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  • #1
    Ayana Mathis
    “Maybe we have only a finite amount of love to give. We're born with our portion, and if we love and are not loved enough in return, it's depleted.”
    Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

  • #2
    Ayana Mathis
    “I probably always will be. But I’ve been mad all my life, and I finally figured out that I couldn’t keep carrying that with me. It’s too heavy and I’m too tired. Time will take care of it, like it does everything else.”
    Ayana Mathis, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie

  • #3
    Rainer Maria Rilke
    “sometimes a man stands up during supper
    and walks outdoors, and keeps on walking,
    because of a church that stands somewhere in the East.

    And his children say blessings on him as if he were dead.

    And another man, who remains inside his own house,
    stays there, inside the dishes and in the glasses,
    so that his children have to go far out into the world
    toward that same church, which he forgot.”
    Rainer Maria Rilke

  • #4
    Elizabeth Gilbert
    “To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it's like you have 4 legs instead of 2. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.”
    Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

  • #5
    Rick Warren
    “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
    Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

  • #6
    Winston S. Churchill
    “In the course of my life, I have often had to eat my words, and I must confess that I have always found it a wholesome diet.”
    Winston Spencer-Churchill

  • #7
    Brian D. McLaren
    “I’m sure I am wrong about many things, although I’m not sure exactly which things I’m wrong about. I’m even sure I’m wrong about what I think I’m right about in at least some cases.”
    Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy

  • #8
    Brian D. McLaren
    “We must never underestimate our power to be wrong when talking about God, when thinking about God, when imagining God, whether in prose or in poetry. A generous orthodoxy, in contrast to the tense, narrow, or controlling orthodoxies of so much of Christian history, doesn't take itself too seriously. It is humble. It doesn't claim too much. It admits it walks with a limp.”
    Brian D. McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-ye...

  • #9
    Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Humility must always be the portion of any man who receives acclaim earned in blood of his followers and sacrifices of his friends.”
    Dwight D. Eisenhower

  • #10
    G.K. Chesterton
    “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”
    G.K. Chesterton

  • #11
    J.K. Rowling
    “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

  • #12
    Francis de Sales
    “Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them - every day begin the task anew.”
    St. Francis de Sales

  • #13
    Francis de Sales
    “The same everlasting Father who cares for you today will care for you tomorrow and every day.
    Either he will shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
    Be at peace then and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginings.”
    St. Francis de Sales

  • #14
    Albert Camus
    “In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

    And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”
    Albert Camus

  • #15
    Henry David Thoreau
    “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms...”
    Henry David Thoreau

  • #16
    Walt Whitman
    “Not I, nor anyone else can travel that road for you.
    You must travel it by yourself.
    It is not far. It is within reach.
    Perhaps you have been on it since you were born, and did not know.
    Perhaps it is everywhere - on water and land.”
    Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

  • #17
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

  • #18
    Norton Juster
    “The most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what's in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that.”
    Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

  • #19
    Henry Ward Beecher
    “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
    Henry Ward Beecher

  • #20
    David Mitchell
    “...there ain't no journey what don't change you some.”
    David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas

  • #21
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    “End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.”
    JRR Tolkien

  • #22
    Thomas Merton
    “You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.”
    Thomas Merton

  • #23
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

  • #24
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “There is nothing that can replace the absence of someone dear to us, and one should not even attempt to do so. One must simply hold out and endure it. At first that sounds very hard, but at the same time it is also a great comfort. For to the extent the emptiness truly remains unfilled one remains connected to the other person through it. It is wrong to say that God fills the emptiness. God in no way fills it but much more leaves it precisely unfilled and thus helps us preserve -- even in pain -- the authentic relationship. Further more, the more beautiful and full the remembrances, the more difficult the separation. But gratitude transforms the torment of memory into silent joy. One bears what was lovely in the past not as a thorn but as a precious gift deep within, a hidden treasure of which one can always be certain.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • #25
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “Cheap grace means grace sold on the market like cheapjacks' wares. The sacraments, the forgiveness of sin, and the consolations of religion are thrown away at cut prices. Grace is represented as the Church's inexhaustible treasury, from which she showers blessings with generous hands, without asking questions or fixing limits. Grace without price; grace without cost! The essence of grace, we suppose, is that the account has been paid in advance; and, because it has been paid, everything can be had for nothing. Since the cost was infinite, the possibilities of using and spending it are infinite. What would grace be if it were not cheap?...

    Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate.

    Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.

    Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.

    Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: "ye were bought at a price," and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship

  • #26
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “We have been silent witnesses of evil deeds; we have been drenched by many storms; we have learnt the arts of equivocation and pretence; experience has made us suspicious of others and kept us from being truthful and open; intolerable conflicts have worn us down and even made us cynical. Are we still of any use? What we shall need is not geniuses, or cynics, or misanthropes, or clever tacticians, but plain, honest, and straightforward men. Will our inward power of resistance be strong enough, and our honesty with ourselves remorseless enough, for us to find our way back to simplicity and straightforwardness?”
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

  • #27
    E.M. Forster
    “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.”
    E.M. Forster

  • #28
    Jim Henson
    “[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”
    Jim Henson, It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

  • #29
    Christopher McDougall
    “If you don't have answers to your problems after a four-hour run, you ain't getting them.”
    Christopher McDougall, Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

  • #30
    Harry Truman
    “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."

    [Special Message to the Congress on the Internal Security of the United States, August 8, 1950]”
    Harry S. Truman

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