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  • #1
    Leo F. Buscaglia
    “Perfect love is rare indeed - for to be a lover will require that you continually have the subtlety of the very wise, the flexibility of the child, the sensitivity of the artist, the understanding of the philosopher, the acceptance of the saint, the tolerance of the scholar and the fortitude of the certain.”
    Leo Buscaglia

  • #2
    Dorothy L. Sayers
    “Why do you want a letter from me? Why don't you take the trouble to find out for yourselves what Christianity is? You take time to learn technical terms about electricity. Why don't you do as much for theology? Why do you never read the great writings on the subject, but take your information from the secular 'experts' who have picked it up as inaccurately as you? Why don't you learn the facts in this field as honestly as your own field? Why do you accept mildewed old heresies as the language of the church, when any handbook on church history will tell you where they came from?
    Why do you balk at the doctrine of the Trinity - God the three in One - yet meekly acquiesce when Einstein tells you E=mc2? What makes you suppose that the expression "God ordains" is narrow and bigoted, while your own expression, "Science demands" is taken as an objective statement of fact?
    You would be ashamed to know as little about internal combustion as you know about Christian beliefs.
    I admit, you can practice Christianity without knowing much theology, just as you can drive a car without knowing much about internal combustion. But when something breaks down in the car, you go humbly to the man who understands the works; whereas if something goes wrong with religion, you merely throw the works away and tell the theologian he is a liar.
    Why do you want a letter from me telling you about God? You will never bother to check on it or find out whether I'm giving you personal opinions or Christian doctrines. Don't bother. Go away and do some work and let me get on with mine.”
    Dorothy L. Sayers

  • #3
    Leo F. Buscaglia
    “We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn't. Success often lies just the other side of failure.”
    Leo Buscaglia, Living, Loving & Learning

  • #4
    Anthony M. Esolen
    “And those characters [in a fairy tale] dwell in a moral world, whose laws are as clear as the law of gravity. That too is a great advantage of the folk tale. It is not a failure of imagination to see the sky blue. It is a failure rather to be weary of its being blue- and not to notice how blue it is. And appreciation of the subtler colors of the sky will come later. In the folk tale, good is good and evil is evil, and the former will triumph and later will fail. This is not the result of the imaginative quest. It is rather its principle and foundation. It is what will enable the child later on to understand Macbeth, or Don Quixote, or David Copperfield.”
    Anthony Esolen, Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child

  • #5
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “[Saint Anthony] said, in his solitude, he sometimes encountered devils who looked like angels, and other times he found angels who looked like devils. When asked how he could tell the difference, the saint said that you can only tell which is which by the way you feel after the creature has left your company.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #6
    Leo F. Buscaglia
    “Loving relationships, though necessary for life, health, and growth, are among the most complicated skills. Before we can be successful at achieving relationships, it is necessary that we broaden our understanding of how they work, what they mean and how what we do and believe can enhance or destroy them. We can accomplish this only if we are willing to put in the energy and take the time to study failed relationships as well as examine successful ones. Loving relationships cannot be taken lightly. Unless we are looking for pain, they must not be forever approached in a trial and error fashion. Too many of us have experienced the cost of these lackadaisical approaches in terms of tears, confusion and guilt.”
    Leo Buscaglia, Loving Each Other

  • #7
    “Someone needs to invent a lighter that the hash
    doesn't stick to when you tamp it down.
    Can you get on that, please?”
    Sienna McQuillen

  • #8
    “Now be silent.
    Let the One who creates the words speak.
    He made the door.
    He made the lock.
    He also made the key.”

  • #9
    “Some seem to think that Jesuits are behind everything, without any evidence whatsoever.
    That is not thinking, that is scapegoating.”
    Sienna McQuillen

  • #10

    I didn’t know love would make me this
    crazy, with my eyes
    like the river Ceyhun
    carrying me in its rapids
    out to sea,where every bit
    of shattered boat
    sinks to the bottom.

    An alligator lifts its head and swallows
    the ocean, then the ocean
    floor becomes
    a desert covering
    the alligator in
    sand drifts.

    Changes do
    happen. I do not know how,
    or what remains of what
    has disappeared
    into the absolute.

    I hear so many stories
    and explanations, but I keep quiet,
    because I don’t know anything,
    and because something I swallowed
    in the ocean
    has made me completely content
    with ignorance.”
    Rumi, The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

  • #11
    “if i can only recount
    the story of my life
    right out of my body
    flames will grow”

  • #12
    Robert G. Ingersoll
    “I regard the Bible, especially the Old Testament, the same as I do most other ancient books, in which there is some truth, a great deal of error, considerable barbarism and a most plentiful lack of good sense.”
    Robert G. Ingersoll

  • #13
    “Be a helpful friend,
    and you will become a green tree
    with always new fruit,
    always deeper journeys into love.”
    Rumi, Bridge to the Soul: Journeys Into the Music and Silence of the Heart

  • #14
    “A lover asked his beloved,
    Do you love yourself more than you love me?
    Beloved replied, I have died to myself and I live for you.
    I've disappeared from myself and my attributes,
    I am present only for you.
    I've forgotten all my learnings,
    but from knowing you I've become a scholar.
    I've lost all my strength, but from your power I am able.
    I love myself...I love you.
    I love you...I love myself.”
    Jelaluddin Rumi

  • #15
    “What the sayer of praise is really praising is himself,
    by saying implicitly,
    My eyes are clear."

    Likewise, someone who criticizes is criticizing
    himself, saying implicitly, "I can't see very well
    with my eyes so inflamed.”
    Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi

  • #16
    “A servant wants to be rewarded for what he does. A lover wants only to be in love's presence, that ocean whose depth will never be known.”
    Jalâl ad-Dîn Rûmî, The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

  • #17
    “Love is an open secret, the most obvious thing in the world and the most hidden, with no why to how it keeps its mystery.”
    Rumi, The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

  • #18
    “Be helpless, dumbfounded,
    Unable to say yes or no.
    Then a stretcher will come from grace
    to gather us up.

    We are too dull-eyed to see that beauty.
    If we say we can, we’re lying.
    If we say No, we don’t see it,
    That No will behead us
    And shut tight our window onto spirit.

    So let us rather not be sure of anything,
    Beside ourselves, and only that, so
    Miraculous beings come running to help.
    Crazed, lying in a zero circle, mute,
    We shall be saying finally,
    With tremendous eloquence, Lead us.
    When we have totally surrendered to that beauty,
    We shall be a mighty kindness.”
    Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi

  • #19
    “Love asks us to enjoy our life
    For nothing good can come of death.
    Who is alive? I ask.
    Those who are born of love.

    Seek us in love itself,
    Seek love in us ourselves.
    Sometimes I venerate love,
    Sometimes it venerates me.”
    Mawlana Jalal-al-Din Rumi, Love: The Joy That Wounds: The Love Poems of Rumi

  • #20
    “There's no one with intelligence in this town except that man over there playing with the children, the one riding the stick horse. He has keen, fiery insight and vast dignity like the night sky, but he conceals it in the madness of child's play.”
    Rumi, The Essential Rumi

  • #21
    “Bring the pure wine of
    love and freedom.
    But sir, a tornado is coming.
    More wine, we'll teach this storm
    A thing or two about whirling.”

  • #22
    “Your breath touched my soul and I saw beyond all limits.”

  • #23
    “You have no idea how hard I've looked for a gift to bring You. Nothing seemed right. What's the point of bringing gold to the gold mine, or water to the ocean. Everything I came up with was like taking spices to the Orient. It's no good giving my heart and my soul because you already have these. So I've brought you a mirror. Look at yourself and remember me.”

  • #24
    “Whenever we manage to love without expectations,
    calculations, negotiations, we are indeed in heaven.”

  • #25
    “There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can't hope.”
    Rumi, The Essential Rumi

  • #26
    “Peaceful is the one who's not concerned with having more or less.
    Unbound by name and fame, he is free from sorrow from the world and mostly from himself.”

  • #27
    “Go back,
    go back to sleep.

    Yes, you are allowed.
    You who have no Love in your heart,
    you can go back to sleep.

    The power of Love
    is exclusive to us,
    you can go back to sleep.

    I have been burnt
    by the fire of Love.
    You who have no such yearning in your heart,
    go back to sleep.

    The path of Love,
    has seventy-two folds and countless facets.
    Your love and religion
    is all about deceit, control and hypocrisy,
    go back to sleep.

    I have torn to pieces my robe of speech,
    and have let go of the desire to converse.
    You who are not naked yet,
    you can go back to sleep.”
    Rumi, Hush, Don't Say Anything to God: Passionate Poems of Rumi

  • #28
    “Come, come, whoever you are, come.
    Infidel, idolator, Wanderer, fire-worshipper, it doesn't matter, come.
    Ours is not a convent of despair.
    Come, even if you have broken your vow a hundred times,
    Come, come again.”

  • #29
    “This is what love does and continues to do. It tastes like honey to adults and milk to children.”
    Rumi, The Book of Love: Poems of Ecstasy and Longing

  • #30
    “The soul is here for its own joy.”

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