"When I get a little
money I buy books; and if any is left over I buy food
I don't believe in charity. I believe in solidarity.
Charity is so vertical. It goes from the top to the
bottom. Solidarity is horizontal. It respects the
other person and learns from the other. I have a lot
to learn from other people.
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your
dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but
about your unfulfilled potential. Concern
yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but
with what it is still possible for you to do."
"The biggest human temptation is to settle for too
"Trouble is a part of life, and if you don't share it,
you don't give the person who loves you a chance to
love you enough."
The only journey is the one within.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Every great movement must experience three stages:
ridicule, discussion, adoption.
John Stuart Mill
The secret of man's being is not only to live but to
have something to live for.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is
Leonardo da Vinci
If you hate a person, you hate something in him that
is part of yourself. What isn't part of ourselves
doesn't disturb us.
Until you make peace with who you are, you'll never be
content with what you have.
Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll
There is no greater burden than great potential.
Charles M. Schulz
Crucify, O Judge, crucify, and when you have
crucified, then take pity! If you do that, I will come
and ask for crucifixion, for it is not merriment I
crave, but tears and sorrow! Crime and Punishment
"If there is no God, then I am God."
"So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so
incessantly and so painfully as to find some one to
The Brothers Karamazov Dostoyvesky
It is such a secret place, the land of tears."
Antoine de Saint Exupery
"I must find a truth that is true for me... the idea
for which I can live or die."
"We must love life more than the meaning of it."
"Suffering is the origin of consciousness."
"Every man needs a place to go to."
"Compassion is the chief law of human existence."
"If God does not exist, everything is permitted."
"When you're little all the things that are quirky and
weird about you and that peoplelaugh at, you find out
are the things that are going to get you through"
"Being humble is not thinking less of yourself, but
thinking of yourself less."
"The Christian ideal has not been tried and found
wanting. It has been found difficult; and left
What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent
injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail
"Man is asked to make of himself what he is supposed
to become to fulfill his destiny."
"It is not because things are difficult that we do not
dare; it is because we do not dare that they are
"Look and you will find it - what is unsought will go
"The Future is something which everyone reaches at the
rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does,
whoever he is."
Clive Staples Lewis
"The soul is indestructible and its activity will
continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which,
to our eyes, seems to set at night; but it has in
reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere."
"Going to church no more makes you a Christian than
going to the garage makes you a car."
"People who wait for changes to occur on the outside
before they commit to making changes on the inside
will never make any changes at all."
"To wish to be well is a part of becoming well."
Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.)
"Spiritual force is stronger than material force;
thoughts rule the world."
"We are an impossibility in an impossible universe."
"Man walks the moon but his soul remains riveted to
earth. Once upon a time it was the opposite."
"Life is what matters, life alone - the continuous,
eternal process of discovering life - and not the
"Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the
"Look within yourself. Within is a fountain of good,
and it is always ready to bubble up, if you always
"Loneliness is the fundamental force that urgees
mystics to a deeper union with God... An experience of
God quenches this thirst for the absolute but at the
same time, paradoxiacally, whets it, because this is
an experience that can never be total; by necessity,
the knowledge of God is always partial. So loneliness
opens up mystics to a desire to love each other and
every human being as God loves them."
"Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were
counted and published everyday, like those of a
"To touch the soul of another human being is to walk
on holy ground."
"The beginning of love is to let those we love be
perfectly themselves and not to twist them to fit our
own image. Otherwise we love only thereflection of
ourselves we find in them."
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's
" I have seen the truth. It is not as though I had
invented it in my mind. I have seen it, SEEN IT and
the living image of it has filled my soul forever... "
"Just because we believe the gospel is a
life-and-death matter doesn't mean we have to act as
if we're dead."
"Play is an expression of God's presence in the world;
one clear sign of God's absence in society is the
absence of playfulness and laughter."
To be too conscious is an illness--a real
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes From The Underground
Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not
count his joys.
"Love a man even in his sin, for that is the semblance
of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love
all God's creation, the whole and every grain of sand
of it. Love every leaf, every ray of God's light. Love
the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you
love everything, you will perceive the divine mystery
in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to
comprehend it better every day. And you will come at
last to love the whole world with an all-embracing
love. Love animals: God has given them the rudiments
of thought and joy untroubled. Do not trouble their
joy, don't harass them, don't deprive them of their
happiness, don't work against God's intent.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, "The Brothers Karamazov"
"I want to know God's Thoughts .... the rest are
"For every social revolution there needs to be a
" 'You should be perfect like the Father.'; There is
no other perfection, only that of love. So be aware of
the things that thwart this love: property and worry!
Wherever possessions are heaped up while elsewhere
people go hungry and cold, there is no love. So gather
no wealth for yourself. Do not worry. Worriers build
life on wealth just as much as the wealthy. Look at
the birds and flowers, and believe in the loving God,
the Father who provides everything."
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every
rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft
from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are
cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not
spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its
labourers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of
its children...This is not a way of life at all, in
any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it
is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."
Dwight D. Eisenhower, April 16, 1953.
"Religion is not as arbitrary and impersonal as some
"Consider each day a miracle, which indeed it is, when
you consider the number of unexpected things that
could happen in each second of our fragile
Coelho from 'Veronika Decides to Die'
" In the first centuries of Christianity the hungry
were fed at a personal sacrifice, the naked were
clothed at a personal sacrifice, the homeless were
sheltered at a personal sacrifice... And the
pagans used to say about the Christians, "See how they
love each other." In our own day the poor are no
longer fed, clothed, and sheltered at a personal
sacrifice, but at the expense of the taxpayers. And
because of this the pagans say about the Christians,
"See how they pass the buck."
"You shall judge a man by his foes as well as by his
"If God is watching us, the least we can do is be
"Life is short. Do not forget about the most important
things in our life, living for other people and doing
"I always wonder what's going on behind people's
masks. I sometimes wonder what's going on behind my
"It's Very Important to understand the difference
between dreams and goals. Dreams are things we wish
for--things you enjoy thinking about but don't really
know when they'll happen. Goals, on the other hand,
are specific things you have decided you need to
accomplish within a clearly defined period of time."
"It is when things go wrong, when the good things do
not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost,
that God is most present. We do not need the
sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are
closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along
"God is not looking for heroic figures, wonderful
people who captivate others with their charisma. It
must have been quite baffling to the educated world
when Jesus pronounced, “Blessed are the poor in
spirit.” Blessed are the simple and those with limited
education who do not want to understand everything
with their intellect. Blessed are they who do not
always think they have to put themselves forward to
show how smart they are. Blessed are they who do not
theorize about heavenly things. Blessed are they who
keep to the way that is shown them, whatever life
brings. God is looking for those who live from their