Home joys are blessed of heaven. [ Seneca ]
Are bubble-like - what makes them,
Bursts them too. [ Bailey ]
Those eyes that were so bright, love,
Have now a dimmer shine;
But what they've lost in light, love.
Is what they gave to mine.
And, still those orbs reflect, love,
The beams of former hours.
That ripened all my joys, love,
And tinted all my flowers. [ Hood ]
O! the gallant fisher's life.
It is the best of any:
'Tis full of pleasure, void of strife
And 'tis beloved by many.
Are but toys;
For our skill
Breeds no ill,
But content and pleasure. [ Izaak Walton ]
Have you found your life distasteful?
My life did, and does, smack sweet.
Was your youth of pleasure wasteful?
Mine I saved and hold complete.
Do your joys with age diminish?
When mine fail me, I'll complain.
Must in death your daylight finish?
My sun sets to rise again. [ Browning ]
Life counts not hours by joys or pangs;
But just by duties done. [ Dinah Muloch Craik ]
I have mental joys and mental health.
Mental friends and mental wealth,
I've a wife that I love and that loves me;
I've all but riches bodily. [ Wm. Blake ]
Joys are our wings, sorrows are our spurs. [ Richter ]
Wisdom views with an indifferent eye
All finite joys, all blessings born to die. [ Hannah More ]
Our sadness is not sad, but our cheap joys. [ Thoreau ]
Bliss in possession will not last;
Remember'd joys are never past;
At once the fountain, stream, and sea.
They were, - they are, - they yet shall be. [ Montgomery ]
Friendships multiply joys and divide griefs. [ Proverb ]
Perhaps he hath great projects in his mind,
To build a college, or to found a race,
An hospital, a church - and leave behind
Some dome surmounted by his meagre face,
Perhaps he fain would liberate mankind
Even with the very ore which makes them base;
Perhaps he would be wealthiest of his nation,
Or revel in the joys of calculation. [ Byron ]
Sorrows must die with the joys they outnumber. [ Schiller ]
Windy attorneys to their client woes,
Airy succeeders of intestate joys,
Poor breathing orators of miseries!
Let them have scope: though what they do impart
Help nothing else, yet do they ease the heart. [ William Shakespeare ]
Our present tears here, not our present laughter
Are but the handsells of our joys here after. [ Robert Herrick ]
Unhappy he! who from the first of joys.
Society, cut off, is left alone
Amid this world of death. Day after day.
Sad on the jutting eminence he sits,
And views the main that ever toils below;
Still fondly forming in the farthest verge,
Where the round ether mixes with the wave.
Ships, dim-discovered, dropping from the clouds;
At evening, to the setting sun he turns
A mournful eye, and down his dying heart
Sinks helpless. [ Thomson ]
Neither griefs nor joys were ordered for secrecy. [ Proverb ]
Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. [ Congreve ]
Sweet is the smile of home; the mutual look,
When hearts are of each other sure;
Sweet all the joys that crowd the household nook,
The haunt of all affections pure. [ Cowper ]
These spiritual joys are dogged by no sad sequels. [ Glanvill ]
Youth should watch joys and shoot them as they fly. [ Dryden ]
We should publish our joys, and conceals our griefs. [ Proverb ]
A solitary blessing few can find,
Our joys with those we love are intertwined,
And he whose wakeful tenderness removes
The obstructing thorn that wounds the breast he loves,
Smooths not another's rugged path alone,
But scatters roses to adorn his own.
If your joys cannot be long, so neither can your sorrows. [ Proverb ]
Sweet babe, in thy face Soft desires I can trace.
Secret joys and secret smiles. Little pretty infant wiles. [ William Blake ]
Joys too exquisite to last, and yet more exquisite when passed. [ Montgomery ]
O sleep, why dost thou leave me? why thy visionary joys remove? [ Congreve ]
The highest happiness, the purest joys of life, wear out at last. [ Goethe ]
What is that to him that reaps not harvest of his youthful joys,
Though the deep heart of existence beat forever like a boy's? [ Tennyson ]
When dark December glooms the day, and takes our autumn joys away. [ Sir Walter Scott ]
All the joys in the world cannot take one grey hair out of our heads. [ Proverb ]
The joys of meeting pay the pangs of absence, Else who could bear it? [ Rowe ]
He who can conceal his joys is greater than he who can hide his griefs. [ Lavater ]
When bounteous autumn rears her head, he joys to pull the ripened pear. [ Dryden ]
Sorrows when shared are less burdensome, though joys divided are increased. [ J. G. Holland ]
Whose lenient sorrows find relief, whose joys are chastened by their grief. [ Sir Walter Scott ]
The weak have remedies, the wise have joys: superior wisdom is superior bliss. [ Young ]
What makes old age so sad is, not that our joys, but that our hopes then cease. [ Richter ]
While memory watches over the sad review of joys that faded like the morning dew. [ Campbell ]
Beware what earth calls happiness; beware all joys but joys that never can expire. [ Young ]
In this world, full often our joys are only the tender shadows which our sorrows cast. [ Beecher ]
When men once reach their autumn, sickly joys fall off apace, as yellow leaves from trees. [ Young ]
It is from the remembrance of joys we have lost that the arrows of affliction are pointed. [ Mackenzie ]
Of all the joys that brighten suffering earth, what joy is welcomed like a new-born child? [ Mrs. Norton ]
That happiness does still the longest thrive where joys and griefs have turns alternative. [ Robert Herrick ]
Who partakes in another's joys is a more humane character than he who partakes in his griefs. [ Lavater ]
How many things have we esteemed that we despise, and how many joys have resulted in afflictions!
Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense, lie in three words - health, peace, and competence. [ Pope ]
All joys do not cause laughter; great pleasures are serious: pleasures of love do not make us laugh. [ Voltaire ]
Hatred is a heavy burden. It sinks the heart deep in the breast, and lies like a tombstone on all joys. [ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ]
We pick our own sorrows out of the joys of other men, and from their sorrows likewise we derive our joys. [ Owen Feltham ]
Death to the Christian is the funeral of all his sorrows and evils, and the resurrection of all his joys. [ Aughey ]
Never despair of a child. The one you weep the most for at the mercyseat may fill your heart with the sweetest joys. [ T. L. Cuyler ]
We sacrifice to dress till household joys and comforts cease. Dress drains our cellar dry, and keeps our larder lean. [ Cowper ]
Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can, and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys. [ Lamartine ]
Our cares are the mothers, not only of our charities and virtues, but of our best joys and most cheering and enduring pleasures. [ Simms ]
Little joys refresh us constantly, like house-bread, and never bring disgust; and great ones, like sugar-bread, briefly, and then satiety. [ Richter ]
Home is the chief school of human virtue. Its responsibilities, joys, sorrows, smiles, tears, hopes, and solicitudes, form the chief interests of human life. [ Channing ]
I value the education of the intellect not for its present joy alone, but for the greater growth it gives, the enlargement of the cup to take in more and higher joys. [ Parker ]
Oh! why is daily bread indispensable to the poet and to the artist! This inexorable necessity darkens for them the joys of nature and the radiations of the beautiful. [ Mme. Louise Colet ]
All the joys of earth will not assuage our thirst for happiness; while a single grief suffices to shroud life in a sombre veil, and smite it with nothingness at all points. [ Mme. Swetchine ]
The joys of heaven are without example, above experience, and beyond imagination - for which the whole creation wants a comparison; we, an apprehension; and even the Word of God, a revelation. [ Bishop Norris ]
The joys of heaven are not the joys of passive contemplation, of dreamy remembrance, of perfect repose; but they are described thus:
They rest not day nor night.
His servants serve Him, and see His face. [ Alexander Maclaren ]
No receipt openeth the heart but a true friend, to whom you may impart griefs, joys, fears, hopes, suspicions, counsels, and whatsoever lieth upon the heart to oppress it, in a kind of civil shrift or confession. [ Bacon ]
There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousand truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away. [ Beecher ]
I pick up favourite quotations and store them in my mind as ready armour, offensive or defensive, amid the struggle of this turbulent existence. Of these there is a very favourite one from Thomson: Attach thee firmly to the virtuous deeds
And offices of life; to life itself,
With all its vain and transient joys, sit loose. [ Burns ]
As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers, and the sharpest thorns; as the heavens are sometimes overcast — alternately tempestuous and serene — so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joys and sorrows, with pleasures and with pains. [ Burton ]
We may be sure that cheerful beliefs about the unseen world, framed in full harmony with the beauty of the visible universe, and with the sweetness of domestic affections and joys, and held in company with kindred and friends, will illuminate the dark places on the pathway of earthly life and brighten all the road. [ Charles W. Eliot ]
Though no participator in the joys of more vehement sport, I have a pleasure that I cannot reconcile to my abstract notions of the tenderness due to dumb creatures, in the tranquil cruelty of angling. I can only palliate the wanton destructiveness of my amusement by trying to assure myself that my pleasure does not spring from the success of the treachery I practice toward a poor little fish, but rather from that innocent revelry in the luxuriance of summer life which only anglers enjoy to the utmost. [ Bulwer-Lytton ]
Mother! How many delightful associations cluster around that word! The innocent smiles of infancy, the gambols of boyhood, and the happiest hours of riper years! When my heart aches and my limbs are weary travelling the thorny path of life, I sit down on some mossy stone, and closing my eyes on real scenes, send my spirit back to the days of early life; I feel afresh my infant joys and sorrows, till my spirit recovers its tone, and is willing to pursue its journey. But in all these reminiscences my mother rises; if I seat myself upon my cushion, it is at her side; if I sing, it is to her ear; if I walk the walls or the meadows, my little hand is in my mother's, and my little feet keep company with hers; when my heart bounds with its best joy, it is because at the performance of some task, or the recitation of some verses, I receive a present from her hand. There is no velvet so soft as a mother's lap, no rose so lovely as her smile, no path so flowery as that imprinted with her footsteps. [ Bishop Thomson ]