The Quotidian, January 16, 2011 ~ Embracing Joy as a Moral Obligation

“Know that joy is rarer, more difficult, and more beautiful than sadness. Once you make this all-important discovery, you must embrace joy as a moral obligation.” ~ André Gide (November 22, 1869 to February 19, 1951)

Quote from his Fruits of the Earth.

André Gide was an award-winning French writer of fiction, essays, and autobiographical material. He won a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1947.

[Source: Sunbeams: A Book of Quotations, edited by Sy Safransky, page 37. Dates and biographical information from Wikipedia, accessed January 15, 2011]

Sy Safransky is the Editor of The Sun, a fine black and white, ad-free literary journal. One of my favorite sections of The Sun is the “Sunbeams” section at the end of each issue, a collection of quotations.


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About Andrew Shattuck McBride

I am a writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant. I work in a variety of genres, including poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. I also have a couple of novels simmering on back burners. THANK YOU to Nan Macy of Village Books for taking this photo (June 2011).
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2 Responses to The Quotidian, January 16, 2011 ~ Embracing Joy as a Moral Obligation

  1. Definitely!
    Btw, my friend Joy would probably agree with you, but her husband may not. 🙂

    Write on!

  2. LOL

    Let’s not even go there. That’s between Joy and her husband!

    Blessings, Andy

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