Archive for May, 2011

As anyone knows who follows this blog, my reading interests cover a wide range of topics.  One of my favorite spiritual authors is Trappist Monk, Thomas Merton who  wrote some wonderful and very insightful books, prayers, and essays. The following quotes is a great example of his work:

“To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us – and He has given us everything. Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.

Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God. For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience. And that is what makes all the difference.”

— Thomas Merton


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Today’s Quotes:

“Why do we trust one another so little? I know there must be a reason, but still I sometimes think it’s horrible that you find you can never really confide in people, even in those who are nearest to you”. -Anne Frank

“Because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” -Anne Frank

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I enjoy reading; so much can be gained from reading. One of my favorite authors said it best: “For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.” — Louis L’Amour

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“Books change lives. They are the repository of culture. They teach. They entertain. They are scholarship. They are art. They’re portable. You can pay twice as much for a sweater and the only thing that you will have is warmth and maybe good looks, but your life will not be changed and, once the sleeves wear thin, or the neckline frays, you will have nothing. But a book, even if the binding cracks, and the pages come loose, will stay with you, in your heart and mind, until you go to the grave.” – John Ruskin

“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes” – Desiderius Erasmus

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Literature has said and expressed a lot about “Heroes”, here are a few of my favorite thoughts on heroes:

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.” – G. K. Chesterton

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.”– Joseph Campbell

“And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.” – Walt Whitman

“Everyone is necessarily the hero of his own life story.” – John Barth

“Being a hero is about the shortest-lived profession on earth.” -Will Rogers

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Today’s Quotes:

Tao Te Ching Chapter 29

Do you want to improve the world?
I don’t think it can be done.

The world is sacred.
It can’t be improved.
If you tamper with it, you’ll ruin it.
If you treat it like an object, you’ll lose it.

There is a time for being ahead,
a time for being behind;
a time for being in motion,
a time for being at rest;
a time for being vigorous,
a time for being exhausted;
a time for being safe,
a time for being in danger.

The Master sees things as they are,
without trying to control them.
She lets them go their own way,
and resides at the center of the circle.

Ecclesiastes, 3:1-9, A Time for Everything:

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboreth?


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Today’s Quote:

“Be careful what you water your dreams with. Water them with worry and fear and you will produce weeds that choke the life from your dream. Water them with optimism and solutions and you will cultivate success. Always be on the lookout for ways to turn a problem into an opportunity for success. Always be on the lookout for ways to nurture your dream.” – Lao Tzu

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