Refuge Quotes

Quotes tagged as "refuge" (showing 1-30 of 76)
Maya Angelou
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
Maya Angelou

W. Somerset Maugham
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
W. Somerset Maugham, Books and You

Elisabeth Elliot
“Where does your security lie? Is God your refuge, your hiding place, your stronghold, your shepherd, your counselor, your friend, your redeemer, your saviour, your guide? If He is, you don't need to search any further for security.”
Elisabeth Elliot

Anna Quindlen
“In books I have traveled, not only to other worlds, but into my own. I learned who I was and who I wanted to be, what I might aspire to, and what I might dare to dream about my world and myself. More powerfully and persuasively than from the "shalt nots" of the Ten Commandments, I learned the difference between good and evil, right and wrong. A Wrinkle in Time described that evil, that wrong, existing in a different dimension from our own. But I felt that I, too, existed much of the time in a different dimension from everyone else I knew. There was waking, and there was sleeping. And then there were books, a kind of parallel universe in which anything might happen and frequently did, a universe in which I might be a newcomer but was never really a stranger. My real, true world. My perfect island.”
Anna Quindlen, How Reading Changed My Life

“Solitude is a chosen separation for refining your soul. Isolation is what you crave when you neglect the first.”
Wayne Cordeiro, Leading on Empty: Refilling Your Tank and Renewing Your Passion

Judith Lewis Herman
“The guarantee of safety in a battering relationship can never be based upon a promise from the perpetrator, no matter how heartfelt. Rather, it must be based upon the self-protective capability of the victim. Until the victim has developed a detailed and realistic contingency plan and has demonstrated her ability to carry it out, she remains in danger of repeated abuse.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Don't let the rain drive you to the wrong shelter; the shade can turn out to be your protector and also your destroyer, and sometimes the rain is the perfect protector from the rain.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Max Porter
“Ghosts do not haunt, they regress. Just as when you need to go to sleep you think of trees or lawns, you are taking instant symbolic refuge in a ready-made iconography of early safety and satisfaction. That exact place is where ghosts go.”
Max Porter, Grief is the Thing with Feathers

Thomas à Kempis
“Let all your thoughts be with the Most High, and direct your humble prayers unceasingly to Christ. If you cannot contemplate high and heavenly things, take refuge in the Passion of Christ, and love to dwell within His Sacred Wounds. For if you devoutly seek the Wounds of Jesus and the precious marks of His Passion, you will find great strength in all troubles.”
Thomas à Kempis, The Inner Life

Wendell Berry
“If we are to have a culture as resilient and competent in the face of necessity as it needs to be, then it must somehow involve within itself a ceremonious generosity toward the wilderness of natural force and instinct. The farm must yield a place to the forest, not as a wood lot, or even as a necessary agricultural principle but as a sacred grove - a place where the Creation is let alone, to serve as instruction, example, refuge; a place for people to go, free of work and presumption, to let themselves alone. (pg. 125, The Body and the Earth)”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays

Sara Teasdale
“From my spirit's gray defeat,
From my pulse's flagging beat,
From my hopes that turned to sand
Sifting through my close-clenched hand,
From my own fault's slavery,
If I can sing, I still am free.

For with my singing I can make
A refuge for my spirit's sake,
A house of shining words, to be
My fragile immortality.”
Sara Teasdale

Terry Tempest Williams
“I am slowly, painfully discovering that my refuge is not found in my mother, my grandmother, of even the birds of Bear River. My refuge exists in my capacity to love. If I can learn to love death then I can begin to find refuge in change.”
Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place

Inglath Cooper
“The library had become her solace. Her refuge.Books did not question or judge. They made safe companions.”
Inglath Cooper, Truths and Roses: A Love Story

“Dear refuge of my weary soul,
On thee, when sorrows rise,
On thee, when waves of trouble roll,
My fainting hope relies.”
Anne Steele

“When the world caves in
Still my hope will cling
To Your promise
Where my courage ends
Let my heart find strength
In Your presence”

“what it a place where I can return to myself. It's enough of a scramble to get to...that the energy expended is significant, and it translates into a change in my body chemistry and my psychological chemistry and my heart chemistry...”
Jay Salter

“When we speak of the sangha, we speak of the "arya sangha," which means the "exalted sangha". At the time of the Buddha this referred to the arhats and bodhisattvas, the disciples who studied under him and achieved various levels of realization through their practice. But now who is the arya sangha? It is all of us, all of the practitioners of the present time. The moment we take refuge, which is to begin on the path, we hold the title of "sangha". As such, you should understand that you are one of the Three Jewels. You shouldn't put the Three Jewels outside of yourselves; you should always think of yourselves as being one of the Three Jewels—and that includes your body, your speech, and your mind.”
Dhomang Yangthang, The Union of Dzogchen and Mahamudra

J.R.    Miller
“The all-victorious Christ is like a great rock in a weary land, to whose shelter we may flee in every time of sorrow or trial, finding quiet refuge and peace in him.”
J.R. Miller

Margarita Engle
“Books are enchanted. Books help me travel. Books help me breathe.”
Margarita Engle, Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings

“For years, home has been idealised as a refuge from the world, somewhere predictable and unchanging. But home isn't just where we go to escape the world. Home is how we inhabit the world. Meaning comes from connection and a willingness to pay attention to the particulars of our lives, from the things we choose to use to our daily rituals and shared activities.”
Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

Lailah Gifty Akita
“God is our refuge in times of affliction.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Any place that I ‘run to’ most often turns into a place that I have to ‘run from’, unless of course that place is God.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Georges Rodenbach
“Thus the tower was both disease and cure. It rendered him unfit for the world and it remedied the hurts inflicted by the world.”
Georges Rodenbach, The Bells of Bruges

Susan Vreeland
“The only place Aletta and I could be together unseen was just under the rafters in the church tower, a circumstance that propelled us into an earlier intimacy than what we would have known had we been permitted to walk together Sunday afternoons under the wide sky.”
Susan Vreeland, Girl in Hyacinth Blue

D.J. MacHale
“He'd often come here to think. Occasionally he even used the toilet for its intended purpose, but mostly he came here to get away.”
D.J. MacHale, The Merchant of Death

“It's when I die in this life, that I take refuge in a parallel world.”
Anthony T.Hincks

Lailah Gifty Akita
“It is better to hide under the shadow of the righteousness of Almighty God than seek refuge in shelter of sins.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“What we build certainly might look like a refuge, but if it wasn't designed by God it's something more akin to a leaky tent in the middle of a category 5 hurricane on a Monday morning. Nothing about it is good.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Hanna Abi Akl
“Love is the small repetitive kisses
I drew all over you face
While your cold hands
Found refuge in mine”
Hanna Abi Akl, Diary in Poems

Orlando Araujo
“Nadie llegaba hasta allí por el placer de viajar y nadie se quedaba si podía vivr en otra parte.”
Orlando Araujo, Compañero de viaje y otros relatos

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