Gabirol, Solomon Ibn (Rabbi)
- In seeking Wisdom, the first state is silence, the second listening, the third remembrance, the fourth practicing, the fifth teaching.
- A wise man's question contains half the answer.
- Without Valentine's Day, February would be... well, January.
- Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: itís always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.
- A culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we? (Sandman)
- Each person who ever was or is or will be has a song. It isn't a song that anybody else wrote. It has its own melody, it has its own words. Very few people get to sing their song. Most of us fear that we cannot do it justice with our voices, or that our words are too foolish or too honest, or too odd. So people live their song instead. (Anansi Boys)
- Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. (Coraline)
- Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, a librarian can bring you back the right one.
- I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if youíre making mistakes, then youíre making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. Make new mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobodyís ever made before. Donít freeze, donít stop, donít worry that it isnít good enough, or it isnít perfect, whatever it is; art or love or work or family or life. Whatever it is you are scared of doing, do it. Make your mistakes next year and forever.
- I see libraries and librarians as frontline soldiers in the war against illiteracy and the lack of imagination.
- If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained. (The Graveyard Book)
- It may help to understand human affairs to be clear that most of the great triumphs and tragedies of history are caused, not by people being fundamentally good or fundamentally bad, but by people being fundamentally people. (Good Omens)
- Libraries are about Freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.
- Libraries are the thin red line between civilisation and barbarism.
- May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you're wonderful, and don't forget to make some art -- write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself. (from his blog, Dec. 31. 2010)
- Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?
- Oh, but it is true. Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgot. (Sandman: A Midsummer Nightís Dream)
- People think dreams arenít real just because they arenít made of matter, of particles. Dreams are real. But they are made of viewpoints, of images, of memories and puns and lost hopes.
- She says nothing at all, but simply stares upward into the dark sky and watches, with sad eyes, the slow dance of the infinite stars. (Stardust)
- That which is dreamed can never be lost, can never be undreamed. (The Sandman, vol. 10)
- There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts.
- There are tales that are older than most countries, tales that have long outlasted the cultures and the buildings in which they were first told.
- Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and trust your story.
- We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain of rice in a rice field. But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different.
- We have an obligation to use the language. To push ourselves: to find out what words mean and how to deploy them, to communicate clearly, to say what we mean.
- When you watch TV or see a film, you are looking at things happening to other people. Prose fiction is something you build up from twenty-six letters and a handful of punctuation marks, and you, and you alone, using your imagination, create a world, and people it and look out through other eyes.
- You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we're doing it. ("Where do you get your Ideas? An Essay")
Gaines, Ernest J.
- Question everything. Every stripe, every star, every word spoken. Everything.
- Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?
- Only he who can see the invisible can do the impossible. (Forbes)
Gaius Petronius Arbiter, see, Petronius Arbiter
Galbraith, John Kenneth
- Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.
- In any great orgnaization it is far, far safer to be wrong with the majority than to be right alone.
- In the choice between changing ones mind and proving there's no need to do so, most people get busy on the proof.
- The questions that are beyond the reach of economics--the beauty, dignity, pleasure and durability of life--may be inconvenient but they are important.
- For in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge. (Frammenti e lettere)
- I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
- In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
- The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still slowly ripen a fruit tree, as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.
- You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him discover it in himself.
- Don't you wish there were a knob on the TV to turn up the intelligence? There's one marked 'brightness' , but it doesn't work.
- The first flash of fiction arrives without words. It consists of a fixed image like a slide or closer still a freeze frame showing characters in a simple situation....
- She had the loaded handbag of someone who camps out and seldom goes home, or who imagines life must be full of emergencies. (A Fairly Good Time)
- The single most important factor in determining the climate of an organization is the top executive.
- The beginnings and endings of all human undertakings are untidy.
- He was afflicted by the thought that where Beauty was, nothing ever ran quite straight, which no doubt, was why so many people looked on it as immoral.
- Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
- Forget your mistakes, but remember what they taught you.
- Worry is like a rocking chair--it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere.
- People tend to forget their duties but remember their rights. (Last Words)
- The power to question is the basis of all human progress.
- There are two kinds of people, those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.
Gandhi, Mohandas K.
- Anger and intolerance are the enemies of correct understanding.
- Each one has to find his peace from within. And peace to be real must be unaffected by outside circumstances.
- Faith is a function of the heart. It must be enforced by reason. The two are not antagonistic as some think. The more intense one's faith is, the more it whet's one's reason. When faith becomes blind it dies.
- Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow into.
- Faith... Must be enforced by reason...When faith becomes blind it dies.
- Fearlessness is the first requisite of the spiritual life.
- First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
- Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able, can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.
- The golden rule of conduct is mutual toleration, seeing that we will never all think alike and we shall always see truth in fragment and from different points of vision.
- Hatred can be overcome only by love.
- Human nature is so constituted that is we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse, the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- I claim to be an average man of less than average ability. I have not the shadow of a doubt that any man or woman can achieve what I have, if he or she would make the same effort and cultivate the same hope and faith.
- I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.
- I should love to satisfy all, if I possibly can; but in trying to satisfy all, I may be able to satisfy none. I have, therefore, arrived at the conclusion that the best course is to satisfy one's own conscience and leave the world to form its own judgment, favorable or otherwise. (in Gandhi's View of Life)
- If I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.
- If patience is worth anything, it must endure to the end of time. And a living faith will last in the midst of the blackest storm.
- If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
- In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.
- Is it not enough to know the evil to shun it? If not, we should be sincere enough to admit that we love evil too well to give it up.
- It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
- Knowledge gained through experience is far superior and many times more useful than bookish knowledge.
- The law an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.
- Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
- A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes. (Ethical Religion)
- Men often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn't have it in the beginning.
- A "No" uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a "Yes" merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.
- Non-cooperation with evil is as much a duty as is cooperation with good.
- Permanent good can never be the outcome of untruth and violence.
- Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by the art of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived by the fear of punishment.
- Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action. (Non-Violence in Peace and War)
- Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory.
- Service can have no meaning unless one takes pleasure in it. When it is done for show or for fear of public opinion it stunts the man and crushes his spirit. Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy. (Experiments)
- The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.
- A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history.
- Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
- There is enough in the world for everyone's need; there is not enough for everyone's greed.
- To lose patience is to lose the battle.
- True beauty consists of purity of heart.
- True morality consists no in following the beaten track, but in finding out the true path for ourselves and fearlessly following it. (Ethical Religion)
- The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the
- When I despair, I remember that all through history, the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always.
- Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.
- [Whilst] everything around me is ever changing, ever dying, there is underlying all that change a living power that is changeless, that holds all together, that creates, dissolves and recreates. That informing power or spirit is God...
- You have to do the right thing... You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result.
- You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
- You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.
Garbutt, Frank A.
- The man who questions opinion is wise; the man who quarrels with fact is a fool.
- Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.
- There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night, and if you go, no one may follow, that path is for your steps alone. (Ripple)
Gardener, John M.
- Some people strengthen others just by being the kind of people they are.
Gardner, John W. (William)
- The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept.
- Creative minds are rarely tidy. (Self-Renewal: The Individual and the Innovative Society)
- The first and last task of a leader is to keep hope alive.
- Josh Billings said, "It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient one, too." Human beings have always employed an enormous variety of clever devices for running away from themselves, and the modern world is particularly rich in such stratagems.
- Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage.
- Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.
- Men of integrity, by their very existence, rekindle the belief that as a people we can live above the level of moral squalor. We need that belief; a cynical community is a corrupt community. ("The aims of a Free People" Excellence)
- Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
- One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.
- The society that scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
- Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them.
- True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.
- The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else.
- When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied, "Only stand out of my light." Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.
- There are two great injustices that can befall a child. One is to punish him for something he didn't do. The other is to let him get away with doing something he knows is wrong.
Garfield, James A.
- If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old.
- Next in importance to freedom and justice, is popular education, without which neither justice nor freedom can be permanently maintained.
- Sometimes we want to get away from the busy and hectic city life to find solace in the raging waves of the ocean pounding on the rocks or the turbulent splashing of a bubbling waterfall. At other times we are amazed by the immovable silence of a mountain or the gentle caress of a river overjoyed tat its union with the sea. The topography of a region speaks to each one of us--a secret language that people from all facets of life understand and relate to.
- Give me the ready hand rather than the ready tongue.
- For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
- The job of a teacher is to excite in the young a boundless sense of curiosity about life, so that the growing child shall come to apprehend it with an excitement tempered by awe and wonder.
Garretty, Marion C.
- Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.
- A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
Garrison, William Lloyd
- In proportion as we perceive and embrace the truth do we become just, heroic, magnanimous, divine. (Free Speech and Free Inquiry)
- On this subject I do not which to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallen; but urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnest; I will not equivocate; I will not retreat a single inch; and I will be heard.
- Driving into the charming downtown of Klamath Falls (pop. 21,000) with its historic buildings set in secretly sunny Southern Oregon, you might wonder why you havenít been here before. Once you pay a visit, youíll be sure to plan another. ("Road Trip: Klamath Falls," May 1, 2014)
- Humor is an affirmation of dignity, a declaration of man's superiority to all that befalls him. (Promise At Dawn)
- Sometimes one likes foolish people for their folly, better than wise people for their wisdom.
- Music is the expression of harmony in sound. Love is the expression of harmony in life.
- If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to help build theirs.
Gates, William H. (Bill)
- Leaders need to provide strategy and direction and to give employees tools that enable them to gather information and insight from around the world. Leaders shouldn't try to make every decision.
- [Smart] is an elusive concept. There's a certain sharpness, an ability to absorb new facts. To ask an insightful question. To relate to domains that may not seem connected at first. A certain creativity that allows people to be effective. (Interview with "Playboy")
- Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.
Gates, Henry Louis (Jr.)
- The genius is making a way out of no way.
- There are two sides to every story and TRUTH lays somewhere in the middle. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- Evil (ignorance) is like a shadow - it has no real substance of its own; it is simply a lack of light. You cannot cause a shadow to disappear by trying to fight it, stamp on it, by railing against it, or any other form of emotional or physical resistance. In order to cause a shadow to disappear, you must shine light on it.
- The most powerful thing you can do to change the world is to change your own beliefs about the nature of life, people, and reality to something more positive ... and begin to act accordingly.
- We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other people's models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.
- When I'm trusting and being myself as fully as possible, everything in my life reflects this by falling into place easily, often miraculously. (Living in the Light)
- When you look at life through the eyes of gratitude, the world becomes a magical and amazing place.
- Experience has convinced me that there is a thousand times more goodness, wisdom, and love in the world than men imagine.
Geiblemen, James K.
- That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.
- Live as you will have wished to have lived when you are dying.
Geneen, Harold S.
- Do you want my one-word secret of happiness--it's growth--mental, financial, you name it.
- Thereís nothing special about the present moment except that it is all we have.
Gentry, Dave Tyson
- True friendship comes when the silence between two people is comfortable.
Geoffrin, Marie Therese Rodet
- We should not let grass grow on the path of friendship.
- He who sees the truth, let him proclaim it, without asking who is for it or who is against it.
- Let no man imagine that he has no influence. Whoever he may be, and wherever he may be placed, the man who thinks becomes a light and a power.
- So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury and make sharper the contrast between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent. (Progress and Poverty)
Gerard, Ralph (Doctor)
- Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.
- A leader's role is to raise people's aspirations for what they can become and to release their energies so they will try to get there.
- Of course life is bizarre, the more bizarre it gets, the more interesting it is. The only way to approach it is to make yourself some popcorn and enjoy the show.
Gerrould, Katherine Fullerton
- Hard indeed, in a world which has come to feel that it is more important to have an automobile to get away from the home with, than to have a home which you might like to stay in.
- The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
- For the truly faithful, no miracle is necessary. For those who doubt, no miracle is sufficient.
- What is living about? It is the decisions you must make between two rights, hard and costly decisions because always you can do one right thing, but sometimes not two. (Seed of Mischief)
- All our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind. (Sand and Foam)
- All work is empty save when there is love. And when you work with love, you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.
- Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.
- Faith is a knowledge within the heart beyond the reach of proof.
- A friend who is far away is sometimes much nearer than one who is at hand. Is not the mountain far more awe-inspiring and more clearly visible to one passing through the valley than to those who inhabit the mountain?
- Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need.
- God made Truth with many doors to welcome every believer who knocks on them.
- If you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work.
- The just is close to the people's heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God. ("Sayings" Spiritual Sayings of Kahlil Gibran)
- Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children.
- Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.
- The most pitiful among men is he who turns his dreams into silver and gold.
- No man can reveal to you aught but what which already lies half asleep in the dawing of your knowledge. ("On Teaching," The Prophet)
- Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars
- Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
- Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be.
- The reality of the other person is not in what he reveals to you, but in what he cannot reveal to you. Therefore, if you would understand him, listen not to what he says but rather what he does not say.
- Sadness is but a wall between two gardens.
- A seed hidden in the heart of an apple is an orchard invisible. (Jesus, the Son of Man)
- There are those who give with joy, and that joy is their reward. ("On Giving" The Prophet)
- We choose our joys and sorrows long before we experience them.
- When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
- When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
- When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?
- Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfful to seek other than itself.
- Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
- You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.
- You may give [children] your love but not your thoughts,
for they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow. (The Prophet)
- No matter what accomplishments you achieve, somebody helps you.
- Early in my career I felt that organization would destroy my creativity. Whereas now, I feel the opposite. Discipline is he concrete that allows you to be creative.
- I am old enough to know that victory is often a thing deferred, and rarely at the summit of courage... What is at the summit of courage, I think, is freedom. The freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly think can break you.
- Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.
- I should like to enjoy this summer flower by flower, as if it were to be the last one for me. (Journals)
- It is easier to lead men to combat, stirring up their passion, than to restrain them and direct them toward the patient labors of peace.
- It is not always by plugging away at a difficulty and sticking at it that one overcomes it; but, rather, often by working on the one next to it. Certain people and certain things require to be approached at an angle.
- Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.
- To read a writer is for me not merely to get an idea of what he says, but to go off with him, and travel in his company. ("Third Imaginary Interview" Pretexts)
- What another would have done as well as you, do not do it. What another would have said as well as you, do not say it; what another would have written as well, do not write it. Be faithful to that which exists nowhere but in yourself.
- But I am learning that perfection isn't what matters. In fact, it's the very thing that can destroy you if you let it. (Something Borrowed)
Gifford-Jones, W. (Dr.)
- Never retire. Michelangelo was carving the Rondanini just before he died at 89. Verdi finished his opera Falstaff at 80. And the 80-year -old Spanish artist Goya scrawled on a drawing, "I am still learning."
- First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.
- Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success.
- We live at the level of our language. Whatever we can articulate we can imagine or explore. All you have to do to educate a child is leave him alone and teach him to read. The rest is brainwashing.
Gill, Charles D.
- There are many wonderful things that will never be done if you do not do them.
- I always try to teach by example and not force my ideas on a young musician. One of the reasons we're here is to be a part of this process of exchange.
- Encouragement from any source is like a drop of rain upon a parched desert. Thanks to all the many others who rained on me when I needed it, and even when I foolishly thought I didn't. (The P.U.R.E.)
- Confront your fears, list them, get to know them, and only then will you be able to put them aside and move ahead.
- One clear idea is too precious a treasure to lose.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
- The first duty of a human being is to assume the right relationship to society--more briefly, to find your real job, and do it.
- To be surrounded by beautiful things has much influence upon the human creature; to make beautiful things has more.
- People need dreams, there's as much nourishment in 'em as food. (Caravan)
- All is quiet in our house
The family's gone to bed
Our stockings have been filled
Everything is done and said
But early in the morning
Our kids will wake us up
And we'll gather by the fire
With hot chocolate in our cup
We'll all say, "Merry Christmas!"
"Now let's all go back to bed!" (on Facebook, 12/23/2013)
Gilmore, Susan Gregg
- It's a funny thing, how much time we spend planning our lives. We so convince ourselves of what we want to do, that sometimes we don't see what we're meant to do. (Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen)
Gilson, Roy R.
- Keep your faith in all beautiful things; in the sun when it is hidden, in the Spring when it is gone.
- Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did. ("Newtie's Greatest Hits" by Buckley New York Times Book Review 3/12/95)
- Scientist alone is true poet he gives us the moon
he promises the stars he'll make us a new universe if it comes to that. ("Poem Rocket," Kaddish and Other Poems)
- Love that is hoarded moulds at last
Until we know some day
The only thing we ever have
Is what we give away.
- The new year always brings us what we want
Simply by bringing us alongóto see
A calendar with every day uncrossed,
A field of snow without a single footprint. ("New Year's" in Interrogations at Noon)
- The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we but see, and to see, we have only to look. I beseech you to look.
- Art is not for the cultivated taste. It is to cultivate a taste.
- Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.
- I'm glad I understand that while language is a gift, listening is a responsibility. ("Griots" Racism 101)
- Mistakes are a fact of life. It is the response to error that counts.
- The poet can only write the poems; it takes the reader to complete the meaning.
- There is always something to do. There are hungry people to feed, naked people to clothe, sick people to comfort and make well. And while I don't expect you to save the world I do think it's not asking too much for you to love those with whom you sleep, share the happiness of those whom you call friend, engage those among you who are visionary and remove from your live those who offer you depression, despair and disrespect.
- The unwillingness to try is worse than any failure.
- We love because it is the only true adventure.
Girard, Jean Baptiste
- By words we learn thoughts, and by thoughts we learn life.
Girardin, Emile de
- The power of words is immense. A well-chosen word has often sufficed to stop a flying army, to change a defeat into victory, and to save an empire.
- If someone listens, or stretches out a hand, or whispers a word of encouragement, or attempts to understand a lonely person, extraordinary things begin to happen.
- Attitude precedes service. Your positive mental attitude is the basis for the way you act and react to people. 'You become what you think about' is the foundation of your actions and reactions. What are your thoughts? Positive all the time? How are you guiding them? (Your Achievement Ezine - Issue No. 138)
- God is known by many different names... but identified by one consistent feeling: love, love for humanity, love for our children. Love does eventually conquer hate...
- I try. I am trying. I was trying. I will try. I shall in the meantime try. I sometimes have tried. I shall still by that time be trying. ("Portrait of the Lone Survivor" Lone Dog's Winter Count)
Glasgow, Arnold H.
- Praise does wonders for our sense of hearing.--Arnold H. Glasgow (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe
- I'm not going to lie down and let trouble walk over me.
- It was a perfect spring afternoon, and the air was filled with vague, roving scents, as if the earth exhaled the sweetness of hidden flowers. (The Miller of Old Church)
- Mediocrity would always win by force of numbers, but it would win only more mediocrity.
- Nothing in life is so hard that you can't make it easier by the way you take it.
- The only difference between a rut and a grave is their dimensions.
- Spring was running in a thin green flame over the valley. (Vein of Iron)
Glasow, Arnold H.
- Don't part company with your ideals. They are anchors in a storm.
- The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.
- Laughter is a tranquilizer with no side effects.
- One of the true tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency.
Glynn, D. O.
- A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, an mopes; a philosopher sees both sides and shrugs; an optimist doesn't see the clouds at all--he's walking on them.
Goddard, Robert H. (Dr.)
- It is difficult to say what is impossible for the dream of yesterday is the reality of tomorrow.
- If people aren't laughing at you, you aren't saying anything very unusual. So let your voice be loud and strong, dare to try things that may fail.
- Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.
- One is taught by experience to put a premium on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are...
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
- All truly wise thoughts have been thought already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
- Beauty is at once the ultimate principle and the highest aim of art.
- Character develops itself in the stream of life.
- Continue to make the demands of the day your immediate concern, and take occasion to test the purity of your hearts and the steadfastness of your spirits. When you then take a deep breath and rise above the cares of this world and in an hour of leisure, you will surely win the proper frame of mind to face devoutly what is above us, with reverence, seeing in all events the manifestation of a higher guidance.
- Correction does much, but encouragement does more.
- The day is of infinite length for him who knows how to appreciate and use it.
- Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
- Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
- Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.
- Everything we do has a result. But that which is right and prudent does not always lead to good, nor the contrary to what is bad. (in Conversations with Goethe by Eckermann)
- First and last, what is demanded of genius is love of truth.
- A great deal may be done by severity, more by love, but more by clear discernment and impartial justice.
- How can you come to know yourself? Never by thinking; always by doing. Try to do your duty, and you'll know right away what you amount to.
- I hate all bungling like sin, but most of all bungling in state affairs, which produces nothing but mischief to thousands and millions. (in Conversations with Goethe by Eckermann)
- I love those who yearn for the impossible. (Faust)
- I respect the man who knows distinctly what he wishes. The greater part of all mischief in the world arises from the fact that men do not sufficiently understand their own aims. They have undertaken to build a tower, and spend no more labor on the foundation than would be necessary to erect a hut.
- If your treat an individual ... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.
- In all things we learn only from those we love. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- Instruction does much, but encouragement everything. (Early and Miscellaneous Letters of J. W. Goethe)
- It is easier to perceive error than to find truth, for the former lies on the surface and is easily seen, while the latter lies in the depth, where few are willing to search for it.
- Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
- Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
- A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
- Nothing is worth more than this day.
- People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us, and this goes on to the end. What can we call our own except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance left in my favor. (in Conversations with Goethe, by Eckermann)
- Still this planet's soil for noble deeds grants scope abounding. (Faust Part Two)
- Talents are best nurtured in solitude: character is best formed in the stormy billows of the world.
- A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form. (Elective Affinities)
- Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
- Time does not relinquish its rights, either over human beings or over mountains.
- Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.
- We don't get to know people when they come to us; we must go to them to find out what they are like.
- We will always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.
- Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.
- Whoever makes it a rule to test action by thought, thought by action, cannot falter, and if he does, will soon find his way back to the right road.
- There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try themselves, and those who are afraid that you will succeed.
Gogh, Vincent van
- Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
- I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God's help I shall succeed.
- If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle.
- If one is master of one thing and understands one thing well, one has at the same time, insight into and understanding of many things.
- If one wants to be active, one mustn't be afraid to do something wrong sometimes, not afraid to lapse into some mistakes. To be good Ė many people think that they'll achieve it by doing no harm Ė and that's a lie... That leads to stagnation, to mediocrity. (letter to his brother Theo, October 2, 1884)
- It is better to be high-spirited even though one makes more mistakes, than to be narrow-minded and all too prudent. Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
- Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.
- Normality is a paved road, itís comfortable to walk but no flowers grow on it.
- Write something thatís worth fighting over. Because thatís how you change things. Thatís how you create art.
- What happens is not as important as how you react to what happens.
- We are all called differently, different places, different actions, different people to love.
- Sometimes when you think you are done, it is just the edge of beginning. Probably that's why we decide we're done. It's getting too scary. We are touching down onto something real. It is beyond the point when you think you are done that often something strong comes out.
- Stress is basically a disconnection from the earth, a forgetting of the breath. Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important. Just lie down.
- This is your life. You are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don't wait.
- When you are kind to someone in trouble, you hope they'll remember and be kind to someone else. And, it'll become like a wildfire.
- Surviving and believing in tomorrow is just a habit I can't break.
- All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and who therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them.
- Idealists are foolish enough to throw caution to the winds. They have advanced mankind and have enriched the world.
- If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
- No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every try education should be to unlock that treasure.
- The strongest bulwark of authority is uniformity; the least divergence from it is the greatest crime.
- There is only one path to Heaven. On Earth, we call it Love.
- Hope, like the gleaming taper's light
Adorns and cheers our way;
And still, as darker grows the night,
Emits a brighter ray.
- Our greatest glory consists not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall.
- The harder I work, the luckier I get.
- I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and the ability to take advantage of it... The man who can smile at his breaks and grab his chances gets on.
- No person who is enthusiastic about his work has anything to fear from life. All the opportunities in the world are waiting to be grasped by people who are in love with what they're doing.
- People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.
- Television has raised writing to a new low.
- The task of worrying is to come up with positive solutions for life's perils by anticipating dangers before they arise. If we are preoccupied by worries, we have that must less attention to expend on figuring out the answers. Our worries become self-fulfilling prophecies, propelling us toward the very disaster they predict.
Gombriwicz, Witold (?)
- Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
Good, John Mason
- Happiness consists in activity. It is running steam, not a stagnant pool.
- If you really want something, and really work hard, and take advantage of opportunities, and never give up, you will find a way.
- No matter how much madder it may make you, get out of bed forcing a smile. You may not smile because you are cheerful; but if you will force yourself to smile, you'll end up laughing. You will be cheerful because you smile. Repeated experiments prove that when man assumes the facial expressions of a given mental mood--any given mood--then that mental mood itself will follow.
- The second act of some peopleís lives may begin with a conversion or a major turning point. Others speak of a defining moment. The old self is laid to rest and a new self is born - one governed by principle, spirit and passion. You may be ready for Act Two. It is the final scene of a life that counts.
- Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
- Traditions are the guideposts driven deep in our subconscious minds. The most powerful ones are those we can't even describe, aren't even aware of.
- We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives ... not looking for flaws, but for potential.
Goodrich, Richelle E.
- Most people don't accept that they are an influence either improving or damaging others. (Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year)
- The impossible is often the untried.
Gorbachev, Raisa M.
- Hypocrisy, the lie, is the true sister of evil, intolerance, and cruelty.
Gordon, Adam Lindsay
- Life is mostly froth and bubbles,
Two things stand like stone,
Kindness in another's trouble,
Courage in your own.
- On Hanukkah, the first dark night,
Light yourself a candle bright.
I'll you, if you will me invite
To dance within that gentle light.
- Courage is very important. Like a muscle, it is strengthened by use.
Gordon, S. D.
- Ideals are like tuning forks: sound them often to bring your life up to standard pitch.
- I believe that all of us have the capacity for one adventure inside us, but great adventure is facing responsibility day after day.
- Everybody, my friend, everybody lives for something better to come. That's why we want to be considerate of every man--Who knows what's in him, why he was born and what he can do?
- Value the friends you have while they're around, you never know when they'll be gone.
- Respect ... is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique.
Gough, John B.
- If you want to succeed in the world you must make your own opportunities as you go on. The man who waits for some seventh wave to toss him on dry land will find that the seventh wave is a long time a-coming. You can commit no greater folly than to sit by the road side until someone comes along and invites you to ride with him to wealth or influence.
- What is a minority? The chosen heroes of this earth have been in a minority. There is not a social, political, or religious privilege that you enjoy today that was not bought for you by the blood and tears and patient suffering of the minority. It is the minority that have stood in the van of every moral conflict, and achieved all that is noble in the history of the world.
Gould, Stephen Jay
- Complex systems can only be built step by step, whereas destruction requires but an instant.
- Expect the best, prepare for the worst and don't be surprised when you get what you deserve.
Gracián y Morales, Baltasar
- Good things, when short, are twice as good. (The Art of Worldly Wisdom)
- Most do violence to their natural aptitude, and this attain superiority in nothing. (The Art of Worldly Wisdom)
- There is none who cannot teach somebody something, and none so excellent that he cannot be excelled. (The Art of Worldly Wisdom)
- Treat your enemies with courtesy, and you'll see how valuable it really is. It costs little but pays a nice dividend: those who honor are honored. Politeness and a sense of honor have this advantage: we bestow them on others without losing a thing. (The Worldly Art of Wisdom: A Pocket Oracle)
- The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.
- A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.
Grade, Lord (Lew)
- I sometimes say that success just happens. That's not true. You have to make it happen. When I make up my mind to do something, I make sure it happens. You can't wait for the phone to ring. You have to ring them.
- I've never known anyone yet who doesn't suffer a certain restlessness when autumn rolls around... We're all eight years old again and anything is possible. ("Long Gone")
- Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
- Comfort and prosperity have never enriched the world as much as adversity has. Out of pain and problems have come the sweetest songs, and the most gripping stories.
- Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are stiffened.
- The greatest need in the world at this moment is the transformation of human nature. ("Focus on Hong Kong")
- Iíve read the last page of the Bible. Itís all going to turn out all right.
- A keen sense of humor helps us to overlook the unbecoming, understand the unconventional, tolerate the unpleasant, overcome the unexpected, and outlast the unbearable.
- Man has always been dexterous at confusing evil with good. That was Adam's and Eve's problem, and it is our problem today. If evil were not made to appear attractive, there would be no such thing as temptation.
- Most of us follow our conscience as we follow a wheelbarrow. We push it in front of us in the direction we want to go.
- Competition creates better products, alliances create better companies.
Graham, Jack (Dr.)
- If you can't see it, before you see it, you'll never see it.
- A mistake is simply another way of doing things.
- The strongest human instinct is to impart information, the second strongest is to resist it.
Graham, Margaret C.
- Conscience ... is the impulse to do right because it is right, regardless of personal ends. ("A Matter of Conscience" Do They Really Respect Us and Other Essays)
- There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost.
- Often we women are risk averse. I needed the push. Now, more than ever, young women need more seasoned women to provide that encouragement, to take a risk, to go for it. Once a glass ceiling is broken, it stays broken.
- Just do a thing and donít talk about it. This is the great secret of success.
- No one will pay you just to write. They'll pay you to communicate well, synthesize info, tell a good story. (on Twitter 1/2/2011)
- No more lives torn apart.
That wars would never start.
And time would heal all hearts.
And everyone would have a friend,
Right would always win,
Love would never end.
This is my grown-up Christmas list. ("Grown up Christmas List")
- If you can fix the thing that worries you, then fix it, otherwise don't waste precious time or energy on it.
Grant, Edward W.
- The church is the only conscience the government has. When the church is silent, the state can have no conscience.
Grant, Richard R.
- The wisest person is not the one who has the fewest failures but the one who turns failures to best account.
- What we frankly give, forever is our own.
- The chimerical pursuit of perfection is always linked to some important deficiency, frequently the inability to love. (Les Chimins de l'eciture)
- Winners have simply formed the habit of doing things losers don't like to do. ("The Common Denominator of Success")
- You can kid the world. But not your sister.
- No one ever achieved greatness by playing it safe.
- Developing the mind is important, but developing a conscience is the most precious gift parents can give their children. (Children Are From Heaven)
Gray, Paul E.
- The most important outcome of education is to help students become independent of formal education.
- Sweet is the breath of vernal shower,
The bee's collected treasures sweet,
Sweet music's melting full, but sweeter yet
The still small voice of gratitude.
Grayling, A. C.
- To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries.
- I sometimes think we expect too much of Christmas Day. We try to crowd into it the long arrears of kindliness and humanity of the whole year. As for me, I like to take my Christmas a little at a time, all through the year. And thus I drift along into the holidays--let them overtake me unexpectedly--waking up some fine morning and suddenly saying to myself: "Why this is Christmas Day!"
- Joy of life seems to arise from a sense of being where one belongs. ... All the discontented people I know are trying sedulously to be something they are not, to do something they cannot do.
- There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.
- Morality and religion are but words to him who fishes in gutters for the means of sustaining life, and crouches behind barrels in the street for shelter from the cutting blasts of a winter night.
- Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. (The Fault in Our Stars)
- I never promised you a rose garden. I never promised you perfect justice. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)
- What is genius, anyway, if it isn't the ability to give an adequate response to a great challenge?
- Suddenly she was here. And I was no longer pregnant; I was a mother. I never believed in miracles before.
- In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love; they had five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did they produce? The cuckoo clock.
Greenfield, Jerry, see, Cohen, Ben
Greening, Tom and Dick Hobson
- Accept failure as a normal part of living. View it as part of the process of exploring your world; make a note of its lessons and move on.
- The best test as a leader is: Do those served grow as persons; do they become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become leaders?
- Freedom is fragile and must be protected. To sacrifice it, even as a temporary measure, is to betray it.
- In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, still and absorbed.
- Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting.
- You don't have to be afraid of change. You don't have to worry about what's been taken away. Just look to see what's been added.
- Civil Rights: What black folks are given in the U.S. on the installment plan, as in civil-rights bills. Not to be confused with human rights, which are the dignity, stature, humanity, respect, and freedom belonging to all people by right of their birth. (Dick Gregory's Political Primer)
- One of the things I keep learning is that the secret of being happy is doing things for other people.
Gregory, Richard Arman (Sir)
- Science is not to be regarded merely as a storehouse of facts to be used for material purposes, but as one of the great human endeavors to be ranked with arts and religion as the guide and expression of man's fearless quest for truth.
- If one benefits tangibly from the exploitation of others who are weak, is one morally implicated in their predicament? Or are basic rights of human existence confined to the civilized societies that are wealthy enough to afford them? Our values are defined by what we will tolerate when it is done to others. (One world, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism)
- I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
- I have come to believe that giving and receiving are really the same. Giving and receiving--not giving and taking. (Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure)
- The service we render others is the rent we pay for our room on earth.
- You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
Greville, Fulke, Baron Brooke
- The criterion of true beauty is that it increases on examination; if false, that it lessens. There is therefore, something in true beauty that corresponds with right reason, and is not the mere creation of fancy.
- Public education is the link between our nation and our dream of liberty and justice for all. (from The Quotable Teacher, comp. by Howe)
- A story is told as much by silence as by speech.
- There is always time to make right what is wrong.
- We don't know who we are until we see what we can do.
- Writing's still the most difficult job I've ever had - but it's worth it. ("Boxers, Briefs and Books" in New York Times, September 5, 2010)
Griswold, A. Whitney (Albert Whitney)
- Books won't stay banned. They won't burn. Ideas won't go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only weapon against bad ideas is better ideas. (New York Times, 24 February 1959)
- The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.
- Children sleeping, snow is softly falling
Dreams are calling like bells in the distance
We were dreamers not so long ago
But one by one we all had to grow up
When it seems the magic's slipped away
We find it all again on Christmas day. ("Believe")
- I dream, therefore I become.
Grummet, Gerald W.
- While intelligent people can often simplify the complex, a fool is more likely to complicate the simple.
- The reality is that time is absolutely indispensable to family life. It is the framework around which all other benefits are built. ... It takes time to teach, pray, hug, apologize. (Advice Worth Ignoring: How Tuning Out the Experts Can Make You a Better Parent)
- What gives manners their social weight? More than simple etiquette, itís their message: I am treating you with courtesy because I believe you deserve it. Manners talk respect. Itís not a stretch to hear manners as a small piece of kindness. (Advice Worth Ignoring: How Tuning Out the Experts Can Make You a Better Parent)
- A man is at his finest towards the finish of the year;
He is almost what he should be when the Christmas season's here;
Then he's thinking more of others than he's thought the months before,
And the laughter of his children is a joy worth toiling for.
He is less a selfish creature than at any other time;
When the Christmas spirit rules him he comes close to the sublime. ("At Christmas")
- The timid and fearful first failures dismay,
but the stout heart stays trying by night and by day.
He values his failures as lessons that teach
The one way to get to the goal he would reach.
- I see something that has to be done and I organize it.
- As it is our nature to be more moved by hope than fear, the example of one we see abundantly rewarded cheers and encourages us far more than the slights of many who have not been well treated disquiets us.
- Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. The only fights worth fighting are the pillow and food varieties.
- What is undeniable is that when comforts and convenience sap our energies and idealism, inactivity secretes sloth in to our minds like a poison in the blood. (The Call)
- When everyone is against you, it means that you are absolutely wrong--or absolutely right.
- All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we've tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they're probably right.
- Admitting Error clears the Score
And proves you Wiser than before. ("Of Apology" A Poet's Proverbs)
- When "Do no Evil" has been understood,
Then learn the harder, braver rule, "Do Good." ("Of Duty" A Poet's Proverbs)
- Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.
- The man who is fond of complaining likes to remain amid the objects of his vexation. He will most strongly revolt against every means proposed for his deliverance. This is what suits him. He asks nothing better than to sigh over his position and to remain in it.
- Any choice we make that robs someone of their human dignity isnít the right choice. Any choice that makes another person feel less than human, that leads to the diminishment of another person, is the wrong choice. (" Sentences Iíve Read5")
- Blessed are the curious. Blessed are those who do not rely upon blind faith, who do not settle for half-truths. Blessed are those who pry and poke and snoop and explore. Blessed are those who question doctrine, who doubt, who love truth more than conformity. ("Blessed Are the Curious")
- But spirituality, it seems to me, when answering the question, "Why should I be good? Why should I care for others?" says, "Because that is the best, most fulfilling way to live" Whether or not you receive an award or a payment is incidental. You are good and kind and loving because it is right, even though it is difficult sometimes. It fulfills the highest law, to treat others as we wish to be treated. ("Spirituality vs. Religion3")
- Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow. (Home Town Tales)
- Instead of viewing God as one who helps me accomplish my purposes, it is now my joy to help God accomplish the divine purpose - seeking the best for others and seeking the growth of the beloved, which is to say everyone. (The Evolution of Faith: How God is Creating a Better Christianity)
- The pursuit of knowledge is a sacred pursuit. It leads us to a proper reverence, a deep respect and enthusiasm for the complexities of life and creation. ("Blessed Are the Curious")
- Reality has a long history of not altering itself to make us happy or comfortable. (Sermon, March 2013)
- So if it's a child's role to ask questions, then it is an adult's role to answer them, and to answer them well. Because first questions are crucial. ("Young Children (Curiosity)")
- There are some people who, if they lost their ability to speak, we would never be able to guess they were Christian. ... Their words are the only indication we have of their beliefs. Then, of course, there are people who seldom speak about their faith, who feel no obligation to tell the rest of us what they believe, and they don't have to, because their lives speak for them. ("Believing and Belonging")
- We cannot be wise while in the grip of a deep fear. ... This is why demagogues, when seeking our support, will first cause us to fear and hate, knowing when we are in the grip of a great fear, we will abandon common sense and wisdom, we will forsake the hard-won lessons of time and experience. ("Wisdom and Ephipany")
- We spend too much time thinking of what we will do if we are unfortunate, and too little time thinking of what we will do, and how we will be, if we are blessed. ... How will we be, and what will we do, when the best happens to us? ("Listening to Life8")
- How sociable the garden was.
We ate and talked in given light.
The children put their toys to grass
All the warm wakeful August night ("Last Days at Teddington")
- The force of the waves is in their perseverance.
- I think gardening is nearer to godliness than theology. True gardeners are both iconographers and theologians insofar as these activities are the fruit of prayer Ďwithout ceasing.í Likewise, true gardeners never cease to garden, not even in their sleep, because gardening is not just something they do. It is how they live.
- If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door.
- I would like to see every single soldier on every single side, just take off your helmet, unbuckle you kit, lay down your rifle, and set down at the side of some shady lane, and say, nope, I ainít a gonna kill nobody. Plenty of rich folks wants to fight. Give them the guns.
- Other great rivers add power to you
Yakima, Snake, and the Klickitat, too
Sandy, Willamette and Hood River too
So roll on, Columbia, roll on. ("Roll on Columbia")
- The purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
- Understanding is knowing what to do; wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is actually doing it.