Quotes from my readings over the years about God, his friends and the human condition.
 
 


La foi est un don de Dieu. et no pas un don de raisonnement.
Faith is a gift of God and not the gift of reason.      (Blaise Pascal)

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Where  someone is alone I am with him. Lift the stone, I am there;
split the wood, I am there                                                  (Loggia d'Oxyrhynque)

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Because of your weaknesses I was weak;
because of the poor I became poor;
and I was thirsty for those who are thirsty                  (Logia Christi according ot Origen)

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God unfortunately pardons nothing to those who pardon themselves everything.  (Henri Ghéon)

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Men must be governed by God
or they will be ruled by tyrants.                                (William Penn)

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Snails obey the holy
will of God slowly                                                        (Leonard Feeney, SJ)

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A man who thinks he has a clear conscience
has only  a poor memory.
                                                                                        (anon.)

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For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds.        (Shakespeare)

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Faith desires to persuade rather than compel.      (Erasmus of Rotterdam))

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It would be simpler to say that Christ is present in the Sacrament
and leave the manner to God.                                  (Erasmus of Rotterdam)

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To err is human, but when the eraser wears out before the pencil,
watch out.                                                                    (anon.)

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A man may fall several times, but he isn't a failure
until he starts saying someone pushed him.        (anon.)

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On Mary ("our tainted nature's solitary boast" - Wordsworth):

Mary is the flower-field, where
Bernard, the bee,
Drinks wild nectar to
Ecstasy.
Dominic, the dog, his
mouth aflame.
Is a firebrand lighted at
Mary's name.                                                             (Sr. Madaleva, CSC)

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I have always envied Catholics their faith in that sweet sacred Virgin Mother
who stands between them and the Deity, intercepting somewhat of his awful splendor,
but permitting His love to stream upon the worshipper
more intelligibly to human comprehension,
through the medium of a woman's tenderness.    (Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1852)

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Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be bent out of shape.  (anon.)

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Soyez béni, mon Dieu, qui donne la souffrance comme un divin remède à nos impurtés.
Blessed be thou, O God, who givest suffering as a divine remedy to our impurities.   (Beaudelaire)

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Beaudelaire, caught in the "frightening grip of God"  writes:
For it is truly, O Lord, the best proof we may give of our dignity, this ardent sob
which rolls from age to age and dies in the shore of your eternity......

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Man does not know at what rank to place himself.  He is clearly lost and fallen
from his true estate and he cannot retrieve it.
He seeks it everywhere restlessly and unsuccessfully
through impenetrable darkness.                             (Paschal)

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Faust to  Satan:  What hast thou to give, poor demon?
Thou hast only food which does not satiate.      (Goethe)

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Life steals, one-by-one, our reasons for living.  (Charles du Bos)

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Other quotes from Charles Beaudelaire:

Loin des sépultures célèbres
Vers un cimitière isolé
Mon coeur, comme un tambour voilé
Va battant des marches funèbres.
Far from celebrated graves
toward an isloted cemetery,
my heart, like a muffled drum,
set out to beat funeral marches.

Like a vessel that awakes
At the morning breeze
My dreary sound sets sail
Toward a distant sky.......

The sky !  Black lid of the vast pot
In which imperceptible and vast mankind boils.....

Those ghastly nights which oppress the heart like paper being crumpled......

The waifs of Paris who steal away like cats
who take the bit you give them far away to eat,
having learned to mistrust mankind.

Soon we shall plunge into cold darkness;
Farewell, vivid light of our too short summers...

Old woman:  O wreck of humankind- ripe for eternity.

My humiliations have been graces from God.

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The optimist: I'm so optimistic I'd take a row boat to get to Moby Dick and even take the tartar sauce with me.

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The Buddhist said to the hot dog vendor:  "Make me one with everything."

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God is good to the Irish, but no one else is- not even the Irish     (Austin O'Malley)

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The truth comes out when the spirit goes in.          (Irish proverb)

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The world may be a stage, but the play is badly cast.   (Irish proverb)

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"Wait till you see my glorified body"              (Father Vincent Mc Donald, O. Carm)

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The peace of great churches be for you,
Where the players of lofty pipe organs
Practice old lovely fragments- alone.               (Carl Sandburg)

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No one believes in his own death:
one attends one's own funeral - as a guest - not corpse   (Ned Rorem)

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The church with all its bloody history
has give magic and poetry for 2000 years.        (Ned Rorem)

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When I was young people said, "You''ll see by the time you're fifty."
Well, I'm fifty now and I haven't seen anything.        (Eric Satie)

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It is better to die excommunicated
than to violate one's conscience.

(St. Thomas Aquinas in his Commentary on the Fourth Book of Sentences
of Peter Lombard)

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The humble man regards himself as the straw
and God as the wind                                                      (Fénelon)

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Give us a good digestion, Lord,
And also something to digest.
But when or how that something comes
We leave to Thee who knowest best.
Give us a healthy body, Lord;
Give us the sense to keep it so;
Also a heart that is not bored,
Whatever work we may have to do.
Give us a sense of humor, Lord,
Give us the power to see a joke,
To get some happiness from life,
And pass it on to other folk.                                (found in the Chester Cathedral)

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Dear God, be good to me;
The sea is so wide
and my boat is so small.                                        (Breton fisherman's prayer)

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He died a hero in the fight
And so they crowned his name with light;
She lived for many a tortured year,
They only said "She's getting queer."              (can't remember)

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You want enough ambition to fill your sails,
but not enough to deflect your ship from its course.  (anon.)

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Sorrow remarries us to God.                      (Dante)

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You can't soar like an eagle
when you're dealing with turkeys.         (sign in Cindy's diner, Barryville, NY)

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If Abraham's son had been a teenager,
it wouldn't have been a sacrifice           (Spendlove)

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The meek shall inherit the earth,
if you don't mind.                                    (anon.)

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Hell: the day we read no more.            (Dante)

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It may be just a minute
But eternity is in it.                               (John Bannister Tabb)

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Hodie mihi, cras tibi.
Today me, tomorrow you.

(inscription upon entering the Capuchin Church burial plot- Rome)

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You never saw a hearse towing a U-Haul        (from a sermon)

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Wars harden and shut men's hearts.                (Petrarch)

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I may be drunk, but you're crazy.
Tomorrow I'll be sober and you'll still be crazy.        (W.C. Fields)

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People aren't people
until they're stimulated
two or three times in life.                                     (Ned Rorem)

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Nothing is wasted that makes a memory.          (Ned Rorem)

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Gravity ages us. After forty our jowls,
armpits, breasts and buttocks
sag toward the impatient earth...
Like every living thing always,
we are all corpses on parade.                            (Ned Rorem)

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Liberty is not a given;  it is taken.                    (Lacordaire)

You don't beg for freedom, you seize it.          (Pietro Spina)

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Tradition is laziness.
Whoever rests, rusts.                                         (Liszt)

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By God's grace I am a man and a Christian.
By my actions I am a great sinner,
by my state in life I am but a homeless pilgrim
and of the lowliest state,
ever wandering from place to place.
All I need is a pack on my back
with some dry bread and the Holy Bible tucked in my shirt.
That's all.
                                                                            (The Russian pilgrim)

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As long as you are alive
nothing is unredeemable.                            (Dom Benedetto)

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Said of the poet Alphonse Lamartine:

He loved to see the Creator
through the trasnparent veil of the creature
and to sing to Him hymns of adoration.    (The Catholic Encyclopedia)

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The world is stifling hot,
But great is the shade
Under the wings of God.                            (St. Augustine)

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A person is an unfinished symphony.      (anon.)

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Be no fool but be glad to seem one.
If you are a bit of a fool. do not show it
but rejoice in being found out.

When  you die an epitaph will lie over you;
See that it doesn't lie.                                   (Rickaby)

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Only a midget
Staristical didgit
Only a two or a three
Meaningless decimal
Infinitesmal
Me.                                                                (anon.)

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Why can't life's problems hit us when we're seventeen
and  know everything?                            (A.C. Jolly)

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Il n'appartient qu'aux grands hommes d'avoir de grands défauts
Only great men have great faults          (François de la Rochefoucauld)

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Do good and cast it into the sea.              (Celtic proverb)

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Silence is the depth where God will inform our faith
and give our love its dynamic force.        (anon. by way of Auguste Delvaux)

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Through fidelity only can we return to God
the kiss he is ever offering us across the world.  (Teilhard de Chardin)

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Stars are the "forget-me-nots" of  God
in the infinite meadows of the heavens.    (Longfellow)

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The human epic resembles nothing
so much as a way of the cross.                        (Teilhard de Chardin)

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By virtue of the Creation and still more of  the Incarnation
nothing is profane to those who know how to see.    (Teilhard de Chardin)

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A baby is God's opinion
that life should go on.  (Carl Sandburg)

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A science which does not bring us nearer to God is worthless.  (Simone Weil)

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Any fool can count the seeds in an apple.
Only God can count all the apples in one seed.  (Robert Schuller)

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Art is a collaboration between God and the artist,
and the less the artist does the better.  (Andre Gide)

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Computers are like Old Testament gods;
lots of rules and no mercy.  (Joseph Campbell)

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Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers. (Hans Christian Andersen)

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Friends... are God's apology for relatives.  (Hugh Kingsmill)

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God buries His workmen but carries on His work.  (Charles Wesley)

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God comes to the hungry in the form of food.  (Mahatma Gandhi)

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God does not play dice with the universe.  (Albert Einstein)

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God doesn't require us to succeed;
he only requires that you try.  (Mother Teresa)

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God gives us our relatives
-- thank God we can choose our friends. (Ethel Watts Mumford)

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God is a comedian playing
to an audience that is afraid to laugh.  (Voltaire)

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God must have been disap-pointed in Adam
-- He made Eve so different.  (Unknown)

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God tells me how the music should sound,
but "you," stand in the way. (Arturo Toscanini)

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God's gifts put man's best dreams to shame. (Elizabeth Barrett Browning)

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God's retirement plan is out of this world  (Unknown)

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Gray hair is God's graffiti. (Bill Cosby)

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I have always respected everyone's religion.
As I say, there is only one God and a lot of confused people. (Hazel Scott)

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I have no objections to churches so long
as they do not interfere with God's work.  (Brooks Atkinson )

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If you want to know what God thinks of money,
just look at the people he gave it to. (Dorothy Parker)

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Man is a creature made at the end
of the week's work when God was tired.  (Mark Twain)

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Music is an agreeable harmony for the honor of God
and the permissible delights of the soul.  (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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People see God every day,
they just don't recognize Him. (Pearl Bailey)

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Spring is God's way of saying,
'One more time!'  (Robert Orben)

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The universe is one of God's thoughts. (Friedrich von Schiller)

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There is no surprise more magical than the surprise of being loved;
It is God's finger on man's shoulder. (Charles Morgan)

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