Quotables

As I keep with the 90 day experiment in joy, quotations about joy and happiness keep leaping out and grabbing me.  Here’s a quick sampling for good quotes that keep building the convincing case that we are made for joy:

“It is the decided opinion of all who use their brains, that all people desire to be happy.” (Augustine, The City of God)

“All people are in search of happiness.  there is no exception to this whatever different methods are employed.” (Blaise Pascal, Pensees)

“In every real man the will for life is the will for joy.  It is hypocrisy to hide this from oneself.” (Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics, vol. 3)

“Saints and sinners, all alike, love happiness, and have the same unalterable and instinctive inclination to desire and seek it.” (Jonathan Edwards, Christian Love and its Fruit)

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” (Henri Nouwen)

“It takes moral courage to grieve; it requires religious courage to rejoice” (Soren Kierkegaard)

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” (John Calvin)

Know of any good quotes to add?

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