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According to the Royal Spanish Academy of Language, “Joy” can be defined as a positive and rewarding feeling, which is normally externalized, through expressions of jubilation. It could also be said that throughout the history of mankind it has been one of the most sought-after sentiments by men and women.
On this occasion we wanted to take the task of collecting some phrases from the most outstanding artists and intellectuals in history in order to be able to record how the different generations have conceived this feeling so sought after by some, and so longed for by those who make melancholy the breeding ground for their poetic creations.
Here are some of the phrases about joy uttered or written by several of the greatest thinkers and creators of the last centuries:
If we exaggerate our joys, as we do with our sorrows, our problems would lose importance. (Anatole France)
With this phrase, the celebrated French writer, who lived between 1844 and 1924, recalls first of all a romantictendency to comment only on the pain or concentrate on pain.
So for this intellectual if the human had the same capacity or taste to do it with the joys, problems and vicissitudes of life would be seen in his just reality, for not everything is setbacks, what happens is – based on the phrase of Anatole France – no we have sufficient objectivity to allow us to see the sum of situations with balance. In this way we expand into our sorrows, and we do not appreciate our joys enough.
Don´t waste your time in weeping the past or in weeping the future. Live your hours, your minutes. Joys are like flowers that rain stains and wind blows. (Edmond Goncourt).
Likewise, this 19th-century French novelist recalls the importance of living in the moment, not of spending the present on lamenting the past or preventing the future, for the here and now is the plane of existence that we must inhabit, especially because – in the light of the writings by Gouncourt in this sentence- the moment when you must enjoy the joys that life provides is the now.
Likewise, we cannot forget the ephemeral nature that implies, so this French naturalist writer uses the image of flowers and their fragility to refer to the short instant time in which one can live the feeling of joy. So if we are remembering the past or fearing the future we can lose the joy that today brings us.
The cheerful heart does as well as the best medicine. (Solomon)
Likewise, this King of Israel, who lived during the years 970 BC and 931 BC, refers to the medicinal nature of joy.
When we raise awareness of the latest findings of science about the importance of a good mood, as well as laughter and joy as an essential element to strengthen the immune system, heal some diseases and even stop the progression of some cancers, we are surprised wisdom managed by this ancient King, who almost a century before the birth of our era already knew the medicinal nature that could bring with it a spirit and a cheerful attitude in life.
Everything goes well for people of sweet and cheerful character. (Voltaire)
A few centuries later that Solomon, this eighteenth-century French philosopher, goes a step beyond health, stating that a cheerful spirit is also the key to attracting positive things and successes to life. So in what we could identify today with the theory of attraction, for Voltaire in his time it was a fact that a person of “sweet and cheerful” character would make everything go well, or at least in the way he wants .
Youth is the paradise of life, joy is the eternal youth of the spirit. (Ippolito Nievo)
For its part, this 19th-century Italian author establishes an analogy between the importance of staying young, since for this writer the state of youth represents the ideal to assume life, a true paradise. In this sense, Ippolito Nievo sees in joy the secret of eternal youth. Thus joy keeps the young spirit, so that man can constantly inhabit the paradise of life.
We must always sympathize with the joy of life. The less talk about life sores, the better. (Oscar Wilde)
So we can also see this phrase from this 19th-century Irish writer, who, in a tone of advice, warns his readers about the importance of not shying away from joy, but having the appropriate character to enjoy it and talk about it. It also refers to the positive need to leave wounds aside and not gloat on them.
The less we talk about them, according to what Wilde seems to express, the less they will hurt, and the closer we can be to receive joys and enjoy them.
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September 11, 2019