“The most important thing about you is not the things that you achieve; it is the person that you become.” Dallas Willard
“Habits eat willpower for breakfast.” John Ortberg, Soul Keeping. (Reminiscent of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics)
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”
– Dr. Seuss, The Lorax
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”
– Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who
“[I]n the military, they give medals to people who are willing to sacrifice themselves so that others may gain. In business, we give bonuses to people who are willing to sacrifice others so that we may gain.”
– Simon Sinak
“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”
– George Eliot, Middlemarch
“Not forgiving is like dragging around a bag of rotten potatoes; it adds to your burden and stinks up your life.”
“Have you ever wondered whether the purpose of your life might be to serve as a warning to others?”
– for this and an abundance of similar humour, see Despair.com.
(Not everyone appreciates this sort of humour, but I find it hilarious.)
“There will never be a better time than now to take control of your thoughts. Our dominant thoughts drive our actions . . . which lead to results. If you want positive results, then, tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to ‘sit down and shut up.’ Replace it with a positive, motivational committee.”
– Ann Bradford
“What do we live for but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn.”
– Mr. Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
“You believe that, if it gives you comfort.”
– Mr. Bennet to Jane, Pride and Prejudice
“You never will be able to make both of them good for anything. Take your choice, but you must be satisfied with only one. There is but such a quantity of merit between them; just enough to make one good sort of man . . . . One has got all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it.”
– Elizabeth to Jane re: Wickham & Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice
(How deceptive appearances can be!)
C. S. Lewis:
“They will not let us help them. They have chosen cunning instead of belief. Their prison is only in their own minds, yet they are in that prison; and so afraid of being taken in that they cannot be taken out.”
– The Last Battle
(Conveys the truth, I think, about philosophical skepticism.)
“Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things–trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.
And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play-world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.
So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”
– Puddleglum in The Silver Chair
(Conveys much of my own attitude regarding Theism vs. Naturalism)
“Certainty is fleeting. That is why we must have faith.”
– Sister Julienne in Call the Midwife, Jennifer Worth
“ ‘What was God doing when she was befouled and murdered?’
‘God was taking note of all,’ said Cadfael, ‘and making place beside Him . . .’ ”
– Brother Cadfael, The Virgin in the Ice, Ellis Peters
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
– Jesus, “The Beatitudes,” Matthew 5:3-10
If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
– I Corinthians 13:1-8
There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
– Romans 5:22-23
All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
– II Corinthians 5:18-21
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
– I Corinthians 1:18-29