Quotes — Life (14 entries)

An experience of being alive…

People say that what we’re seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.

— Joseph Campbell

I disagree. It is not either/or. It is and/both.

« πλ | 5 Jul 2006 »

Breath is…

Breath is giving and receiving, breathing out and in. We can’t hold our breath, we cannot clutch the life force. We must surrender to the rhythm and the gift. That is life.

— Richard Fragomeni, Come to the Feast

« πλ | 27 Nov 2006 »

Every blade of grass has…

Every blade of grass has an angel bending over it, saying, “Grow! Grow!”

— The Talmud [via]

« πλ | 5 Nov 2006 »

Growth begins when…

Growth begins when we begin to accept our own weakness.

— Jean Vanier [via]

« πλ | 4 Jun 2006 »

If, Then…

If He is not risen, then our faith is in vain. If our faith is in vain, then our Homesickness is only monologue. If our Homesickness is only monologue, then my headphones have lied. Then all those evening walks downtown have been mere cardiovascular exercise. Then the late October air is not invigorating but cold. Then Autumn isn’t what I thought. Then life is meaningless.

— Jeremy Huggins [via]

« πλ | 13 Jun 2006 »

In widening circles…

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not ever complete the last one, but I give myself to it.

— Ranier Maria Rilke

« πλ | 27 Jul 2006 »

Life is a promise…

Life is a promise; fulfill it.

— Mother Teresa

« πλ | 1 Oct 2006 »

Life living itself through me…

To me this would be the best way to live—to situate yourself within your life in such a way as to feel that your own life was unfolding with the pattern of all of life. I suppose this might seem megalomaniacal, but I see it as quite humble. My life isn’t mine, it is just life living itself through me. I think, if you lived your life like that, then a lot of what bothers you wouldn’t bother you any more, and a lot of things that don’t bother you now would seem very important, very personal..

— Zoketsu Norman Fischer

« πλ | 7 Jul 2006 »

Must let go of…

We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.

— Joseph Campbell [via]

« πλ | 5 Jun 2006 »

Not one that consists in…

The life which is truly real is not one that consists in experiencing sensations, but in activity, I mean activity in both thought and deed.

— Simone Weil [via]

« πλ | 21 Sep 2006 »

So afraid of the brilliance…

One day passes and another day comes along, and everything happens the same. But basically, we are so afraid of the brilliance coming at us, and the sharp experience of our life, that we can’t even focus our eyes.

— Chogyam Trungpa, Dharma Art [via]

« πλ | 3 Jul 2006 »

The world is absolutely transparent…

Life is this simple. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the Divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or fable. It is true.

— Thomas Merton [via]

« πλ | 21 Jun 2006 »

We are less alone…

That we find a crystal or a poppy beautiful means that we are less alone, that we are more deeply inserted into existence than the course of a single life would lead us to believe.

— John Berger [via]

« πλ | 22 Jul 2006 »

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 »