Think of yourself as an incandescent power, illuminated and perhaps forever talked to by God and his messengers.
― Brenda Ueland from If You Want To Write
The Stream of Life
The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves
of leaves and flowers.
It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death,
in ebb and in flow.
I feel my limbs are made glorious by the touch of this world of life.
And my pride is from the life-throb of ages dancing in my blood
― Rabindranath Tagore from Gitanjali (Song Offerings)
Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you.
― St. Augustine of Hippo from On Christian Teaching
There Are Infinitely Many Kinds Of Beautiful Lives
So much of the beauty, so much of what propels our pursuit of truth, stems from the invisible connections — between ideas, between disciplines, between the denizens of a particular time and a particular place, between the interior world of each pioneer and the mark they leave on the cave walls of culture, between faint figures who pass each other in the nocturne before the torchlight of a revolution lights the new day, with little more than a half-nod of kinship and a match to change hands.
― Maria Popova from Figuring
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?
― Mary Oliver from Devotions (The Swan)
O Lord, my God, teach my heart where to see you,
how to see you,
where and how to find you.
You have made me and remade me,
and you have given me all the good things I have ever possessed
– and still I do not know you.
Teach me to seek you,
for I cannot seek you unless you teach me,
or find you unless you reveal yourself to me
Help me to seek you in desire,
help me to desire you in my seeking,
help me to find you by loving you,
help me to love you when I find you.
― St. Anselm of Canterbury from Prayers for Today