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  • Don't ever discount the wonder of your tears. They can be healing waters and a stream of joy. Sometimes they are the best words the heart can speak.
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")
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  • But Philip was impatient with himself; he called to mind his idea of the pattern of life: the unhappiness he had suffered was no more than part of a decoration which was elaborate and beautiful; he told himself strenuously that he must accept with gaiety everything, dreariness and excitement, pleasure and pain, because it added to the richness of the design.
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "Of Human Bondage")
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  • Joy said she hadn't really understood the meaning of life until Tyffanie had come along, but now she understood it perfectly. Well, great, I felt like saying. Make sure you share the news with Plato and Kierkegaard and all those other philosophers who'd banged their heads against the wall, trying to figure things out.
    (Wally Lamb, "I Know This Much is True")
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  • Do anything, but let it produce joy.
    (Walt Whitman, "Leaves of Grass")
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  • Here come the lovers, full of joy and mirth.- Joy, gentle friends! joy and fresh days of love Accompany your hearts!
    (William Shakespeare, "A Midsummer Night's Dream")
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  • If you evade suffering you also evade the chance of joy. Pleasure you may get, or pleasures, but you will not be fulfilled. You will not know what it is to come home.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")
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  • Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")
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  • Citizens, in the future there will be neither darkness nor thunderbolts; neither ferocious ignorance, nor bloody retaliation. As there will be no more Satan, there will be no more Michael. In the future no one will kill any one else, the earth will beam with radiance, the human race will love. The day will come, citizens, when all will be concord, harmony, light, joy and life; it will come, and it is in order that it may come that we are about to die.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")
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  • The poor man shuddered, overflowed with an angelic joy; he declared in his transport that this would last through life; he said to himself that he really had not suffered enough to deserve such radiant happiness, and he thanked God, in the depths of his soul, for having permitted that he, a miserable man, should be so loved by this innocent being
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")
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  • Straightening himself and stealthily fingering his pocket-knife he started after her to follow this woman, this excitement, which seemed even with its back turned to shed on him a light which connected them, which singled him out, as if the random uproar of the traffic had whispered through hallowed hands his name, not Peter, but his private name which he called himself in his own thoughts.
    (Virginia Woolf, "Mrs. Dalloway")
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  • No matter what all your teeth and wet fingers anticipated, there was no accounting for the way that simple joy could shake you.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")
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  • Dizzy with excitement is no mere phrase.
    (Truman Capote, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")
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  • A child free from the guilt of ownership and the burden of economic competition will grow up with the will to do what needs doing and the capacity for joy in doing it. It is useless work that darkens the heart. The delight of the nursing mother, of the scholar, of the successful hunter, of the good cook, of the skilful maker, of anyone doing needed work and doing it well, - this durable joy is perhaps the deepest source of human affection and of sociality as a whole.
    (Ursula K. Le Guin, "The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia")
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  • They play in the Meadow. The dancing girl with the dark hair and blue eyes. The boy with blond curls and gray eyes, struggling to keep up with her on his chubby toddler legs. It took five, ten, fifteen years for me to agree. But Peeta wanted them so badly. When I first felt her stirring inside of me, I was consumed with a terror that felt as old as life itself. Only the joy of holding her in my arms could tame it.
    (Suzanne Collins, "Mockingjay")
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  • They had a year of joy, twelve months of the strange heaven which the salmon know on beds of river shingle, under the gin-clear water. For twenty-four years they were guilty, but this first year was the only one which seemed like happiness. Looking back on it, when they were old, they did not remember that in this year it had ever rained or frozen. The four seasons were coloured like the edge of a rose petal for them.
    (T.H. White, "The Once and Future King")
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