Ordinary Life Quotes

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Mohsin Hamid
“It might seem odd that in cities teetering at the edge of the abyss young people still go to class—in this case an evening class on corporate identity and product branding—but that is the way of things, with cities as with life, for one moment we are pottering about our errands as usual and the next we are dying, and our eternally impending ending does not put a stop to our transient beginnings and middles until the instant when it does.”
Mohsin Hamid, Exit West

Oswald Chambers
“The "show business," which is so incorporated into our view of Christian work today, has caused us to drift far from Our Lord's conception of discipleship. It is instilled in us to think that we have to do exceptional things for God; we have not. We have to be exceptional in ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, surrounded by sordid sinners. That is not learned in five minutes.”
Oswald Chambersd Chambers

“And while it takes courage to achieve greatness, it takes more courage to find fulfillment in being ordinary. For the joys that last have little relationship to achievement, to standing one step higher on the victory platform. What is the adventure in being ordinary? It is daring to love just for the pleasure of giving it away. It is venturing to give new life and to nurture it to maturity. It is working hard for the pure joy of being tired at the end of the day. It is caring and sharing and giving and loving…”
Marilyn Thomsen

Ann Beattie
“Jane remembers those years, though, as if they had been [a movie]--in part because her friends...always talked about everything as if it was over ("Remember last night?"), while holding out the possibility that whatever happened could be rerun. Neil didn't have that sense of things. He thought people shouldn't romanticize ordinary life. "Our struggles, our little struggles," he would whisper, in bed, at night. Sometimes he or she would click on some of the flashlights and consider the ceiling, with the radiant swirls around the bright nuclei, the shadows like opened oysters glistening in brine. (In the '80s, the champagne was always waiting.)”
Ann Beattie, Walks with Men

Michael Zadoorian
“I am constantly mystified by what John ends up remembering… I just don’t understand why he’s able to hang on to information like that, while so many other more important memories evaporate.
Then again, I suppose so much of what stays with us is often insignificant. The memories we take to the ends of our lives have no real rhyme or reason, especially when you think of the endless things that you do over the course of a day, a week, a month, a year, a lifetime. All the cups of coffee, hand-washings, changes of clothes, lunches, goings to the bathroom, headaches, naps, walks to school, trips to the grocery store, conversations about the weather—all the things so unimportant they should be immediately forgotten.
Yet they aren’t. I often think of the Chinese red bathrobe I had when I was twenty-seven years old; the sound of our first cat Charlie’s feet on the linoleum of our old house; the hot rarefied air around aluminum pot the moment before the kernels of popcorn burst open. I think of these things as often as I think about getting married or giving birth or the end of the Second World War.
What is truly amazing is that before you know it, sixty years go by and you can remember maybe eight or nine important events, along with a thousand meaningless ones. How can that be?
You want to think there’s a pattern to it all because it makes you feel better, gives you some sense of a reason why we’re here, but there really isn’t any. People look for God in these patterns, these reasons, but only because they don’t know where else to look.
Things happen to us: some of it important, most of it not, and a little of it stays with us till the end. What stays after that? I’ll be damned if I know.
(pp.174-175)”
Michael Zadoorian, The Leisure Seeker

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The more you spend your time in the ordinary streets, the more extraordinary things you will learn!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Rachel Gold
“Claire says she used to think ordinary life was boring before I came out to her, but now she realizes that every ordinary moment has extraordinary worlds contained within it.”
rachel gold, Being Emily

Michael Zadoorian
“I thought that nothing enormously bad or good had happened to me during my life. All the normal things had occurred. I had lived a completely unremarkable life. I wanted only my home, and the love and safety of those around me, nothing else. I knew there was no particular reason why I was put on this earth, but here I was and I was glad to be here, awed by the beauty of it. It was a perfect moment. (p.99)”
Michael Zadoorian, The Leisure Seeker

Walt Whitman
“What will be will be well, for what is is well,
To take interest is well, and not to take interest shall be well.

The domestic joys, the daily housework or business, the building
of houses, are not phantasms, they have weight, form,
location,
Farms, profits, crops, markets, wages, government, are none of
them phantasms,
The difference between sin and goodness is no delusion,
The earth is not an echo, man and his life and all the things of
his life are well-consider'd.

You are not thrown to the winds, you gather certainly and safely
around yourself,
Yourself! yourself! yourself, for ever and ever!”
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

“To say a person with a symptom is behaving in a way that is not of the ordinary implies that there is an ordinary way to behave.”
Brien Pittman

Tony Hendra
“The ordinary was the divine, where common sense met mystery, where logic kissed the cheek of the inexplicable, the immeasurable, immemorial spirit throbbing like veins beneath the hard gray asphalt of quotidian life.”
Tony Hendra, Father Joe: The Man Who Saved My Soul

Mitch Albom
“After all these months, lying there, unable to move a leg or a foot – how could he find perfection in such an average day?
Then I realized that was the whole point.”
Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Marcel Proust
“The wretchedness of ordinary life, endured so gaily when it is part of our normal existence, is made far worse when it comes as something new, and is exaggerated by the working of the imagination.”
Marcel Proust, Jean Santeuil

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Let us go to an ordinary street to feel that life is beautiful with all the ordinary things, with cats around, with children playing, with laundries hanged out, with people wandering aimlessly!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

John Banville
“I marvelled, not for the first time, at the cruel complacency of ordinary things. But no, not cruel, not complacent, only indifferent, as how could they be otherwise? Henceforth, I would have to address things as they are, not as I imagine them, for this was a new version of reality.”
John Banville, The Sea

Quentin R. Bufogle
“I could live with failure. I had and would. But ORDINARY? Not a fucking chance.”
Quentin R. Bufogle, KING OF THE NEW YORK STREETS

“Evenings that no one else can remember live in you, when the snow touched your face or the rain caught you unprepared, when you were all alone and yet marked by all the others who have made you who you are. There are things you cannot leave behind or wish you could retrieve. And there is hope you cannot extinguish—whether buried or insistent, broken or confident, the one never excluding the other. (92)”
Martin Hägglund, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom

Billy-Dean Gonzalez
“I'm smart enough to see whatever is going on. Too dumb to piece it all together. Not dumb enough to live a simple fantasy and just go with it.”
Billy-Dean Gonzalez

Laura Chouette
“Simple things are the most difficult ones; they enquire much more than one thought of ordinariness.”
Laura Chouette

Emma Eggleston
“There was nothing inherently special about it, but that's what made the whole thing so memorable.”
Emma Eggleston, Escape

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The most precious moments of war are the moments where the soldiers remember their ordinary calm lives before the war!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“Why be ordinary when you can be the storm”
Cage J. Madison

Mehmet Murat ildan
“The beauty of ordinary lives of ordinary people in the ordinary streets is always extraordinary!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Penelope Lively
“But the point was to be carefree, independent. Artists can't be hampered by the dailiness of ordinary life--Tony felt strongly about that. Doing the same things every day, forever bothered about money. Art has to be freed from all that.”
Penelope Lively, The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories

Marisa de los Santos
“It was what Joseph had missed most during the war, all the small, scattered pieces of the precious and luminous ordinary, evidence that life insists on continuing.”
Marisa de los Santos, I'll Be Your Blue Sky

“The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is a God of the living, who mingles with our acquaintances and colleagues. If we open ourselves to life as the arena of divine self-disclosure, we may find the Lord who undergirds our lives with the certainty of dignity and value at any point in our experience.”
Wilkie Au, By Way of the Heart: Toward a Holistic Christian Spirituality

Michael Bassey Johnson
“In a world of the ordinary and predictable, be a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Song of a Nature Lover

Soulla Christodoulou
“How can I ever do anything extraordinary with such a mundane existence?”
Soulla Christodoulou, Alexander and Maria

“The overwhelming and inevitable life-lean towards the ordinary is why true deep-pile contentment is found when you re-enchant the everyday.”
Catherine Gray, The Unexpected Joy of the Ordinary

Kate Bowler
“...there’s different ways of experiencing time. And one is the kind of time that you and I know really intimately, which is tragic time. And we know what it’s like to feel that heightened present where everything really matters because you have to make choices, because everything you love is so precious. And also, we know that we can’t live there forever, because we are just not — we’re not built to live that edge, that close to the edge all the time.

And then there’s — he reminded me of ordinary time, or pastoral time. Anyone who’s a farmer knows there’s sowing and reaping time. And I was always, the more I was into tragic time, the more I was a little judgmental about that. I was like: It sounds very boring; it sounds very commonplace. But that’s the — who’s picking up your mom on Tuesday? Did you send that email? Have you made that phone call? It’s all the wonderful, stupid, ordinary stuff of day-to-day life. And like, that is also necessary and good.

And then there is something that we’ve all experienced together, very recently, which is apocalyptic time. It’s the feeling that there’s a heightened — that we know that the future is not guaranteed and that there is a kind of lightness and darkness and — like binaries. We’re kind of wrapped up in binaries about how we’re seeing the world. And we experience apocalypticism with our environment: like wildfires and global warming… and fear of — and we see it and we feel it. We experience the apocalyptic time when we see the scope and magnitude of racial injustice, as we understand that structures are not just broken but that they collapse in on people, and that the weak are not sheltered, and that the poor are not cared for, and that far more people are not given the luxury of invulnerability, and can’t and won’t. And in all these forms of time, we have this feeling like we’re seeing things as they really are — like that feeling when you count your kid’s eyelashes and you think, “I see the whole world in just right now.”

But the truth is, all of them are true, and we toggle between them all, all the time. And so we just can’t live in any one version for too long, frankly, without not really seeing the scope of — what the wholeness of our lives require.”
Kate Bowler

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