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Visions of Joy – The Search for Happiness Within

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Visions of Joy

See the happiness already inside you.

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Marcus Aurelius

Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle. Some things are within your control. And some things are not.
Epictetus

The happy person is the one who finds occasions for joy at every step. He does not have to look for them he just finds them.
Ossian Lang

It is with color that you render light, though you must also feel this light, have it within yourself.
Henri Matisse

What if you already have happiness inside you? What if it’s about desiring less and accepting more? What if you remove your perceptions of what happiness should be?
Maxime Lagacé

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
Eleonora Duse

There are powers inside of you, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become.
Orison Swett Marden

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.
J. K. Rowling

Few have greater riches than the joy that comes to us in visions, in dreams which no man can take away.
Euripides

Happiness is your nature. It is not wrong to desire it. What is wrong is seeking it outside when it is inside.
Ramana Maharshi

Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.
Matthieu Ricard

The secret of contentment is knowing how to enjoy what you have, and to be able to lose all desire for things beyond your reach.
Lin Yutang

When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, ‘Oh yes – I already have everything that I really need.’
Dalai Lama

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow – I have still joy in the midst of all these things.
Confucius

Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.
Marianne Williamson

Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.
William Wordsworth

Finding Happiness

Searching for happiness? Don’t look far and wide, it is within you.

You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
Horace

Realize that true happiness lies within you. Waste no time and effort searching for peace and contentment and joy in the world outside. Remember that there is no happiness in having or in getting, but only in giving. Reach out. Share. Smile. Hug. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
Og Mandino

The resting place of the mind is the heart. The only thing the mind hears all day is clanging bells and noise and argument, and all it wants is quietude. The only place the mind will ever find peace is inside the silence of the heart. That’s where you need to go.
Elizabeth Gilbert

If solid happiness we prize, Within our breast this jewel lies, And they are fools who roam. The world has nothing to bestow; From our own selves our joys must flow, And that dear hut, our home.
Nathaniel Cotton

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens.
Carl Jung

I love people. I love my family, my children… but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.
Pearl S. Buck

Creativity is one of your greatest gifts. It resides deep inside you impacting every thought. It is attached to a never ending source and is one of the main aspects of who you are. Your very essence is as a creator. No one creates exactly like you do. Your thoughts and actions color the world.
Renae A. Sauter

The answers to life’s questions lie inside you. All you need to do is look, listen and trust.
Chérie Carter-Scott

Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for.
Barry Neil Kaufman

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
François de La Rochefoucauld

It is difficult to find happiness within oneself, but it is impossible to find it anywhere else.
Arthur Schopenhauer

Joy is not in things, it is in us.
Richard Wagner

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
Sarah Ban Breathnach

Pleasure is very seldom found where it is sought our brightest blazes of gladness are commonly kindled by unexpected sparks.
Samuel Johnson

There is a great lamp within you, and the rays of that lamp are your life. In these little lamps outside, the wick burns oil and then burns out. The lamp within does not burn anything, but gives bliss.
Prem Rawat

True happiness is … to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
Earl Nightingale

How, Where, Why, What, & Who

Sage advice on the “how …” of happiness.

Happiness depends on what you can give, not what you can get.
Mahatma Gandhi

When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
Dalai Lama

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Albert Camus

Joyfulness keeps the heart and face young. A good laugh makes us better friends with ourselves and everybody around us.
Orison Swett Marden

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.
Joseph Addison

True happiness comes from the joy of deeds well done, the zest of creating things new.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are… We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our touch, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
E.E. Cummings

Of course you have work to do in this world. Your first job is to awaken your own divine nature. You can do that by putting yourself into inspirational circumstances and looking within and waiting in receptive silence for answers from within.
Peace Pilgrim

Simplicity of life is the true secret of happiness. Unhampered experience of joy which lies within comes out of simplicity. Your life should never be complicated with too many things.
Chidananda Saraswati

Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Buddha

We can’t control what thoughts and emotions arise within us, nor can we control the universal truth that everything changes. But we can learn to step back and rest in the awareness of what’s happening. That awareness can be our refuge.
Sharon Salzberg

Happy the man, and happy he alone, He who can call to-day his own; He who, secure within, can say, Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have liv’d to-day.
John Dryden

Plenty of people miss their share of happiness, not because they never found it, but because they didn’t stop to enjoy it.
William Feather

The more light you allow within you, the brighter the world you live in will be.
Shakti Gawain

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.
Richard Bach

Closing Quotes

A few closing quotes about joy.

Cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity.
Joseph Addison

Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness — happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes, when you’re lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love.
Adela Nora Rogers St. Johns

Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside.
Dr. Melba Colgrove

Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. A joyful heart is the inevitable result of a heart burning with love.
Mother Theresa

A contended mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world.
Joseph Addison

Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born.
Dr. Dale E. Turner

There is a gentle element, and man may breathe it with a calm, unruffled soul, and drink its living waters, till his heart is pure; and this is human happiness.
Nathaniel Parker Willis

I wish you all the joy you can wish.
William Shakespeare

Have a happy day.

Ken

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