Quotations

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.     H.D. Thoreau

 

To be awake is to be alive.  I have never yet met a man who was quite awake.  How could I have looked him in the face?  We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.    H.D. Thoreau

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way.  What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.  Pedro Arrupe

 

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.

To keep our faces toward change

and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate

is strength undefeatable.         Helen Keller

 

Joy is the most infallible sign of the presence of God.  Pierre Teilhard de Jardin

An enormous conflict between words and deeds is prevalent today: everyone talks about freedom, democracy, justice, human rights, about peace and saving the world from nuclear apocalypse; and at the same time, everyone, more or less, consciously or unconsciously, serves those values and ideals only to the extent necessary to serve himself and his “worldly” interests, personal interests, group interests, power interests, property interests, and state or great-power interests…So the power structures apparently have no other choice than to sink deeper into this vicious maelstrom, and contemporary people apparently have no other choice than to wait around until the final inhibition drops away. But who should begin? Who should break this vicious circle? Responsibility cannot be preached but only borne, and the only possible place to begin is with oneself.
                                                         Vaclav Havel

 

The greatest challenge of the day is this: How to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?  Dorothy Day

 

“Listen, there’s nothing for your pain but Jesus.”  Hazel Motes (Flannery O’Connor)

 

 

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?  Mary Oliver

 

I would say that there is one basic idea that should be kept in mind in all the changes we make in life, whether of career or anything else. We should decide not in view of better pay, higher rank, “getting ahead”, but in view of becoming more real, entering more authentically into direct contact with life, living more free and mature human person, able to give myself more to others, able to understand myself and the world better.
Thomas Merton