Quotes for June 2005

The one thing that causes unhappiness…

· 30 June 2005

If you look carefully you will see that there is one thing and only one thing that causes unhappiness. The name of that thing is attachment. What is an attachment? An emotional state of clinging caused by the belief that without some particular thing or some person you cannot be happy.

— Anthony de Mello

« πλ | Detachment, Suffering »

All mortals tend to turn into…

· 29 June 2005

All mortals tend to turn into the thing they are pretending to be.

— C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

« πλ | Attitude, Being »

The Church imposes nothing…

· 28 June 2005

The Church imposes nothing; she only proposes, she proposes like a lover to the beloved.

— Pope John Paul II

Just like Jesus to us, the Bride Groom…

« πλ | Religion »

Being Still

· 27 June 2005

The stiller I am, the more everything moves in the immense vocabulary of being.

— Margaret Hasse

« πλ | Being »

The future has many names…

· 26 June 2005

The future has many names. For the fearful, it is the unknown; for the reckless, it is the adventure; for the pessimist, it is the unattainable; for the brave, it is opportunity.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Motivation »

According to an English university…

· 25 June 2005

Acocdrnig to an Elgnsih unviesitry sutdy, the oredr of letetrs in a wrod dosen’t mttaer. The olny thnig thta is iopmrantt is that the frsit and lsat ltteer of eevry word is in the crcreot ptoision. The rset can be jmbueld and one is stlil able to raed the txet wiohtut dclftfuiiy. (Of cuorse, cotnext is ipmortnat too.)

— Author unknown

Semes naroml to me ;)

« πλ | Observation »

Many that live deserve death…

· 24 June 2005

Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement.

— Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring

« πλ | Humility »

Not all who wander…

· 23 June 2005

Not all who wander are lost.

— J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

« πλ | Observation »

Is time…

· 22 June 2005

Is time the wheel that turns, or the track it leaves behind?

— Kelstar’s Riddle

« πλ | Ponder »

As the island of our knowledge grows…

· 21 June 2005

As the island of our knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.

— John Wheeler

« πλ | Humility »

A life’s worth isn’t measured in…

· 20 June 2005

A life’s worth, in the end, isn’t measured in hours or dollars. It’s measured by the amount of love exchanged along the way.

— Douglas C. Means (thanks Libby)

« πλ | Love »

To a worm…

· 19 June 2005

To a worm, digging in the hard ground is more relaxing than going fishing.

— Author unknown

« πλ | Observation »

The Lord looks on his servants…

· 18 June 2005

The Lord looks on his servants with pity and not with blame. In God’s sight we do not fall; in our sight, we do not stand. Both of these are true, but the deeper insight belongs to God.

— Julian of Norwich

We too often want to make it an either/or issue. It is difficult for us to see it as and/both.

« πλ | Mystery »

Life is not a problem to be…

· 17 June 2005

Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.

— Joseph Campbell

« πλ | Mystery »

Difference between genius and stupidity…

· 16 June 2005

The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits.

— Albert Einstein (maybe)

« πλ | Observation »

American life is a powerful solvent…

· 15 June 2005

American life is a powerful solvent. It seems to neutralize every intellectual element, however tough and alien it may be, and to fuse it in the native goodwill, complacency, thoughtlessness, and optimism.

— George Santayana [via]

« πλ | Politics »

Never attribute to malice…

· 14 June 2005

Hanlon’s Razor: Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

— Robert J. Hanlon

« πλ | Observation »

God never forces himself…

· 13 June 2005

God never forces himself upon us or works in us beyond what we are willing to allow him to do. If we do not grow in love, it is not because his love for us is limited, but because we set limits to what his love can do in us.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | God, Love »

God’s command to us is not…

· 12 June 2005

God’s command to us is not “make yourself perfect,” but “be made” perfect. The love, even for your enemies, which Jesus commands is not our work but his work in us. That makes all the difference.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | Love »

The real conflict is…

· 11 June 2005

The real conflict is not “God vs. no God,” but rather love vs. hate.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | Religion »

The whole purpose of prayer is to…

· 10 June 2005

The whole purpose of prayer is to know, to possess and be possessed by God.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | Prayer »

Prayer is…

· 9 June 2005

Prayer is loving and not thinking.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | Prayer »

We will be tempted to abandon prayer…

· 8 June 2005

The time will surely come when the well of our imagination runs dry and we must either be convinced that God is not the image we have of him or else we will take the loss of the image for the loss of God himself—and we will be tempted to abandon prayer as a hopeless endeavor.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | Prayer »

The mark of a good prayer life…

· 7 June 2005

The mark of a good prayer life is not abundant consolation, but growth in the virtues.

— Thomas Green, When the Well Runs Dry

« πλ | Prayer, Virtue »

Joy is a mystery…

· 6 June 2005

Joy is a mystery because it can happen anywhere, anytime, even under the most unpromising circumstances, even in the midst of suffering, with tears in its eyes.

— Frederich Buechner [via]

« πλ | Joy, Mystery »

When you see Jesus as…

· 5 June 2005

When you see Jesus as your Treasure, the Spirit has blown through your heart.

— John Piper [via]

« πλ | Grace »


· 4 June 2005

People still often say how they read something or do something “religiously,” presumably to mean “without fail” or “with dedication”—for instance, “I read your blog religiously,” or “I’ll administer these medicines religiously” (to take two real examples I’ve run across recently). But shouldn’t it, for most people, mean “reluctantly, twice a year”?

Eugene Volokh [via]

« πλ | Observation »

Don’t worry about the future…

· 3 June 2005

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum.

— Kurt Vonnegut (thanks Randy)

« πλ | Observation »

Fallen man is a criminal…

· 2 June 2005

Fallen man is a criminal who cannot be redeemed by any human means because such redemption would only lead to destruction in some other form.

Steven Riddle

In other words, you can’t save yourself; only God can. The trick then is to let Him. Let go; let God.

« πλ | Pride »

If you reveal your secrets…

· 1 June 2005

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees.

— Khalil Gibran [via]

« πλ | Observation »