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





The world is grand, awfully big and astonishingly beautiful, frequently thrilling.


Dorothy Kilgallen


True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.


Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt (1767-1835, German statesman, philologist)


I love myself when I am laughing.


Zora Neale Hurston (1903-1960, American novelist)


This is life! It can harden and it can exalt!


Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906, Norwegian dramatist)


Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.


Michael Jordan (1963-, American basketball player, actor)


Don't complain because you don't have. Enjoy what you've got.


H. Stanley Judd (American author)


Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence, and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


Love is like a beautiful flower which I may not touch, but whose fragrance makes the garden a place of delight just the same.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now, unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.


Ken Keyes Jr. (1921-1995, American author)


Occasionally in life there are those moments of unutterable fulfillment which cannot be completely explained by those symbols called words. Their meanings can only be articulated by the inaudible language of the heart.


Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968, American Civil Rights leader, Nobel Prize winner, 1964)


Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out.


Michael Korda (1919-, American publisher)


Our concern must be to live while we're alive ... to release our inner selves from the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to external definitions of who and what we are.


Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (1926-2004, Swiss-born American psychiatrist)


The extreme delight we experience in talking about ourselves should warn us that those who listen do not share it.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


The self-interest that is blamed for all our misdeeds should also often be praised for our good deeds.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Don't set compensation as a goal. Find work you like, and the compensation will follow.


Harding Lawrence


What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years.


Stephen B. Leacock (1869-1944, Canadian humorist, economist)


The ultimate goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it.


Michael LeBoeuf


Today a new sun rises for me; everything lives, everything is animated, everything seems to speak to me of my passion, everything invites me to cherish it.


Anne Lenclos


I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


I sometimes wander whether all pleasures are not substitutes for joy.


C. S. Lewis (1898-1963, British academic, writer, Christian apologist)


The primary joy of life is acceptance, approval, the sense of appreciation and companionship of our human comrades. Many men do not understand that the need for fellowship is really as deep as the need for food, and so they go through life accepting many substitutes for genuine, warm, simple.


Joshua Loth Liebman


People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


I have the feeling when I write poetry that I am doing what I am supposed to do.You don't think about whether you're going to get money or fame, you just do it.


Doris Lund


Exude happiness and you will feel it back a thousand times.


Joan Lunden


To pursue joy is to lose it. The only way to get it is to follow steadily the path of duty.


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing.


Wieder Marcia (American author, speaker)


No man can be ideally successful until he has found his place. Like a locomotive he is strong on the track, but weak anywhere else.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer. He only is rich who can enjoy without owning; he is poor who though he has millions is covetous.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


You will never succeed while smarting under the drudgery of your occupation, if you are constantly haunted with the idea that you could succeed better in something else.


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


Joy, rather than happiness, is the goal of life, for joy is the emotion which accompanies our fulfilling our natures as human beings. It is based on the experience of one's identity as a being of worth and dignity.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.


Harold V Melchert


The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


Put a little fun into your life. Try dancing.


Kathryn Murray


All I can say about life is, Oh God, enjoy it!


Bob Newhart


I'm a firm believer in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don't enjoy.


Jack Nicklaus (1940-, American golfer)


We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we've established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile.


Earl Nightingale (1921-1989, American radio announcer, author, motivator, speaker)


A leaf fluttered in through the window this morning, as if supported by the rays of the sun, a bird settled on the fire escape, joy in the task of coffee, joy accompanied me as I walked…


Anais Nin (1914-1977, French-born American novelist, dancer)


I always loved running -- it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs.


Jesse Owens (1913-1980, American Olympian)


You bring me the deepest joy that can be felt by a man whose invincible belief is that science and peace will triumph over ignorance and war, that nations will unite, not to destroy, but to build, and the future will belong to those who have done the most for suffering humanity.


Louis Pasteur (1822-1895, French scientist who developed pasteurization)


There will be something anguish or elation that is peculiar to this day alone. I rise from sleep and say: hail to the morning! come down to me, my beautiful unknown.


Jessica Powers


To live as fully, as completely as possible, to be happy... is the true aim and end to life.


Llewelyn Powers


Holding hands is a very intimate thing to do, she found herself whispering. Even to hold a child's hand. It's very touching.


Cynthia Propper


One joy scatters a hundred grieves.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


To be totally at leisure for one day is to be immortal for one day.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Enjoy yourself, for there is nothing in the world we can call our own.


Macedonian Proverb


Shared joy is double joy.


Norwegian Proverb (Sayings of Norwegian origin)


If you're skilled, your wallet will be filled.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word "satiety."


Francis Quarles (1592-1644, British poet)


My happiness is not the means to any end. It is the end. It is its own goal. It is its own purpose.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


The joys we expect are not so bright, nor the troubles so dark as we fancy they will be.


Charles Reade (1814-1884, British novelist, dramatist)


It is in his pleasure that a man really lives.


Agnes Repplier (1858-1950, American author, social critic)


Our works and our play. All our pleasures experienced as the pleasure of love. What could be better than that? To feel in one's work the tender and flushed substance of one's dearest concern.


Mary Caroline Richards


To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.


Mary Roberts Rinehart


The joy is that we can take back our bodies, reclaim our health, and restore ourselves to balance. We can take power over what and how we eat. We can rejuvenate and recharge ourselves, bringing healing to the wounds we carry inside us, and bringing to fuller life the wonderful person that each of us can be.


John Robbins (American health expert, author, founder of Earthsave)


Stretch out your hand and take the world's wide gift of Joy and Beauty.


Corinne Roosevelt Robinson (1861-1933, American poet, sister of Theodore Roosevelt)


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


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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You get more joy out of giving joy to others and should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


I have always said and felt that true enjoyment cannot be described.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


The more the heart is sated with joy, the more it becomes insatiable.


Gabrielle Roy


To justify our likes and dislikes, we generally say that the work we dislike is not serious.


Walter Richard Sickert


Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Nobody can be successful if he doesn't love his work or love his job.


David Sarnoff (1891-1971, Belarus-born American entrepreneur)


Why is it that people who cannot show feeling presume that is a strength and not a weakness?


May Sarton (1912-1995, American poet, novelist)


Man is that he might have joy.


Joseph F. Smith


The first essential in a boy's career is to find out what he's fitted for, what he's most capable of doing and doing with a relish.


Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939, American industrialist, businessman)


People are going to be most creative and productive when they're doing something they're really interested in. So having fun isn't an outrageous idea at all. It's a very sensible one.


John Sculley (1939-, American businessman, former chairman of Apple Computers)


He enjoys much who is thankful for little.


Thomas Secker


The joy in life is to be used for a purpose. I want to be used up when I die.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


The source of continuing aliveness was to find your passion and pursue it, with whole heart and single mind.


Gail Sheehy (1937-, American journalist, author)


No man is a success in business unless he loves his work.


Florence Scovel Shinn (1876-1953, American artist, metaphysics teacher, author)


The surest mark of a Christian is not faith, or even love, but joy.


Samuel M. Shoemaker


Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do.


Gerry Sikorski


Any talent that we are born with eventually surfaces as a need.


Marsha Sinetar (American author, "To Build The Life You Want, Create The Work You Love")


Do what you love, the money will follow.


Marsha Sinetar (American author, "To Build The Life You Want, Create The Work You Love")


The New England conscience doesn't keep you from doing what you shouldn't -- it just keeps you from enjoying it.


Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991, Polish-born American journalist,  writer)


The test of enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Enjoy yourself -- it's later than you think.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


Blessed are the well-loved; they exude a strength and a joy that others try to struggle through life without.


Millie Tornton


True inward quietness... is not vacancy, but stability the steadfastness of a single purpose.


Caroline Stephen


For one mother, joy is the quiet pleasure found in gently rubbing shampoo into her young child's hair. For another woman it's taking a long walk alone, while for yet another it's reviling in a much -- anticipated vacation.


Eileen Stukane


Joy is free, unrestrained passion


Eileen Stukane


There is no greater joy under the sun than the joy of giving: giving of one's time, energy, talent, and money to help one's fellow man.


William H. Taylor


When you look at me, when you think of me, I am in paradise.


William M. Thackeray (1811-1863, Indian-born British novelist)


Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Philippians 4:4


There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labor.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 2:24


Joy is a subtle elf; I think one's happiest when he forgets himself.


Cyril Tourneur


The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


A good man doubles the length of his existence, to have lived so as to look back with pleasure on our past life is to live twice.


Author Unknown


Between each down (dawn?) and setting sun, set aside some time for fun.


Author Unknown


I asked God for all things , that I might enjoy life. God gave life, that I might enjoy all things.


Author Unknown


If you've enjoyed a little and endured a lot, you've really done pretty well.


Author Unknown


Joy has this in common with pain, that it robs people of reason.


Author Unknown


May your joys be as deep as the ocean, your sorrows as light as its foam.


Author Unknown


The end of life is life. Life is action, the use of one's powers. And to use them to their height is our joy of duty.


Author Unknown


What I do, I do very well, and what I don't do well, I don't do at all.


Author Unknown


You are younger today than you ever will be again. Make use of it for the sake of tomorrow


Author Unknown


If you don't get a kick out of the job you're doing you'd better hunt for another one.


Samuel Vauclain (1856-1940, American engineer, inventor)


Joy is not in things, it is in us.


Richard Wagner (1813-1883, German poet, essayist, composer)


Winners take time to relish their work, knowing that scaling the mountain is what makes the view from the top so exhilarating.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

Author's website:


They seemed to come suddenly upon happiness as if they had surprised a butterfly in the winter woods.


Edith Wharton (1862-1937, American author)


The best career advice given to the young ... is "Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for doing it."


Katharine Whitehorn (1926-, British journalist)


Fill your life with as many moments and experiences of joy and passion as you humanly can. Start with one experience and build on it.


Marcia Wieder (American speaker, trainer, author)


Day's sweetest moments are at dawn.


Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1855-1919, American poet, journalist)


My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate -- that's my philosophy.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


Joy, has no cost.


Marianne Williamson (1952-, American author, lecturer on spirituality)


Be all you can be and live a good life -- have fun with it.


Tina Yothers


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