Favorite Quotes from 2009

One need never be dull as long as one has
friends to help,
gardens to enjoy and
books in the long winter evenngs.
~ D.E. Stevenson


For lack of attention,
a thousand forms of loveliness
elude us everyday.
~ Evelyn Underhill

…taking things with gratitude
and not for granted
G.K. Chesterton

The fifth cup of tea between friends is the best.
~ Chinese proverb

If I have seen further,
it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
~ Sir Isaac Newton

I am content to be and have what in Thy heart
I am meant to be and have.
~ George MacDonald

I learned, though, that fear would recede more quickly
if I immersed myself in routine chores.
Cooking soup and folding cool linen can be great healers.
~ Gerda Weissmann Klein

Nothing seems particularly grim
if your head is clear
and your teeth are clean
and your bowels function properly.
~ M.F.K. Fisher

Interrupting is the verbal equivalent to shoving.
~ Margaret Shepherd

Meeting people isn’t a skill, Matt, so much as just good manners.
~ Garrison Keillor

God gave the Americans watches.
He gave the Africans time.
~ John Patrick, MD

After a full belly, all is poetry.
~ Frank McCourt

His face twists, but he holds back the tears,
determined not to commit the sin of despair.
~ Mary Doria Russell

I don’t want to get to the end of my life
and find that I just lived the length of it.
I want to have lived the width of it as well.
~Diane Ackerman

It’s moronic, guys using science and computers to prove
the existence of God, like we’re doing him some favor,
like he’s one of Saturn’s suns or some supernova or something.
[expletive] Computers are the coolest thing in the world,
but they’ve got their limits. So this is it, here’s my creed:
I believe what believers have believed for the last four
thousand years: that there is one God who made the
world and who judges what we do in it.
~ Fernanda Eberstadt

A good wife will smooth many imperfections.
~ Anthony Trollope

This is the fun of serving.
If you have never surprised anyone
in the midst of ordinary daily life,
you’ve missed a lot of the satisfaction
that can be spread through days.
~ Edith Schaeffer

Binge eaters don’t appreciate an audience.
~ Jami Bernard

Live strictly within your income
and save something for a rainy day.
Incorporate within your lives the discipline of budgeting.
~ L. Tom Perry

If you read one book a week, starting at age five,
and live to be 80,
you will have read a grand total of 3,900 books.
~ Lewis Buzbee

Quotes are free — truth is rich.
~ Laurie Hagberg


5 thoughts on “Favorite Quotes from 2009

  1. I have started a ‘Quotes page’ in my new Christmas laptop… I hope you won’t mind me lining it with these great gems. Thank you dear Sister for all your wise words and kind comments over the years! May God bless you and Curt in this new year!Brenda in Wallowa

  2. Love Quotes!  Just wrote one down from a movie I was watching:  “When your a trifle odd  you can get away with a lot, it makes you feel downright sorry for ordinary folks.”    From The Summer of Ben TylerUs quirky Carol’s SO get this! 

  3. Wow, I’m humbled and honored! 🙂  I’m also incredibly amazed at your ability to write and post so many book reviews — I was just reading the more recent post! I read but I am not nearly as diligent about recording what I’ve read and noting comments — thanks for sharing so much of your insight and experience.

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