Sampler of Favorite Quotes – 2010 Edition


“I think of all the joy reading has given me,” she said. “It is not just because it is good for you, but because it is good.”   ~ Katherine Paterson

Walking, ideally, is a state in which the mind, the body, and the world
are aligned, as though they were three characters
finally in a conversation together,
three notes suddenly making a chord.
 ~ Rebecca Solnit

Beauty is to the spirit what food is to the flesh.  ~ Frederick Buechner

But a community is something different from a commodity.
~ James Howard Kunstler

After the work is read, attention must be given.
This is the time for serious reflection
that goes beyond the act of good reading
to the broader acts of good living.
 ~ James W. Sire

I beg Thee, my God, the pre-eternal husbandman,
with the wind of thy loving-kindness
winnow the chaff of my works,
 and grant to my soul the wheat of forgiveness,
shut me in Thy heavenly storehouse
and save me.
~ Vespers prayer quoted by Frederica Mathewes-Green

My brother and sisters and I,
we learned something a long time ago.
We learned to love one another.
That our siblinghood was strong
and gracious and unconditional.
~  Donna at Quiet Life

Love is a great beautifier.
~ Louisa May Alcott

If you are tired of parties, you ‘re going to the wrong church.  ~ Matthew Barley (speaking of our church!)

There is a particular happiness in giving a man
whom you like very much
good food that you have cooked yourself.
~ Isak Dinesen

If I didn’t become a musician I’d starve inside.  ~ Kazakh girl quoted by Colin Thubron

Laughter is like changing a baby’s diaper.
It doesn’t change things permanently,
but it makes everything OK for a while.

Life is curly: Don’t try to straighten it out.

I have not yet witnessed
a spontaneous recovery from incompetence.

How we spend our days is how we spend our lives.  ~ Annie Dillard

Joy is the best makeup.
~ Anne Lamott

The purpose of music can be nothing else
but the glory of God
and the restoration of the heart.
~ Johann Sebastian Bach

I let my words drop into the silence
like stones.
~ P. D. James

[on watching the river from Millington Bridge]

It is easy to lean over the parapet at these points,
not nearly so easy to stop doing it;
the leisurely flow of the stream beneath
laughs at the scruples which would forbid you
to spend another five minutes in doing nothing…
another ten minutes
another quarter of any hour,
so as to make it a round number by the clock.
~ Ronald A. Knox

What is the purpose of the Giraffe?
It is without doubt useless
to explain how and why
the nature of things was thus decided.
~ Étienne Saint-Hilaire
Life does often get in the way of one’s reading,
agreed the Major.
~ Helen Simonson

I want to cultivate attitudes and actions
that are vigorous and vital enough
to generate life and gusto in others.
To be contagious in my enthusiasm!
~ Luci Shaw


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