Those of you who have being reading this blog for awhile know that I collect quotations. I have seven small file drawers crammed with 3 X 5 cards on which I have written thousands of quotes over the years, mostly from books or magazines I’ve read. I wrote about my collection in my post for June 1, 2015. (If you want to access it, just go to the box entitled “Search” on the lower left of this page and type in “My Quotation Collection.”)
For today’s blog, I simply want to share a few of my quotes with you. As I always say, if
someone else has said it well (and better than I ever could!), why not just copy down what they have said and give them the credit. These fifteen quotations are on a variety of topics and written by a variety of individuals. I will give you the general topic before each quote:
1) Life: “Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to learn to sit at the feet of your life and be taught.” (Polly Berrien Berends)
2) God: “There is no proof for the existence of God, only witnesses.” (Rabbi Abraham Heschel)
3) Love: “Unless you love someone, nothing makes sense.” (W.H. Auden)
4) Friendship: “I always held that the great high privilege, relief, and comfort of friendship was that one had to explain nothing.” (Katherine Mansfield)
5) Doubt: “Doubt is faith’s cousin.” (Fr. Don Cozzens.)
6) Community: “Love needs someone else. Joy is something shared. Peace is mediated. Patience is interactive. Generosity is toward. These communal activities have no reality except with another.” (Cedric Mayson)
7) Humor: “A grace to pray for—that our self-interest, which is inescapable, shall never cripple our sense of humor, that fully conscious self-scrutiny which alone can save us.” (Dag Hammarskjold)
8) Housework: “Housework can’t kill you, but why take a chance?” (Phyllis Diller)
9) Prayer: “The only people who pray well are those who continue to pray. Perseverance is the only mark of ‘success’ in prayer.” (Richard Rohr)
10) Adversity: “Let us thank God that he makes us live among the present problems; it is no longer permitted for anyone to be mediocre.” (Pope Pius XI wrote this is the 1930’s. It was one of Dorothy Day’s favorite quotes.)
11) Holiness: “You do not have to be holy to love God. You have only to be human. Nor do you have to be holy to see God in all things. You have only to play as a child with an unselfish heart.” (Matthew Kelty, Trappist Monk)
12) Hope: “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay.” (Maya Angelou)
13) Skepticism: “I’m so skeptical I can’t believe it!” (I.B. Singer)
14) Death: “When it comes time to die, make sure others will not merely say, ‘Isn’t it too bad she died.’ But rather, ‘Isn’t it wonderful that she lived.’” (anonymous)
15) Loving: “There are a hundred paths through the world. / Every one of them is easier than loving. / But who wants easy?” (Mary Oliver)
Do any of these quotes touch your heart today? If so which one(s)? And why?
Do you have a favorite quote that has nourished or inspired you?
Sometimes we try too hard in life. We try too hard in prayer, in our personal relationships, even in being good. This song by Amy Grant with James Taylor reminds us: “Don’t Try So Hard.” “God gives you the grace… God’s not leaving.” I hope you like it:
Do you have anthing you’d like to share with us—about the quotations or song?