Hmm... February 2009

Nothing was ever changed by people who cared merely about themselves! The world was made better only when ordinary people like you and me seriously invested their lives in the service of the wider community and the greater good.

Robert Frost

Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.

Pope John XXIII

Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.

Thomas Aquinas

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.

Voltaire

If there is a God, it’s going to be a whole lot bigger and a whole lot more incomprehensible than anything that any theologian of any religion has ever proposed.

Richard Dawkins,
Time interview, Nov. 2006

It is better to be silent in perplexity and believe, than to disbelieve on account of the perplexity.

Athanasius

I advise you, dear friends, to beware of making yourselves out to be worse than you really are. There are some persons who could not do so if they tried; but there are others who, having been, by divine providence, brought up in the ways of godliness, have never gone into open sin as some of their fellows have done. They have been sinful enough, God knows, and as they themselves will know when after years shall have shed more light on their character; but let them not try to mimic the expressions of persons of more advanced years. Do not call yourself “the chief of sinners” if you are not; and do not suppose that repentance means the exaggeration of your evil life into something more evil than it really was.

Charles Spurgeon

People turn to faith at times of shared anxiety, and rightly so. There is a marvelous Hebrew word, bitachon, which in modern Hebrew means physical security and in classical Hebrew means trust in the future. Right now we need both, and the second is what faith provides.

U.K. Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

I fear God, yet am not afraid of him.

Sir Thomas Browne

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.

Helen Keller

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