QUOTEoftheDay

Monday
Dec252017

Brennan Manning

My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it.

In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.

Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. This is the true self. Every other identity is illusion.

To live by grace means to acknowledge my whole life story, the light side and the dark. In admitting my shadow side I learn who I am and what God's grace means.

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and deny Him by their lifestyle. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

Real freedom is freedom from the opinions of others. Above all, freedom from your opinions about yourself. 


Sunday
Dec242017

Yohji Yamamoto

Black is modest and arrogant at the same time. Black is lazy and easy - but mysterious. But above all black says this: "I don’t bother you - don’t bother me".

I think perfection is ugly. Somewhere in the things humans make, I want to see scars, failure, disorder, distortion

For me, a woman who is absorbed in her work, who does not care about gaining one’s favour, strong yet subtle at the same time, is essentially more seductive. The more she hides and abandons her femininity, the more it emerges from the very heart of her existence.

Start copying what you love. Copy copy copy copy. At the end of the copy you will find yourself.

To be modern is to tear the soul out of every thing.

I exist here, now. I'm not much interested in the future. Or, more precisely put, I do not believe in the future. To exaggerate a little, I have no faith that I will still exist tomorrow or the day after. What is more, I absolutely detest retrospection. That dislike is balances only by my desire to make my way back home as quickly as possible.

My role in all of this is very simple. I make clothing like armor. My clothing protects you from unwelcome eyes.


Saturday
Dec232017

Charles Baxter

When all the details fit in perfectly, something is probably wrong with the story.

In truth, there are only two realities: the one for people who are in love or love each other, and the one for people who are standing outside all that.

Forget art. Put your trust in ice cream.

Every relationship has at least one really good day. What I mean is, no matter how sour things go, there's always that day. That day is always in your possession. That's the day you remember. You get old and you think: well, at least I had that day. It happened once. You think all the variables might just line up again. But they don't. Not always. I once talked to a woman who said, "Yeah, that's the day we had an angel around.

There's nothing to talk about to strangers anymore, if you know what I mean. Everything I want to say, I say to her.

The worst mistakes I've made have been the ones directed by sweet-natured hopefulness.


Friday
Dec222017

Sarah Ockler

Weeping is not the same thing as crying. It takes your whole body to weep, and when it's over, you feel like you don't have any bones left to hold you up.

I was, but then I realized that I was holding on to something that didn't exist anymore. That the person I missed didn't exist anymore. People change. The things we like and dislike change. And we can wish they couldn't all day long but that never works.

Every morning, I wake up and forget just for a second that it happened. But once my eyes open, it buries me like a landslide of sharp, sad rocks. Once my eyes open, I'm heavy, like there's to much gravity on my heart.

Would 'sorry' have made any difference? Does it ever? It's just a word. One word against a thousand actions.

In your entire life, you can probably count your true friends on one hand. Maybe even on one finger. Those are the friends you need to cherish, and I wouldn't trade one of them for a hundred of the other kind. I'd rather be completely alone than with a bunch of people who aren't real. People who are just passing time.

Nothing ever really goes away--it just changes into something else. Something beautiful.


 


Thursday
Dec212017

Frederick Buechner

Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid.

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.

The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet

Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.

Go where your best prayers take you.

Compassion is the sometimes fatal capacity for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else's skin. It's the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too. 

Doubts are the ants in the pants of faith. They keep it awake and moving.


Wednesday
Dec202017

Kelly Creagh

The more this guy talked, the more he sounded like a fortune cookie.

You're really a blond," she said, her tone just short of accusatory.
"And if you tell anyone, I will come to you in the night and smote your everlasting soul.

Just because I wear black and keep a private journal, that doesn't mean I'm going to blow up the school. Or terrorize mindless cheerleaders, for that matter.

You're a dream. Like everything else.

When there is no way, you must make a way.

Just because I live in the sunlight, enjoy being blond, and wear a cheerleading uniform, that doesn't mean I'm stupid. I'm so sick of that.

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Tuesday
Dec192017

Dan Millman

The journey is what brings us happiness not the destination.

There are no ordinary moments.

Life has three rules: Paradox, Humor, and Change.
- Paradox: Life is a mystery; don't waste your time trying to figure it out.
- Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure
- Change: Know that nothing ever stays the same.

If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever.

A warrior does not give up what he loves, he finds the love in what he does.

Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain, but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is... The only problem in your life is your mind's resistance to life as it unfolds.

Everything you'll ever need to know is within you; the secrets of the universe are imprinted on the cells of your body.

You can live a whole life time never being awake.

Sunday
Dec172017

Michael Chabon

There's nothing more embarrassing than to have earned the disfavor of a perceptive animal.

Drunk, Jane spoke as though she were Nancy Drew. I was a fool for a girl with a dainty lexicon.

In the immemorial style of young men under pressure, they decided to lie down for a while and waste time.

The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of the things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.

It's always been hard for me to tell the difference between denial and what used to be known as hope.

The whole house seemed to exhale a melancholy breath of emptiness.

Never say love is "like" anything... It isn't.

Man makes plans . . . and God laughs.

Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to.



Saturday
Dec162017

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more.

Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.

As a woman you are better off in life earning your own money. You couldn't prevent your husband from leaving you or taking another wife, but you could have some of your dignity if you didn't have to beg him for financial support.

However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.

I would like to be judged on the validity of my arguments, not as a victim.

Islam was like a mental cage. At first, when you open the door, the caged bird stays inside: it is frightened. It has internalized its imprisonment. It takes time for bird to escape, even after someone has opened the doors to its cage.

Reality is not easy, but all this make-believe doesn't make it easier.

Multiculturalism should not mean that we tolerate another culture’s intolerance. If we do in fact support diversity, women’s rights, and gay rights, then we cannot in good conscience give Islam a free pass on the grounds of multicultural sensitivity.


Friday
Dec152017

Sara Shepard

Never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret.

I'm still here, bitches. And I know everything.

The sweetest smiles hold the darkest secrets. . .

Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it.

Never under estimate a pretty little liar.

Always sleep with one eye open. Never take anything for granted. Your best friends might just be your enemies.

No one believes a liar. Even when she's telling the truth.

Strangers see you the way you want them to see you. You can't fool friends…that's what makes them friends. . .

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the naughtiest of them all?

You know what they say about hope. It breeds eternal misery!

Before you enbark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

The best secrets are the most twisted.