Sunday, November 05, 2006

Favorite Quotes

I love quotes and have a book in which I write down my favorite ones. I'd love for you to share some of yours. Here are a few of mine--I probably like them because they say what I think but in a much more eloquent way than I could express:

"...if you ever took truly to heart the ultimate goodness and joy of things, even at their bleakest, the need to praise someone or something for it would be so great that you might even have to go out and speak of it to the birds of the air." -Frederick Buechner, The Sacred Journey

"If you can understand the conditions, you can understand the behavior."
-Jean Hendricks (my great-aunt) (I try to reflect on this quote whenever I'm really frustrated or confused by someone's actions. While I don't think we should always excuse someone's behavior, it's usually very helpful to understand why she is doing what she does.)

"I'll have you know I'm not mad. I'm just hurt."
-Ferrol Sams, The Whisper of the River
This isn't profound, but it works almost every time with men. The word "hurt" can also be substituted with "disappointed."

"There are many things in life you would throw away if you weren't afraid someone else would pick them up."
-Oscar Wilde (I reflect on this when I don't want to break-up with a boyfriend--I've found sometimes this quote expresses exactly why I won't do it.)

"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them."
-Romans 8:28 (It's such a comfort to know that even when something is upsetting or difficult that the Lord is using it for His glory and my good--and that He has a plan for me.)

"Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect His will really is."
-Romans 12:2


Anonymous said...

I can't really add much in the way of quotes from books. I'm more likely to remember a quote from a movie as I'm never reading a book and stop to write down something I read.

Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails..."
1st Corinthians 13:4-8

I have this written down on a 3x5 card attached to my monitor. This quote has served me well over the years.

Flat Coke and Flies said...

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me".

Ella said...

"Sometimes I think you have to march right in and demand your rights, even if you don't know what your rights are, or who the person is you're talking to. Then on the way out, slam the door. " ~Jack Handy

Ally said...

Ella: I'd forgotten about Jack Handy-nice.

FC&F: I just wish that were true!

Aaron: What a great reminder to keep on hand. I have a couple of index cards I used to keep in my car; I need to find them.

Mr. Regular said...

Man, rejection is hard to take from such a beautiful woman. I just can't understand why a young, successful, intelligent woman would turn down the opportunity for a free dinner with such a charming and handsome balding. Maybe someone new will show up at the soup kitchen soon. When you've been around this long, it pays to keep a positive attitude!

cdp said...

A couple of my favorites:

"Go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because that is where you will find success - on the far side of failure." (Thomas Watson, founder of IBM)

“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are to some extent a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece by thought, choice, courage and determination.” (John Luther)