Quotes to ponder

As a writer, I find inspiration - and hope - in the expressions of others.  Perhaps a few of these will share a similar experience:

Someday, after mastering the winds,

the waves, the tides and gravity,

We shall harness for God the energies of love,

and then, for the second time in the history of the world,

man will discover fire.

- Teilhard de Chardin

The most impressive spectacle in life is the sight of a virtuous man steadily pursuing his course in the midst of vicious people.

- Aristippus, a follower of Socrates

Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.  I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets:

‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it

Boldness has genius, power, and magic to it.’

- Krishnamurti

Don’t be afraid of discontent, but give it nourishment until the spark becomes a flame and you are everlastingly disconnected with everything… so that you really begin to think to discover.

What is important is to be wholly discontented, for such total discontent is the beginning of the initiative which becomes creative as it matures; and that is the only way to find out what is truth, what is God, because the creative state is God.

So one must have this total discontent – but with joy.

- Krishnamurti

Books are the compasses and telescopes and sextants and charts which other men have prepared to help us navigate the dangerous seas of human life.

- Jesse L. Bennett

"God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages."

- William Ellery Channing

Books are ships which pass through the vast sea of time.

- Francis Bacon

An honest man is often a thief without an opportunity


It is far more important to me to preserve an unblemished conscience than to compass any object however great.

- William Ellery Channing

Life has a higher end, than to be amused.

- William Ellery Channing

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,

spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts

for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.

I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck

of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, 'There, she is gone'

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,

hull and spar as she was when she left my side.

And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me - not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, 'There, she is gone,'

there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices

ready to take up the glad shout, 'Here she comes!'

And that is dying...

Death comes in its own time, in its own way.

Death is as unique as the individual experiencing it.

- Henry Van Dyke

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