Quotes That I Like

“I am a frayed and nibbled survivor in a fallen world, and I am getting along. I am aging and eaten and have done my share of eating too. I am not washed and beautiful, in control of a shining world in which everything fits, but instead am wandering awed about on a splintered wreck I’ve come to care for, whose gnawed trees breathe a delicate air, whose bloodied and scarred creatures are my dearest companions, and whose beauty beats and shines not in its imperfections but overwhelmingly in spite of them, under the wind-rent clouds, upstream and down.”
– Annie Dillard
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

“Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it.”–Lt. John B. Putnam Jr. (1921-1944)

“Fear makes the wolf bigger than he is.”–German Proverb

“For resentments of any nature bring their fruit in the physical. Not that there should be wholly that of passive resistance, but: THY WILL, O LORD, BE DONE IN AND THROUGH ME AS THOU SEEST I HAVE NEED OF FOR MY SOUL DEVELOPMENT, AND THAT I MAY THROUGH THIS DEVELOPMENT BE THE GREATER CHANNEL OF BLESSING TO MY FELLOW MAN”

“To find the universal elements enough;
to find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk
or an evening saunter;
to be thrilled by the stars at night;
to be elated over a bird’s nest
or a wildflower in spring
– these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
~ John Burroughs, Naturalist (1837-1921) ~

“Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith.”
–John Ruskin

Your Catfish Friend
If I were to live my life
in catfish forms
in scaffolds of skin and whiskers
at the bottom of a pond
and you were to come by
. . . one evening
when the moon was shining
down into my dark home
and stand there at the edge
. . . of my affection
and think, “It’s beautiful
here by this pond. I wish
. . . somebody loved me,”
I’d love you and be your catfish
friend and drive such lonely
thoughts from your mind
and suddenly you would be
. . . at peace,
and ask yourself, “I wonder
if there are any catfish
in this pond? It seems like
a perfect place for them.”
– Richard Brautigan
The Pill Versus the Springhill Mine Disaster

“How the sting of poverty, or small means, is gone when one keeps house for one’s own comfort and not for the comfort of one’s neighbors.”
–Dinah Maria Mulock

“Think on This…
And remember, every experience is a conditional one. For, choice must be made daily.”
–Reading 2034-1

“That ye may be able to withstand – That ye may not only stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made you free, but also discomfit all your spiritual foes; and continuing in your ranks, maintain your ground against them, never putting off your armor, but standing always ready prepared to repel any new attack.”

3 Responses to Quotes That I Like

  1. There are so many great quotes here that it is almost mind-numbing to try to read them all at once, but a favorite for the moment is John Muir’s “When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe,”perhaps because I’m reading Joan Halifax’s The Fruitful Darkness at the moment.

    • Elisa says:

      I still cannot or have yet not come up with a way to correct this issue. Today, I remembered the pagination article that WordPress did. I added in the code to create pages. Please let me know if you have any suggestion that might be better. It’s hard for me to organize or categorize that is PERFECT. Forcing one quote into one way of thinking smashes up against my method of cross referencing (the ultimate correct one that I do not have–yet) lol!

  2. Great quotes indeed, thoughts to remember, words to read again and write in one’s journal. Thank you Elisa.

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