favourite words

Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck

Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Thomas Merton

Summer Meditations, Vaclav Havel

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

Dialogues with Silence, Thomas Merton

Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Secret History, Donna Tartt

Mere Christianity, CS Lewis

The Motorcycle Diaries, Che Guevara

Anything by CS Lewis, John Steinbeck, Thomas Merton, Annie Dillard, Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leslie Newbigin, NT Wright…

Lyrics by Josh Rouse, David Gray, Damian Rice, Coldplay

{a random collection of quotes}

Both abundance and lack [of abundance] exist simultaneously in our lives, as parallel realities.  It is always our conscious choice which secret garden we will tend . . . when we choose not to focus on what is missing from our lives but are grateful for the abundance that’s present – love, health, family, friends, work, the joys of nature, and personal pursuits that bring us [happiness] – the wasteland of illusion falls away and we experience heaven on earth.  – Sarah Ban Breathanch, author

I believe in pink.  I believe laughing is the best calorie burner.  I believe in kissing; kissing a lot.  I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong.  I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls.  –Audrey Hepburn

You will have significant experiences.  I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh your memory of those meaningful and significant things.  Some may be funny.  Some may be significant only to you.  Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful.  Some may build one upon another until they represent a lifetime of special experience.  –Gordon B. Hinckley, 2006

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by the spark from another person.  Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame with in us.  –Albert Schweitzer

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