Quotes from the Common Bowl

Word Roots: 

The origins of the word joy can be traced through Middle English back to Old French “joie,” then to Latin “gaudium.” And before that the word is traced back to the Latin “gaudere” meaning rejoice. The meaning is a feeling of happiness, delight, and great pleasure. And it can also be used to refer to something that causes joy.

The etymology of the word “enjoy” is to give or make joy. In Old French enjoir is “to give joy” from en– “make” + joie “joy.” 

The roots of the word are a challenge to the popular usage of joy as something we receive rather than something we create and celebrate. So let us rejoice together in all that is our lives this December! 


Even a wounded world is feeding us. Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.
~Robin Wall Kimmerer

[We are] hungry for more joy: Because we’re starving from a lack of gratitude.
~Brené Brown

We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.
~Frederick Keonig

The high value put upon every minute of time, the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living, is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy… I would simply like to reclaim an old and, alas, quite unfashionable private formula: Moderate enjoyment is double enjoyment. 
~Hermann Hesse

The existence of broccoli does not, in any way, affect the taste of chocolate.
~John Green

Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow. It only saps today of its joy.
~Leo Buscalglia 

I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give’em yours!
~Dolly Parton

(Curated and adapted for KUF from the 2021 Soul Matters materials for the theme ‘Opening to Joy’ by Rev. Beckett Coppola.)