Words of Wisdom, Part One

Yesterday as I was cleaning out old handbags to give to the church garage sale, I found a little book filled with quotations.  There are similar little books in lots of places.  I like the way some people express little bits of wisdom and I try to hang on to them by writing them down.  Here is one of my collections of Words of Wisdom.  These are not the ones I found in this latest little notebook.  Those will go in Part Two.  Each book reflects what I’ve been reading at various times.  This collection is a fairly long one.

WORDS OF WISDOM, PART ONE

Collected by Jean Fitch Justice

*Courage does not always roar. Sometimes it is a quiet voice at the end of the day, Saying, “I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Rademacher

*Sometimes in the winds of change we find our true direction.

*It’s choice – not chance – that determines your destiny. – Jean Nidetch

*Maybe God’s greater than your cosmology. – Tony Campolo

*The heart that gives, gathers.  – Marianne Moore

*Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa

*Keep your face to the sunshine and you will not see the shadows. — Helen Keller

*Anything worth doing takes more than one lifetime. – Reinhold Niebuhr

*Well-behaved women rarely make history.

*The abundance of God’s grace is sufficient for the journey.  Kathi Austin Mahle

*Burn brightly without burning out.  — Richard Biggs

*If you’re going through hell, keep going. – Rob Estes

*Civilization = the ever-expanding circle of those whom we do not kill. – Margaret Mead

*To bring joy to a single human being is of more value than building many shrines. – Abu Ibn Said

*True peace is not merely the absence of violence; it is the presence of justice. – MLKing Jr

*Books may well be the only true magic… – Alice Hoffman

*Go! Be! Live! Love!  – Buechner

*Blessed are those who traverse mountains and are silent enough to hear snow. – Teta Cleaveland

*All acts of memory are to some extent imaginative. – Eva Hoffman

*A quilt stitched with love is a comforter for the soul.

*To build a library is to create a life. It’s never just a random collection of books. – Carlos Maria Dominguez

*Come my friends, it is not too late to dream a better world. – Tennyson

*I’m learning to live inside the view that everything is really already okay. – Stephen Cope

*Expecting the world to treat you fairly because you are a good person is a little like expecting the bull not to attack you because you are a vegetarian.  – Dennis Wholey

*Life is simpler when you plow around the stumps.

*When it’s raining porridge, hold up your bowl. – Sandra Dallas

*Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement, to look at the world in a way that takes noting for granted. Everything is phenomenal; everything is incredible; to be spiritual is to be constantly amazed.”     (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel)

*Judaism is deed that leads to creed; Christianity is creed that leads to deed. – Rabbi Marcia Zimmerman

*God does not give me the strength to carry my own burdens; God gives US strength to carry OUR burdens. – Diana Hynson

*One of the biggest gifts you can give the world is a healed life.  – Christiane Northrup

*Vision w/o action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. Glorious vision combined w/decisive action can change the world. – Dick Wills

*Most people are on the world, not in it. – John Muir

*May God keep you safe til the word of your life is fully spoken. – Irish blessing

*I believe in Christ. I don’t believe in Christianity. – Jean Fitch Justice

*If we loved one generation of children fully, the world’s problems would disappear. -Bernie Siegel

*Explanations are timebound; experience is real and eternal. – John Shelby Spong

*Live in your heart; magic happens. – Bernie Siegel

*There are so many more ways for God to be God than we have realized. – Mary Farrell Bednarowski

*There lives more faith in honest doubt than in all the creeds. – Tennyson

*Forgive us our trash passes as we forgive those who pass trash against us. – David Fleming’s sermon

*Of the 1,426 people given names in the Hebrew scriptures, only 111 of them are female. – Kathy Coffey

*Tickle the dirt and listen to God laugh.

*If the shoe doesn’t fit, wear it anyway and walk funny. – Miriam Therese Winter

*Put all of your eggs in God’s basket and count your blessings before they hatch.

*What do we live for if not to make life less difficult for others? – George Eliot 1871

*What’s down in the well will come up in the bucket. – Colliga

*Only the meeting matters. – Frederick Buechner

*Silence is the only true voice of our God.- Melville

*Your dreams go holy put into action. – Adelide Ann Procter

*The greatest gift is to know love. – Emily Saliers, Indigo Girls

*We find rest for our souls — a refuge and a shelter — when we clear a space for Christ in our lives. – Delbert Harmon (UR)

*Compassion and justice are companions, not choices. – Wm Sloan Coffin

*Theology is making segues from one of God’s metaphors to another. – Don Saliers

*Gracious God, give us the ability to be present with those who face adversity, without agenda, without expectations, without anything in our hearts but love. – Parker Palmer

*Information. Inspiration. Recreation. Your library.

*Bible texts are best read with a pair of glasses made out of today’s newspaper.  – Dorothee Solle

*Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. – Chinese proverb

*It cannot be that the People should grow in Grace unless they give themselves to Reading. -John Wesley

*The rivers of our soul spring from the same well. -Po Chu-i, Chinese poet

*Friendship is the ground you plant your tree in.  — Bahauddin, father of Rumi

*It is time that Christians were judged more by their likeness to Christ than their notions of Christ.  – Lucretia Mott

*I offer my waiting self to the One who’s never stopped believing in me, and the dance begins. – Joyce Rupp

*Listen with the heart. – St. Benedict

*If your mind cannot imagine, your eyes will never see. – Eugene Lowry

*Time away, time alone, & time together are all important elements in the search for meaning in our lives. – Brian Mitchell

*When we talk to God, we call it prayer. When God talks to us, we call it schizophrenia. – Dr. Dana Houck

*We never know what will land on the shoreline of tomorrow. – John O’Donohue

*Where you are understood you are home. – John O’Donohue

*Your identity is not equivalent to your biography. – John O’Donohue

*The visible world is the first shoreline of the invisible.  – John O’Donohue

*Deep in the darkness of a silent night and quietly in the secret of your soul the mystery of God continues to be born. – (unknown author)

*We don’t see things as they are; we see things as we are. – Anais Nin

*Nature produces no waste. – George Washington Carver

*The past is a hall of mirrors, not of statues. – Julia Glass

*We are in this for the long haul. – Rita Nakashima Brock

*Jesus never promised it would be easy; he promised it would be possible. – David Fleming

*Rest is as holy as work.  – Abraham Joshua Heschel

*Find pockets of unconditional love & live there. – Karyn Kedar

*Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Security is mostly a superstition: It does not exist in nature. – Helen Keller

*Stay knee-deep in the Deep Muddy. To do less is incompatible with Christian teaching. – C. Joseph Sprague

*A world fit for children is a world fit for everyone. – Karon Mann

*Treat others the way they need to be treated. That’s the definition of love. – Michael Roberts

*Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window that hope has opened.  – Charles H. Spurgeon

*Holding on to anger is like taking poison every day & hoping someone else will die.     – Judge Jean Lovell

*Whenever a story is told, it becomes night. – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

*How can a nation be great when its bread tastes like Kleenex? – Julia Childs

*There are two ways to commit suicide.  One is to go after something with both hands.  The other is to leave the door open so whatever’s out there can come in.  — Ed in Keeping Watch by Laurie King

*Prayer is not asking for what you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can’t imagine. – Kathleen Norris

*I tend to forget that the wisdom I’ve come to know was once dormant in the dim corridors of myself. – Joyce Rupp

*Libraries, labyrinths and books are all images of infinity.  – Jorge Luis Borges

*Literature is the path. – Susan Griffin

*Ruin is the first step in transformation. – Elizabeth Gilbert.

*Any evidence that does not support the ruling paradigm will be ignored. – Dr. James Biddle

*To be a contemplative we must begin to see time as a sacrament revealing God to us in the here and now. Always. – Joan Chittester

*There’s plenty of time to be dead. Why spend time being dead while you are alive? – Susan, Lief Ruona’s terminally ill sister

*So live that you’re not afraid to sell the family parrot to the town gossip. – Jeanne Cramer

*Hopelessness is the most fertile soil for hope, joy and life. – Lupe Saafi, GBOD

*Don’t tell God how big your problems are; tell your problems how big God is. — Michael Beckwith

*The Greek word for choice is heresis (heresy)! – Skip Sundberg

*To bring joy to a single human being is of more value than building many shrines. – Abu Ibn Said

*There is a time for tending to our own work for Christ’s sake and times for tending to Christ’s work for our own sake. – Patricia Lull

*When you decide that your doing  is central, you are never done. – David Lose

*A little white lie leaves a black spot.

*God, save us from those who believe in you. – graffiti in Wn., DC

*Memory takes you home. – Terry Tempest Williams

*My soul is fed by my needle and thread.

*Listen for the whispers. – Sue Bender

*Live to make a difference. – Joan Chittester

*Healing only comes to the Wasteland when you ask the question. – Peg Chemberlin on myth of Percival

*Act as though it were impossible to fail. – P.E.O.

*Every atom in the human body was once inside a star. – Unknown physicist

*God as primary music maker uses various instruments to enhance the eternal song. – Miriam Therese Winter

*To be healed is to have hope – the state wherein we know … there is somewhere to go, … something left to say. – Mary  Bednarowski

* Catering to people’s deep inner longings is also a form of social justice. – Sarah Grant

*It is faith that lights a path to peace.

*Rot is the beginning of the divine process. – Anne Lamott

*We are stardust and to stardust we return. – Miriam Therese Winter

*Gratitude turns enough into more. – Melody Beatty

*Exile is the time when the songs don’t come. – Bruce Birch

*Humility is walking in the truth of who you are. – Mother Teresa

*All is pith and vinegar. – Barbara Hiller

*Knowledge is an island in a sea of mystery. – Chet Raymo

*The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious.  – Einstein

*Change your thoughts and change the world. – Norman Vincent Peale

*I’ve met despair in my life but I don’t keep a chair for it and it can’t eat off my plate. – Clarissa Pinkola Estes

*Let the beauty we love be what we do. – Rumi

 

Jean Fitch Justice

jean@ajeaniecreation.com