47 Inspiring Quotes About Joy and Simple Happiness

We all need a bit of joy in our lives, otherwise, our existence will be met with pain, anxiety and discouragement. I hope these quotes can help you find the simple things that bring you joy in the moments of confusion.

Best Quotes on Joy

1. Go find your joy. Whatever that is, go find your joy. Are you going to have a good day or are you going to have a great day? Because it’s completely up to you.

Sandra Bullock

2. Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.

Joseph Campbell

3. Find ecstasy in life: the mere sense of living is joy enough.

Emily Dickinson

4. Whether you know or not, you are the infinite potential of love, peace, and joy.

Annie Ray

5. If you carry joy in your heart, you can heal any moment.

Carlos Santana

6. When work is a pleasure, life is a joy. When work is a duty, life is a slavery.

Maxim Gorky

7. Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.

Henri Nouwen

8. A joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together.

Brene Brown

9. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.


10. When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.

Jean Shinoda Bolen

11. Joy is not in things; it is in us.

Richard Wagner

12. Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.

Joseph Campbell

13. Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home. It’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.

Chuck Palahniuk

14. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.

Mother Teresa

15. The joy we feel has little to do with the circumstances of our lives and everything to do with the focus of our lives.

Russel M. Nelson

16. When we are centered in joy, we attain our wisdom.

Marianne Williamson

17. There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward.

Khalil Gibran

18. A flower blossoms for its own joy.

Oscar Wilde

19. Spread joy. Chase your wildest dreams.

Patch Adams

20. Joy is to fun what the deep sea is to a puddle. It’s a feeling inside that can hardly be contained.

Terry Pratchett

21. Joy; the kind of happiness that doesn’t depend on what happens.

David Steindl-Rast

22. There are souls in this world who have the gift of finding joy everywhere, and leaving it behind them when they go.

Frederick William Faber

23. Joy is the realest reality, the fullest life, and joy is always given, never grasped. God gives gifts and I give thanks and I unwrap the gift given: joy.

Ann Voskamp

24. The healthiest response to life is joy.

Mark Twain

25. Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

26. Optimists find joy in small things. They are more concerned with having many small joys rather than having one huge joy.

Robert M. Sherfield

27. If you’re not having a good time, find something else that gives you some joy in life.

Penny Marshall

28. Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself.

Mahatma Gandhi

29. When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.


30. You have to sniff out joy. Keep your nose to the joy trail.

Buffy Sainte-Marie

31. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh

32. The soul’s joy lies in doing.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

33. We are shaped by out thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.


34. Let your joy be in your journey—not in some distant goal.

Tim Cook

35. To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.

Mark Twain

36. The joy that isn’t shared dies young.

Anne Sexton

37. The essence of life is not in the great victories and grand failures, but in the simple joys.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie

38. Comparison is the thief of joy.

Theodore Roosevelt

39. We have to embrace obstacles to reach the next stage of joy.

Goldie Hawn

40. A joyful heart is the normal result of a heart burning with love. She gives most who gives with joy.

Mother Teresa

41. She found joy and wonder in every little thing. And joy and wonder always found her.

Katrina Mayer

42. Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

Mark Twain

43. Be committed to living in constant joy.

Pam Brout

44. Just follow your joy. Always. I think that if you do that, life will take you on the course that it’s meant to take you.

Jonathan Groff

45. Comparison is the death of joy.

Mark Twain

46. Joy multiplies when it is shared among friends, but grief diminishes with every division. That is life.

R.A. Salvatore

47. Where there is love, there is joy.

Mother Teresa

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