Quotes — Attitude (48 entries)

A 1000 different ways…

Take time today to pause every now and then, take a deep breath of that moment, and know that God loves you. He will whisper “I love you” in a 1000 different ways.

— Mark Woodward

« πλ | 2 Jan 2006 »

A master in the art of living…

A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.

— Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand [via]

« πλ | 28 Apr 2005 »

Acceptance has become…

Before we can change anything in our life, we have to recognize that this is the way it is meant to be right now. For me, acceptance has become what I call the long sigh of the soul. It’s the closed eyes in prayer, perhaps even the quiet tears. It’s “all right,” as in “All right, You lead, I’ll follow.” And it’s “all right” as in “Everything is going to turn out all right.” This is simply part of the journey…

— Sarah Ban Breathnach

« πλ | 6 Feb 2006 »

Advice for beginning mystics…

And now, advice for beginning mystics. Be sober, be intelligent, be educated, rely on the tangible reality as long as you can. Remember that the act of writing is a tiny part of a bigger something. Defend the value of the spiritual experience and if somebody tells you it’s an old fashioned notion, laugh loudly and serenely.

— Adam Zagajewski [source, via]

« πλ | 22 Sep 2006 »

All mortals tend to turn into…

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

— C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

« πλ | 29 Jun 2005 »

All things are…

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson [via]

« πλ | 9 Jun 2006 »

An excuse is worse…

An excuse is worse and more terrible than a lie, for an excuse is a lie guarded.

— Pope John Paul II [via]

« πλ | 29 Jul 2006 »

Attitudes are…

Attitudes are contagious…is yours worth catching?

— Author unknown

« πλ | 7 Aug 2005 »

Bad weather…

There is no such thing as bad weather. All weather is good because it is God’s.

— St. Teresa of Avila [via]

« πλ | 9 May 2006 »

Beginner’s mind…

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s there are few.

— Shunryo Suzuki-Roshi

« πλ | 10 Jun 2006 »

By examining the tongue…

By examining the tongue of the patient, physicians find out the diseases of the body, and philosophers the diseases of the mind.

— St. Justin Martyr

« πλ | 21 Jul 2006 »

Cannot navigate the future unless…

[Speaking about rear-view mirrors] You cannot successfully navigate the future unless you keep always framed beside it a small, clear image of the past.

— J.A. Struther, aka “Mrs. Miniver” [via]

« πλ | 1 Jul 2006 »

Changing our hearts…

Are we Christians in this country really changing our hearts, or do we just believe in a change of heart…?

— Johann Baptist Metz

« πλ | 19 Aug 2006 »

Define enlightenment…

If I could define enlightenment briefly I would say it is the quiet acceptance of what is.

— Wayne Dyer [via]

« πλ | 6 Jun 2006 »

Everything is noble if…

Everything is noble if it is done for the greater glory of God.

Jeff Pioquinto

« πλ | 16 Feb 2006 »

Freedom consists not in…

Freedom consists not in doing what we like,
but in having the right to do what we ought.

— Pop John Paul II [via]

« πλ | 20 Apr 2005 »

Hate cannot drive out hate…

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness, in a descending spiral of destruction. The chain reaction of evil must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.

— Martin Luther King Jr. [via]

« πλ | 17 May 2006 »

Having an open mind…

The point of having an open mind, like having an open mouth, is to close it on something solid.

— G.K. Chesterton

« πλ | 29 Aug 2005 »

Human nature to be threatened by…

It is human nature to be threatened by holiness since we have constructed a world and are comfortable with it as it is.

— Msgr. Lane [via]

« πλ | 5 Dec 2005 »

If you are discouraged…

If you are discouraged it is a sign of pride, because it shows you trust in your own powers. Never bother about other people’s opinions. Be humble and you will never be disturbed. Remember St. Aloysius, who said he would continue to play billiards even if he knew he was going to die. Do you play well? Sleep well? Eat well? These are duties. Nothing is small for God.

— Mother Teresa [via]

« πλ | 28 Jul 2006 »

In the beginner’s mind…

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.

— Shunryo Suzuki-Roshi [via]

« πλ | 22 May 2005 »

In what is…

In what is necessary, unity;
in what is not necessary, liberty
and in all things charity.

— St. Augustine [via]

« πλ | 19 Aug 2005 »

Indifference is the only road that…

Indifference is the only road that never gets to God.

— Peter Kreeft, Making Sense Out of Suffering

« πλ | 30 Jan 2006 »

It is not so much what happens…

It is not so much what happens to us, as how we react to what happens.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 25 Feb 2005 »

Keep the light…

Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.

— Theodore Roethke

« πλ | 9 Aug 2006 »

Man’s hankering curiosity…

[Man’s] hankering curiosity is so much stronger than his desire to obey the word of God.

— Carlo Carretto, Letters from the Desert

« πλ | 31 Oct 2005 »

Maturity begins to grow…

Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.

— John MacNaughton

« πλ | 29 Sep 2006 »

Never saw an ugly thing…

I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may—light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

— John Constable [via]

« πλ | 12 May 2006 »

No hopeless situations…

There are no hopeless situations, only people who think hopelessly.

— Windred Newman

« πλ | 15 Sep 2005 »

No word meaning “art” occurs in…

No word meaning “art” occurs in Aivilik, nor does “artist”: there are only people. Nor is any distinction made between utilitarian and decorative objects. The Aivilik say simply, “A man should do all things properly.”

— Edmund Carpenter, Eskimo

« πλ | 2 Nov 2006 »

Of all the things you wear…

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 16 Mar 2005 »

On a journey home…

We are not citizens of this world trying to make our way to heaven; we are citizens of heaven trying to make our way through this world … we live as those who are on a journey home; a home we know will have the lights on and the door open and our Father waiting for us when we arrive. That means in all adversity our worship of God is joyful, our life is hopeful, our future is secure. There is nothing we can lose on earth that can rob us of the treasures God has given us and will give us.

— The Landisfarne [via]

« πλ | 21 Feb 2006 »

Some folks say…

Some folks say the cup is half full, some that it is half empty. And some folks just complain about the cup.

— Ron Legest [via]

« πλ | 28 May 2006 »

Stepping stones…

The only difference between stepping stones and stumbling blocks is how we use them.

— Author unknown

« πλ | 3 Mar 2005 »

Striving for perfection is…

Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is. It’s your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best.

— Laurence Olivier [via]

« πλ | 26 May 2006 »

The cardinal problem of human life…

For wise men of old, the cardinal problem of human life was how to conform the soul to objective reality, and the solution was wisdom, self-discipline, and virtue. For the modern mind, the cardinal problem is how to subdue reality to the wishes of man, and the solution is a technique.

— C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

« πλ | 1 Feb 2006 »

The courage of the soul…

The courage of the soul truly open to the Lord is never marked by angry self-righteousness or restless intolerance.

— Thomas H. Green, Weeds Among the Wheat

« πλ | 5 Oct 2005 »

The lesser as reflecting the greater…

The modern mind always tends to reduce the greater to the lesser rather than seeing the lesser as reflecting the greater.

— Peter Kreeft, The God Who Loves You

« πλ | 8 Mar 2006 »

The most wasted day of all…

The most wasted day of all is that during which we have not laughed.

— e.e. cummings (thanks Emily)

« πλ | 15 Apr 2005 »

The rare moment is…

The rare moment is not the moment when there is something worth looking at, but the moment when we are capable of seeing.

— Joseph Wood Krutch

« πλ | 5 Jul 2005 »

The soul should always stand ajar…

The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.

— Emily Dickinson

« πλ | 22 Oct 2005 »

They are in fashion…

The greatest part of mankind have no other reason for their opinion than that they are in fashion.

— Samuel Johnson

« πλ | 16 Sep 2006 »

To fall into the impiety of…

For a Christian to say, “I will not have anything to do with the great and worthy works of artists whose lives were not good” is to fall into the impiety of questioning the wisdom of God in bestowing gifts of grace where He wills.

— Frank Gaebelein [via]

« πλ | 28 Jun 2006 »

Triple truth…

Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.

— Buddha [via]

« πλ | 23 Jun 2006 »

Why must the pessimist always…

An optimist may see a light where there is none, but why must the pessimist always run to blow it out?

— Rene Descartes

« πλ | 14 Jun 2006 »

Without suffering…

It’s like growing lotus flowers. You cannot grow lotus flowers on marble. You have to grow them on the mud. Without mud you cannot have lotus flowers. Without suffering, you have no way to learn how to be understanding and compassionate.

— Thich Nhat Hanh [via]

« πλ | 8 May 2006 »

Write it on your heart…

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson [via]

« πλ | 25 Nov 2005 »

Your words…

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.

— Napoleon Hill [via]

« πλ | 25 Sep 2005 »