The one obstacle to the worship of the God of Grace, the chief barrier to gratitude, lies in a stubborn refusal to go beyond the limits of our lives. If we were poor, or rejected, or unsuccessful yesterday, we define ourselves as unable to be anything but poor and outcast and a failure today. We refuse to claim the power within us and we blame the rest of the world for the prisons in which we place ourselves. We smother ourselves in resentment or remorse. But to grow spiritually we must dedicate ourselves to becoming more today than we were yesterday. " - JOAN CHITTISTER
Below are a variety of thinkers that I hold in high esteem and are well worth checking out.
"The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge."
“I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.”
“Don't just say you have read books. Show that through them you have learned to think better, to be a more discriminating and reflective person. Books are the training weights of the mind. They are very helpful, but it would be a bad mistake to suppose that one has made progress simply by having internalized their contents."
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” & “Know thyself.”
Avatar's Uncle Iroh
It is important to draw wisdom from different places. If you take it from only one place it becomes rigid and stale.
“Today as always, men fall into two groups: slaves and free men. Whoever does not have two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave, whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman, an official, or a scholar.”
“Our culture has filled our heads but emptied our hearts, stuffed our wallets but starved our wonder. It has fed our thirst for facts but not for meaning or mystery. It produces "nice" people, not heroes.”
“One of the few things in life that cannot possibly do harm in the end is the honest pursuit of the truth.”
― Peter Kreeft
Creativity requires taking what Einstein called 'a leap into the unknown.' This can mean putting your beliefs, reputation and resources on the line as you suffer the slings and arrows of ridicule. - Frank Barron