Tuesday, September 7, 2010

quotes I like

I don't mean to quote you to death, but I really like them, and this is good for me to do right now.  These quotes are in a collection by Jan Karon.

God ministers to us so gently, so stolenly, as it were, with such a quiet, tender, loving absence of display, that men often drink of His wine, as those wedding guests drank, without knowing whence it comes - without thinking that the giver is beside them, yea, in their very hearts.    -George MacDonald

How to keep a healthy level of sanity:
As often as possible, skip rather than walk.
Sing along at the opera.
When the money comes out of the ATM, yell "I won! I won!"
Page yourself over the intercom - don't disguise your voice.
Every time someone asks you to do something, ask if they want fries with it.
Specify that your drive-through order is "to go."
-Gary Barnes

Anybody who doesn't know what soap tastes like never washed a dog.
-Franklin P. Jones

The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of contemporary violence.  To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence.
-Thomas Merton

Day by day we are given not what we want but what we need.  Sometimes it is a feast and sometimes...swept crumbs, but by faith we believe it's enough.    -Barbara Brown Taylor

I haven't failed, I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.
-Thomas Edison

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.
-Willa Cather

The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness.  God's life in us expresses itself as God's life, not as human life trying to be godly.
-Oswald Chambers

Our tendency is to run from the painful realities or try to change them as soon as possible.  But cure without care makes us into rulers, controllers, manipulators.
-Henri Nouwen

Life is this simple; we are living in a world that is absolutely transparent, and God is shining through all the time.  This is not just a fable or a nice story.  It is true.  If we abandon ourselves to God and forget ourselves, we see it sometimes, and we see it maybe frequently.  God shows Himself everywhere, in everything - in people and in things and in nature and in events...we cannot be without Him.  It's impossible.  The only thing is, we don't see it.
-Thomas Merton

The process of being made broken bread and poured out wine means that you have to be nourishment for other souls until they learn to feed on God....Be careful that you get your supply, or before long you will be utterly exhausted....Be exhausted for God, but remember your supply comes from Him.  "All my fresh springs shall be in Thee."
-Oswald Chambers

Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility on him and let him know that you trust him.    -Booker T. Washington

Sometimes you've got to jump off cliffs and grow wings on the way down.
-Ray Bradbury

Grant us daily some moments living on tiptoe, lured by the eternal city....

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