Don’t make something unless it is both necessary and useful. But if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful. -- Shaker design philosophy
People often look askance at me when I tell them I'm knitting something for someone I hardly know, or that I don't want any money for a cake I actually spent 2 entire days making, or how long it takes to cross stitch, well, ANYTHING! I always say I just like doing it, but this guy says it with bigger words and fancier grammar ;) -- Anne Whitesell
The gospel of Jesus is not religion or irreligion, morality or immorality, moralism or relativism, conservatism or liberalism. Nor is it something halfway along a spectrum between two poles--it is something else altogether. -- Tim Keller, The Prodigal God
I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. -- Galileo Galilei
'There are quiet places also in the mind', he said meditatively. 'But we build bandstands and factories on them. Deliberately — to put a stop to the quietness. ... All the thoughts, all the preoccupations in my head — round and round, continually, What's it for? What's it all for? To put an end to the quiet, to break it up and disperse it, to pretend at any cost that it isn't there. Ah, but it is; it is there, in spite of everything, at the back of everything. Lying awake at night — not restlessly, but serenely, waiting for sleep — the quiet re-establishes itself, piece by piece; all the broken bits ... It re-establishes itself, an inward quiet, like the outward quiet of grass and trees. It fills one, it grows — a crystal quiet, a growing, expanding crystal. It grows, it becomes more perfect; it is beautiful and terrifying ... For one's alone in the crystal, and there's no support from the outside, there is nothing external and important, nothing external and trivial to pull oneself up by or stand on ... There is nothing to laugh at or feel enthusiast about. But the quiet grows and grows. Beautifully and unbearably. And at last you are conscious of something approaching; it is almost a faint sound of footsteps. Something inexpressively lovely and wonderful advances through the crystal, nearer, nearer. And, oh, inexpressively terrifying. For if it were to touch you, if it were to seize you and engulf you, you'd die; all the regular, habitual daily part of you would die .... one would have to begin living arduously in the quiet, arduously in some strange, unheard of manner.' -- Aldous Huxley, Antic Hay
A teenager now costs, on average, £9,000 a year to run. People must really like them. You could keep a horse for that and they're lovely. -- David Mitchell
Clearly, a civilization that feels guilty for everything it is and does will lack the energy and conviction to defend itself. -- Jean-Francois Revel
quote from a cross-stitch sampler: "If friends were flowers, I'd pick you" ...and then you'd wilt and die on my dining-room table. -- Annie Whitesell
Let the Wealthy & Great,
Roll in Splendor & State,
I envy them not I declare it:
I eat my own Lamb,
My Chickens and Ham,
I shear my own Fleece & I wear it
I have Lawns, I have Bow'rs
I have Fruits, I have Flow'rs,
The Lark is my morning Alarmer:
So jolly Boys now,
Here's God speed the Plough.
Long Life & Success to the Farmer. -- lines from a drinking song from Sussex
There is more to life than increasing its speed. -- Mohandas Gandhi
Creativity, when not used, turns to depression. -- Henri Reiman
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. -- Henry David Thoreau
If I believe in God and life after death and you do not, and if there is no God, we both lose when we die. However, if there is a God, you still lose and I gain everything. -- Blaise Pascal
To believe in a God means to see that the facts of this world are not the end of the matter. -- Ludwig Wittgenstein
Big maturing experiences, as grandiose as they may seem at the time, always diminish down to a small kernel in the corner of your character and personality... not without value, but only a tiny part of a bigger whole. -- me
A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in... and how many want out. -- Tony Blair, on America
Some people are like Slinkies... they are not really good for anything. But they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.
As Hester Prynne seemed to see some trace of her own sin in every bosom, by the glare of the Scarlet Letter burning on her own; so Sylvia, living in the shadow of a household grief, found herself detecting various phases of her own experience in others. She had joined that sad sisterhood called disappointed women; a larger class than many deem it to be, though there are few of us who have not seen members of it. Unhappy wives; mistaken or forsaken lovers; meek souls, who make life a long penance for the sins of others; gifted creatures kindled into fitful brilliancy by some inward fire that consumes but cannot warm. These are the women who fly to convents, write bitter books, sing songs full of heartbreak, act splendidly the passion they have lost or never won. Who smile, and try to lead brave uncomplaining lives, but whose tragic eyes betray them, whose voices, however sweet or gay, contain an undertone of hopelessness, whose faces sometimes startle one with an expression which haunts the observer long after it is gone. -- Moods, Louisa May Alcott
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this -- you haven’t.
For every action movie, there is an equal and opposite reaction movie. -- Lisa Landers
Make no small plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded will not die. -- Daniel H. Burnham
I'm sick of following my dreams... I'm just gonna ask where they're going and hook up with them later. -- Mitch Hedberg
God put me on earth to accomplish certain things. Right now, Iím so far behind, Iíll never die. -- Bill Watterson, "Calvin and Hobbes"
Save the Whales - trade them for valuable prizes
If you think of this world as a place intended simply for our happiness, you find it quite intolerable; think of it as a place of training and correction and it's not so bad. -- C.S. Lewis
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust you always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone. -- Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude
Life shinks or expands in proportion to one's courage -- Anais Nin
Oatmeal is delicious! It's a vehicle for brown sugar! -- Wing Chun, on televisionwithoutpity.com
"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself." -- John Stuart Mill
Accepting no substitutes for what we really want leads to simplicity of life. -- Brennan Manning
I think all Christians would agree with me if I said that thought Christianity seems at the first to be all about morality, all about duties and rules and guilt and virtue, yet it leads you on, out of all that, into something beyond. One has a glimpse of a country where they do not talk of those things, except perhaps as a joke. Everyone there is filled full with what we should call goodness as a mirror is filled with light. But they do not call it goodness. They do not call it anything. They are not thinking of it. They are too busy looking at the source from which it comes. --CS Lewis, Mere Christianity
Destiny dressed you this morning, chum and now fear is trying to pull off your pants. If you give up, if you give in, then fear is just going to be standing there laughing at your dangling unmentionables. -- The Tick, Episode 1 -- (for more Tick brilliance, go here.)
Not alone. Lone. Alone is an unfortunate predicament; lone is an aesthetic choice. -- Batmanuel
So much of the journey forward involves a letting go of all that once brought us life. We turn away from the familiar abiding places of the heart, the false selves we have lived out, the strengths we have used to make a place for ourselves and all our false loves, and we venture forth in our hearts to trace the steps of the One who said, "Follow me." In a way, it means that we stop pretending: that life is better than it is, that we are happier than we are, that the false selves we present to the world are really us. --The Sacred Romance, Brent Curtis & John Eldredge, p. 149
Shows get cancelled all the time. The world still goes around, and pancakes are still flat, and maple syrup is still tasty. -- Tom Hanks
An atheist is a man who has no invisible means of support. -- John Buchan
Men! You can't live with them, you can't sell them for body parts.
Look at your life and see how you have filled its emptiness with people. As a result they have a strangle hold on you. See how they control your behavior by their approval and disapproval. They hold the power to ease your loneliness with their company, to send your spirits soaring with their praise, to bring you down to the depths with their criticism and rejection. Take a look at yourself spending almost every waking moment of your day placating and pleasing people, whether they are living or dead. You live by their norms, conform to their standards, seek their company, desire their love, dread their ridicule, long for their applause, meekly submit to the guilt they lay upon you; you are terrified to go against the fashion in the way you dress or speak or act or even think. And observe how even when you control them you depend on them and are enslaved by them. People have become so much a part of your being that you cannot even imagine living a life that is unaffected or uncontrolled by them. -- Anthony DiMello, The Way to Love (New York: Doubleday, 1991), page 64
[Ive written] before about people who believe that skepticism is not only an obligation - which it is - but a modus vivendi, the only possible option for a Thinking Person. The end result of this philosophy is intellectual paralysis. The sufferers are unable to see some things for what they really are. Shown an elephant, their first instinct is to say that it might be the skin of an elephant stuffed with rabbits; just because its been an elephant before doesnt mean its one now, and you have to look at who wants you to think its an elephant. When the elephant starts trampling people, and you want to round up villagers to drive the elephant away, the Virtuous Defeatists make fun of those who have accepted that this is, indeed, an elephant. But what of the dead people killed by the elephant today? Well, if it was an "elephant," theyll say, using mocking quotes, what drove it to stamp on the villagers? Who cares? Its killing the villagers! Well, so you say - but look, heres some evidence of poachers who killed elephants in Africa for their tusks. This is all just a war for ivory.
These people believe that skeptical minds will bring about Change - broadly defined in Utopian terms - but this sort of reflexive disbelief is usually a recipe for inaction. -- James Lileks, The Daily Bleat, 11/8/01
The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.
Nominated for quote of the year is the statement made by Texas Republican Member of The House of Representatives, Dick Armey, who was asked: "If you had been in President Clinton's place, would you have resigned?"
He responded: "If I were in the President's place I would not have gotten a chance to resign... I would be lying in a pool of my own blood, hearing Mrs. Armey standing over me saying 'How do I reload this damned thing?'
...here we are in the 21st century, and the only thing that seems to characterize it so far is a need to rehash the last one ... Marketing nostalgia isn't anything new. But it just adds to the overall feeling that I'm swimming through an aqueduct of remakes and cover songs. A February article in USA Today on the subject of idea burnout suggested that this is a result of the information overload we experience thanks to the plethora of 24-hour media outlets. It's hard to come up with something new when you're constantly surrounded with the familiar, or finding out about someone else's new idea before you come up with your own. -- Ben Taylor, Nashville Scene, 4-18-02
"...What on earth d'you think I'm here for, I should like to know?"
To be a pattern and example to all aunts, thought Mrs. Miniver; to be a delight to boys and a comfort to their parents; and to show that at least one daughter in every generation ought to remain unmarried, raise the profession of auntship to a fine art, and make a point of having a house within the five-mile limit.... -- Jan Struther, Mrs. Miniver
Cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living and incarnate. -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
No matter how deep our darkness, [God] is deeper still. -- Corrie ten Boom
Leadership--noble, valiant, seductive--is the missing presence, the great ghost, in our current oversaturated frenzy of political/legal/media noise. The public hunger for it is as palpable as it is impotent... -- Owen Gleiberman
There are two means of refuge from the misery of life - music and cats. -- Albert Schweitzer
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. -- President John Adams
I suspect people have always thought that the time they live in is uniquely special in some way. I've got a feeling that if you went back to the Middle Ages, you'd find people thinking, 'God, it's all getting out of hand. Goodness me, it's all going to hell in a hand-basket! Things are changing so fast!' Even in the 14th century, you had people writing complaints about how 'you can't tell the difference between men and women anymore' because of the way they dress. -- Terry Jones
My girlfriend came up to me the other day and introduced me to one of her male friends, and at first I didn't mind, since I'm not the jealous type. I just wish she hadn't started calling him 'Sweetie' and living with him and having his kids and marrying him and stuff. It's really starting to make me wonder if she wants a future with me or not. -- Derek Maness
Righteous people have no sense of humor. -- Bertolt Brecht
A good man often appears gauche simply because he does not take advantage of the myriad, mean little chances of making himself look stylish. Preferring truth to form, he is not constantly at work upon the facade of his appearance. -- Jean "Iris" Murdoch
It is impossible to keep a straight face in the presence of one or more kittens. -- Cynthia E. Varnado
The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. -- Richard David Bach
An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.
Worrying about something is like paying interest on a debt you don't even know if you owe. -- Mark Twain
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it's time to pause and reflect. -- Mark Twain
Goodbyes breed a sort of distaste for whomever you say goodbye to; this hurts, you feel; this must not happen again. -- Elizabeth Bowen, The House in Paris
The word that leaves your mouth leaves your control. -- Somali folk saying
If only we'd stop trying to be happy we'd have a pretty good time. -- Edith Wharton
It's splendid to be a great writer, to put men into the frying pan of your imagination and make them pop like chestnuts. -- Gustave Flaubert
My rough patch has grown into a field. -- Melinda Mumme
Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall down an open manhole and die. -- Mel Brooks
There is luxury in self-reproach ... When we blame ourselves we feel no one else has a right to blame us. -- Oscar Wilde
If you are losing your leisure, look out. You may be losing your soul. -- Logan Pearsall Smith
"Supporters point to Governor Bush's education record in Texas, where school test scores have actually risen. But did they really rise, or did they just hit bottom so hard that they bounced?"
"So how do I pick a president? Much the same way I choose a driver to the airport. Which one will cost me the least and not get me killed?"
"What do we know about Gore? Well, he opposed the Vietnam war, but served over there anyway so as not to jeopardize his father's re-election bid for the Senate. And there, in a nutshell, is a shining example of Al Gore's heroic willingness to die for his complete lack of core beliefs."
"George W. Bush doesn't stand for anything other than wanting to be president. It just kills me when Bush says he's not a Washington insider. He always has that same tone of voice as Calista Flockhart when she tells Steve Kmetko that she just has a fast metabolism."
"The truth is that come
November 7, we'll have a choice between twin sons of
different ideological mothers. Both were raised in powerful
political families. Both received Ivy League educations.
Both served in non-combat capacities during the Vietnam War.
And both possess the finely honed edge of a butter knife in
a mental hospital cafeteria." -- Dennis Miller
They would have asked
directions, arrived on time, helped deliver the baby,
cleaned the stable, made a casserole, and brought practical
You completely forget the
fact that when you were twenty-two and you didn't have a
boyfriend or meet anyone you remotely fancied for
twenty-three months you just thought it was a bit of a drag.
The whole thing builds up out of all proportion, so finding
a relationship seems a dazzling, almost insurmountable goal,
and when you do start going out with someone it cannot
possibly live up to expectations. -- Helen Fielding,
Bridget Jones' Diary