Joy – Carl Sandburg

Let a joy keep you.
Reach out your hands
And take it when it runs by,
As the Apache dancer
Clutches his woman.
I have seen them
Live long and laugh loud,
Sent on singing, singing,
Smashed to the heart
Under the ribs
With a terrible love.
Joy always,
Joy everywhere–
Let joy kill you!
Keep away from the little deaths.

Joy – Gautam Buddha

Let us live in joy, not hating those who hate us.

Among those who hate us, we live free of hate. 

Let us live in joy, 

free from disease among those who are diseased. 

Among those who are diseased, let us live free of disease. 

Let us live in joy, free from greed among the greedy. 

Among those who are greedy, we live free of greed. 

Let us live in joy, though we possess nothing. 

Let us live feeding on joy, like the bright gods.
Victory breeds hate, for the conquered is unhappy. 

Whoever has given up victory and defeat

is content and lives joyfully.
There is no fire like lust, no misfortune like hate; 

there is no pain like this body; 

there is no joy higher than peace.
Craving is the worst disease; 

disharmony is the greatest sorrow. 

The one who knows this truly

knows that nirvana is the highest bliss.
Health is the greatest gift; 

contentment is the greatest wealth; 

trusting is the best relationship; 

nirvana is the highest joy.
Whoever has tasted the sweetness

of solitude and tranquillity

becomes free from fear and sin

while drinking the sweetness of the truth. 

The sight of the noble is good; 

to live with them is always joyful.
Whoever does not see fools will always be happy. 

Whoever associates with fools suffers a long time. 

Being with fools, as with an enemy, is always painful.
Being with the wise, like meeting with family, is joyful. 

Therefore, one should follow the wise, the intelligent, 

the learned, the patient, the dutiful, the noble; 

one should follow the good and wise, 

as the moon follows the path of the stars.