Quotes, Quotes and More Quotes
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This is my homepage but most of my web presence is on my blog, Book Reviews and More. It is a collection of my published and unpublished writing, mostly book reviews, with a few articles and reflection's. If you want to poke around here the key sections are Poetry, Artwork, and Lists or return Home.
(I have often been asked for old quotations that I have used in e-mails, or as my sig file, or just said to someone. I have collected quotes for many years. I write them in my journals, from Movies, books, TV... So I decided to build a collection of them on my website. The Quotes are currently spread across three pages. Quotes Quotes 2 Quotes 3
"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left over I buy food and clothes!"
I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity. Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the other person and learns from the other. I have a lot to learn from other people.
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do." Pope
"The biggest human temptation is to settle for too little."
"Trouble is a part of life, and if you don't share it, you don't give the person who loves you a chance to love you enough."
The only journey is the one within.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Every great movement must experience three stages: ridicule, discussion, adoption.
John Stuart Mill
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
Leonardo da Vinci
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves doesn't disturb us.
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be content with what you have.
Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
There is no greater burden than great potential.
Charles M. Schulz
Crucify, O Judge, crucify, and when you have crucified, then take pity! If you do that, I will come and ask for crucifixion, for it is not merriment I crave, but tears and sorrow! Crime and Punishment
"If there is no God, then I am God."
"So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find some one to worship."
The Brothers Karamazov Dostoyvesky
It is such a secret place, the land of tears."
Antoine de Saint Exupery
"I must find a truth that is true for me... the idea for which I can live or die."
"We must love life more than the meaning of it."
"Suffering is the origin of consciousness."
"Every man needs a place to go to."
"Compassion is the chief law of human existence."
"If God does not exist, everything is permitted."
"When you're little all the things that are quirky and weird about you and that peoplelaugh at, you find out are the things that are going to get you through"
"Being humble is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less."
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried."
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest."
"Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed to become to fulfill his destiny."
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult."
"Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go undetected."
"The Future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."
Clive Staples Lewis
"The soul is indestructible and its activity will continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set at night; but it has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere."
"Going to church no more makes you a Christian than going to the garage makes you a car."
"People who wait for changes to occur on the outside before they commit to making changes on the inside will never make any changes at all."
"To wish to be well is a part of becoming well."
Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)
"Spiritual force is stronger than material force; thoughts rule the world."
"We are an impossibility in an impossible universe."
"Man walks the moon but his soul remains riveted to earth. Once upon a time it was the opposite."
"Life is what matters, life alone - the continuous, eternal process of discovering life - and not the discovery itself."
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body."
"Look within yourself. Within is a fountain of good, and it is always ready to bubble up, if you always delve."
"Loneliness is the fundamental force that urgees mystics to a deeper union with God... An experience of God quenches this thirst for the absolute but at the same time, paradoxiacally, whets it, because this is an experience that can never be total; by necessity, the knowledge of God is always partial. So loneliness opens up mystics to a desire to love each other and every human being as God loves them."
"Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published everyday, like those of a baseball player."
"To touch the soul of another human being is to walk on holy ground."
"The beginning of love is to let those we love be perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our own image. Otherwise we love only thereflection of ourselves we find in them."
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
" I have seen the truth. It is not as though I had invented it in my mind. I have seen it, SEEN IT and the living image of it has filled my soul forever... "
"Just because we believe the gospel is a life-and-death matter doesn't mean we have to act as if we're dead."
"Play is an expression of God's presence in the world; one clear sign of God's absence in society is the absence of playfulness and laughter."
To be too conscious is an illness--a real thorough-going illness.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes From The Underground
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
"Love a man even in his sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love. Love animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their happiness, don't work against God's intent.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"
"I want to know God's Thoughts .... the rest are details."
"For every social revolution there needs to be a personal revolution!"
" 'You should be perfect like the Father.'; There is no other perfection, only that of love. So be aware of the things that thwart this love: property and worry! Wherever possessions are heaped up while elsewhere people go hungry and cold, there is no love. So gather no wealth for yourself. Do not worry. Worriers build life on wealth just as much as the wealthy. Look at the birds and flowers, and believe in the loving God, the Father who provides everything."
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children...This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
Speech by Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953.
"Religion is not as arbitrary and impersonal as some people believe."
"Consider each day a miracle, which indeed it is, when you consider the number of unexpected things that could happen in each second of our fragile existences."
Paulo Coelho from 'Veronika Decides to Die'
" In the first centuries of Christianity the hungry were fed at a personal sacrifice, the naked were clothed at a personal sacrifice, the homeless were sheltered at a personal sacrifice... And the pagans used to say about the Christians, "See how they love each other." In our own day the poor are no longer fed, clothed, and sheltered at a personal sacrifice, but at the expense of the taxpayers. And because of this the pagans say about the Christians, "See how they pass the buck."
"You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his friends."
Joseph Conrad (1985)
"If God is watching us, the least we can do is be entertaining."
"Life is short. Do not forget about the most important things in our life, living for other people and doing good for them."
"I always wonder what's going on behind people's masks. I sometimes wonder what's going on behind my mask."
"It's Very Important to understand the difference between dreams and goals. Dreams are things we wish for--things you enjoy thinking about but don't really know when they'll happen. Goals, on the other hand, are specific things you have decided you need to accomplish within a clearly defined period of time."
"It is when things go wrong, when the good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly."
"God is not looking for heroic figures, wonderful people who captivate others with their charisma. It must have been quite baffling to the educated world when Jesus pronounced, “Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Blessed are the simple and those with limited education who do not want to understand everything with their intellect. Blessed are they who do not always think they have to put themselves forward to show how smart they are. Blessed are they who do not theorize about heavenly things. Blessed are they who keep to the way that is shown them, whatever life brings. God is looking for those who live from their hearts."
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt