Sunday, April 24, 2011

Second time around

Two roads diverged in the middle of my life,

I heard a wise man say

I took the road less travelled by

And that’s made the difference every night and day.

Larry Norman (with apologies to Robert Frost.)

Nothing makes us so lonely as our secrets.

Paul Tournier

The soul is healed by being with children.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sadness is a wall between two gardens.

Kahlil Gibran

We routinely disqualify testimony that would plead for extenuation. That is, we are so persuaded of the rightness of our judgement as to invalidate evidence that does not con firm us in it. Nothing that deserves to be called truth could ever be arrived at by such means.

Marilynne Robinson, The Death of Adam

No matter what God’s power may be, the first aspect of God is never that of absolute Master, the Almighty. It is that of the God who puts himself on a human level and limits himself.

Jacques Ellul Anarchy and Christianity

Let’s pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

C.S. Lewis

Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.

Author Unknown

Even if we find another Eden, we should not be fit to enjoy it perfectly not stay in it for ever.

Henry Van Dyke

New world- big horizon

Open your eyes and see it’s true

New world- across the frightening

Waves of blue.

David Wilcox

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

Albert Einstein

Oh my soul…be prepared for him

who knows how to ask questions.


Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully

as when they do it from a religious conviction.

Blaise Pascal

Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God

G.K. Chesterton

Falsehood has an infinity of combinations,

but truth has only one mode of being.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

God is a verb.

Buckminster Fuller

You can kiss your family good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you

Frederick Buechner - Telling the Truth

An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children.

He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.


Earth has no sorrow that

Heaven cannot heal.

Author Unknown.

Faith never knows where it is being led,

But it knows and loves the One who is leading.

Oswald Chambers

Earth’s crammed with heaven,

And every common bush afire with God,

But only he who sees takes off his shoes;

The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Waiting for delivery of three new books I decide to re-read The Shack by William Paul Young to see how it stood up to a second reading. This time I noted the quotes with a relevance to each chapter they headed. As they seemed fitting for an Easter weekend I decided to share them with you.


Jimmy said...

Hell is yourself and the only redemption is when a person puts himself aside to feel deeply for another person. - Tennessee Williams

Nea said...

I thought I recognized these. I have just finished reading The Shack in Swedish. There was a lot in it to think about, some of it comforting and confirming, other parts more disturbing.

"Old Filth" is coming with me on holiday for a few days.

The wonderful weather you've been having reached us today. It was colder inside than out for the first time probably since last August. Did you send it over?

Pat said...

Jimmy: 'Hell is other people.' I can't remember who said that.
Tennessee is half right IMO.

Nea: I think you'll like 'Old Filth'.
I've just got 'The Man in the Wooden Hat' which is written from the point of view of Old Filth's wife.'
Glad you received the good weather I sent:)

R. Sherman said...

To both the Robinson and Chesterton quotes, say I: "Amen."

I trust you had a wonderful Easter, dear.


Tracy said...

I like all the quotes but especially the one that talks about our secrets making us lonely...very true!
thanks for sharing...

Pat said...

Randall: thanks - very quiet - gearing ourselves for family next week.

Tracy: I'm so glad you liked them.

kenju said...

All good quotes! I especially like CS Lewis and Dostoevsky.

Pat said...

Judy : yes the very first one and the one about children resonate with me especially.

Pat said...

Judy: Oh yes and the one of Jacques Elul. Absolutely!

Mary Witzl said...

I like all of these, but the C. S. Lewis quote really resonates with me today. But then I've just read the newspapers.

Guyana-Gyal said...

I like them all because they all make me think!

Have a peaceful Easter, Pat.

(Lots of Bible stories on tv here this weekend.)

Pat said...

Mary: yes it is all too relevant.

GG: and to you dear.
Same here re Bible stories and I think I've just about got it straight now;)

Luna said...

"You can kiss your family good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you."

Beautiful. Thanks for sharing :)
Happy Easter Pat.

Pat said...

Luna: thank you Luna and the same to you.

nursemyra said...

I like the Buckminster Fuller and T S Eliot quotes

Pat said...

nursemyra: the Buckminster is the only one I can't get my head round. I must see if I can get someone to explain it to me.

Granny Annie said...

I'm not much for anybody messing with THE ROAD NOT TAKEN by Frost. I will use these two favorites for my FB status this week:

"Sadness is a wall between two gardens."
Kahlil Gibran
"Let’s pray that the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere."
C.S. Lewis

Thanks Pat for all of these great thoughts.

Pat said...

Granny Annie: thank you for making me go back to Frost's poem.