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  • #1
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Tell me not in mournful numbers,
    Life is but an empty dream!
    For the soul is dead that slumbers,
    And things are not what they seem.

    Life is real! Life is earnest!
    And the grave is not its goal;
    Dust thou are, to dust thou returnest,
    Was not spoken of the soul.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Voices of the Night
    tags: life

  • #2
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Lives of great men all remind us
    We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us
    Footprints on the sands of time”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Voices of the Night

  • #3
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #4
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “A noble type of good.
    Heroic womanhood. ”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #5
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
    Is our destined end or way;
    But to act, that each tomorrow
    Find us farther than today.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #6
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “Most people would succeed in small things if they were not troubled with great ambitions.”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #7
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
    And all the sweet serenity of books”
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

  • #8
    Donald Miller
    “There is something beautiful about a billion stars held steady by a God who knows what He is doing. (They hang there, the stars, like notes on a page of music, free-form verse, silent mysteries swirling in the blue like jazz.) And as I lay there, it occurred to me that God is up there somewhere. Of course, I had always known He was, but this time I felt it, I realized it, the way a person realizes they are hungry or thirsty. The knowledge of God seeped out of my brain and into my heart. I imagined Him looking down on this earth, half angry because His beloved mankind had cheated on Him, had committed adultery, and yet hopelessly in love with her, drunk with love for her.”
    Donald Miller

  • #9
    Donald Miller
    “It occurs to me it is not so much the aim of the devil to lure me with evil as it is to preoccupy me with the meaningless. ”
    Donald Miller

  • #10
    Donald Miller
    “...sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself...”
    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #11
    Donald Miller
    “It is always the simple things that change our lives. And these things never happen when you are looking for them to happen. Life will reveal answers at the pace life wishes to do so. You feel like running, but life is on a stroll. This is how God does things.”
    Donald Miller

  • #12
    Donald Miller
    “Everybody has to leave, everybody has to leave their home and come back so they can love it again for all new reasons.”
    Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

  • #13
    Donald Miller
    “Moral #1: "If you work hard, stay focused, and never give up, you will eventually get what you want in life."

    Moral #2: Sometimes the things we want most in life are the things that will kill us.”
    Donald Miller

  • #14
    Donald Miller
    “Believing in God is as much like falling in love as it is making a decision. Love is both something that happens to you and something you decide upon.”
    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #15
    Donald Miller
    “You never question the truth of something until you have to explain it to a skeptic.”
    Donald Miller

  • #16
    Donald Miller
    “I can no more understand the totality of God than the pancake I made for breakfast understands the complexity of me”
    Donald Miller

  • #17
    Donald Miller
    “I want to keep walking away from the person I was a moment ago, because a mind was made fo figure things out, not to read the same page recurrently.”
    Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

  • #18
    Donald Miller
    “I could not have known then that everybody, every person, has to leave, has to change like seasons; they have to or they die. The seasons remind me that I must keep changing.”
    Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road

  • #19
    Donald Miller
    “I once listened to an Indian on television say that God was in the wind and the water, and I wondered at how beautiful that was because it meant you could swim in Him or have Him brush your face in a breeze.”
    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #20
    Donald Miller
    “I always thought the Bible was more of a salad thing, you know, but it isn't. It's a chocolate thing.”
    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #21
    Donald Miller
    “ I used to get really ticked about preachers who talked too much about grace, because they tempted me to not be disciplined. I figured what people needed was a kick in the butt, and if I failed at godliness it was because those around me weren’t trying hard enough.”
    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #22
    Donald Miller
    “Even our beliefs have become trend statements. We don’t even believe things because we believe them anymore. We only believe things because they are cool things to believe.”
    Donald Miller

  • #23
    Donald Miller
    “I can't do it. It would be like, say, trying to fall in love with somebody, or trying to convince yourself that your favorite food is pancakes. You don't decide those things, they just happen to you. If God is real, He needs to happen to me.”
    Donald Miller

  • #24
    Donald Miller
    “I am something of a recluse by nature. I am that cordless screwdriver that has to charge for twenty hours to earn ten minutes use. I need that much downtime. ”
    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #25
    Donald Miller
    “I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.

    After that I liked jazz music.

    Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.

    I used to not like God because God didn't resolve. But that was before any of this happened.”
    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #26
    Donald Miller
    “I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn't resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.

    Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality

  • #27
    Donald Miller
    “And if these mountains had eyes, they would wake to find two strangers in their fences, standing in admiration as a breathing red pours its tinge upon earth's shore. These mountains, which have seen untold sunrises, long to thunder praise but stand reverent, silent so that man's weak praise should be given God's attention.”
    Donald Miller, Through Painted Deserts: Light, God, and Beauty on the Open Road



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