interesting, miscellaneous,

writings and quotations


i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings; and of the gay great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any -- lifted from the no
of all nothing -- human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

-- e.e. cummings

"Goodness is stronger than evil.
Love is stronger than hate.
Light is stronger than darkness.
Life is stronger than death."
--Desmond Tutu

Thousands of candles can be lighted  from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.  ...Buddha

"Say not, 'I have found the PATH of the soul.'  Say rather, 'I have met the soul upon my PATH."'  

 Kahlil Gibran

Live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you."

2 Corinthians 13:11

"Your vision will become clear only
   when you look into your heart...
who looks outside, dreams.
   Who looks inside, awakens."
Carl Jung

wprainbow_small.jpg (2142 bytes)There is a communion with God,
a communion with the earth,
and a communion with God through the earth.

Teilhard de Chardin

At the still point, in the center of the circle,
 one can see the infinite in all things.
Chuang Tsu

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible." -
  --  Thomas Aquinas

I AM...

I am not what I might be,
I am not what I ought to be,
I am not what I wish to be,
I am not what I hope to be,
But I thank God
I am not what I once was,
And I can say with the great apostle,
"By the grace of God
I am what I am"

        John Newton (author of Amazing Grace)

It is only with the heart that one can see rightly;
what is essential is invisible to the eye.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery :  The Little Prince

Purity of heart and simplicity are of great force with Almighty God, who is in purity most singular, and of nature most simple.  ... St. Gregory the Great

Life must be lived forward, but understood backward.  Kierkegaard


People travel to wonder at the height of mountains,
at the huge waves of the sea,
at the long courses of rivers,
at the vast compass of the ocean,
at the circular motion of the stars;
And they pass by themselves without wondering. 

St. Augustine

"'What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it...."

-Maya Angelou

Prayer is not an old woman's idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent instrument of action.

Mohandas K. Gandhi

"The first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are."   --Marcus Aurelius

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there is in silence. - Desiderata.

"Whoever, therefore, thinks that he understands the divine scriptures or any part of them so that it does not build on the double love of God and of our neighbor does not understand it at all.
Thus a man supported by faith, hope, and charity, with an unshaken hold upon them does not need the scriptures. . .
And many live by these three things in solitude without books."              Augustine Book One, On Christian Doctrine.

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We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started  And know the place for the first time"

- T.S. Eliot

Until we extend the circle of our compassion to all living things, we will not, ourselves, find Peace"                          -Dr. Albert Schweitzer

Do not go where the path may lead;
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!
~~~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~~~

I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man's destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth.  I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish.     Marcel Marceau

Prayer of an unknown Civil War soldier

I asked for strength that I might achieve;
I was made weak that I might learn humbly to obey.

I asked for health that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.

I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.

I asked for power that I might have the praise of men and women;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.

I got nothing that I asked for,
But everything that I had hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all people most richly blessed.


Nothing can be more useful to a man than a determination not to be hurried -- Henry David Thoreau

Somewhere in our lives, each of us needs a free place, a little psychic territory.”    ~ Gloria Steinem

A person's life is dyed the color of his imagination.
--Marcus Aurelius

Ghandi, on God

"God is, even though the whole world deny him.  God embraces not only this tiny globe of ours, but millions and billions of such globes. How can we--little crawling creatures so utterly helpless as he has made us--how can we possibly measure his greatness, his boundless love, his infinite compassion?

So great is his infinite love and pity that he allows man insolently to deny him, wrangle about him, and cut the throats of his fellow men.  How can we measure the greatness of God, who is so forgiving, so divine? He allows us freedom and yet his compassion commands obedience to his will.

But if any one of us disdains to bow to his will, he says, "So be it. My sun will shine no less for thee. My clouds will rain no less for thee. I need not force thee to accept my sway."  Of such a God let the ignorant dispute the existence. I am one of the millions of wise men who believe in him and am never tired of bowing to him and singing his glory. 

God is the hardest taskmaster I have known on earth. He tries you through and through. And when you find your faith is failing, or your body is failing you and you are sinking, he comes to your assistance somehow or other and proves to you that you must not lose your faith, and that he is always at your beck and call, but on his terms.

So I have found. I cannot recall a single instance when, at the eleventh hour, he has forsaken me."    M. K. Gandhi:

As you walk upon the sacred earth, treat each step as a prayer.- Black Elk

When you're finally up on the moon, looking back at the earth, all these differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend and you're going to get a concept that maybe this is really one world and why the hell can't we learn to live together like decent people?   Frank Borman If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies. Moshe Dayan
You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. Indira Gandhi

People say that walking on water is a miracle, but to me, walking peacefully on the Earth is the real miracle.   Thich Nhat Hanh

If you don't find God in the next person you meet, it is a waste of time
looking for him further. -Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Act in the valley so that you need not fear those who stand on the hill. -Danish proverb

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