Inspirational Quotations

(See also our sermons on language and more.)

February 6,2018
for without kindness, there can be no true joy.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)

March 2, 2017
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy

William Shakespeare, Hamlet

October 27, 2016
create as many spaces to be real as possible:
spaces where we can cry in public,
spaces where we can name our hurt,
spaces we can acknowledge our pain.

From Dark Matter on Instagram.

April 25, 2016
Spiritual teachings are borrowed knowledge. Our teachers and lineage holders can only point the way
Chandresh Bhardwaj, writing in Breaking The Norms

Feb. 9, 2016
It is important to distinguish between what excites us and what enlivens us,
Diane M. Mills, writing in Conversation- The Sacred Art

Sept. 28, 2015
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the LORD require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Micah 6:8 (King James Version)

Feb. 22, 2015
The idea of a personal God is quite alien to me and seems even naïve.
Albert Einstein — To Beatrice Frohlich, December 17, 1952.

May 20, 2014
To be a miracle doesn’t mean you have to tackle problems across the globe. It means making a difference in your own living room, cubicle, neighborhood, community.
Regina Brett (1956 – ) in Be the Miracle
Just one such quote I’ve included in Every day: Miracles; a collection of photographs and quotes on the theme of Miracles.

April 21, 2014
Yes, Kristen. A Spiritual Journey is just being curious, asking questions & trying to find the right answers for you.
A counselor at The Meadows (rehab) quoted inKristen Johnston’s blog.

April 20, 2014
Wholeness does not mean perfection; it means embracing brokenness as an integral part of life.
Parker J. Palmer, writing in A Hidden Wholeness

April 6, 2014
To be spiritual is “to open your heart without judgment to who and how you actually are. Perhaps the hardest task of all, being spiritual is about letting yourself — and what is so — be.”
by Nancy Colier at HuffPost;
via Kristen Johnston’s blog

February 4, 2014
Hate and violence just increases;
We’re so selfish, cruel and blind.
We fight and kill each other
In your name- defending you.
Do you love some more than others?
We’re so lost and confused.

Hello God Dolly Parton

February 1, 2014
Marriage is beneficial–it leads to greater financial stability, more personal happiness, better health, and more well adjusted children.
From the Facebook page of ‘National Marriage Week USA’
Which calls for a celebration of the many social benefits of legally married couples Feb.7-14.

December 2, 2013
I look out the window of this cruise ship
and all I can see for miles and miles is blue, blue ocean
and for today, I believe.
I think the bottom line is that NO ONE REALLY KNOWS.

Actor Leslie Jordan, writing on his Facebook Page

August 6, 2013
What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness” writer George Saunders speaking at Syracuse U. Commencement, May 11th.

July 9, 2013
“A real friendship ought to introduce each person to unexpected weirdness in the other.”
From You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier

June 26, 2013
“Thank you … to our enemies for being the darkness that makes our light shine so much brighter.”
The Abbey of St. Gertrude de Nivelles (Orlando FL, Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence)
regarding today’s SCOTUS decisions, on their Facebook page.

June 15, 2013
“What is important about printing presses is not the mechanism, but the authors”
From You Are Not A Gadget by Jaron Lanier

May 21, 2013
“Humanism teaches us that it is immoral to wait for God to act for us.
We must act to stop the wars and the crimes and the brutality of this and future ages.”
From The Faith of a Humanist by Minister Kenneth Phifer (UU)
Quoted on the American Humanist Association web-site.

March 27, 2013
“We cannot allow individuals religious freedom without assuming first that they are equal.”
Posted on the Facebook page of the Universal Life Church Monastery

January 15, 2013
“I realized the purpose and meaning of his life had nothing to do with heaven,
but it had to do with how I could make choices in my life that give his life meaning”
Young woman discussing how she deals with the loss of her brother to cancer. From an NPR article about Youth and Organized Religions.

December 5, 2012
“I didn’t put you here on earth to just just suck up the air and not care”
Dolly Parton’s Mom, quoted in Dream More by Dolly Parton

December 1, 2012World AIDS Day
“It’s not a cry that you hear at night,
It’s not someone who’s seen the light,
It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah”
Leonard Cohen

November 9, 2012
“the outstanding fact in all branches of natural science is that to exist is to be in process, in change.”
John Dewey, Living Philosophies, 1931

October 6, 2012
Kristen Johnson, Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

September 22, 2012
“the time has come to find a way of thinking about spirituality and ethics beyond religion altogether.”
Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet on his FaceBook page

July 12, 2012
“Lead by the power of our example;
Not by using examples of our power.”
Joe Biden, Vice-President, speaking at the NAACP 2012 Convention

July 1, 2012 (Dominion Day)
“My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.”
Jack Layton, 1950-2011. From his final letter to Canadians

June 20, 2012
“No one can live our lives for us or carry our inner burdens, yet we can come to know ourselves only through our compassion for others.”
Martin Sheen, Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son (with Emilio Estevez)

May 6, 2012
“While we will not forget the brutality of apartheid, we do not want Robben Island to be a monument of our hardship and suffering. We would want it to be a triumph of the human spirit against the forces of evil. A triumph of wisdom and largeness of spirit against small minds and pettiness. A triumph of courage and determination over human frailty and weakness.”
Nelson Mandela, when dedicating the Dock to Robben Island as part of the Robben Island Museum.

April 23, 2012
“We will never have peace on earth as long as literalism controls religion”
Tom Harpur, The Pagan Jesus

April 12, 2012
“Our spirituality is based on experience, on a direct relationship with the cycles of birth, growth, death, and regeneration in nature and in human lives. We see the complex interwoven web of life as sacred.”

March 27, 2012
“Religion is for people who are afraid of hell. Spirituality is for people who have already been there.”
Credited to Running Hawk, Lakota Nation (Pine Ridge)