"The past only comes back when the present runs so smoothly that it is like the sliding surface of a deep river."
"It is the confession, not the priest, that gives us absolution."
"We’ve got to let the awkwardness be there. Then we see God on the street corner and we see God in the people who look like they’re not having the best day. We see God over and over and over again until we realize that what we’re seeing is ourselves. We wouldn’t have the capacity to see God if that wasn’t who we are in every moment, every day."
"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while peeling potatoes. Zen is just peeling potatoes."
"Coming at a new work requires a certain amount of patience and energy, and there’s always the risk of disappointment. You can’t really blame people for preferring more of what they already know and like. The trade-off, of course, is that predictability is boring. Repetition is the death of magic."
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you."
"Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship."
"Hang on to your hat. Hang onto your hope. And wind your clock, for tomorrow is another day."
"Hope is what you get when you suddenly realize that a different worldview is possible, a worldview in which the rich, the powerful, and the unscrupulous do not after all have the last word. The same worldview shift that is demanded by the resurrection of Jesus is the shift that will enable us to transform the world"
"What we cannot speak about we must pass over in silence."
"I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain
(what I consider the most enviable of all titles) the character of an
"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."
"The gospel is less about how to get into the Kingdom of Heaven after you die, and more about how to live in the Kingdom of Heaven before you die."
"The Little House books are stories of long ago. The way we live and your schools are much different now, so many changes have made living and learning easier. But the real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures and to be cheerful and have courage when things go wrong."
"With the abolition of private property, then, we shall have true, beautiful, healthy Individualism. Nobody will waste his life in accumulating things, and the symbols for things. One will live. To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
"We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery."
"To understand music, you must listen to it. But so long as you are thinking, “I am listening to this music,” you are not listening."
"Does it really take any considerable time or effort just to understand that you depend on enemies and outsiders to define yourself, and that without some opposition you would be lost? To see this is to acquire, almost instantly, the virtue of humor, and humor and self-righteousness are mutually exclusive."
"I liked things better when I didn't understand them."
"Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence—true friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo & withstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation."