Kittens: Discovering the Joys of Life
The word joy is too great and grand to be confused with the superficial things we call happiness. ~ Kirby Page
The way to happiness:
Keep your heart free from hate,
your mind from worry,
live simply, expect little, give much.
With fun and frolic
may you fill each day full
And, kitten-like, be always bright and playful.
When one door of
happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
~ Helen Keller
Make no judgments where you have no compassion. ~ Anne McCaffrey
Many indeed think of being happy with God in heaven, but being happy with God on earth never enters their minds. ~ John Wesley
Happiness is the
delicate balance between what one is and what one has.
~ F. H. Denison
If a dog jumps into your lap it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing it is because your lap is warmer. ~ A. N. Whitehead
There are two means
of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.
~ Albert Schweitzer
One joy dispels a hundred cares. ~ Chinese Proverb
Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission. . . the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance. ~ Saki
Faith is the subtle
chain which binds us to the infinite.
~ Elizabeth Oakes Smith
Joy is never in our power, and pleasure is. I doubt whether anyone who has tasted joy would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasure in the world. ~ C. S. Lewis
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. ~ Proverbs 15:30; 17:22
How many cold and
lonely midnights have been warmed by the simple presence of this small being,
whose affection pervades our solitude?
~ Carl Van Vechten
I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing. ~ Agatha Christie
If you want to be happy, be. ~ Leo Tolstoy
Every person has his choice of becoming a fountain of joy or a fountain of sorrow. ~ Anonymous
When a cat is alone she never purrs. ~ Samuel Johnson
It is not the level of prosperity that makes for happiness but the kinship of heart to heart and the way we look at the world. Both attitudes are within our power, so that a man is happy so long as he chooses to be happy, and no one can stop him. ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Life is the first
gift, love is the second, and understanding the third.
~ Marge Piercy
The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery even when he has to take a detour.
There is a wonderful, mystical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life—happiness, freedom, and peace of mind—are always attained by giving them to someone else. ~ Anonymous
Joy is a positive
thing: in joy one does not only feel secure, but something goes out from
oneself to the universe, a warm, positive effluence of love.
~ Richard Hooker
If you cannot find
happiness along the way,
you cannot find it at the end of the road.
It was difficult to feel vexed by a creature that burst into a chorus of purring as soon as I spoke to him. ~ Philip Brown
Happiness doesn't depend on the actual number of blessings we manage to scratch from life, but on our attitude toward them. ~ Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Most people are just
like cats in that if you rub them the right way, they will purr. But if
you rub them the wrong way, they will bite and scratch.
~ William Ross
Happiness is cheap
enough, yet how dearly we pay for its counterfeit.
~ Hosea Ballou
Joy is the echo of God's life within us. ~ Joseph Marmion
Cats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want. ~ Joseph Wood Krutch
No burden is too heavy when it is carried with love. ~ Anonymous
Joy of life seems to me to arise from a sense of being where one belongs. . . . All the discontented people I know are trying sedulously to be something they are not, to do something they cannot do. Contentment, and indeed usefulness, comes as the infallible result of greater acceptances, great humilities—of not trying to make ourselves this or that (to conform to some dramatized version of ourselves), but of surrendering ourselves to the fullness of life—of letting life flow through us. ~ David Grayson
True joy is not a thing of moods, not a capricious emotion, tied to fluctuating experiences. It is a state and condition of the soul. It survives through pain and sorrow and, like a subterranean spring, waters the whole life. It is intimately allied and bound up with love and goodness, and so is deeply rooted in the life of God. ~ Rufus Matthew Jones
A cat cares for you only as a source of food, security and a place in the sun. Her high self-sufficiency is her charm. ~ Charles Horton Cooley
There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. ~ Freya Stark
The only thing that makes one place more attractive to me than another is the quantity of heart I find in it. ~ Jane Welsh Carlyle
Strength is born in
the deep silence of long suffering hearts; not amid joy.
~ Felicia Hemans
Happiness is as a
butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond our grasp, but which, if
you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne
We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. ~ Kingsley
The Prettiest Kitten
I sprang to life with playful merry face,
The prettiest kitten of my pretty race;
My mother purr'd her joys
with fond surprise
And watched with anxious care
my opening eyes.
~ Charles Lamb
We are all strings in the concert of God's joy. ~ Jakob Böhme
Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley
Talk happiness. The world is sad enough. Without your woe. No path is wholly rough. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox
The cat has nine
lives: three for playing, three for straying, three for staying.
~ English Proverb
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! ~ Philippians 4:4
Let your mind be playful and you will enjoy life better.
Where there is great love there are always miracles. ~ Willa Cather
The kitten sleeps
upon the hearth,
The crickets long have ceased their mirth,
There's nothing stirring in the house
Save one, wee, hungry nibbling mouse.
~ Dorothy Wordsworth
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness. ~ Bertrand Russell
Joy can be real only
if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life
outside themselves and their personal happiness.
~ Leo Tolstoy
Humility is strong—not
~ Estelle Smith
The cat, having sat
upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again.
Nor upon a cold stove lid. ~ Mark Twain
The human heart
yearns for the beautiful in all ranks of life.
~ Harriet Beecher Stowe
People need joy,
quite as much as clothing. Some of them need it far more.
~ Margaret Collier Graham
I may not be able to accomplish as much as some others, but I can be just as happy as any man can be. ~ Charles Allen
Kittens are generally
the delight of young children, and make charming playmates when treated gently,
and not simply made toys of.
~ A Victorian Book on Cats
Happiness is a direction, not a destination. ~ Anonymous
God made the cat in order that man might have the pleasure of caressing the lion. ~ Fernand Mery
I asked God for all things so I could enjoy life. He gave me life so I could enjoy all things. ~ Anonymous
Peace cannot be kept
by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.
~ Albert Einstein
I avoid looking
forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.
~ Charlotte Bronte
He who bends to
himself a joy
Doth the wingéd life destroy;
But he who kisses a joy as it flies
Lives in Eternity's sunrise.
~ William Blake
Joy is not in things, it is in us. ~ Richard Wagner
Happiness is caused
by things that happen around me, and circumstances will mar it; but joy flows
right on through trouble; joy flows on through the dark; joy flows in the night
as well as in the day; joy flows all through persecution and opposition.
It is an unceasing fountain bubbling up in the heart; a secret spring the world
can't see and doesn't know anything about. The Lord gives his people
perpetual joy when they walk in obedience to him.
~ Dwight Lyman Moody
Guard within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. Know how to replace in your heart, by the happiness of those you love, the happiness you may be wanting yourself. ~ George Sand
The cat is domestic only as far as suits its own ends; it will not be kennelled or harnessed nor suffer any dictation as to its goings-out or comings-in. ~ Saki
Very little is needed to make a happy life. ~ Marcus Aurelius
The dedicated life is the life worth living. You must give with your whole heart. ~ Annie Dillard
Existence is a
strange bargain. Life owes us little; we owe it everything. The only
true happiness comes from squandering ourselves for a purpose.
~ William Cowper
Like those great
sphinxes lounging through eternity in noble attitudes upon the desert sand, they
gaze incuriously at nothing, calm and wise.
~ Charles Baudelaire
Cherish all your
happy moments: they make a fine cushion for old age.
~ Christopher Morley
Joy is to behold God in everything. ~ Julian of Norwich
The real objection to the great majority of cats is their insufferable air of superiority. ~ P. G. Woodhouse
The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. ~ Psalm 126:3
The playful kitten,
with its pretty little tigerish gambols, is infinitely more amusing than half
the people one is obliged to live with in the world.
~ Lady Sydney Morgan
When a man is happy, he does not hear the clock strike. ~ German Proverb
The joy that you give
Is the joy that comes back to you.
~ John Greenleaf Whittier
The trouble with a
Eventually it becomes a
~ Ogden Nash
It is a poor heart that never rejoices. ~ Anonymous
Don't let yesterday use up too much of today. ~ Will Rogers
On the pursuit of happiness half the world is on the wrong scent. They think it consists in having and getting, and in being served by others. Happiness is really found in giving and in serving others. ~ Henry Drummond
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon;
The little dog laughed
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away
with the spoon.
~ Nursery Rhyme
Those who'll play with cats must expect to be scratched. ~ Miguel de Cervantes
Much happiness is overlooked because it doesn't cost anything. ~ Oscar Wilde
The Bible speaks of a time when all tears shall be wiped away. But it makes no mention of a time when we shall cease to smile. ~ J. D. Eppinga
The Lord is my strength and my shield. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. ~ Psalm 28:7
To be with those we love is enough, ah, how true it is! and it is a happiness which will outlast this life. In this thought I love to rest. ~ Madame Swetchine
The heart that is to
be filled to the brim with holy joy must be held still.
~ George Seaton Bowes
A cat is a lion in a jungle of small bushes. ~ Indian Proverb
Laughter is God's hand upon a troubled world. ~ Anonymous
There is no such
thing as the pursuit of happiness,
but there is the discovery of joy.
~ Joyce Grenfell
I don't think of all
the misery, but all the beauty that still remains.
~ Anne Frank
It [the cat] will
consent to be your friend if you are worthy of the honour,
but it will not be your slave. ~ Théophile Gautier
Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin. ~ John Lubbock
It is in the
enjoyment and not in mere possession that makes for happiness.
~ Michel de Montaigne
The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us. ~ Ashley Montagu
The only security for happiness is to have a mind filled with the love of the infinite and the eternal. ~ Spinoza
I wish you all the joy that you can wish. ~ William Shakespeare
To be able to find
joy in another's joy: that is the secret of happiness.
~ Georges Bernanos
For the heart that
In small things,
in all things,
Each day is a wonderful gift.
EXCERPTS FROM A CAT'S DIARY