On the last Wednesday of every month, I serve up a potpourri of tidbits I've come across in recent weeks. Here's what I've unearthed this month. See you in February!
Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings of the day may contain a clandestine message addressed to you personally. Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings, and teaches who unknowingly speak to your condition.
-- Sam Keen
If a thousand old beliefs were ruined in our march to truth, we must still march on.
-- Stopford Augustus Brooke
You think your pains and heartbreaks are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who have ever been alive.
-- James Baldwin
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.
-- Mother Teresa
The truth is at the bottom of a well. You look in a well, and you see the sun or the moon, but if you jump in, there's no longer the sun or the moon; there's the truth.
-- Leonardo Sciascia
I nod to a passing stranger, and the stranger nods back, and two human beings go off, feeling a little less anonymous.
-- Robert Brault
Don't do nothing because you can't do everything. Do something. Anything.
-- Colleen Patrick-Goudreau
The path of progress has never taken a straight line, but has always been a zigzag course amid the conflicting forces of right and wrong, truth and error, justice and injustice, cruelty and mercy.
-- Kelly Miller
No amount of fine feeling can take the place of faithful doing.
-- William Barclay
The world is too dangerous for anything but truth and too small for anything but love.
-- William Sloane Coffin
1/25/2017 09:15:40 am
Many appropriate quotes in this post....but I especially like the last by Coffin. Thanks for these.
1/26/2017 07:24:24 am
I thought that was a good one to end with.
1/25/2017 09:17:32 am
Love-Love-Love these quotes. I will be using a few as daily affirmations. The one that I need today was Leonardo Sciascia's
1/26/2017 07:25:33 am
So glad you're finding them helpful, Susan!
1/25/2017 11:12:01 am
Mother Teresa was and probably still is amazing and I love this quote! Thanks for bringing these to us ♡
1/26/2017 07:26:43 am
Definitely words to keep in mind.
1/25/2017 03:43:37 pm
My favorite is Sam Keen. Every day is uncharted territory and his quote helps me to remember the magic of life. Thanks Nan for a wonderful blog.
1/26/2017 07:27:18 am
That quote made me think of you, Sue.
1/25/2017 05:22:17 pm
Kelly Miller's insight is my favorite this month. A good reminder to continue to strive daily to meet negative energy with positive actions, alternative facts with truth, cruelty and intolerance with kindness and inclusion and to stand with those who experience injustice and demand just treatment for all.
1/26/2017 07:28:20 am
Well said, Cris.
1/26/2017 04:12:32 am
Kelly Miller's words are so timely, especially when they're paired with "Don't do nothing because you can't do everything. Do something. Anything." Yes! Thanks for sharing these.
1/26/2017 07:29:55 am
Yes. And a wise friend (you know her well) just reminded me to take that advice to heart.
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Nan Sanders Pokerwinski, a former journalist, writes memoir and personal essays, makes collages and likes to play outside. She lives in West Michigan with her husband, Ray.