Worship is the submission of all of our nature to God.
It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness,
Nourishment of mind by His truth,
Purifying of imagination by His beauty,
Opening of the heart to His love, and
Submission of will to His purpose.
All of this, gathered up in adoration
is the greatest of human expressions of which we are capable.
The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's
'own', or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's
real life - the life God is sending one day by day: what one calls one's 'real life' is a phantom
of one's own imagination.
The tragedy with growing up is not that we lose childishness in its simplicity,
but that we lose childlikeness in its sublimity.
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The older we become the more it takes to fill our hearts with wonder. And, at some point,
only God himself is big enough for the task.
Kids move from myth to reality much more easily than adults. Destroy their myths,
and you destroy their ability to dream. We desperately need dreamers. They are
designed by God to be our saviours because they can put information and ideas
together in ways others cannot.
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If you do not doubt, you will never know or discover.
Nothing is so certain as that which is certain after doubts.
Flexibility is key to mental health.
Christ built His kingdom on love alone.
We have not been able to show that reason requires the moral point of view,
or that all really rational persons should not be individual egoists or classical amoralists.
Reason doesn’t decide here.
The picture I have painted for you is not a pleasant one. Reflection on it depresses me…
Pure practical reason, even with a good knowledge of the facts, will not take you to morality.
You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.
C. S. Lewis
Acedia (sloth, or apathy in spirit) follows the enthusiasm of pride and spiritual vanity.
A long course in humility and compunction is the remedy!
I want to live for something worth dying for...
Candor is a compliment; it implies equality. It's how true friends talk.
If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it,
people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained
only for such time as the state can shield the people from the political,
economic and/or military consequences of the lie.
It thus becomes vitally important for the state to use all of its powers
to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie,
and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the state.
Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it.
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How fortunate for leaders that men do not think...
Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary.
It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body.
It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.
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There is something about the outside of a horse
that is good for the inside of a man.
...But I have received no assurance that anything we can do will
eradicate suffering. I think the best results are obtained by people
who work quietly away at limited objectives , such as the abolition
of the slave trade, or prison reform, or factory acts, or tuberculosis,
not by those who think they can achieve universal justice, or health,
or peace. I think the art of life consists in tackling each immediate
evil as well as we can. To avert or postpone one particular war by
wise policy, or to render one particular campaign shorter by strength
and skill or less terrible by mercy to the conquered and the civilians
is more useful than all the proposals for universal peace that have
ever been made; just as the dentist who can stop one toothache
has deserved better of humanity than all the men who think they
have some scheme for producing a perfectly healthy race.
The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.
The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.
I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money.
No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds;
yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious
will succeed equally well.
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Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God
and the permissible delights of the soul.
Johannes Sebastian Bach
I Am the ressurection and the life. He who believes in Me though he may die,
he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die.
Jesus the Messiah
To love at all is to be vulnerable.
Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken.
If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one,
not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries;
avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.
But in that casket- safe, dark, motionless, airless--it will change. It will not be broken;
it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.
C. S. Lewis
Take this rule: whatever weakens your reason,
impairs the tenderness of your conscience,
obscures your sense of God or takes off your relish of spiritual things;
whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind,
that thing is sin to you, however innocent it may be in itself.
[God] does not merely alleviate, but [is] all in all...
Education may make my self-centeredness less disastrous by widening my
horizons. But this is like climbing a tower which widens the horizons of my
vision while leaving me still the center of reference...
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Our standard of value is the way things affect us.
Each of us takes our place in the center of our own world.
But I am not the center of the world, or the standard of reference between
good and bad.
I am not, but God is.
One must discipline one's appetites.
The praise from men is like perfume:
you can smell it but you should never swallow it.
Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
Every secret is told, every crime is punished, every virtue is rewarded,
every wrong is redressed, in silence and sertainty... cause and effect,
means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause,
the end pre-exists in the means, the fruit is in the seed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism.
It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense,
regardless of how it turns out.
It is time…to salute the miraculous boy who will triumph over death as Dionysus did,
becoming immortal through his art.
Nowhere will his contribution be more obvious and his influence more strongly felt than in the world of dance.
No choreographer of the last 30 years has been unaware of Jackson's achievement.
He rewrote the vocabulary of dance for everyone, from kids competing in talent shows to the royal ballets of Europe.
If the dance establishment did not often acknowledge his influence it was because there was no need. His shapes, his moves were everywhere.
Nijinsky and Nureyev also died young. They, too, were transcendent dancing boys, but they chose to interpret the choreography supplied to them by others.
By contrast Michael Jackson's art was astonishingly innovative.
No one could dance like him, until he showed them how, and then they were never as good as he was.
His concept of the dance was utterly 20th century, extravagantly multi-dimensional, and not in the least middle class.
Nijinsky may have been the greatest Spectre de la Rose, Nureyev the greatest
Corsair, but these two candles pale in the light of Jackson's blazing star.
The surprise is not that we have lost him, but that we ever had him at all.