It’s time to visit my quotation files again. As many of you know, I have a vast collection of quotations that I started collecting when I was a college student. Today my thousands of quotations are on 3 X 5 cards and are stored in seven drawers. Today I thought we would visit the letter “L.” Here are 25 quotations under L. I suggest you read them slowly, pausing after each one…
1) The purpose of law is to prevent the strong from always having their way. (Ovid, first Century Roman poet)
2) All laws are an attempt to domesticate the natural ferocity of the human species. (John Gardner)
3) Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)
4) A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be. (Rosalyn Carter)
5) Good leadership requires you to surround yourself with people of diverse perspectives who can disagree with you without fear of retaliation. (Doris Kearns Goodwin)
6) Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders. (Tom Peters)
7) The trouble with being a leader is you can’t tell whether people are following you or chasing you. (Anonymous)
8) The Chinese pictograph for “busy” is composed of two characters: heart and killing.
9) Jesus knows we must come apart and rest awhile, or else we may just plain come apart. (Vance Havner)
10) To send a letter is a good way to go somewhere without moving anything but your heart. (Phyllis Theroux)
11) Letters are among the most significant memorials a person can leave behind them. (Goethe)
12) Never write a letter while you are angry. (Chinese proverb)
13) I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world. (St. Teresa of Calcutta)
14) What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters when compared with what lies within us. (William Morrow)
15) Everything that happens to you is your teacher. The secret is to sit at the feet of your life and be taught. (Polly Berrien Berends)
16) The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. (William James)
17) Listen or your tongue will keep you deaf. (Proverb)
18) The first duty of love is to listen. (Paul Tillich)
19) Someone has said it is possible “to listen a person’s soul into existence.” I like that. (Catherine de Hueck Doherty)
20) Lead a listening life. Order your outward life so that nothing drowns out the listening. (Thomas Kelly)
21) The love of neighbor in all its fullness simple means being able to say to him or her, “What are you going through?” (Simone Weil)
22) God walks in when we’re loving. (John Powell, SJ)
23) If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each one’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility. (Longfellow)
24) Love cures people—both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it. (Karl Menninger)
25) Twenty percent of a hummingbird’s body weight is its heart.
Do any of these quotations stand out for you? If so, which one(s) and why?
I’m always looking for good quotes. Do you have any quotes that I might copy and file under “L”?
PS: I ask your prayers for the presentation and the weekend retreat I’ll be giving at Siena Retreat Center in Racine, WI Oct. 25-28. I hope to meet some of your there. Check their website (www.sienaretreatcenter.org) for details. Thank you!
The word lovely also begins with L. Here is a lovely picture taken by one of the Bergamo retreatants, Pam of Kettering, OH. She said she was walking across the parking lot at Fairmont High School when she glanced down and saw these two heart-shaped leaves on the asphalt–so she took this picture… You never know when beauty is going sneak up on you and surprise you!
The word lively begins with L… Here’s a new lively song by Mercyme called “Grace Got You.” The beat is strong, the words go fast, the message is great: We have much to sing, glide, dance, laugh, and smile about—because God’s Grace has hold of us!
I welcome you to respond below to anything in this post. I love hearing from you!