Friday, December 31, 2010

Rachel Held Evans:

The first thing I noticed while reading through Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John was that Christians who claim to take the Bible literally or who say they obey all of his teachings without "picking and choosing" are either liars or homeless.

Evolving in Monkey Town, p. 103

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Larry Kramer:

We must understand and confront the unprecedented.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Randy Pausch:

It's a thrill to fulfill your own childhood dreams, but as you get older, you may find that enabling the dreams of others is even more fun.

The Last Lecture, p. 117

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Jeff Pearlman:

One of the greatest things about morality is how those who claim to act on its behalf are often the ones drinking from the emptiest cups.

Sports Illustrated, "Belmont gets it all wrong in ousting woman's soccer coach Lisa Howe"

Thursday, December 23, 2010

David Bayles & Ted Orland:

Making art depends upon noticing things -- things about yourself, your methods, your subject matter.

Art & Fear, p. 109

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

John Updike:

What art offers is space -- a certain breathing room for the spirit.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Audre Lorde:

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Rachel Held Evans:

It's like, as soon as you're able to step into someone else's shoes or look at the world from a different perspective, everything you believe becomes less certain, or at least less black and white.

Evolving in Monkey Town, p. 85

Friday, December 17, 2010

Hugh MacLeod:

No matter where your adventure takes you, most of what is truly meaningful is still to be found revolving around the mundane stuff you did before you embarked on your adventure. The stuff that'll still be going on long after you and I are both dead, long after our contribution to the world is forgotten. But often, one needs to have that big adventure before truly appreciating how utterly wonderful all that simple, mundane stuff actually is.

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity, p. 147

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Randy Pausch:

No matter how bad things are, you can always make things worse. At the same time, it is often within your power to make them better.

The Last Lecture, p. 88

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wendy Gritter:

For a faith or conviction that is demanded is a weak and unsustainable faith indeed.

Bridging the Gap, "Living Like Jesus & Letting Go of Control"

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

David Bayles & Ted Orland:

Some people who make art are driven by inspiration, others by provocation, still others by desperation. Artmaking grants access to worlds that may be dangerous, sacred, forbidden, seductive, or all of the above. It grants access to worlds you may otherwise never fully engage.

Art & Fear, p. 108

Monday, December 13, 2010

Oscar Wilde:

It is tragic how few people ever "possess their souls" before they die... Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Audre Lorde:

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Hugh MacLeod:

The size of the endeavor doesn't matter as much as how meaningful it becomes to you.

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity, p. 146

Monday, December 6, 2010

Randy Pausch:

Brick walls are there for a reason. And once you get over them -- even if someone has practically had to throw you over -- it can be helpful to others to tell them how you did it.

The Last Lecture, p. 174

Friday, December 3, 2010

David Bayles & Ted Orland:

In making art you declare what is important.

Art & Fear, p. 108

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dorothy Day:

We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Audre Lorde:

In our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction.