on adversity)

Happiness is a state of mind.      


Happiness isn't a goal, it's a by     

Eleanor Roosevelt

Happy is as happy does.      


He who laughs last, laughs best.      


If you don't laugh, you'll cry.      


Out of the fullness of the heart, the mouth speaks.      


People should take time to be happy.      

Grandma Moses

Sorrow doesn't kill, reckless joy does.     

Yoruba (West African (on joy and sorrow)

Sorrow is to the soul, as worm is to wood.     

Turkish (on joy and sorrow)

The more the merrier.      

John Heywood

The person who gets stuck on petty happiness, will not attain great happiness.     

Tibetan (on joy and sorrow)

Virtue and happiness are mother and daughter.      

Benjamin Franklin

They say a person needs just three things to be truly happy in this world: someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.     

Tomm Bodett

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.     

Nicolas Chamfort

Laughter is wine for the soul - laughter soft, or loud and deep, tinged through with seriousness - the hilarious declaration made by man that life is worth living.     

Sean O'Casey

To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.     

Mark Twain

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow.     


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

Marianne Williamson

Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.     

Joseph Campbell

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.     


The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.      

Christopher McCandless

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.     

Greg Anderson

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.     

Jim Rohn

I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters.      

Oprah Winfrey

When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness - all the good things.     

Maya Angelou

We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are... Men do not really live for honors or for pay; their gladness is not the taking and holding, but in doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught.      

RJ Baughan

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.     

Chinese Proverb

The pleasantest things in the world are pleasant thoughts: and the great art of life is to have as many of them as possible.     


Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.      

Storm Jameson