Quotes have a way of offering a fresh perspective. I started seriously collecting quotes – or sermon illustrations as it was known in those days – almost forty years ago! I always had a stack of colored 3×5 cards with me. I never read a book or article without a few cards and pen nearby. I carried them in my purse and the diaper bag.
That was the dark ages. No internet. No smart phones. No computers. I did have a manual typewriter, but was not going to waste any effort typing them up after I had already written them down by hand. Plus I usually had a little cherub sitting in my lap or sleeping in my arms, so typing was reserved for actually writing a paper. I had a color code system and the cards were filed in either a 3×5 or 5×8 card box. I used that system for decades. (Yes, I am older than dirt.)
I thought I’d share a ten of my favorite quotes collected last year. It’s a random selection. Sometimes other people’s words speak fresh truth to our hearts.
In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do [God’s] work, to bear [God’s] glory. ~ Madeleine L’Engle
If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair. ~ Shirley Chisholm
Don’t waste you life trying to belong. Spend it learning to love. ~ Umair Haque
Our job is to challenge the systems that marginalize any member of the human family. ~ Rev. Ed Bacon
It is possible to become discouraged about the injustice we see everywhere. But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. He gives us the **gift of life and allows us to choose** the way we will use our limited time on earth. It is an awesome opportunity. ~ Cesar Chavez
Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge. ~ Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul. ~ Simone Weil
What is justice? Giving water to trees.
What is injustice? Giving water to thorns.
Justice consists of bestowing bounty in its proper place, not on every root that will absorb water. ~ Rumi
There are spaces of sorrow only God can touch. ~ Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.
To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work. ~ Mary Oliver