Quotes — Being (27 entries)

Acquiring or possessing…

How could there be any question of acquiring or possessing, when the one thing needful for a man is to become—to be at last, and to die in the fullness of his being.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

« πλ | 17 Oct 2005 »

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 »

Being Still

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

— Margaret Hasse

« πλ | 27 Jun 2005 »

Beyond being able to…

Now—here is my secret: I tell it to you with the openness of heart that I doubt I shall ever achieve again, so I pray that you are in a quiet room as you hear these words. My secret is that I need God—that I am sick and can no longer make it alone. I need God to help me give, because I no longer seem to be capable of giving; to help me be kind, as I no longer seem capable of kindness; to help me love, as I seem beyond being able to love.

— Douglas Coupland, Life After God [via]

« πλ | 12 Jun 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 »

Coded inside us…

We all have the extraordinary coded inside us, waiting to be released.

— Jean Houston

We all have royal blood in us for we are sons and daughters of the Most High, our Father in Heaven.

« πλ | 6 Aug 2006 »

God wanted you to be you…

There is only one you. God wanted you to be you. Don’t you dare change just because you’re outnumbered!

— Charles Swindoll

« πλ | 5 Aug 2006 »

If you are…

If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire.

— St. Catherine of Siena

« πλ | 4 Aug 2006 »

In order to be…

The notion of looking on at life has always been hateful to me. What am I if I am not a participant? In order to be, I must participate.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

« πλ | 18 Oct 2005 »

Keep the light…

Deep in their roots all flowers keep the light.

— Theodore Roethke

« πλ | 9 Aug 2006 »

Know not what…

We know what we are, but know not what we may be.

— William Shakespeare

Do we really know what we are?

« πλ | 7 Aug 2006 »

Made us weak…

Something we were withholding, made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.

— Robert Frost

It is our manufactured, prideful false self holding us back.

« πλ | 12 Aug 2006 »

Moments of inspiration…

Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.

— Henry David Thoreau [via]

« πλ | 10 Sep 2005 »

The beauty we love…

Let the beauty we love, be what we do.

— Rumi

« πλ | 5 May 2006 »

The concept of consciousness…

If the concept of consciousness were to fall to science, what would happen to our sense of moral agency and free will? If conscious experience were reduced somehow to mere matter in motion, what would happen to our appreciation of love and pain and dreams and joy? If conscious human beings were just animated material objects, how could anything we do to them be right or wrong?

— Daniel C. Dennett [via]

« πλ | 9 Jul 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 earth delights to feel…

Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

— Khalil Gibran

« πλ | 22 Apr 2006 »

The reality that is present…

The reality that is present to us and in us: call it being…Silence. And the simple fact that by being attentive, by learning to listen (or recovering the natural capacity to listen) we can find ourself engulfed in such happiness that it cannot be explained: the happiness of being at one with everything in that hidden ground of Love for which there can be no explanations…. May we all grow in grace and peace, and not neglect the silence that is printed in the center of our being. It will not fail us.

— Thomas Merton

« πλ | 13 Nov 2006 »

The sense of being…

We have lost the sense of BEING. And thus our BEING has become nothing other than our DOING.

— Author unknown [via]

« πλ | 28 Nov 2005 »

To be human is…

To be human is to become visible while carrying what is hidden as a gift to others.

— David Whyte, “What to Remember When Waking”

« πλ | 23 Jul 2006 »


We are so much more undiscovered than we are discovered.

— Kobi Yamada

In seeking ourselves, we discover God. In seeking God, we discover ourselves.

« πλ | 8 Aug 2006 »

We all have within us…

We all have within us a center of stillness surrounded by silence.

— Dag Hammerskjöld

« πλ | 23 Nov 2006 »

We are not judged by…

We are not judged by what we are basically. We are judged by how hard we use what we have been given. Success means nothing to the Lord.

— Flannery O’Connor [via]

« πλ | 22 Aug 2005 »

We are rebels…

We are not merely imperfect creatures who need to grow, we are rebels who need to lay down our arms.

— C.S. Lewis

« πλ | 20 Jan 2006 »

We take ourselves as…

We take ourselves as we are, and we take our brother as he is. Together with him we take a stand for love. And all the evidence to the contrary not withstanding: love is all that matters. It is only love that makes of Desolation Row a Glory Road. And Love is already there, because that is where He lives.

— Fr. Matthew Kelty, from “Desolation Row”

« πλ | 17 Jul 2005 »

What you can plan…

What you can plan is too small for you to live.

— David Whyte, “What to Remember When Waking”

« πλ | 24 Jul 2006 »

Your own Promised Land…

You are your own Promised Land, your own new frontier.

— Julia Cameron

« πλ | 10 Aug 2006 »