If you are a regular reader of my blog then you know about my quote collection. I have thousands of quotations saved on 3 X 5 note cards. I started keeping quotations when I was a college student. They came in handy when I was teaching and now I use them when I’m leading retreats, giving talks, and writing. Today I have visited the hundreds of quotes I have filed under the word “Life.” (It’s the word with the most cards!) I have chosen twenty to share with you. I hope you find these thought-provoking and prayer-provoking…
1. Most of us have an idea of how we think our days should go. We want nights of undisturbed sleep, regular meals and calm homes with a certain amount of order. But in our quest to keep order, sometimes we overlook the fact that some of the most important moments in our lives are unplanned. Through the cracks in our days often come life and love and moments of connection. Mary Beth Danielson
2. In times like these, it helps to recall that there have always been times like these. Paul Harvey
3. It is easier to reject a hurting world than it is to embrace it with compassion. Eugene Kennedy
4. Seek not for fresher founts afar; just drop your bucket where you are. S. W. Foss
5. Just to be is a blessing, just to live is holy. Abraham Heschel
6. Just pray for a tough hide and a tender heart. Ruth Graham
7. A character in the movie Postcards from the Edge, sends home a postcard that says, “Having a wonderful time. Wish I were here.”
8. When the pond dries up and the fish are lying on the parched earth, to moisten them with one’s breath or damp them with spittle is no substitute for flinging them back into the lake. Don’t enliven people with doctrines, throw them back into Reality. For the secret of life is to be found in life itself—not in doctrines about it. Anthony de Mello
9. I was taught that the way of progress is neither swift nor easy. Marie Curie
10. One ought, everyday at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
11. Most of this world’s useful work is done by people who are pressed for time, or are tired, or don’t feel well. Douglas Smithall Freeman
12. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson
13. Compared with what we ought to be, we are only half awake. The human individual lives usually far within his limits; he possesses powers of various sorts which he habitually fails to use. William James
14. Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forward. Soren Kierkegaard
15. Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, Grow.” Talmud
16. The greatest sin is fear… The best day is today… The greatest mistake is giving up… The most expensive indulgence is hate… The most clever person is he who always does what he thinks is right… The best part of any religion is gentleness and cheerfulness… The best gift is forgiveness. Frank Crane
17. It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen. Brigitte Bardot
18. Life is precious not because it is unchangeable like a diamond, but because it is vulnerable like a little bird. To love life means to love its vulnerability, asking for care, attention, guidance, and support. Henri Nouwen
19. How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. Annie Dillard
20. 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
Did any of these quotes catch your attention? If so, which one(s)? Why?
Do any of the pictures give you pause? If so, which and why?
Do you have a quote on life that you’d like to share with us?
For today’s video, I chose Marty Haugen’s beautiful song, “Eye Has not Seen.” The lines that touched me today were these: “Come give us the mind of Jesus”…And “All our days are in your hands…” I hope this song and pictures speak to you wherever you may be at this time in your life.
Once again I invite you to respond to anything in this reflection.