Thursday, September 30, 2010

C. S. Lewis:

Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

David Bayles & Ted Orland:

You can corral good arguments, successful examples, prominent graduates -- and insufferable converts -- to champion any of a whole flock of possible pathways.

Art & Fear, p. 86

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

God does not will that I should fashion the other person according to the image that seems good to me, that is, in my own image; rather in his very freedom from me God made this person in His image.

Life Together

Monday, September 27, 2010

Randy Pausch:

Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.

The Last Lecture, p. 148

Friday, September 24, 2010

Steven Pressfield:

An amateur lets the negative opinion of others unman him.

The War of Art, p. 91

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Hugh MacLeod:

Life is messy; cliches are clean and tidy.

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity, p. 117

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Deborah Layton:

Nobody joins a cult. Nobody joins something they think's going to hurt them. You join a religious organization, you join a political movement and you join with people you really like.

As featured on "The Life and Death of Peoples Temple"

NOTE: Deborah Layton was a Peoples Temple member and is a Jonestown survivor. She is also the author of Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivor Story of Life and Death in The Peoples Temple.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Albert Einstein:

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

God did not make this person as I would have made him. He did not give him to me as a brother for me to dominate and control, but in order that I might find within him the Creator. Now the other person, in the freedom with which he was created, becomes the occasion of joy, whereas before he was only a nuisance and an affliction.

Life Together

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Andrew Marin:

Respond to everything—because if you’re not telling your story someone else is.

Part 1: How Jesus Handled Critics

Friday, September 3, 2010

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Each individual will make a matchless discovery. He will be able to cease from constantly scrutinizing the other person, judging him, condemning him, putting him in his particular place where he can gain ascendancy over him and thus doing violence to him as a person. Now he can allow the brother to exist as a completely free person, as God made him to be. His view expands and, to his amazement, for the first time he sees, shining within his brethren, the richness of God’s creative glory.

Life Together

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Randy Pausch:

If nobody ever worried about what was in other people's heads, we'd all be 33 percent more effective in our lives and on our jobs.

The Last Lecture, p. 141

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Nikki Giovanni:

when i die i hope no one who ever hurt me cries
and if they cry i hope their eyes fall out
and a million maggots that had made up their brains
crawl from the empty holes and devour the flesh
that covered the evil that passed itself off as a person
that i probably tried
to love

First stanza from "When I Die"