Quintessential Quotes (Quippe)

Quintessential Quotes (Quippe)

“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.
— Sir Isaac Newton 

The first end I propose in our daily work is to do the will of God; 
secondly, to do it in the manner he wills it; 
and thirdly, to do it because it is his will. 
— Saint  Elizabeth Ann Seton

Always have the fear of God in your heart, and remember that God is always with you, everywhere, whether you are walking or sitting. 
— Saint Gennadius of Constantinople, The Golden Chain, 14)

The theologian describes the sugar,
and tells himself he is content.
But the mystic is only satisfied
by the sweet taste.
— Ivan M. Granger

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

God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners. –Soren Kierkegaard

Wealth consists 
not in having great possessions 
but in having few wants.
— Esther de Waal

Our world today needs saints. We can’t wait for others. 
We need to become those saints ourselves. 
We need to inspire others around us to want to be saints. 
– Archbishop  José Gomez

There are two ways of spreading light: 
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
 — Edith Wharton 

If we’re not supposed to dance,
Why all this music?
—   Gregory Orr           (Concerning The Book That Is the Body Of The Beloved)

Who is wise?
He that learns from everyone.
Who is powerful?
He that governs his passions.
Who is rich?
He that is content.
Who is that?
— Benjamin Franklin             (Poor Richard’s Almanack)
Inside everyone
is a great shout of joy
waiting to be born.
—  David Whyte                        (The House of Belonging )

Beyond living and dreaming
there is something more important:
waking up.
 —  Antonio Machado         (The Winged Energy of Delight, translations by Robert Bly)

Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.
 —  Blaise Pascal 

The Joy that isn’t shared, I’ve heard, 
dies young.
 —  Anne Sexton                     (The Awful Rowing Toward God)

Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime;
therefore, we must be saved by hope.
Nothing which is true or beautiful or good makes complete sense
in any immediate context of history;
therefore, we must be saved by faith.
Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone;
therefore we are saved by love.
 — Reinhold Niebuhr                     (Excerpt from The Irony of American History)

Everything you need
you had
the moment before 
you were born.
 —  David Whyte                             (Where Many Rivers Meet)

The butterfly counts not months but moments,
      and has time enough.
— Rabindranath Tagore  (1861 – 1941)

The soul that does not live in God is not alive.
— Sultan Valadn (1240? – 1312) 

Friend, whatever you are, you must not stand still:
One must from one light into the other spill.
— Angelus Silesius  (1624 – 1677) U

The Father is the Spring,
the Son is called the stream
and we are said to drink the Spirit.
— Athanasius c.293-373 Ad Serapionem 1:9

I was sad one day and went for a walk; I sat in a field. A rabbit noticed my
condition and came near. It often does not take more than that to help: just to
be close to creatures who are so full of knowing, so full of love that they don’t
chat, they just gaze with their marvelous understanding.
— St. John of the Cross

Every single creature is full of God, and is a book about God. Every creature
is a word of God. If I spend enough time with the tiniest creature, even a
caterpillar, I would never have to prepare a sermon, so full of God is every
—  Eckhart, 14th C .Christian mystic

There is no greater danger 
to faith, to wisdom and to love 
than the presumption 
that we know it all: 
that we have understood it all, 
that there is nothing more to discover or learn. 
— Irma Zaleski  (Who Is God? The Soul’s Road Home) 

Jealousy and most all of your sufferings are from believing you know better than God. Of course, such a special brand of arrogance as that always proves disastrous, and will rip the seams in your caravan tent, then cordially invite in many species of mean biting flies and strange thoughts- that will beat you up.
 — Hafiz (1320-1390)


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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