The Quote Collector

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The Quote Collector

Readers of my books often comment on the wonderful quotes, observing, I think, that what I lack in my own wordcrafting is offset by the thoughts and expressions of those I read.

I read therefore I am. By 8:05 this morning my samplings in various books had produced the following collection of quotes.

¢â‚¬¢ In their biography of C.S. Lewis Roger Green and Walter Hooper say this of Lewis, a phrase I find comforting because of my own sign off “The pursuit of God in the company of friends.”

[And so we offer our humble tribute to a great man, an important and interesting writer, an inspiring teacher–and above all such a friend as we are not likely to find again.]

¢â‚¬¢ James Bryan Smith talks about Rich Mullin’s distinct phrase included when he signed autographs and then quotes a phrase from “Hold Me Jesus,” a song I always think of at Christmas because of the reference to the “prince of peace” and the “Salvation Army Band” (I realize they play year around, but one December I was alone in Zurich and there they were playing Christmas Carols as it snowed on the Bahnhoffstrasse)

[His trademark autograph was “Be God’s”; not Be good, but “Be God’s.”]

[And this Salvation Army band 
Is playing this hymn; and Your grace rings out so deep 
It makes my resistance seem so thin. So hold me Jesus, ’cause I’m shaking like a leaf 
You have been King of my glory 
Won’t You be my Prince of Peace.]

¢â‚¬¢ Then in “Root of Righteousness” A.W. Tozer quotes Ravenhill and adds his own spice.

[‘The accent in the church today,’ says Leonard Ravenhill, the English evangelist, ‘is not on devotion, but on commotion.’ Externalism has taken over. God now speaks by the wind and the earthquake only; the still small voice can be heard no more. The whole religious machine has become a noisemaker.”

¢â‚¬¢ The Intellectual Devotional informs me that prolific composer Antonio Vivaldi entered the priesthood in 1703 and became a violin teacher, a conductor, and a composer-in-residence at a Venetian conservatory for orphaned girls. This informs my joy in learning that at the top of most of his compositions he inscribed the following words.

[Honor to God and to the Blessed Mary, the mother of God.]

¢â‚¬¢ George MacDonald read widely and had heard the apocryphal stories about the miracles of the childhood Jesus. He references this and makes it his own in a meditation about praying when your prayers seem labored.

[My prayer-bird was cold would not away, 

Although I set it on the edge of the nest. 

Then I bethought me of the story old 

Love-fact or loving fable, thou know’st best 

How, when the children had made sparrows of clay, 

Thou mad’st them birds, with wings to flutter and fold:

Take, Lord, my prayer in thy hand, and make it pray.]

¢â‚¬¢ Lewis adds some provocative thoughts about heaven and earth in “The Great Divorce.” This quote illustrates his imagination taking him beyond traditional theology, a quality that irked some of his friends who doubted that a “literature man” should do theology in the first place.

[I think earth, if chosen instead of Heaven, will turn out to have been, all along, only a region in hell: and earth, if put second to heaven, to have been from the beginning a part of heaven itself.”]

And so, the day has just begun and the quote collector is irrepressibly about his work.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

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