An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Sweets are good for the nerves.


Margarete Bieber


Tranquil pleasures last the longest; we are not fitted to bear the burden of great joys.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


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


Greg Anderson (American author, "The 22 Non-Negotiable Laws of Wellness")


The great thing to learn about life is, first, not to do what you don't want to do, and, second, to do what you do want to do.


Margaret Anderson (1886 -1973, American literary editor and autobiographer)


There is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there, that stirs the yearning for solitary voyage.


Barbara Lazear Ascher


Where a man can live, he can also live well.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


I don't sit around thinking that I'd like to have another husband; only another man would make me think that way.


Lauren Bacall (1924-, American actress)


The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.


Richard Bach (1936-, American author)


The love for work needs to be re-enthroned in our lives. Every family should have a plan for work that touches the life of each family member so that this eternal principle will be ingrained in their lives.


M. Russell Ballard (1928-, American missionary, bishop,)


The genius of happiness is still so rare, is indeed on the whole the rarest genius. To possess it means to approach life with the humility of a beggar, but to treat it with the proud generosity of a prince; to bring to its totality the deep understanding of a great poet and to each of its moments the abandonment and ingenuousness of a child.


Ellen Keymelody Beattie


A private railroad car is not an acquired taste. One takes to it immediately.


Eleanor R. Belmont


If you don't like what you're doing, then don't do it.


Ray Bradbury (1920-, American science fiction writer)


Sometimes I would rather have people take away years of my life than take away a moment.


Pearl Bailey (1918-1990, American vocalist, movie and stage actress)


The bliss even of a moment still is bliss.


Joanna Baillie (1762-1851, British Romantic writer)


I have always felt that the moment when first you wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that ... absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not one jot. The possibility is always there.


Monica Baldwin


Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.


Brigitte Bardot (1934-, French actress)


It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


We hear voices in solitude, we never hear in the hurry and turmoil of life; we receive counsels and comforts we get under no other condition.


Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919, Anglo-American novelist)


Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others, cannot keep it from themselves.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Without pleasure man would live like a fool and soon die.


Pierre De Beaumarchais (1732-1799, French dramatist)


In this world, full often, our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


The trouble is not that we are never happy -- it is that happiness is so episodic.


Ruth Benedict (1887-1948, American anthropologist)


I have had more than half a century of such happiness. A great deal of worry and sorrow, too, but never a worry or a sorrow that was not offset by a purple iris, a lark, a bluebird, or a dewy morning glory.


Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955, American educator, consultant for the U.S. government)


Enjoy the journey, enjoy every moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing.


Matt Biondi (1965-, American swimmer)


Only mediocrity of enjoyment is allowed to man.


Hugh Blair (British poet)


He who binds to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity's sunrise.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually become wealthy clearly reveals that their "Luck" arouse from the accidental dedication they had to an area they enjoyed.


Srully Blotnick (American psychologist, author)


Joy runs deeper than despair


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


Everything holds its breath except spring. She bursts through as strong as ever.


B.M. Bower


Always let them think of you as singing and dancing.


Anita Brookner (1938-, British novelist, art historian)


Light tomorrow with today.


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


Oh the wild joys of living! The leaping from rock to rock ... the cool silver shock of the plunge in a pool's living waters.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


If your capacity to acquire has outstripped your capacity to enjoy, you are on the way to the scrap-heap.


Glen Buck


If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. God will take care that we do not enjoy it any more than is good for us.


Samuel Butler (1612-1680, British poet, satirist)


We only do well the things we like doing.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside.


Dr. Melba Colgrove (American physician)


I want to do it because I want to do it.


Amelia Earhart (1897-1937, American aviator, author)


Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it.


Eileen Caddy (American spiritual writer)


If you want to die happily, learn to live; if you would live happily, learn to die.


Celio Calcagnini


When you were born, you cried and everybody else was happy. The only question that matters is this: When you die, will YOU be happy when everybody else is crying?


Tony Campolo (American sociologist, theologian)


I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.


Agatha Christie (1891-1976, British mystery writer)


I feel sorry for the person who can't get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile.


Walter Chrysler (1875-1940, American businessman, founder of Chrysler Motors)


You never achieve real success unless you like what you are doing.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


Little deeds of kindness, little words of love; Help to make earth happy like the heaven up above.


Julia A. Fletcher Carney


All the great blessings of my life are present in my thoughts today.


Phoebe Cary


We are new every day.


Irene Claremont Castillego


Men are made for happiness, and anyone who is completely happy has a right to say to himself: "I am doing God's will on earth."


Anton Chekhov (1860-1904, Russian playwright, short story writer)


Life is about enjoying yourself and having a good time.


Cher (1946-, American singer, actress)


Life is about enjoying yourself and having a good time.


Cher (1946-, American singer, actress)


Find something you're passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.


Julia Child (1912-2004, American gourmet cook, author, and television personality)


I know the joy of fishes in the river through my own joy, as I go walking along the same river.


Chuang Tzu (c 369 BC-286 BC, Chinese philosopher)


With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.


Confucius (BC 551-479, Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher)


Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life.


William Congreve (1670-1729, British dramatist)


Seek not outside yourself, heaven is within.


Mary Lou Cook


We ask God to forgive us for our evil thoughts and evil temper, but rarely, if ever ask Him to forgive us for our sadness.


R. W. Dale (9th century British reverend)


Learn not only to find what you like, learn to like what you find.


Anthony J. D'Angelo


The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something.


Chauncey Depew (1834-1928, American lawyer, businessman, public official)


Tis so much joy! 'Tis so much joy! If I should fail, what poverty! And yet, as poor as I; Have ventured all upon a throw; Have gained! Yes! Hesitated so this side the victory!


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886, American poet)


There must be bands of enthusiasts for everything on earth -- fanatics who shared a vocabulary, a batch of technical skills and equipment, and, perhaps, a vision of some single slice of the beauty and mystery of things, of their complexity, fascination, and unexpectedness.


Annie Dillard (1945-, American author, poet)


For present joys are more to flesh and blood than a dull prospect of a distant good.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


You can't let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.


Dale Earnhardt (1952-,  American race car driver)


If someone said, "Write a sentence about your life," I'd write, "I want to go outside and play."


Jenna Elfman


But here's what I've learned in this war, in this country, in this city: to love the miracle of having been born.


Oriana Fallaci


All human joys are swift of wing, For heaven doth so allot it; That when you get an easy thing, You find you haven't got it.


Eugene Field (1850-1895, American writer)


Great joy, especially after a sudden change of circumstances, is apt to be silent, and dwells rather in the heart than on the tongue.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


What I wanted was to be allowed to do the thing in the world that I did best which I believed then and believe now is the greatest privilege there is. When I did that, success found me.


Debbi Fields


We must learn that to enjoy happiness we must conscientiously and continuously seek to spread happiness. Selfishness is suicidal to happiness.


B.C. Forbes


The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.


Malcolm S. Forbes (1919-1990, American publisher, businessman)


Unexplained joy is always so keen seems to hold enough to reconcile one to the inevitable.


Jessie B. Fremont


Follow what you love! Don't deign to ask what "they" are looking for out there. Ask what you have inside. Follow not your interests, which change, but what you are and what you love, which will and should not change.


Georgie Anne Geyer


People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well.


Joe Gibbs (1940-, American football coach)


The more you love what you are doing, the more successful it will be for you.


Jerry Gillies


The more you love what you are doing, the more successful it will be for you.


Jerry Gillies


What you do is more important than how much you make, and how you feel about it is more important than what you do.


Jerry Gillies


A garden isn't meant to be useful. It's for joy.


Rumer Godden


Enjoy what thou has inherited from thy sires if thou wouldn't really possess it. What we employ and use is never an oppressive burden.  What the moment brings forth is all that brings profit.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Enjoyment is not a goal.  It is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity.


Paul Goodman (1911-1972, American author, poet, critic)


As long as I can focus on enjoying what I'm doing, having fun, I know I'll play well.


Steffi Graf (1969-, German tennis player)


To love what you do and feel that it matters -- how could anything be more fun?


Katherine Graham


There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing.


Lorraine Hansbury


To live exhilarating in and for the moment is deadly serious work, fun of the most exhausting sort.


Barbara Grizzuti Harrison (1941-, American author, publicist)


Like what you do, if you don't like it, do something else.


Paul Harvey (1918-, American radio broadcaster, columnist, author)


The most beautiful thing is inevitability of events, and the most ugly thing is trying to resist inevitability.


Katharine Butler Hathaway


Dress to please yourself.... Forget you are what you wear.... Wear what you are.


Elizabeth Hawkes


Our Creator would never have made such lovely days, and have given us the deep hearts to enjoy them, above and beyond all thought, unless we were meant to be immortal.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Don't do anything that someone else can do for you because there are only so many things that only you can do.


Jinger Heath


I have smelt all the aromas there are in the fragrant kitchen they call Earth; and what we can enjoy in this life, I surely have enjoyed just like a lord!


Heinrich Heine (1797-1856, German poet, journalist)


If we can recognize that change and uncertainty are basic principles, we can greet the future and the transformation we are undergoing with the understanding that we do not know enough to be pessimistic.


Hazel Henderson


If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.


Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003, American actress, writer)


Everyone enjoys doing the kind of work for which he is best suited.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.


Ben Hogan (1912-1997, American golfer)


Joys divided are increased.


Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881, American author)


The things that one most wants to do are the things that are probably most worth doing.


Winifred Holtby


To really enjoy the better things in life, one must first have experienced the things they are better than.


Oscar Homoka


No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


You've got to love what you're doing. If you love it, you can overcome any handicap or the soreness or all the aches and pains, and continue to play for a long, long time.


Gordie Howe (1928-, Canadian hockey player)


One can endure sorrow alone, but it takes two to be glad.


Elbert Hubbard (1859-1915, American author, publisher)


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