It is a wonder to me how God uses squiggles on paper to do his work in the hearts and minds of people. How are these squiggles transformed into letters and words and sentences and, finally, meaning? -Richard Foster
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
-3 John 1.4
Tell all the truth but tell it slant
Success in circuit lies
Too bright for our infirm delight
The truth's superb surprise
As lightning to the children eased
With explanation kind
The truth must dazzle gradually
Or every man be blind
Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person's ultimate good as far as it can be obtained. -C.S. Lewis, "Answers to Questions on Christianity"
Start by doing what's necessary, then what's possible, and suddenly, you are doing the impossible. -St. Francis of Assisi
To be human you must bear witness to justice. Justice is what love looks like in public- to be human is to love and be loved. -Cornel West
We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad... -C.S. Lewis
When you choose anything, you reject everything else. -G.K. Chesterton
Reason can only work with the experience available to it. Wisdom atrophies if it is not walked on a regular basis. -Barbara Brown Taylor
Man's sensitivity to little things and insensitivity to the greatest things are marks of a strange disorder. -Blaise Pascal
The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is hell. -C.S. Lewis
I trust not to thy phantom bliss,
Yet, still, in evening's quiet hour,
With never-failing thankfulness,
I welcome thee, Benignant Power;
Sure solacer of human cares,
And sweeter hope, when hope despairs!
You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. -John 8.32
The finest art has always offered transcendence - inviting us to stand outside ourselves and gain perspective. -Lael Arrington
Giving is the secret of a healthy life....not necessarily money, but whatever man has of encouragement and sympathy and understanding. -John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Political language...is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. -George Orwell
The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to be late for the one before. -G.K. Chesterton
My mind pressing in through the earth's dark motion toward bloom, I thought of you, glad there is no escape. It is this we will be turning and re-turning to.
...dress our souls not for the electric lights of the present world but for the daylight of the next. -C.S. Lewis
We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. -Albert Einstein
Our doubts are traitors,
And make us lose the good we oft might win
By fearing to attempt.
-Shakespeare, Measure For Measure
It requires moral courage to grieve; it requires religious courage to rejoice.
I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage. -C.S. Lewis
Words accrue rings of history like trees and become more dense with life.
Our share of night to bear,
Our share of morning,
Our blank in bliss to fill,
Our blank in scorning.
Here a star, and there a star,
Some lose their way.
Here and mist, and there a mist,
Afterwards - day!
"You see," he explained. "I consider that a man's brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things, so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skillful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic."
-Sherlock Holmes speaking, A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Two drifters, off to see the world
There's such a lot of world to see....
He that studies only men, will get the body of knowledge without the soul; and he that studies only books, the soul without the body. He that to what he sees, adds observation, and to what he reads, reflection, is in the right road to knowledge, provided that in scrutinizing the hearts of others, he neglects not his own. -Caleb Colton
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again
I shall not live in vain.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started. -Agatha Christie
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
For when we have come to the end of a thing, we have come to the beginning of it. -G.K. Chesterton