Pitt the Younger: As your Prime Minister, I urge you caution
William Wilberforce: And as my friend?
Pitt the Younger: To hell with caution.
William Wilberforce: No one of our age has ever taken power.
Pitt the Younger: Which is why we’re too young to realise certain things are impossible. Which is why we will do them anyway.
– Amazing Grace

“If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to be born both within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realise that it’s what we’re starving to death for. The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong.

“Live simply so others may simply live.”  – Mother Teresa

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”  – Anais Nin

“I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” – Dr. Seuss

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” – Lewis Carroll

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.” – John Wayne

“Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin

“Luxury is not a necessity to me, but beautiful and good things are.” – Anais Nin

“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how.” – Friedrich Nietzsche

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” – John Lennon

“To love. To be loved. To never forget your own insignificance. To never get used to the unspeakable violence and the vulgar disparity of life around you. To seek joy in the saddest places. To pursue beauty to its lair. To never simplify what is complicated or complicate what is simple. To respect strength, never power. Above all, to watch. To try and understand. To never look away. And never, never, to forget.”  – Arundhati Roy

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Emerson

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“It was a beautiful let down
The day I knew
That all the riches this world had to offer me
Would never do.
In a world full of bitter pain and bitter doubt
I was trying so hard to fit in, fit in,
Until I found out
I don’t belong here
I don’t belong here”
Jon Foreman

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Great things are not something accidental, but must certainly be willed” – Vincent van Gogh

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” –  Aristotle

“Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light” – Helen Keller

“Character is long-standing habit” – Plutarch

“Avoid authority figures who aren’t submitting to anyone…what good is the wisdom of a man who has nobody speaking into his life?” – Don Miller

“Unconditional love heals people” – Don Miller

“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” – George Canning

“Be as you wish to seem” – Socrates

“As we express out gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them” JFK

“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask, ‘mother, what was war?'” – Eve Merriam

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.” – Shakespeare

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve found for helping me make the big decisions in life…death is life’s change agent….our time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life” -Steve Jobs

“The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do” – Steve Jobs

“‎Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary” – Steve Jobs

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work…” – Steve Jobs

“Moral #1: “If you work hard, stay focused, and never give up, you will eventually get what you want in life. Moral #2: Sometimes the things we want most in life are the things that will kill us.” – Don Miller (Blue Like Jazz)

“And so I have come to understand that strength, inner strength, comes from receiving love as much as it comes from giving it.” – Don Miller (Blue Like Jazz)

“Love is an action that leads to a feeling, not a feeling that leads to an action” – Tim Keller

“Nothing will ever be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.” – Samuel Johnson

“The growing gap between the really rich & the really poor is the most desperate moral question of our time”- Shane Claiborne

“I have sometimes wondered if the greatest desire of man is to be known and loved anyway.” – Don Miller

“Thinking too well of people often allows them to be better than they otherwise would.” – Nelson Mandela

“What I believe is not what I say I believe; what I believe is what I do.” – Don Miller (Blue Like Jazz)

“Of all the principles I’d learn about story, the idea that a character is what he does remains the hardest to actually live.” – Don Miller (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years)

“A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.” – Jim Watkins

“Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.” – Einstein

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” – Helen Keller

“I wondered though, if one of the reasons we fail to acknowledge the brilliance of life is because we don’t want the responsibility inherent in the acknowledgement. We don’t want to be characters in a story because characters have to move and breathe and face conflict with courage. And, if life isn’t remarkable, then we don’t have to do any of that; we can be unwilling victims rather than grateful participants” – Don Miller (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years)

“Truth becomes hard if it is not softened by love; love becomes soft if it is not strengthened by truth.” – Nicky Gumbel

“We’re too young to realise certain things are impossible. Which is why we’ll do them anyway” – Pitt the Younger

“Christianity has always insisted that the cross we bear proceeds the crown we wear. To be a Christian one must take up his cross, with all it’s difficulties and agonising and tension-packed content and carry it until that very cross leaves it’s mark upon us in and redeems us to that more excellent way which comes only through suffering.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

“For these neglected saints, who learned to anticipate and enjoy god in spite of the difficulties of their lives on earth, heaven will seem more like a long-awaited homecoming than a visit to a new place” – Philip Yancey

“Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta.” – Mother Theresa

“And I think that’s what our world is desperately in need of – lovers, people who are building deep, genuine relationships with fellow strugglers along the way, and who actually know the faces of the people behind the issues they are concerned about.” – Shane Claiborne (Irresistible Revolution)

“..[My friend Marco said]. essentially, humans are alive for the purpose of journey, a kind of three-act structure. They are born and spend several years discovering themselves and the world, then plod through a long middle in which they are compelled to search for a mate and reproduce and also create stability out of natural instability and then they find themselves at an ending tha seems to be designed for reflection. At the end, their bodies are slower, they are not as easily distracted, they do less work, and they think and feel about a life lived rather than look forward to a life getting started. He didn’t know what the point of the journey was, but he did believe we were designed to search for and find something. And he wondered out loud if the point wasn’t the search but the transformation the search creates. …[I wondered] that we were designed to live through something rather than to attain something, and the thing we were meant to live through was designed to change us. The point of a story is the character arc, the change.” – Don Miller (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years)

“A story is based on what people think is important, so when we live a story, we are telling people around us what we think is important.” – Don Miller (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years)

“You don’t have a Soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.” – C.S Lewis

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” – Henry Miller

“Most good things have already been said far too many times and just need to be lived.” – Shane Claiborne

“Before you criticise a man, walk a mile in his shoes. That way, when you do criticise him, you’re a mile away and you have his shoes.” – Unknown

“He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honours God” – Proverbs 14v31

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.” – C.S. Lewis

“Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance, the only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” – C.S. Lewis

“I read a man called Christ went about doing good. It’s disconcerting that I am so easily satisfied with just going about.” – Toyohiko Kagawa

“No, life cannot be understood flat on a page. It has to be lived; a person has to get out of his head, has to fall in love, has to memorize poems, has to jump off bridges into rivers, has to stand in an empty desert and whisper sonnets under his breath… We get one story, you and I, and one story alone.” – Don Miller (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years)

“We live in a world where bad stories are told, stories that teach us life doesn’t mean anything and that humanity has no great purpose. It’s a good calling, then, to speak a better story. How brightly a better story shines. How easily the world looks to it in wonder. How grateful we are to hear these stories, and how happy it makes us to repeat them.” – Don Miller (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years)

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