Posts Tagged ‘quotes’


“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
– Nelson Mandela

On Hope: John Calvin

Posted: September 7, 2013 in Uncategorized
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“We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.”
― John Calvin

“We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm.”
– George Orwell

(From Huffington Post)
Memorial Day

Are you listing?

God gave you two ears and one mouth. Get the math? We should listen at least twice as much as we speak.

So here I am reading some old Paul Tillich quotes on, a website for those of us who are brainy enough to read quotes but not books, and I come across this great quote: “The first duty of love is to listen.” A beautiful quote, right? The only problem is that Brainy Quote has Tillich’s profound statement, eloquent in its simplicity, stuck to an image of two adorable elephants nuzzling one another!

One of the worst things we can do to love is tame it through sentimentality. When we make love sentimental or saccharine we diffuse it as a power to change lives and transform the world.

Listening, a great act of love, is about our willingness to surrender our own ego in an attempt to hear and, therefore, understand others. Listening requires empathy and compassion.

Listening, in many ways, is dying to self so that others may live; so that new relationships of understanding can be born.  That’s love.