Reflections on the Quest
One of the symptoms of approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that ones work is terribly important, and that to take a holiday would bring all kinds of disaster.
If I were a medical man, I should prescribe a holiday to any patient who considered his work important.
The good things in history are usually of very short duration, but afterwards have a decisive influence over what happens over long periods of time.
One of the lessons of history is that Nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
LIFE IS A PARTY
Life is a party. You join after it started and you leave before its finished.
Romance and work are great diversions to keep you from dealing with yourself.
Isn't life a terrible thing thank God.
As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do.
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.
There is no Hell but selfhood. No paradise but selflessness.
Unless a man is simple, he cannot recognise God, the simple one.
Going back to the origin is called peace: It means reversion to destiny: Reversion to destiny is called eternity: He who knows eternity is called enlightened.
Tao Te Ching
THE LAUGHING BUDDHA
The most wasted of all our days are those in which we have not laughed.
Peace is not made at the council tables, or by treaties, but in the hearts of men.
This is the secret of joy. We shall no longer strive for our own way; but commit ourselves, easily and simply, to God's way, acquiesce in his will and in so doing find our peace.
God only is wise and... the wisdom of men is worth little or nothing... He... is the wisest who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing.
Remember that you are an actor in a play, and the playwright chooses the manner of it... Your business is to act the character that is given you and act it well; the choice of the cast is anothers.
BOUND FOR GLORY
Heaven is our heritage, earth but a players stage.
Let not poverty and misfortune distress you. For as gold is tried in the fire, the believer is exposed of trails.
FOR THE BEST
God never takes anything from his children unless he means to give them something better
The joy of being older is that in one's life one can towards the end of the run, over-act appallingly.
A LITTLE SPARK
From a little spark may burst a mighty flame
DO IT YOURSELF
Truth which is merely told is quick to be forgotten: truth which is discovered lasts a lifetime
These trees and meadows teach us clearly the best of all things - to forget what we know.
Alfred De Musset
Love your enemies, for they tell you your faults.
Oh, thrice blessed the mortals, who, having contemplated these mysteries have descended to Hades: for those only will there be a future life of happiness - the others there will find nothing but suffering.
I read my Bible to know what people ought to do and my newspaper to know that they are doing.
John H Newman
God did not make people perfect. He made them pilgrims after perfection.
Henry W Beecher
LIGHT A CANDLE
Don't curse the darkness - light a candle.
All created things perish. He who knows and sees this is at peace in a world of pain.
The eternal problem of the human being is how to structure his/her waking hours.
Near renunciation, very near, dwells eternal peace.
Let not the sun go down upon your wrath.
All thoughts will lead you home.
Life gives nothing to mankind. Unless they strive mightily
To get the kernel, you must crack the nut.
Example is not the main thing in influencing others - it is the only thing.
People must pursue things which are just in present, and leave the future to the divine providence.
People do not lack strengh, they lack will.
TICKET TO RIDE
There may be many ways, but they are ways of illustrating the one mind.
NOW IS THE TIME
The past and the future are our inveterate enemies.
Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hate. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.
Corrie Ten Boom
THE OPEN DOOR
When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.
All justice comes from God. He is its sole source.
LET NOTHING DISTURB THEE
Let nothing disturb thee: Nothing affright thee: All things are passing: God never changeth.
Saint Teresa of Avila
Everything mortal can be raised up or laid low in a single day.
Time cannot stand still and never will.
Reconcilers show compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Truth is the only resting place of the soul.
True peace consists in not separating ourselves from the will of God.
The good of the community is greater and more divine than the good of the individual.
THE TREMBLING REED
Man is nothing but a reed trembling in the wind.
There is only us.
There is nothing new under ths sun.