Ongoing list of some favorite quotes:

"Like all great commitments, love operates simultaneously on two different levels:  the level of gritty reality and the level of transcendent magic." - David Brooks

"People with vocations don't ask:  What do I want from life?  They ask: What is life demanding me to do?  What gap is there in my specific circumstances around me that demands my skill set?  It's not found by looking inside you for your passion.  People have studied this.  Eighty percent of you don't have a passion.  It's found by looking outward, by being sensitive to a void and need, and then answering the chance to be of use."  - David Brooks

"We cannot cultivate health by magnifying our anxieties to the point that they obscure the value of the gifts he's given." - Matthew Loftus

"The sign of a good society is the level and number of things acknowledged to be beyond market values - and thus appreciated for their own sake and not for extrinsic, especially financial, rewards." - Os Guinness

"And I, through woods and fields, through fallen days
Am passing to where I belong:
At home, at ease, and well,
In Sabbaths of this place
Almost invisible,
Toward which I go from song to song." - Wendell Berry

"Every day you have less reason not to give yourself away." - Wendell Berry

"[For the cynic,] the vitality of the old is pathetic; the exuberance of the young is immature; the steadiness of the middle-aged is boredom.  And yet, even for the most disillusioned cynic, an aching longing remains for something true, good, or beautiful." - Brennan Manning

"Suppose for a moment that in a flash of insight you discovered that all your motives for ministry were essentially egocentric, or suppose that last night you got drunk and committed adultery, or suppose that you failed to respond to a cry for help and the person committed suicide.  What would you do?  Would guilt, self-condemnation, and self-hatred consume you, or would you jump into the water and swim a hundred yards at breakneck speed toward Jesus?  Haunted by feelings of unworthiness, would you allow the darkness to overcome you or would you let Jesus be who He is - A Savior of boundless compassion and infinite patience, a Lover who keeps no score of our wrongs? - Brennan Manning

"It is a beautiful night out - a good strong moon, stars, a beautiful black sky, and Wichita all lit up under it.  I listened to "Adagio for strings" tonight.  It is a beautiful sound, and...maybe I will someday write something as beautiful as "Adagio," something as beautiful as this night.  And if I had a child, I'd tell him to let these things speak to him as I cannot speak, and to see in them what cannot yet be seen in himself, and know that a day is coming when the night will envy his beauty and when "Adagio" will sound like a theory assignment compared to the sound that he will be - one vibrant, shimmering answer that silences the noise of proud skepticism." - Rich Mullins (1955-1997)

"Doctor, without your wounds, where would your power be?  It is your melancholy that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men and women.  The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children of this earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living.  In love's service only wounded soldiers can serve." - Thorton Wilder's An Angel That Troubled the Waters

"That anyone at all in the world would set their sad heart and tired hands to the work of wreaking beauty out of chaos is a monument to Grace." - Andrew Peterson

"We actually love ourselves more than we love joy." - G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

"He says he is fleeing from his street because it is dull; he is lying. He is really fleeing from his street because it is a great deal too exciting. It is exciting because it is exacting; it is exacting because it is alive. He can visit Venice be cause to him the Venetians are only Venetians; the people in his own street are men." - G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

"Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it's like to live inside somebody else's skin. It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too." - Frederick Buechner (1926-)

On Theology: "Theology is the study of God and his ways. For all we know, dung beetles may study us and our ways and call it humanology. If so, we would probably be more touched and amused than irritated. On hopes that God feels likewise." - Frederick Buechner (1926-)

On Ugliness: "Who knows to what extent their ugliness has led them too to be despised and rejected and to despise and reject themselves? Who knows whether their acquaintance with grief will open their hearts also to the grieving of others or whether it will turn their hearts to stone? But for the sake of the one who bore it before they did, we are to honor them for the sanctity of their burden. For his sake, we are called to see their terrible beauty." - Frederick Buechner (1926-)

On Prayer: "What about when the boy is not healed? When, listened to or not listened to, the prayer goes unanswered? Who knows? Just keep praying, Jesus says. Remember the sleepy friend, the crooked judge. Even if the boy dies, keep on beating the path to God's door, because the one thing you can be sure of is that down the path you beat with even your most half-cocked and halting prayer the God you call upon will finally come, and even if he does not bring you the answer you want, he will bring you himself. And maybe at the secret heart of all our prayers that is what we are really praying for." - Frederick Buechner (1926-)

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."
-Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

"Food is the daily sacrament of unnecessary goodness, ordained for a continual remembrance that the world will always be more delicious than it is useful." - Robert Capon (1925-)

"Across my foundering deck shone
A beacon, an eternal beam. Flesh fade, and mortal trash
Fall to the residuary worm; world's wildfire, leave but ash:
In a flash, at a trumpet crash,
I am all at once what Christ is, since he was what I am, and
This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, patch, matchwood,
immortal diamond
Is immortal diamond."
-Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

"Eternal light shine on our hearts
Eternal goodness deliver us from evil
Eternal power be our support
Eternal wisdom scatter the darkness of our ignorance.

Eternal pity have mercy on us
That with all our heart and mind
and soul and strength we may seek thy face
and be brought by thine infinite mercy
to thy holy presence."
-Alcuin of York (c.735-804)

"It’s when you no longer know where your milk comes from, let alone where you got your opinions, that you have become over-urbanized." - David Warren

"This is the end - but for me, the beginning - of life." Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) on the day of his execution by the Nazi regime

"A moral problem cannot be solved with a technical solution." - John Patrick (1940-)

"The world is looking for those who have scars where they have wounds." - Steve Saint (1951-)

"A silver coin rings down that well,
you could never spend too much.
A diamond echoes deeper still,
and you'll always have what you gave to love."
- David Wilcox (1958-)

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure." - Eric Liddell (1902-1945) in Chariots of Fire (1981)

"I will be...kind to the unkind, for such is how God has treated me." - Max Lucado (1955-)

"Men or nations who think they can revive the Faith in order to make a good society might just as well think they can use the stairs of Heaven as a shortcut to the nearest chemist's shop... 'Believe this, not because it's true, but for some other reason.' That's the game." - CS Lewis (1898-1963) from The Screwtape Letters

"So saying, her rash hand in evil hour
Forth-reaching to the Fruit, she plucked, she eat.
Earth felt the wound, and Nature from her seat,
Sighing through all her works, gave signs of woe
That all was lost." - John Milton (1608-1674) Paradise Lost

"When we were little, we gave ourselves over to faith. Now we are big, and too heavy to rise above our own understanding." - Rich Mullins (1955-1997)

"Innocence...we never got to say goodbye. But the glory of redemption is the wisdom that we find has taken its place." - Andrew Osenga (1979-)

Frodo: I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times; but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. -Fellowship of the Ring (1954)

Pippin: I didn't think it would end this way.
Gandalf: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path. One that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass... then you see it!
Pippin: What? Gandalf? See what?
Gandalf: White shores... and beyond. A far green country, under a swift sunrise.
Pippin: Well, that isn't so bad.
Gandalf: No. No, it isn't. -Return of the King (1955)

"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature effects a cure." - Voltaire (1694-1778)

"A humble knowledge of thyself is a surer way to God than a deep search after learning" - Thomas a Kempis (c1380-1471)

"Humanity is fickle. They may dress for a morning coronation and never feel the need to change clothes for an execution in the afternoon. So Triumphal Sundays and Good Fridays always fit comfortably into the same April week." - Calvin Miller

"There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul." - Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

"Intelligence and capability are not enough. There must be the joy of doing something beautiful." - Dr. G. Venkataswamy (1918-)

"Love is an earthquake that relocates the center of the universe." - Mike Mason

"There is always realistic hope in the Lord Jesus Christ." - April Perry

"Hate was just a failure of imagination." - Graham Greene (1904-1991)

"He who breaks a thing to find out what it is, has left the path of wisdom." - JRR Tolkien (1892-1973)

"Some seek knowledge for
The sake of knowledge:
That is curiosity;
Others seek knowledge so that
They themselves may be known:
That is vanity;
But there are still others
Who seek knowledge in
Order to serve and edify others;
And that is love."
-Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)

"It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspections proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations--these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit--immortal horrors or everlasting splendours." - CS Lewis (1898-1963) from "The Weight of Glory"

"'You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve,' said Aslan. 'And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor in earth.'" - CS Lewis (1898-1963) from "Prince Caspian"

"Everyone must give an account to God for every good thing he saw in life and did not enjoy." - Talmud
"He is no fool who loses that which he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." - Jim Elliot (1927-1956)

"Vocation is where your deep gladness meets the world's deep need." - Frederick Buechner (1926-)

"If I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the Cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love." - Amy Carmichael (1867-1951)

"Whoever takes up medicine should seriously consider the following points: firstly, that he must one day render to the Supreme Judge an account of the lives of those sick men who have been entrusted to his care. Secondly, that such skill and science as, by the blessing of Almighty God, he has attained, are to be specially directed toward the honour of his Maker, and the welfare of his fellow-creatures; since it is a base thing for the great gifts of Heaven to become the servants of avarice and ambition. Thirdly, he must remember that it is no mean or ignoble animal that he deals with. We may ascertain the worth of the human race, since for its sake God’s Only-begotten Son became man, and thereby ennobled the nature that he took upon him. Lastly, he must remember that he himself hath no exemption from the common lot, but that he is bound by the same laws of mortality, and liable to the same ailments and afflictions with his fellows. For these and like reasons let him strive to render aid to the distressed with the greater care, with the kindlier spirit, and with the stronger fellow-feeling." - Thomas Sydenham (1624-1689)


hankwillisdds said...

How about this one:

"Preach the Gospel at all times, and, if necessary, use words."

St Francis of Assisi