Spiritual Heroes

This is a list of those authors, poets, filmmakers, theologians, musicians and artists who have had a huge impact on my beliefs, my wandering and wondering, and continuously spark my curiosity and questions. They have all made me see the world differently and in a much larger, broader context and to each I have been shaped into who I am.


"There are three ways to ultimate success:
The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind.
The third way is to be kind."
- Fred Rogers


"Any time we look at our Maker with love, our importance in
our own eyes diminishes, and we are filled with awe and
humility and love for others."
- Julian of Norwich


"It isn't what we say or think that defines us,
but what we do."
- Jane Austen


"What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult
for each other?"
- George Eliot


"Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary
destiny."
- C.S. Lewis


"Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love
affair."
- G. K. Chesterton


"Conviction without experience makes for harshness."
- Flannery O'Connor


"Faithless is he who says farewell when the road darkens."
- J.R.R. Tolkien


"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
- Annie Dillard


"Love is what carries you, for it is always there, even in the dark,
or most in the dark, but shining out at times like gold stitches
in a piece of embroidery."
- Wendell Berry


"Forever is composed of nows."
- Emily Dickinson


"Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity."
- Simone Weil


"A faith that moves mountains is a faith that expands horizons,
it does not bring us into a smaller world full of easy answers,
but into a larger one where there is room for wonder."
- Rich Mullins


"You must build your life as if it were a work of art."
- Abraham Heschel


"Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to 
paint or sing or write, for only in such a response do we find
truth."
- Madeleine L'Engle


"The spiritual life does not remove us from the world
but leads us deeper into it."
- Henri Nouwen


"You are defined by what you embrace, not what you resist."
- Eugene Peterson


"To be alive is to be broken; to be broken is to stand in 
the need of grace."
- Brennan Manning


"The time is always right to do what is right."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.


"We must learn to regard people less in light of what they do
or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer


"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
- Mother Teresa


"Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether
or not they are worthy."
- Thomas Merton


"Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen.
Don't be afraid."
- Frederick Buechner


"Someone I once loved gave me a box full of darkness.
It took me years to understand  that this, too, was a gift."
- Mary Oliver


"The only journey is the one within."
- Rainer Maria Rilke


"While you are proclaiming peace with your lips,
be careful to have it even more fully in your heart."
- Saint Francis of Assisi


"Art must be an expression of love or it is nothing."
- Marc Chagall


"The power of imagination makes us infinite."
- John Muir


"A book read by a thousand different people is a thousand different books."
- Andrei Tarkovsky


"It is my opinion that art lost its creative urge the moment it
was separated from worship."
- Ingmar Bergman


"To become aware of the possibility of the search is to be 
onto something."
- Walker Percy


"Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain."
- Bob Dylan


"Even in darkness, it is possible to create light."
- Elie Wiesel


"Prayer is not asking for what you think you want,
but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine."
- Kathleen Norris


"Compassionate people are geniuses in the art of living, more necessary
to the dignity, security, and joy of humanity than the discoverers of
knowledge."
- Albert Einstein


"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself
in the service of others."
- Gandhi


"Share in the quiet of knowing."
- Joni Mitchell


"The world tells us to seek success, power and money;
God tells us to seek humility, service and love."
- Pope Francis


"One filled with joy preaches without preaching."
- George Fox


"You may choose to look the other way but you can never say
again that you did not know."
- William Wilberforce


"Simplicity is freedom."
- Richard J. Foster


"The smallest thing when done for the love of God
is priceless."
- Saint Teresa of Avila


"The darkness
The sweetness
The sadness
The weakness
I need this."
- Natalie Merchant


"I really only love God as much as I love the person I love
the least."
- Dorothy Day 


"Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we
trust utterly."
- George MacDonald


"The journey not the arrival matters."
- T. S. Eliot


"Vision is not enough, it must be combined with venture.
It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up
the stairs."
- Vaclav Havel


"I love that word thresholds. And we keep arriving at them
and, at a threshold there's often a moment where what is old
has passed away, but the new hasn't quite arrived yet. So you
stand there at the doorway."
- Carrie Newcomer


"Act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act."
- Leonard Cohen


"Our life always expresses  the result of our dominant thoughts."
- Soren Kierkegaard


"Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear the most."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky


"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."
- Henry David Thoreau


"Solitude well practiced will break the power of busyness,
haste, isolation, and loneliness. You will see that the world
is not on your shoulders after all."
- Dallas Willard


"If you want freedom. Practice discipline."
- Anne Lamott


"To worship God in truth is to recongnize Him for
being who He is, and to recognize ourselves for 
what we are."
- Brother Lawrence


"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits
of good put all together that overwhelm the world."
-  Desmond Tutu


"I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people."
- Vincent Van Gogh


"If a thing loves, it is infinite."
- William Blake


"Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God."
- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


"My continuing passion is to part a curtain, that invisible veil of indifference
that falls between us and that blinds us to each other's presence, each other's
wonder, each other's human plight."
- Eudora Welty



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