Joyful Sayings and Quotes

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

To make this world joyful, let your heart overflow with joy.     

Debasish Mridha

The best way for a person to have happy thoughts is to count his blessings and not his cash. Happiness makes up in height for what it lacks in length.     

Robert Frost

Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.     

Guillaume Apollinaire

Happiness is a grateful spirit, an optimistic attitude, and a heart full of love.     


If you find some happiness inside yourself, you'll start finding it in lot of other places, too.     

Gladiola Montana

A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.     

Mother Teresa

The joyful heart sees and reads the world with a sense of freedom and graciousness.     

John O'Donohue

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.     


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

Mark Twain

My joy is watching people being joyful.     

Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki

Happiness does not consist in things, but in the relish we have of them.     

Francois de la Rochefoucald

The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.     

E E. Cummings

Joy is you at the deepest level, and your joy is one with the infinite timeless joy of this unbound universe.     

Robert Ellwood

Joy is the highest expression of love.     


It's joyful to give. But for people who want to take advantage of you, you're kind of an easy mark.     

Larry King

To pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty, without thinking of joy, and then, like sheep, it comes most surely, unsought.     

A. Marc Lauren

Style is joyful if you allow yourself to have joy.     

Stacy London

Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes better friends with ourselves and everybody around.     

Orison Marden

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

Joseph Campbell

Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are. Joy is not necessarily what happens when things unfold according to our plans.     

Marianne Williamson

A joyful life isn't about others; it's about the brightness that is associated with being alive. Your path to it is through anything that replaces thinking with pure flight, pure joy.     

Martha Beck

There's no destination. The journey is all that there is, and it can be very, very joyful.     

Srikumar Rao

Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is the presence of God.     

Robert Schuller

A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.     

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Open your arms and welcome the joy of today!     


Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.     

Count Leo Tolstoy

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.     

Henri J.M. Nouwen

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

Thich Nhat Hanh

We either make ourselves happy or miserable. The amount of work is the same.     

Carlos Castaneda

You don't have the power to make life fair, but you do have the power to make life joyful.     

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Joy is unlimited, because each shining thought of love extends its being and creates more of itself.     


Seek not, my soul, the life of immortals; but enjoy to the full the resources that are within thy reach.     


Happiness is often the result of being too busy to be miserable.     

Ramesh Deonaraine

This is the true joy-the being used for the purpose recognized as a mighty one.     

George Bernard Shaw

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.      


Learn how to feel joy.     


A thing of beauty is a joy forever: It's loveliness increases.     

Ramesh Deonaraine

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.     

Ramesh Deonaraine

The grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do; something to love and something to hope for.     

Joseph Addison

The happiest people are those who think the most interesting thoughts.      

William Lyon Phelps

Those who decide use leisure as a means of mental development, who love good music, books, pictures, company, conversation, are the happiest people in the world and they are not only happy in themselves, they are the cause of happiness to other.     

William Lyon Phelps

The secret of happiness is this: let your interests be as wide as possible, and let your reactions to the thigs and persons that interests you be as far as possible friendly rather hostile.     

Bertrand Russell

The happiest man on earth is the one who never knows it.     

Evan Esar

Happiness is the ability to avoid letting your troubles bother you any more than they bother your friends.     

Evan Esar

Happiness consists of not longing for the things that make us happy.     

Evan Esar

Some people spread happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.     

Evan Esar

If it weren't for our troubles we'd never appreciate happiness.     

Evan Esar

The first step in seeking happiness is learning.     

Rudolph Giuliani

If you desire happiness, you should seek the causes that give rise to it, you should seek the causes that give rise to it.     

Rudolph Giuliani

If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us so live as to deserve happiness.     

Johann G. Fichte

Get rid of your illusions, and you'll find your happiness within yourself.     

Anthony De Mello

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.     

George Burns

The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.     

Mark Twain

The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.     

Mark Twain

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I find myself.     

Martha Washington

Blessed is he who makes his companions laugh.     

The Koran

Happy are those who have given up worrying once and for all.     


He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has     


An eye can threaten like a loaded and leveled gun; or it can insult like hissing or kicking; or in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance for joy.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, rejoice, for your soul is alive.     

Eleanora Duse

Pure and complete is as impossible as pure and complete joy.     

Leo Tolstoy

He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition, youth and age are equally a burden.     


A happy family is but an earlier heaven.     

John Bowring

You must try to generate happiness within yourself. If you aren't happy in one place, chances are you won't be happy anyplace.     

Joseph Demakis

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

Robert Green

The way to be happy is to make others so.     

Albert Camus

Instead of worrying, write a list of things you're grateful for, happy about, hopeful for.     

James Frey

Instead of worrying, think about good things for our loved ones.     

James Frey

Whatever your path in life, if you can rely on yourself and have self confidence you succeed and be happy.     

James Frey

Developing a cheerful disposition ca permit as atmosphere wherein one's spirit can be nurtured and encouraged to blossom and bear fruit. Being pessimistic and negative about our experiences will not enhance the quality of our lives. A determination to be of good cheer can help us and those around us to enjoy life more fully.     

Barbara Winder

joy is your birthright.     

Amy Leigh Mercree

You were supposed to be born into a world of joyful ecstasy.     

Amy Leigh Mercree

It may have been a bumpy ride on the planet, but you can claim your joy now.     

Amy Leigh Mercree

Joy is an idea, but it's also an action or state of being.     

Amy Leigh Mercree

Joy can pervade every part of your life if you let it.     

Amy Leigh Mercree

Bless us all/With playful years/With noisy games and joyful tears.     

Charles Dickens

Wedding are a joyful occasion. You know, unless you're one of the bridesmaids.     

Justin Halpern

They're finny and funny and oh so delish. They're joyful and jolly. Jokerfish!     

Paul Dini

Hark the herald angels sing / glory to the Lord our King / Peace on Earth / goodwill to men / peace on earth shall reign again / Joyful all ye creatures be / ye at last the world did free / to the world He did restore / peace on Earth forevermore.      

Joseph Barbera

Asking yourself these deeper questions opens up new ways of being in the world, it brings in a breath of fresh air.It makes life more joyful. The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but be in the mystery.     

William Arntz

Most people think the best way to live is to run from pain. But a much more joyful life embraces the entire spectrum of human feeling. If we can fully experience pain, as well as pleasure, we can live a much deeper and more meaningful life.     

Erin Wilson

We can do it together. Just think what life's thrown at you already. You've turned disasters into triumphs with your sheer, joyful, indefatigable, infectious lust for life.     

Helen Fielding

There is twofold joy that comes to the person who possesses and practices the submissive mind.      

Warren W. Wiersbe

If you find yourself losing your inner peace and joy, stop and take inventory.      

Warren W. Wiersbe

Do these smiles seem fake? It doesn't matter where they come from. The joy is real.     

Jenny Bicks

We had joy, we had fun, we had seasons in the sun.     

Joel Hodgson