Quotations Filed under F

As I have said before, I collect quotations. I have thousands of them written or typed on 3 X 5 file cards. Today I’d like to share a few of these quotes with you. I randomly chose the letter F.  So here are some quotations filed under F.


1. Failure is just another way to learn to do something right. (Marian Wright Edelman)

2. The formula for failure: Try to please everybody. (Herbert Swope)


3. Strong faith in a weak plank will get you wet. Weak faith in a strong plank will get you across the river. (anonymous)

4. (In honor of the baseball playoffs!): Faith is living between first and

On the way to second base… (Source: Pixabay)

second base. Faith is the in-between space where you’re not sure you’ll make it to second base. You’ve let go of one thing and haven’t yet latched onto another. Most of us choose the security of first base. (Richard Rohr)

5. The opposite of faith is not doubt; it is certainty. (Anne Lamott)


6. People are shaped the most not by what they want but by what they fear. (anonymous)

7. Fear is not a bad place to start a spiritual journey. (Kathleen Norris)

8. We must constantly build dykes of courage to hold back the flood of fear. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

9. What would I do if I were not afraid? (Martha Manglesdorf)


10. Aeronautics was neither an industry nor a science. It was a miracle.

The miracle of flight… (Source: Pixabay)

(Igor Sikorsky)

11. Can the magic of flight ever be carried by words? I think not. (Michael Parfit)


12. The one who seeks revenge should dig two graves. (Chinese proverb)

13. Forgiveness is having given up all hope for a better past. (Anne Lamott)

14. When we forgive, we don’t deny the hurt that we have received. We don’t deny that it was wrong… But we acknowledge that there is more to the offender than the offense. (Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk)


15. Every generation of Americans needs to know that freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought. (Pope John Paul II)

16. Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose. (Janis Joplin song in the early 1970’s)


17.  A free press has a major function of keeping the government itself informed as to what the government is doing. (Walter Cronkite)


18. Making up your mind is like making a bed; it usually helps to have

Friends… (Source: Pixabay)

someone on the other side. (Gerald Horton Bath)

19. Between good friends, just drinking water is sweet enough. (Chinese proverb)

20. Friends are family you choose for yourself. (Jane Addams)

Some of us have heavy hearts… with the tragedy in Las Vegas… the devastation of the recent hurricanes and earthquakes… and other troubling news… The song today is “God Is Love” by Natalie Acciani. I find this song hauntingly beautiful. I especially love the lines: “only love can end the madness, only love can heal the pain.”


Did any of these quotes stand out for you? If so which one and why?

Do you have a quotation about one of these topics that you would like to share with us?

Any other thoughts about this reflection or song?


  1. Kathleen Magiera on October 9, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Sr. Melannie,
    In these troubling time, the song was perfect. Thanks for reminding me that “only love can heal the madness.” That brought a tear to my eye.

    God bless you for the Monday morning blogs. A great way to start the week.


    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:17 am

      Dear Kathleen, I always appreciate your responses. Thank you! Sr. Melannie

  2. Thomas DeFreitas on October 9, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Oh, excellent quotations, Sr Melannie!

    The two that stood out, well, three, really:

    1. Richard Rohr’s quotation about clinging to the security of first base. When I played baseball nearly 40 years ago, I was a clinger to first base, deathly afraid of being picked off! (Not that I got to first all that often.)

    2. Archbishop Pilarczyk explains forgiveness so beautifully with those last few words, especially.

    3. Janis!

    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:20 am

      Dear Tom, Thank you for letting us know the quotes that struck you. I smiled when you recounted your baseball playing experience… And yes, the Archbishop’s last few words really touched me too. Thank you for reading my blog and responding! Sr. Melannie

  3. Marla on October 9, 2017 at 10:06 am


  4. Nancy on October 9, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Flying is the second greatest thrill known to humans. Landing is the first! Anonymous.
    Igor Sikorsky’s quote is so appropriate Aeronautics…it is a miracle!

    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

      Dear Nancy, Your comment about flying reminds me of what my nephew Matt (a pilot) says when I ask him, “How’s the flying going?” He says, “I’ve had the same number of landings as takeoffs. That’s good!”… Thank you for responding! Sr. Melannie

  5. Barb on October 9, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Thank you for more quotes. I message a quote to my children every morning so they know I’m ok. If they don’t get one,they better check on me. They appreciate words of encouragement each day and You never know which one might be perfect to help them through that day.

    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Dear Barb, What a lovely thing to do with your children every morning! Thanks for sharing this idea with us! Sr. Melannie

  6. Barbara d'Artois on October 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Today’s post and the accompanying song are a fitting tribute to today’s celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada, Despite all the bad things that are happening in our world, Sr. Melannie. we thrive on faith and hope
    ” FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
    “I know not what the future may be, but I know who holds the future.” Ralph Abernathy
    We are not alone in our struggle for love and peace.

    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Dear Barb, I hope you and my other Canadian readers had a beautiful Thanksgiving celebration! And thank you for sharing your two fine quotes with us! Sr. Melannie

  7. Marie Barth on October 9, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Number 14 is a beautiful description of forgiveness. Thankfully we have the grace from God to actually forgive when we have been deeply hurt. Beautiful examples in the news of family members who can forgive the killer of a loved one.

    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Dear Marie, Thank you for reminding us that we forgive with the grace of God… Like you, I am always amazed when I hear of someone forgiving the killer of their loved one. What courage and faith and love. Thanks again, Marie! Sr. Melannie

  8. Jean Canatsey on October 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Loved the song and I recognized my greatest problem in: ” The formula for failure is trying to pease everyone.” The other quotation the hit home this morning was: “What would I do if I were not afraid?” There is a pilgrimage my husband & I would love to take but we are afraid that we physically couldn’t make the trip. We need to pray about it and be realistic but not forgo it just out of fear.
    Thanks for your blog. We look forward to Mondays.

    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:32 am

      Dear Jean, The first time I heard the quote: “What would I do if I were not afraid?” I was really struck by it. I reflected on it for quite some time, getting in touch with my fears that hold me back from doing or saying or writing certain things… I’ll pray that you and your husband can make a wise and free decision about that trip… Sr. Melannie

  9. Julie T on October 9, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Melannie,
    I like #14 on forgiveness because we all can make mistakes but hopefully all of us ar, and can achieve being a better person.

    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Dear Julie, It’s always good to hear from you and Ed. Thank you for calling our attention to #14 again… a very important topic for all of us. Melannie

  10. john hopkins on October 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    A little late in responding to this one, Sr. Melannie…just got back from spending a weekend with friends and family hiking Gunstock mountain in New Hampshire. Beautiful! My daughter Kate was with us, and she’s a big Anne Lamott reader, and so my heart was gladdened to see you read her, too! (Have you read her book on style called Bird by Bird?). Really love the Archbishop’s quote about forgiveness. Well, take care. Your Indians are still in it, but my Red Sox just got eliminated!

    • Melannie Svoboda SND on October 10, 2017 at 9:36 am

      Dear John, I bet it was great hiking in New Hampshire this time of year… Glad your daughter appreciates Anne Lamott too. And yes, I did read “Bird By Bird.” It’s a must-read for all writers, don’t you think? Sorry about your Red Sox… And I’m still hoping for our Cleveland Indians to go all the way. Tomorrow’s game is crucial… Thanks for writing, John! Melannie

  11. Carol Kapostasy on October 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I so look forward to your inspirational readings, pictures, & songs. All of this combines to ground me in what really matters. Your ministry serves to quiet the soul, motivate the spirit, & take comfort in having a relationship with God. The quote that struck me was #15 from Pope John Paul II. Freedom is also a privilege we acquired through the sacrifice of those that came before us & it is incumbent upon us to remember we all have a responsibility to speak up, act upon, and/or defend freedom…it truly is our greatest gift.

  12. Pat on October 10, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Sister Melannie,
    I found the quotes about fear comforting particularly the one from Kathleen Norris. “Fear is not a bad place to begin a spiritual journey.”
    Sometimes the only emotion I can name about a particular moment in my life is fear. I think I see it as an end in itself and not a place to begin something else, something better. St. Ignatius was right is urging us to find God in all things.

  13. Debra Tomaselli on October 10, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    These are beautiful, but the one that made me think the most was Anne LaMott’s statement on faith, how the opposite of faith is not doubt; it is certainty.
    Thank you for sharing, and I always enjoy the songs at the end.
    God bless you!

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