Quotables



Quotes often pack so much wisdom, inspiration, and sometimes even mirth into a select few words. They perfectly fit the old saying that good things come in small packages.

For me, quotes I've jotted into journals and notebooks are very traceable clues of my emotional and mental frame of mind during certain eventful, or uneventful, seasons in life. Sometimes when I have no words of my own, these words and phrases from someone who found the words are like sweet gifts to me. And, I will marvel that someone else said it so perfectly.  

Because many of us enjoy these little word treasures, I've created a small collection of favourites for your own reading pleasure. In words often bandied around here ... here's wishing you glimpses of heaven in unexpected places as you ponder a line or two.  ~ Brenda

Please note: Latest additions will be included at the the top of the list.

 

Q U O T A B L E S

"Let's dance in the rain and wear wild roses in our hair!" BL

“There he got out the luncheon-basket and packed a simple meal, in which, remembering the stranger's origin and preferences, he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked straw-covered flask wherein lay bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes.” ~ Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
"If stories come to you, care for them... and learn to give them away where they're needed. Sometimes a person needs a story more than food to stay alive." Barry Lopez
"There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere ~ and of leaving it behind them when they go." ~ Frederick Wm. Faber
"You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
"...Each of us needed to find just the right way to take our mind off our problems, and it did not matter what that was---a drive in the country, an expedition to a shoe shop, a quiet cup of tea under a cloudless sky; each of us had something that made it easier to continue in a world that sometimes, just sometimes, was not as we might wish it to be." ~Mme Ramotswe, The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith
"Good cooking carries magic in it; a house, big or little, that smells good from cooking, is the place everyone wants to be." ~ Susan Branch
"Be careful to preserve your health. It is a trick of the devil, which he employs to deceive good souls, to incite them to do more than they are able, in order that they may no longer be able to do anything." ~ Vincent de Paul (1581 - 1660)
"With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy." ~ Lope de Vega
"I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to either. " ~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
"Remember that the book which bores you when you are twenty or thirty will open doors for you when you are forty or fifty-and vise versa. Don’t read a book out of its right time for you.” ~ Doris Lessing
“The only way to cope with something deadly serious is to try to treat it a little lightly.” ~ Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
"Weep deeply over the life you hoped would be. Grieve the losses. Then wash your face. Trust God and embrace the life you have." ~ John Piper
 
I promise
if you keep
searching
for everything
beautiful
you will
eventually 
become it.
~ Tyler Kent White

“How would your life be different if…You stopped making negative judgmental assumptions about people you encounter? Let today be the day…You look for the good in everyone you meet and respect their journey.” ~ Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
"The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose." ~ George Gissing
"There is a life-affirming spark within you which constantly nudges you towards saying yes to life. Create your "yes" list; a list of all the things you want to say "yes" to, and be prepared to be amazed." ~ Lucy MacDonald
"There is another life I might have had, but I am having this one." ~ Kazuo Ishiguro
"The real things haven't changed. It's still best be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong." ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder
“A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles.” ~ Washington Irving
"When a man loves cats, I am his comrade and friend without further introduction." ~ Mark Twain
"O God help me to believe the truth about myself-- no matter how beautiful it is!" ~ Macrina Wiederkehr, Seasons of Your Heart

"If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood, and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea." ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Whoever has a heart full of love always has something to give. ~ Pope John XXIII



Somehow I am necessary for God's purposes -- as necessary in my place as an archangel in his. ~ Cardinal Newman (source)

"Meanwhile, courage! Your moments of nervousness are not your real self, only medical phenomena. All blessings." ~ C.S. Lewis (source)

"Signposts toward another way of living. Simplicity of living, as much as possible, to retain a true awareness of life. Balance of physical, intellectual, and spiritual life. Work without pressure. Space for significance and beauty. Time for solitude and sharing. Closeness to nature to strengthen understanding and faith in the intermittency of life: life of the spirit, creative life, and the life of human relationships. ..." ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea, p. 120

"Help inspire others by sharing your own epiphany." as seen in a fellow blogger's photo

"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world." ~ Archbishop Desmond Tutu

"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart." ~ Kahlil Gibran

"What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise." ~ Jerome K. Jerome
"May your walls know joy; may every room hold laughter and every window open to great possibility." ~ Mary Anne Radmacher-Hershey

"We always know when Jesus is at work because He produces in the commonplace something that is inspiring." ~ Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest

"So let us look for beauty and grace, for love and friendship, for that which is creative and birth-giving and soul-stretching. Let us dare to laugh at ourselves, healthy, affirmative laughter. Only when we take ourselves lightly can we take ourselves seriously, so that we are given the courage to say, “Yes! I dare disturb the universe.” ~ Madeleine L'Engle from Brain Pickings

"I'd like to add some beauty to life," said Anne dreamily. "I don't exactly want to make people KNOW more... though I know that IS the noblest ambition... but I'd love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me... to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn't been born.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne's House of Dreams



"After all," Anne had said to Marilla once, "I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one another softly, like pearls slipping off a string.” ~ L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea

"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." ~ Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

"In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there's no danger that we will confuse God's work with our own, or God's glory with our own." ~ Madeleine L'Engle

"If only I could write something splendid that would set other hearts on fire." ~ Louisa May Alcott

"One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats." ~ Iris Murdoch

"I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning to sail my ship." ~ Louisa May Alcott
"When you've learned to live in grace, you'll no longer need to punish yourself to 'atone' for a sense of failure. Instead you'll be able to locate the mistaken belief, which is the real culprit." ~ David Riddell

"Our homes, imperfect as they are, must be a haven from the chaos outside. They should be a reflection of our eternal home, where troubled souls find peace, weary hearts find rest, hungry bodies find refreshment, lonely pilgrims find communion, and wounded spirits find compassion." ~ Jani Ortlund

"I am not giving in to defeatism. I am not going to believe for darkness to cover our nation. I am going to believe, speak and act for the glorious light of Christ to cover the land (Isa. 9:7)." ~ Mark Virkler

"If you want to change the world, pick up your pen and write." ~ Martin Luther

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


 “...your God is a trinity. There are three necessary prayers and they have three words each. They are these, 'Lord, have mercy. Thee I adore. Into Thy hands.' If in times of distress you hold to these, you will do well.”~ from Elizabeth Goudge's 'Scent of Water' (as seen in The Book of Common Life)
"Being invited to play changes everything. Invite. Play." ~ Kathryn Schuth

"To be graced: when a person is given the strength and ability to do it easily, without toil, yet with efficiency, effectiveness and beauty." ~ Brenda C Leyland

"The only difference between an extraordinary life and an ordinary one is the extraordinary pleasures you find in ordinary things." ~ Veronique Vienne

"People seek methods of learning to know God. Is it not much shorter and more direct to simply do everything for the love of Him? There is no finesse about it. One only has to do it generously and simply." ~ Brother Lawrence

"Lord, give me an open heart to find You everywhere, to glimpse the heaven enfolded in a bud, and experience eternity in the smallest act of love." ~ Mother Teresa

"The place God calls you to is the place where deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." ~ Frederick Buechner
"Joy is the infallible sign of the Presence of God." ~ Rev. Joyce

"There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere and leaving it behind them when they go." ~ Frederick Wm. Faber

"For lack of attention, a thousand forms of loveliness elude us every day." ~ Evelyn Underhill


"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart. And try to love the questions themselves." ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

"We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out." ~ Ray Bradbury

"You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you." ~ Psalm 128:2
"Don't be late. It gives others too much time to think about your other faults."~ Unknown

"We raked books off the shelves by the dozens and hauled them along on picnics, to haylofts, up oak trees, to bath and to bed. The one terrifying possibility was of finding oneself without a book. " ~ Kathleen Norris, 1941

"It's not always easy to get over some of those bumps in the road, those disillusionments and disappointments. It’s going to take a strong will. Sometimes, it may take courage. Sometimes nothing but faith in God and say, I refuse to be trapped in the past. I’m not going to let the past destroy my future. I’m pressing on. I’m straining forward, knowing that God has great things in store for me." ~ Joel Osteen Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

"There are a thousand thoughts lying within a man that he does not know till he takes up a pen to write." ~ William Makepeace Thackeray

"Creativity is inventing, experimenting, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun." ~ Mary Lou Cook

"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way." ~ Unknown

"If being peaceful and loving are among your primary goals, then why not redefine your most meaningful accomplishments as being those that support and measure qualities such as kindness and happiness?" ~ Richard Carlson, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff


"If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise." ~ Robert Fritz
"Never ever, ever leave a place of learning without taking immediate action." ~ Jenny Flintoft

"If writers stopped writing about what happened to them, then there would be a lot of empty pages." ~ Elaine Liner

"There are souls in this world which have the gift of finding joy everywhere -- and of leaving it behind them when they go." ~ Frederick Wm. Faber

"Continue blogging until your heart is content. If you have words to say, say them and someone here will hear you." ~ Sande Chase @ A Gift Wrapped Life

Time is Fleeting.... "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" ~ Mary Oliver

"It's important to empower people to say that you don't have to be an expert; you can begin with what you know and build on that." ~ Margaret Hensel, gardener (quote found in a gardening magazine)

"I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten -- happy, absorbed, and quietly putting one bead on after another." ~ Brenda Ueland, If You Want To Write, 1938

"Remember that even if you have made a truly rotten piece of art, it may be a necessary stepping-stone to your next work. Art matures spasmodically and requires ugly-duckling growth stages." ~ Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way