Enjoyment (quotes)


Enjoyment is a state of taking pleasure


Life is to be enjoyed


Life is a gift to be enjoyed

  • All I can say about life is, Oh God, enjoy it! Bob Newhart
  • All the animals except man know that the principal business in life is to enjoy it. Samuel Butler
  • He has spent his life best who has enjoyed it most. Samuel Butler
  • I suspect that those who most enjoy heaven will be those who most enjoyed life. Robert Brault
  • If you know life is supposed to be fun, you know more than almost anybody else knows. Abraham-Hicks
  • Life’s a party. Invite yourself.  Gary Johnson
  • The most important thing is to enjoy your life—to be happy—it’s all that matters. Audrey Hepburn
  • There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval. George Sautayana
  • You were made for enjoyment, and the world was filled with things which you will enjoy, unless you are too proud to be pleased by them, or too grasping to care for what you cannot turn to other account than mere delight. John Ruskin
  • So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink and be merry. Bible
  • To enjoy and give enjoyment, without injury to yourself or others; this is true morality. Nicolas Chamfort
  • And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is the gift of God. Ecclesiastes 3:13
  • It’s fun to get together and have something good to eat at least once a day. That’s what human life is all about —enjoying things. Julia Child
  • I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it. Rita Mae Brown
  • The first half of life consists of the capacity to enjoy without the chance; the last half consists of the chance without the capacity. Mark Twain
  • Life is a gift

Not to enjoy life is not to truly live

  • He who allows his day to pass by without practicing generosity and enjoying life’s pleasures is like a blacksmith’s bellows: he breathes but does not live. Proverb
  • When we don’t enjoy what we do, we only nick the surface of our potential. Dennis Wholey
  • If you are not enjoying yourself, you are wasting time. Susan Jeffers
  • Being fully aliveEmbrace life

Enjoyment is important to your well-being

  • It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life. Every single day do something that makes your heart sing. Wielder Marcia
  • Without pleasure man would live like a fool and soon die. Pierre de Beaumarchais
  • In Buddhism, it is considered appropriate and helpful to cultivate and enhance our well-being. We often overlook the well- being that is easily available in daily life. Even taking time to enjoy one’s tea or the sunset can be a training in well- being. Gil Fronsdal
  • Man needs, for his happiness, not only the enjoyment of this or that, but hope and enterprise and change. Bertrand Russell
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Happiness lies in enjoyment


Happiness and contentment is enjoying what you already have – instead of constantly wanting more…

  • Contentment is a state of grace, a state of peace and happiness, appreciation and enjoyment for what is, right now. Desires, in contrast, can never be satisfied. Once we get what we crave, we soon find it less satisfying than we expected, so we strive for something else. The only escape from this perpetual wheel of want is to discover the contentment and perfection we already have. Gillian Stokes
  • Greediness of getting more deprives… the enjoyment of what it had got. Thomas Sprat
  • Happiness consists not in having, but of being, not of possessing, but of enjoying. It is the warm glow of a heart at peace with itself. Norman Vincent Peale
  • He enjoys much who is thankful for little. Thomas Secker
  • The pleasure of what we enjoy is lost by coveting more. Traditional Proverb
  • If your capacity to acquire has outstripped your capacity to enjoy, you are on the way to the scrap-heap. Glen Buck
  • Don’t complain because you don’t have. Enjoy what you’ve got. Stanley Judd
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… for it is enjoyment of what you have that constitutes true wealth

  • Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance. John Petit-Senn
  • I pray daily, not for more riches, but for more wisdom with which to recognize, embrace and enjoy what I already possess. Napoleon Hill
  • The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much. He is not rich that possesses much, but he that covets no more; and he is not poor that enjoys little, but he that wants too much. Francis Beaumont
  • The truly rich are those who enjoy what they have. Yiddish Proverb
  • Wealth belongs to the person who enjoys it and not to the one who keeps it. Afghan Proverb
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Resolve to enjoy life each moment


Resolve to enjoy all of your life

  • As long as you are defining what you like and what you don’t like, you are allowing your mind to create triggers that open and close you. Let go of that. Dare to be different. Enjoy all of life. Michael A. Singer
  • Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do. Gerry Sikorski
  • Fill your life with as many moments and experiences of joy and passion as you humanly can. Start with one experience and build on it. Wielder Marcia
  • Live and work but do not forget to play, to have fun in life and really enjoy it. Eileen Caddy
  • Let us start a new religion with one commandment, “Enjoy thyself.” Israel Zangwill
  • Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game. Michael Jordan
  • Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life’s only true lessons are writ small in the margin. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • Stop seeking out the storms and enjoy more fully the sunlight. Gordon B. Hinckley
  • To preserve an unclouded capacity for the enjoyment of life is an unusual moral and psychological achievement. Contrary to popular belief, it is not the prerogative of mindlessness, but the exact opposite: It is the reward of self- esteem. Nathaniel Branden
  • 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

Enjoy each moment, exactly where you are

  • Allow yourself to enjoy each happy moment in your life. Steve Maraboli
  • The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it. Richard Bach
  • Enjoy it. Because it’s happening. Stephen Chbosky
  • The whole life of a man is but a point in time; let us enjoy it. Plutarch
  • Mining the moment for something that feels good, something to appreciate, something to savour, something to take in, that’s what your moments are about. Abraham-Hicks
  • We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are. Calvin & Hobbes
  • The best things in life are the nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Robert Lewis Stevenson
  • Enjoy it. Because it’s happening. Stephen Chbosky
  • I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now, unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future. Ken Keyes Jr.
  • Live in the present

Enjoy the journey, not just the destination

  • It turns out that the process of working toward a goal, participating in a valued and challenging activity, is as important to well- being as its attainment. Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy. Nisargadatta Maharaj
  • Enjoyment is not meant to be the final end state of a long and arduous process of attainment. It is meant to be woven through the tapestry of our lives now. In the present. And throughout the process along the way. Tom Morris
  • The landscape changes, so enjoy it: of course, you have to have an objective in mind – to reach the top. But as you are going up, more things can be seen, and it’s no bother to stop now and again and enjoy the panorama around you. At every meter conquered, you can see a little further, so use this to discover things that you still had not noticed. Paulo Coelho
  • Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast–you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. Eddie Cantor
  • Sooner or later we must realize there is no station, no one place to arrive at once and for all. The true joy of life is the trip. Robert J. Hastings
  • If you are not enjoying the journey, you probably won’t enjoy the destination.
  • As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. Ben Hogan
  • It is not knowledge, but the act of learning, not possession but the act of getting there, which grants the greatest enjoyment. Carl Friedrich Gauss
  • Life is a journey

Find enjoyment by slowing down and savouring …

  • Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast–you also miss the sense of where you are going and why. Eddie Cantor
  • Researchers define savouring as any thoughts or behaviours capable of “generating, intensifying, and prolonging enjoyment.” The habit of savouring has been shown in empirical research to be related to intense and frequent happiness.  Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Life will sometimes hand you a magical moment. Savor it. Jackson Brown Jr.
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… especially the simple things in life

  • Eating, loving, singing and digesting are, in truth, the four acts of the comic opera known as life, and they pass like bubbles of a bottle of champagne. Whoever lets them break without having enjoyed them is a complete fool.  Gioacchino Rossini
  • Is it so small a thing to have enjoyed the sun, to have lived light in the spring, to have loved, to have thought, to have done? Matthew Arnold
  • Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. Robert Brault
  • The moment I stopped spending so much time chasing the big pleasure of life. I began to enjoy the little ones, like watching the stars dancing in moonlit sky or soaking in the sunbeams of a glorious summer morning. Robin S. Sharma
  • The Warrior tries to enjoy the small everyday things of life. Paulo Coelho
  • Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
  • Why not learn to enjoy the little things – there are so many of them.
  • Don’t overlook life’s small joys while searching for the big ones. Jackson Brown Jr.
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Find enjoyment through active doing

  • Enjoyment is not a goal; it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity. Paul Goodman
  • He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • Learning is pleasurable but doing is the height of enjoyment. Novalis
  • The enjoyment of life would be instantly gone if you removed the possibility of doing something. Chauncey Depew
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Find enjoyment through anticipation

  • Anticipate the good so that you may enjoy it. Ethiopian Proverb
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Find enjoyment by remembering

  • The test of enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind. Logan Pearsall Smith
  • A pleasure is not full grown until it is remembered. C. S. Lewis
  • Studies show that those proficient at reminiscing about the past – looking back on happy times, rekindling joy from happy memories – are best able to buffer stress.  Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume. Jean de Boufflers
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Enjoy what you work hard for

  • After you’ve worked hard to get what you want, take the time to enjoy it. Jackson Brown Jr.
  • There are two things to aim at in life; first to get what you want, and after that to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind has achieved the second. Logan Pearsall Smith
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Find enjoyment by taking occasional risks

  • Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously! Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Every minute of life I take a risk; it’s part of the enjoyment. Otto Preminger
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Make a living out of what you enjoy…

  • The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy. Malcolm Forbes
  • Be absolutely determined to enjoy what you do. Gerry Sikorski
  • Nothing is really work unless you would rather be doing something else. M. Barrie
  • We are at our very best, and we are happiest, when we are fully engaged in work we enjoy on the journey toward the goal we’ve established for ourselves. It gives meaning to our time off and comfort to our sleep. It makes everything else in life so wonderful, so worthwhile. Earl Nightingale
  • Do what you lovePassion

… for what you enjoy, you’ll tend to excel and succeed at

  • As long as I can focus on enjoying what I’m doing, having fun, I know I’ll play well. Steffi Graf
  • It is what we do easily and what we like to do that we do well. Orison Swett Marden
  • People who enjoy what they are doing invariably do it well. Joe Gibbs
  • We only do well the things we like doing. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
  • Success in highest and noblest form calls for peace of mind and enjoyment and happiness which comes only to the man who has found the work he likes best. Napoleon Hill
  • The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually become wealthy clearly reveals that their Luck arouse from the accidental dedication they had to an area they enjoyed. Srully Blotnick
  • I feel sorry for the person who can’t get genuinely excited about his work. Not only will he never be satisfied, but he will never achieve anything worthwhile. Walter Chrysler
  • Chance can allow you to accomplish a goal every once in a while, but consistent achievement happens only if you love what you are doing. Bart Conner
  • No man can succeed in a line of endeavor which he does not like. Napoleon Hill
  • I’m a firm believer that in the theory that people only do their best at things they truly enjoy. It is difficult to excel at something you don’t enjoy. Jack Nicklaus
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Do things for the pure enjoyment, not just to excel or win

  • Be spontaneous – do it on the spur of the moment, just because you enjoy it. Do it for the joy of doing it, not to win, excel or even do your best. Wayne Dyer
  • A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning. Chuck Noll
  • Enjoy the journey, enjoy ever moment, and quit worrying about winning and losing. Matt Biondi
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Don’t put off your enjoyment till tomorrow

  • Enjoy yourself – it’s later than you think. Chinese Proverb
  • My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it’s on your plate —that’s my philosophy. Thornton Wilder
  • We learn the value of things more in their loss than in their enjoyment. Latin Proverb
  • Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations? Jane Austen
  • What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner! CoLette
  • Erase from your vocabulary the word “someday.” Do not save things for “special occasions.” Take into account the fact that every day is special. Every day is a gift that we must appreciate and be thankful for. Wear your attractive clothes, wear your nice perfume, use your fine silverware and dishes, and drink from your expensive crystal glasses … just because. Live every day to the fullest and savor every minute of it. Rodolfo Costa
  • It is foolish to postpone enjoyment of your ordinary life until you are more successful, more secure, or more loved than you are today. Timothy Ray Miller
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Find enjoyment right here, right now

  • When you make the present moment, instead of past and future, the focal point of your life, your ability to enjoy what you do — and with it the quality of your life increases dramatically. Joy is the dynamic aspect of Being. When the creative power of the universe becomes conscious of itself, it manifests as joy. You don’t have to wait for something “meaningful” to come into your life so that you can finally enjoy what you do. There is more meaning in joy than you will ever need. The “waiting to start living” syndrome is one of the most common delusions of the unconscious state. Expansion and positive change on the outer level is much more likely to come into your life if you can enjoy what you are doing already, instead of waiting for some change so that you can start enjoying what you do. Don’t ask your mind for permission to enjoy what you do. All you will get is plenty of reasons why you can’t enjoy it. “Not now,” the mind will say. “Can’t you see I’m busy? There’s no time. Maybe tomorrow you can start enjoying….” That tomorrow will never come unless you begin enjoying what you are doing now. Eckhart Tolle
  • Enjoy it. Because it’s happening. Stephen Chbosky
  • Embrace the gift of today

If you’re not enjoying life today, change something

  • He who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day…needs to reorganize his life. George Matthew Adams
  • I look in the mirror every morning and ask myself, “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “no” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something. Steve Jobs
  • You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.  Steven D. Woodhull
  • If you hate doing something, figure out a way to stop doing it. This can sometimes be very easy, but other times it means eventually making a drastic life change. Leo Babauta
  • Your chances of success are directly proportional to the degree of pleasure you desire from what you do. If you are in a job you hate, face the fact squarely and get out. Michael Korda
  • If you don’t get a kick out of the job you’re doing, you’d better hunt for another one. Smuel Vauclain
  • That one who does not get fun and enjoyment out of every day in which he lives, needs to reorganize his life. And the sooner the better, for pure enjoyment throughout life has more to do with one’s happiness and efficiency than almost any other single element. George Matthew Adams
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Stop doing what you don’t enjoy

  • If you are not enjoying yourself, you are wasting time. Susan Jeffers
  • Dropping the things I hate frees me up to do the things I love. How much more skillful, soulful, and useful could your best work get if you didn’t spend so much energy pushing yourself into doing stuff you hate? Leo Babauta
  • If you don’t like what you’re doing, then don’t do it. Ray Bradbury
  • Be a curator of your life. Slowly cut things out until you’re left only with what you love, with what’s necessary, with what makes you happy. Leo Babauta
  • If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work. Kahlil Gibran
  • If it ain’t fun, don’t do it. Jack Canfield
  • It’s pretty hard to get what you want when you’re busy doing and being what you don’t want. Cheryl Janecky

Enjoy pleasures in moderation to avoid craving or addiction

  • Temper your enjoyments with prudence, lest there be written on your heart that fearful word “satiety.” Francis Quarles
  • So called pleasures, when they go beyond a certain limit, are but punishments. Seneca
  • This is how we are with wine and beautiful food… we want and we get drunk with wanting, then the headache and bitterness afterward. Rumi
  • An over-indulgence of anything, even something as pure as water, can intoxicate. Criss Jami
  • Pleasure that is obtained by unreasonable and unsuitable cost, must always end in pain. Samuel Johnson
  • Let not the enjoyment of pleasures now within your grasp, be carried to such excess as to incapacitate you from future repetition. Seneca
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It’s best to focus your enjoyment on things that will sustain and nourish you in the long term…

  • A life of frustration is inevitable for any coach whose main enjoyment is winning. Chuck Noll
  • Ambition is a lust that is never quenched, but grows more inflamed and madder by enjoyment.   Thomas Otway

… but if you must have a vice, make sure you enjoy it too!

  • If you are going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it. Leo Rosten
  • If you really have to sin, and then choose a sin that you enjoy. Iranian Proverb

Final thoughts

  • I have always said and felt that true enjoyment cannot be described. Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • If a man who enjoys a lesser happiness beholds a greater one, let him leave aside the lesser to gain the greater. Buddha
  • The ultimate goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it. Michael Leboeuf
  • There is a strange reluctance on the part of most people to admit that they enjoy life. William Lyon Phelps
  • True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united. Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
  • All earthly delights are sweeter in expectation than in enjoyment; all spiritual pleasures, more in fruition than in expectation. Owen Felltham
  • No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take it too seriously. Dave Barry

On a lighter note

  • 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhoea… does that mean that one enjoys it?
  • A teenager is God’s punishment for enjoying sex.
  • An optimist is a man who gets treed by a lion but enjoys the scenery. Winchell Walter
  • Conscience: A device that doesn’t keep you from doing anything – just keeps you from enjoying it.
  • Do infants enjoy infancy as much as adults enjoy adultery? George Carlin
  • Don’t get annoyed if your neighbour plays his hi-fi at two o’clock in the morning. Call him at four and tell him how much you enjoyed it.
  • Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be enjoyed today. Josh Billings
  • Flattery is like chewing gum – enjoy it but don’t swallow it. Hank Ketcham
  • Golf and sex are about the only things you can enjoy without being good at it. Jimmy Demaret
  • Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it. Bernard Meltzer
  • He knew everything about literature except how to enjoy it. Joseph Heller
  • Hobby: Something you do to have fun whether you enjoy it or not.
  • Hypochondriac: One who enjoys poor health then complains of feeling better.
  • Hypochondriac: Someone who enjoys bad health.
  • I am getting to an age when I can only enjoy the last sport left. It is called hunting for your spectacles.  Edward Grey
  • I can still enjoy sex at 74; I live at 75 so it’s no distance. Bob Monkhouse
  • I do not suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it. Edgar Allan Poe
  • I don’t suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
  • I had to give up masochism – I was enjoying it too much. Mel Calman
  • I really enjoyed reading The Joy of Sex. I couldn’t put the wife down until I’d finished it.
  • If the world were merely seductive, that would be easy. If it were merely challenging, that would be no problem. But I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day. B. White
  • If things get any better, I may have to hire someone to help me enjoy it.
  • If you are going to do something wrong at least enjoy it. Leo Rosten
  • Insurance: An ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table. Ambrose Bierce
  • It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. Jerome K. Jerome
  • It seemed the world was divided into good and bad people: the good ones slept better while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more. Woody Allen
  • Life is one race I never want to win, I’d rather stroll around enjoying the scenery. Aditya Chandra
  • Loser : Someone who wasn’t wicked enough to enjoy this life and not good enough to enjoy the next.
  • Men who do not forgive women their little faults will never enjoy their great virtues. Kahlil Gibran
  • My wife tells me she doesn’t care what I do when I’m away, as long as I’m not enjoying it.
  • Oh, and I certainly don’t suffer from schizophrenia. I quite enjoy it. And so do I. Emilie Autumn
  • One good thing about punctuality is that it’s a sure way to help you enjoy a few minutes of privacy. Orlando Battista
  • People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything. Thomas Sowell
  • Sex and politics are a lot alike; you don’t have to be good at them to enjoy them. Barry Goldwater
  • Sleep is such a wonderful thing, it’s a shame you can’t stay awake to enjoy it
  • There are few things I enjoy more than picking an argument with my girlfriend when she has the hiccups.
  • There are two types of people in this world good and bad; the good sleep better but the bad seem to enjoy the waking hours much more. Woody Allen
  • There is only one thing for a man to do who is married to a woman who enjoys spending money and that is enjoy earning it. Ogden Nash
  • Wealth is the sixth sense that allows you to enjoy the other five. Somerset Maugham
  • Wooing the press is an exercise roughly akin to picnicking with a tiger; you might enjoy the meal but the tiger always eats last. Maureen Dowd
  • You know you’re getting old when you start watching golf on TV and enjoying it. Larry Miller
  • Your body is not a temple, it’s an amusement park. Enjoy the ride. Anthony Bourdain
  • Youth, enthusiasm, and tenderness, are like the days of spring; instead of complaining of their brevity try to enjoy them. Rückert