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  • #1
    Stanley Kunitz
    The Layers

    I have walked through many lives,
    some of them my own,
    and I am not who I was,
    though some principle of being
    abides, from which I struggle
    not to stray.
    When I look behind,
    as I am compelled to look
    before I can gather strength
    to proceed on my journey,
    I see the milestones dwindling
    toward the horizon
    and the slow fires trailing
    from the abandoned camp-sites,
    over which scavenger angels
    wheel on heavy wings.
    Oh, I have made myself a tribe
    out of my true affections,
    and my tribe is scattered!
    How shall the heart be reconciled
    to its feast of losses?
    In a rising wind
    the manic dust of my friends,
    those who fell along the way,
    bitterly stings my face.
    Yet I turn, I turn,
    exulting somewhat,
    with my will intact to go
    wherever I need to go,
    and every stone on the road
    precious to me.
    In my darkest night,
    when the moon was covered
    and I roamed through wreckage,
    a nimbus-clouded voice
    directed me:
    “Live in the layers,
    not on the litter.”
    Though I lack the art
    to decipher it,
    no doubt the next chapter
    in my book of transformations
    is already written.
    I am not done with my changes.”
    Stanley Kunitz, The Collected Poems

  • #2
    Paul David Tripp
    “The church is not a theological classroom. It is a conversion, confession, repentance, reconciliation, forgiveness and sanctification center, where flawed people place their faith in Christ, gather to know and love him better, and learn to love others as he designed.”
    Paul David Tripp, Instruments in the Redeemer's Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change

  • #3
    Timothy B. Tyson
    “If there is to be reconciliation, first there must be truth.”
    Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

  • #4
    Hans Christian Andersen
    “But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”
    Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid

  • #5
    Kate DiCamillo
    “We appreciate the complicated and wonderful gifts you give us in each other. And we appreciate the task you put down before us, of loving each other the best we can, even as you love us.”
    Kate DiCamillo, Because of Winn-Dixie

  • #6
    Orson Scott Card
    “So the whole war is because we can't talk to each other.”
    Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

  • #7
    Jeremy Aldana
    “Honesty is a fine foundation from which to build upon; for if one was to really know what another thinks and how they feel…they would surely treat each other differently”
    Jeremy Aldana

  • #8
    Jeremy Aldana
    “It’s not so much the journey that’s important; as is the way that we treat those we encounter and those around us, along the way”
    Jeremy Aldana

  • #9
    Cassandra Clare
    “Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.”
    Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince

  • #10
    Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    “When truth is replaced by silence,the silence is a lie.”
    Yevgeny Yevtushenko

  • #11
    Leo Tolstoy
    “Anything is better than lies and deceit!”
    Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

  • #12
    Mark Twain
    “A half-truth is the most cowardly of lies.”
    Mark Twain
    tags: lies

  • #13
    Jeanne Birdsall
    “...even a tiny bit of deceit is dishonorable when it's used for selfish or cowardly reasons.

    - Mr. Penderwick”
    Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street

  • #14
    Miguel de Unamuno
    “At times to be silent is to lie. You will win because you have enough brute force. But you will not convince. For to convince you need to persuade. And in order to persuade you would need what you lack: Reason and Right”
    Miguel de Unamuno

  • #15
    Marisa de los Santos
    “I can't stand lies. Probably no one can. Probably everyone is, to varying degrees, allergic to them, both spiritually and physically. Lies make me feel low and ignoble, and also itchy, like there's sand under my skin. The only thing that feels worse than hearing a lie is telling one.”
    Marisa de los Santos, Belong to Me
    tags: lies

  • #16
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    “The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to such a pass that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love, and in order to occupy and distract himself without love he gives way to passions and coarse pleasures, and sinks to bestiality in his vices, all from continual lying to other men and to himself.”
    Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

  • #17
    St. Vincent de Paul
    “Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying.”
    St. Vincent de Paul

  • #18
    Sophie Hannah
    “Lies were lethal, however honourable the intentions of the liar. They deprived people of the opportunity to know the basic facts of their own lives. ”
    Sophie Hannah, Little Face
    tags: lies

  • #19
    Criss Jami
    “Just because something isn't a lie does not mean that it isn't deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.”
    Criss Jami

  • #20
    Mitch Albom
    “The more you defend a lie, the angrier you become.”
    Mitch Albom, For One More Day
    tags: lies

  • #21
    Dean Koontz
    “In this age, lies were the universal lubricant of the culture. A love of Truth and commitment to it were seldom rewarded and were often punished.”
    Dean Koontz, Breathless

  • #22
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays: First and Second Series

  • #23
    “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth”
    Bo Bennett

  • #24
    Toba Beta
    “Secret is the mother of all lies.”
    Toba Beta, My Ancestor Was an Ancient Astronaut

  • #25
    Criss Jami
    “In God's eyes, a man who teaches one truth and nothing else is more righteous than a man who teaches a million truths and one lie.”
    Criss Jami, Killosophy

  • #26
    Ally Condie
    “Isn't it funny how the memories you cherish before a breakup can become your worst enemies afterwards? The thoughts you loved to think about, the memories you wanted to hold up to the light and view from every angle--it suddenly seems a lot safer to lock them in a box, far from the light of day and throw away the key. It's not an act of bitterness. It's an act if self-preservation. It's not always a bad idea to stay behind the window and look out at life instead, is it?”
    Allyson Braithwaite Condie, First Day

  • #27
    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays

  • #28
    Brennan Manning
    “The story goes that a public sinner was excommunicated and forbidden entry to the church. He took his woes to God. 'They won't let me in, Lord, because I am a sinner.'

    'What are you complaining about?' said God. 'They won't let Me in either.”
    Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out

  • #29
    Flannery O'Connor
    “The operation of the Church is entirely set up for the sinner; which creates much misunderstanding among the smug.”
    (August 9, 1955)”
    Flannery O'Connor

  • #30
    “The world is full of men who want to be right, when actually the secret of a man's strength and his pathway to true honor is his ability to admit fault when he has failed. God wants to fill the church with men who can say they are wrong when THEY ARE WRONG. A man who is willing to humble himself before God and his family and say:"I was wrong." will find that his family has all the confidence in the world in him and will much more readily follow him. If he stubbornly refuses to repent or admit he was wrong, their confidence in him and in his leadership erodes.”
    Jim Anderson, Unmasked: Exposing the Cultural Sexual Assault

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