Quotes for the Journey July 2004

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I’m in a project that has me doing a lot of reading and I’m hitting a goldmine of “quotes for the journey.” Here are some great ones.

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  • Most of what passes for legitimate entertainment is inferior or foolish and only caters to or exploits people’s weaknesses. Avoid being one of the mob who indulges in such pastimes. Your life is too short and you have important things to do. Be discriminating about what images and ideas you let in your mind. If you yourself don’t chose what thoughts and images you expose yourself to, someone else will, and their motives may not be the highest. It is the easiest thing in the world to slide imperceptibly into vulgarity. But there’s no need for that to happen if you determine not to waste your time and attention on mindless pap. (AD 55).
    Epictetus The Art of Living July 10th, 2004

    Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.
    Henry David Thoreau Walden Pond July 8th, 2004

    All rational beings, angels and men, possess two faculties, the power of knowing and the power of loving. To the first, the intellect, God who made them is forever unknowable, but to the second, to love, he is completely knowable, and that by every separate individual. (AD 1400’s)
    Unknown The Cloud of Unknowing July 10th, 2004

    All human beings seek the happy life, but many confuse the means for example, wealth and status with that life itself. This misguided focus on the means to a good life makes people get further from the happy life. The rally worthwhile things are the virtuous activities that make up the happy life, no the external means that may seem to produce it. (AD 55)
    Epictetus The Art of Living July 10th, 2004

    When you first begin, you find only darkness, and as it were a cloud of unknowing.
    Unknown The Cloud of Unknowing July 10th, 2004

    Caretake the moment. Immerse yourself in its particulars. Respond to this person, this challenge, this deed. Quit the evasions. Stop giving yourself needless trouble. It is time to really live; to fully inhabit the situation you happen to be in now. You are not some uninterested bystander. Participate, Exert yourself. Respect your partnership with providence. How may I perform this particular deed such that it would be consistent with and acceptable to the divine will? Heed the answer and get to work. (AD 55)
    Epictetus The Art of Living July 10th, 2004

    The English style of spirituality is a rhythm of worship, work, reading, and leisure. This is an unfrantic response to God who is, as Lewis insisted, always a courteous Lord. ..Life-style is revealed by the use of time: what is given place and space; what is included and what, therefore, is excluded. What we see in Lewis is the steady place of his parish church; the quiet regularity of his Bible-reading and prayers; the natural large place for his main work of study and writing; the large blocks of time for leisurely conversations with special friends; and the importance of letter writing, especially with those who sought his help in the mater of Christian pilgrimage For all of his immense output of literary work, his life is marked by a spacious, unfrantic rhythm of worship, work, conversation, availability, and intimacy.
    Paul Ford,C.S. Lewis ‘English spirituality’, C.S. Lewis Foundation San Diego July 7th, 2004

    Because they had nothing, they feared in no way to lose anything.
    Thomas of Celano , of the Franciscans, Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    What oxygen is to the lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life.
    Emil Brunner July 10th, 2004

    Ultraviolet images of Saturn’s rings taken by the international Cassini spacecraft may offer astronomers clues about the origin of the planet’s shimmering halos of ice and debris, scientists said Wednesday. The images show more ice toward the outer part of the rings, possibly providing hints about how the rings have changed over time, according to mission scientists. Saturn’s rings are mostly ice but also contain other “dirty” material that astronomers want to investigate
    NASA , exploring the rings, AP July 10th, 2004

    Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity, reduce selfishness, have few desires,.
    Lao-Tzu Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    Live simply so others may simply live. Gandhi
    Mahatma Gandhi Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    The safest remedy against the thousand snares and wiles of the enemy is spiritual joy.
    St. Francis Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    Happiness shows up pretty much where you would expect it to a good marriage, a rewarding job, a pleasant vacation. Joy on the other hand is as notoriously unpredictable as the one who bequeaths it.
    Frederick Buechner ? July 10th, 2004

    Jesus said not: thou shalt not be troubled, thou shalt not be tempted, thou shalt nor be mistreated. But the said: thou shalt not be overcome.
    Julian of Norwich Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    I don’t envy those who have never known any pain, physical or spiritual, because I strongly suspect that only those who have suffered great pain are able to know equally great joy.
    Madeleine L’Engle Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    A saint was once asked, while playing happily with his companions, what he would do if an angel told him that in a quarter of an hour he would die and have to appear before the judgment seat of God. The saint promptly replied that he would continue playing because I am certain the games are pleasing to God.
    St. John Bosco Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    Contemplation is nothing else but a secret, peaceful and loving infusion of God, which, if admitted, will set the soul on fire with the Spirit of love.
    St. John of the Cross Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours; yours are the eyes through which Christ’s compassion looks out on the world, yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good and yours are the hands with which He is to bless us now.
    Teresa of Avila Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    In our culture, time can seem like an enemy: It chews us up and spits us out with appalling ease. But the monastic perspective welcomes time as a gift from God, and seeks to put it to good use, rather than allowing us to be used up by it.
    Kathleen Norris ? July 10th, 2004

    I find that doing the will of God leaves me no time for disputing about His plans.
    George MacDonald ? July 10th, 2004

    If you should ask me what are the ways of God, I would tell you that the first is humility, the second is humility, and the third is still humility. Not that there are no other precepts to give, but if humility does not precede all that we do, our efforts are fruitless.
    St. Augustine. ? July 10th, 2004

    Francis sought occasion to love God in everything. In everything beautiful, he saw him who is beauty itself.
    St. Bonaventure ? July 10th, 2004

    Do not wonder that I am so religious. An artist who is not could not have produce anything like this. Have we not examples enough in Beethoven, Bach, Raphael and many others?
    Antonin Dvorak , art and soul, ? July 10th, 2004

    The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.
    Johann Sebastian Bach Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    A Christian, above all people, should live artistically, aesthetically, and creatively. If we have been crated in the image of an Artist, then we should look for expressions of artistry, and be sensitive to beauty, responsive to what has been created for our appreciation.
    Edith Schaeffer ? July 10th, 2004

    All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated…As therefore the bell that rings to a sermon, calls not upon the preacher only, but upon the congregation to come: so this bell calls us all: but how much more me, who am brought so near the door by this sickness….No man is an island, entire of itself…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”
    John Donne For Whom the Bell Tolls July 10th, 2004

    I am a rock, I am an island. And a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries.
    Paul Simon I Am A Rock July 10th, 2004

    To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,And eternity in an hour. A robin redbreast in a cage Puts all heaven in a rage.
    William Randolph Blake Auguries of Innocence July 10th, 2004

    A man who has lost his sense of wonder is a man dead.
    William of Saint Thierry (1085- 1148) Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would be rich, no one poor, and no one in misery.
    St. Basil Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    Hell has three gates, lust, anger and greed.
    Bhagavad Git Bhagavad Git July 10th, 2004

    Belief, doubt and sacred ambiguity.
    Kathleen Norris Amazing Grace July 10th, 2004

    Prayer is learned in the hour when prayer has become impossible and your heart has turned to stone.
    Thomas Merton Common Domain July 10th, 2004

    One finds God because one is already found by God. Anything we would find on our own would not be God.
    Catherine M. LaCugna Amazing Grace July 10th, 2004

    We can’t control, it; the imagination is not tamed or tamable. Therefore we can’t be sure how it’s going to come out. It probably won’t come out safely.
    Katherine Paterson, children’s author on why Christians fear fiction, Amazing Grace July 10th, 2004

    The most beautiful and profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the course of all true science¢â‚¬¦To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists¢â‚¬¦this knowledge, this feeling, is the center of true religion.
    Albert Einstein Amazing Grace July 10th, 2004

    Wherever there is truth it is the Lord’s
    Justin Martyr Amazing Grace July 10th, 2004

    Some persons of a scientific turn were once discoursing pompously, and to him, distastefully, about the incredible distance of the planets, the length of time light takes to travel to the earth, when he burst out, ¢â‚¬ËœTis False! I was walking down a lane the other day, and at the end of it, I touched the sky with my stick.’
    William Blake, visionary poet merging science with personal experience of the essence, Amazing Grace July 10th, 2004

    My desires are crucified, the warmth of my body is gone, A stream flows whispering inside me; Deep within me it says: Come to the Father. 35-107 AD
    Ignatius of Antioch , Bishop of Syria, Taken to Rome for execution, Prayers of the Martyrs July 10th, 2004

    O Lord, remember not only the men and women of good will, but also those of ill will. But, do not remember all of the suffering they have inflicted upon us; Instead remember the fruits we have borne because of this suffering our fellowship, our loyalty to one another, our humility, our courage, our generosity, the greatness of heart that has grown from this trouble. When our persecutors come to be judged by you, let all of these fruits that we have borne be their forgiveness.

    Anonymous from Ravensbruck,found in the clothing of a dead child at Ravensbruck concentration camp, Prayers of the Martyrs July 10th, 2004

    This is the end but for me it is the beginning of life.
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer Prayers of the Martyrs July 10th, 2004

    The tragedy of life is what dies inside a man wile he lives.
    Albert Schweitzer Wild At Heart July 10th, 2004

    Nothing worth having comes without some kind of fight.
    Bruce Cockburn Lovers in Dangerous Times July 10th, 2004

    The deepest desire of our lives is for union with God. God created us for union with himself. This is the original purpose of our lives.
    Brennan Manning ? July 10th, 2004

    Enemy occupied territory that is what the world is.
    C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity July 10th, 2004

    If we would endeavor, like men of courage, to stand in the battle, surely we would feel the favorable assistance of God from Heaven. For he who giveth us occasion to fight, to the end we get the victory, is ready to succor those that fight manfully, and do trust in his grace.
    Thomas A Kempis The Imitation of Christ July 10th, 2004

    The glory of God is man fully alive.
    St. Irenaeus Waking the Dead July 10th, 2004

    Wisdom is a living stream, not an icon preserved in a museum, Only when we finds the spring of wisdom in our own life can it flow to future generations.
    Thich Nhat HanhVietnamese Buddhist monk, The Book of Awakening July 10th, 2004

    When Akiba was on his deathbed he bemoaned to his rabbi that he felt he was a failure. His rabbi moved closer and asked why and Akiba confessed that he had not lived a life like Moses. The poor man began to cry, admitting he feared God’s judgment. At this, his rabbi leaned into his ear and whispered gently, “God will not judge Akiba for not being Moses, God will judge Akiba for not being Akiba.

    Talmud Talmud July 10th, 2004

    The spiritual life is about becoming more at home in your own skin.
    Parker Palmer The Book of Awakening July 10th, 2004

    There are only two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is though everything is a miracle.
    Albert Einstein The Book of Awakening July 10th, 2004

    To journey without being changed is to be a nomad. To change without journeying is to be a chameleon. To journey and be transformed is to be a pilgrim.
    Mark Nepo Nepo The Book of Awakening July 10th, 2004

    Beauty is truth, Truth Beauty That is all you know on earth, and all you need to know.
    John Keats The Book of Awakening July 10th, 2004

    I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. These are your greatest treasures.
    Lao-Tzu The Book of Awakening July 10th, 2004

    Birds fly without ornithologists and God exists without theologians.
    Dick Staub Dick Staub July 10th, 2004

    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson The Book of Awakening July 10th, 2004

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