"Getting the Bible right and adhering to it in a literal fashion is not the goal of Christian education, it's how to think Christianly in the world that you're in."
"...how vital the community is for how we perceive God. And when they mishandle you [...] it's not just because your social network disintegrates and we all need one, maybe it's because we actually perceive God through each other, it hurts, and it's hard to recover from that. If there's a commercial for the community nature of the Christian faith (not the individualistic nature), that's it."
"Better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre."
"All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on."
In the Bible, we read of encounters with God by ancient peoples, in their times and places, asking their questions, and expressed in language and ideas familiar to them. Those encounters with God were, I believe, genuine, authentic, and real. . . . All of us on a journey of faith encounter God from our point of view. . . we meet God as people defined by our moment in the human drama, products of who, where, and when we are. We ask our questions of God and encounter God in our time and place in language and ideas familiar to us, just like the ancient pilgrims of faith who gave us the Bible. . . . This Bible, which preserves ancient journeys of faith, models for us our own journeys. We recognize something of ourselves in the struggles, joys, triumphs, confusions, and despairs expressed by the biblical writers."
"The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it."
"When the distorting instrument of the mind is made clear, we see life not as a collection of fragments, but as a seamless whole. We see the divine spark at the center of our very being; and we see simultaneously that in the heart of every other human being—in every country, in every race—though hidden perhaps by clouds of ignorance and conditioning, that same spark is present, one and the same in all."
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."
"We all need joy, and we can all receive joy in only one way, by adding to the joy of others."
"By giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose."
"Prayer that craves a particular commodity, — any thing less than all good, — is vicious."
"We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak."
"To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars."
"If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile."
"For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else."
"We praise thee, O God, for thy glory displayed in all the creatures of the earth, In the snow, in the rain, in the wind, in the storm, in all of thy creatures, both the hunters and the hunted, For all things exist as seen by thee, only as known by thee, all things exist Only in thy light, and thy glory is declared even in that which denies thee; the darkness declares the glory of light. Those who deny thee could not deny, if thou didst not exist; and their denial is never complete, for if it were so, they would not exist."
"A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest."
"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious."
“Opportunity is missed by people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
"To be full of things is to be empty of God; to be empty of things is to be full of God."