Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Walk Through the Garden

We as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered.
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside Church, April 4, 1967

Great minds have purposes, little minds have wishes.
– Washington Irving

Creation is longing for salvation as much as we who bear the joy and burden of human creaturehood. In travail for the true response to God, may we bring forth fruits of repentance and liberation and a substantial stewardship of the round earth we share with everything God made and will yet make.
--Thomas John Carlisle

We must live as we think, otherwise we shall end up by thinking as we have lived.
– Paul Bourget

We cannot live in a world that is not our own, in a world that is interpreted for us by others. An interpreted world is not a home. Part of the terror is to take back our own listening, to use our own voice, to see our own light.
--Hildegard von Bingen

Our lifelong nostalgia, our longing to be reunited with something in the universe from which we now feel cut off, to be on the inside of some door which we have always seen from the outside, is no mere neurotic fancy, but the truest index of our real situation.
--C.S. Lewis

Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments, but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.
– Joseph Addison

Inspiration follows aspiration.
– Rabindranath Tagore

To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of creation. When we do it knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament. When we do it ignorantly, greedily, destructively, it is a desecration.
-- Wendell Berry, The Gift of Good Land

If Christ were coming again tomorrow, I would plant a tree today.
--Martin Luther

Philosophy means nothing unless it is connected to birth, death, and the continuance of life. Anytime you are going to build a society that works, you have to begin from nature and the body.
--Susan Griffin

Ask the loveliness of the earth, ask the loveliness of the sea, ask the loveliness of the wide airy spaces, ask the loveliness of the sky, ask the order of the stars, ask the sun, making daylight with its beams, ask the moon tempering the darkness of the night that follows, ask the living things which move in the waters, which tarry on the land, which fly in the air; ask the souls that are hidden, the bodies that are perceptive; the visible things which most be governed, the invisible things that govern—ask these things, and they will all answer you, Yes, see we are lovely. Their loveliness is their confession. And all these lovely but mutable things, who has made them, but Beauty immutable?
- Augustine Sermons 214.2

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
– John Muir

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