Friday, January 10, 2014

Weekly Quotes 2014 #1

Charmed Thirds

. . . I don't have the vocabulary for speaking the language of senseless loss.  (100)

We define ourselves by the stories we tell others. (164)

We help others only as much as they let us. (224)

It's easier to think you know it all when you don't know anything at all.  (345)

God Revised

To say we are the presence of God in this world is not a metaphor.  WE are the face of God in this world, and God’s voice and hands. . . . God is dependent upon us. The active agency of the divine life emerges through our choices and our actions.  (88)

[M]en general view themselves as a success when they stand at the top of the world, while women generally view themselves as a success when they stand at the center of the world.  One perspective is about distinction; the other is about relation.  (109)

Religious sampling . . . certainly adds a patina of spirituality to life, but the question is to what those various spiritual parts, repurposed from diverse religious traditions, add up.  (115)

The ultimate test of a religious belief is what emerges from the lives of people who believe it.  (118)

The point of religious belief is not simply to affirm that something is true.  It is to make yourself a better person and your world a better place.  (119)

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses.  The more you look the more you see.  (171)

The idea that the majority of students attend a university for an education independent of the degree and grades is a little hypocrisy everyone is happier not to expose.  Occasionally some students do arrive for an education but rote and the mechanical nature of the institution soon converts them to a less idealistic attitude.  (174)

Such students . . . would go to his first class, get his first assignment and probably do it out of habit.  He might go to his second and third as well.  But eventually the novelty of the course would wear off and, because his academic life was not his only life, the pressure of other obligations or desires would create circumstances where he just would not be able to get an assignment in.  (174-175)

The whole idea of individual creativity and expression in the classroom was really basically opposed to the whole idea of the University.  (180)

Mental reflection is so much more interesting than TV it’s a shame more people don’t switch over to it.  They probably think what they hear is unimportant but it never is.  (183)

The War of Art

If we think of ourselves as a corporation, it gives us a healthy distance on ourselves.  We’re less subjective.  We don’t take blows as personally.  We’re more cold-blooded; we can price our wares realistically.  Sometimes, as Joe Blow himself, I’m too mild-mannered to go out and sell.  But as Joe Blow, Inc., I can pimp the hell out of myself.  I’m not me anymore.  I’m Me, Inc.  (98)

Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.  (108)

We’re all creative.  We all have the same psyche.  The same everyday miracles are happening in all our heads day by day, minute by minute.  (127)

We know that if we embrace our ideals, we must prove worthy of them.  That scares the hell out of us.  (143)

Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention or the part on the part of the actor.  It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.  Don’t cheat us of your contribution.  Give us what you’ve got. (165)

Come August, Come Freedom

Do not mistake politics for principles.  (149)


  1. Great quotes! Thanks for hooking me up with Jen R and the Gratitude and Happiness Community. I have enjoyed it so much.

    1. You are most welcome. I had a feeling you would fit right in and I also hoped it might expand your reading audience. :)