Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Joyful Quotes

The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy.  ~Eudora Welty

Happiness comes from noticing and enjoying the little things in life.  I've counted at least 1,000 things to be happy about.  ~Barbara Ann Kipfer

Though Christ was called a "man of sorrows," that description refers to His bearing of our sorrows.  It does not describe His day-to-day bearing.  ~Neal A. Maxwell (1926-2004) Even as I Am (1982), 103

Because our choices have so much to do with our happiness, the phrase "men are, that they might have joy" (2 Nephi 2:25) could be considered an expectation.  Why would the Lord expect us to be happy?  Because He has borne our sorrow that we might have joy, and He blesses us when we are obedient.  The Savior atoned for our sins that we might be happy.  (Lynn G. Robbins, "True Beauty," New Era, Nov. 2008, 30-33)

The Christian Sunday should be a festival, gathering up all the life of the week and offering it to God in worship and then spending the day in a way which most truly promotes joy and  happiness and refreshment for oneself and for other people.  ~Olive Wyon

Our Father in Heaven expects all of His children to choose the right, which is the only way to lasting happiness and inner beauty.  We read in For the Strength of Youth that "wrong choices delay your progression and lead to heartache and misery.  Right choices lead to happiness and eternal life."  (Hugh W. Pinnock, "Beginning Again," Ensign, May 1982, 12)

I would like to have you smile because after all we must keep a sense of humor whatever comes.  I think of all the people in the world we should be the happiest.  We have the greatest and most joyous message in the world.  I think when we get on the other side, someone will meet us with a smile (unless we go to the wrong place and then someone will grin), so let us be happy.  But let our happiness be genuine--let it come from within.  ~Hugh B. Brown, (The Abundant Life [1965], 83)

We are surrounded by people who "have it all" and yet have nothing--no joy.  And there are just as many who have nothing, yet live in joy.  ~Laurel Bailey

One should not seek happiness, but rather happy people.  ~Coco Chanel

The hands of those I meet are dumbly eloquent to me.  The touch of some hands is an impertinence.  I have met people so empty of joy that when I clasped their frosty fingertips, it seemed as if I were shaking hands with a northeast storm.  Others there are whose hands have sunbeams in them, so that their grasp warms my heart.  ~Helen Keller

When you walk into a room, you either add to the room or take away from the room. ~unknown

Unhappiness is bad for the health.  ~Anna Greenwood

Happiness and peace are found when we are in harmony with ourselves, with God, and with our fellowmen.  ~Barbara W. Winder

The greatest determiner of human happiness is whether or not we have someone to love and confide in.  ~Dr. Joyce Brothers

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

Many people think happiness is attained through self-gratification.  But it is really only gained by fidelity to a worthy cause.  ~Helen Keller

President Brigham Young said, "There is not a man or woman on this earth, whose peace is made with God, and who are associated with holy beings, and seeking after holy principles, but their countenances are lit up with a lamp of divine cheerfulness." (Quoted in "The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength")

If you want to be happy ... BE.  ~Leo Tolstoy

Oh, stop whining!  ~Paula Witteman
~President Gordon B. Hinkley

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