Posted by Frederic Brussat on July 10, 2020

Mystical Wisdom

We are invited to approach our lives with the curiosity of a child, the heart of a mystic, and the voice of a prophet.
— James Conlon in Beauty, Wonder, and Belonging

Medical Wisdom

Sitting around the table telling stories is not just a way of passing time.
It is the way wisdom gets passed along.
— Rachel Naomi Remen in Kitchen Table Wisdom

Poetry . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on July 3, 2020

Literary Wisdom

Hope is a renewable option: If you run out of it at the end of the day, you get to start over in the morning.
-- Barbara Kingsolver, American novelist

Teacher Wisdom

Trust building is hard to do. It requires an investment of the heart.
-- Parker Palmer from On Being Podcast Notes

Jewish Wisdom

Posted by Frederic Brussat on June 26, 2020

Psychological Wisdom

Children are messengers from a world we once deeply knew, but have long since forgotten.
— Alice Miller in Full Esteem Ahead by Diane and Julia Loomans

Cultural Wisdom

Civility is the sum of the many sacrifices we are called to make for the sake of living together.
— Stephen L. Carter in Civility

Quaker Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on June 19, 2020

Literary Wisdom

There's something to be said for sitting still and letting things clear, the way morning fog burns off the lake.
— George Witte, American poet

Medical Wisdom

The small amount you are able to do is actually much if it only relieves pain, suffering, and fear from any living being, be it human or any other creature. The preservation of life is the true joy.
— Albert Schweitzer, physician, humanitarian, theologian

Psychological Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on June 12, 2020

Zen Wisdom

Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.
— Paul Reps in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones

Movie Lines

There's never nothing going on. Take out the trash, Dan. The trash is anything that is keeping you from the only thing that matters . . . this moment . . . here . . . now. And when you truly are in the here and now you'll be truly amazed at what you can do and how well you can do it.
— Socrates' advice to Dan in Peaceful Warrior

Psychological Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on June 5, 2020

African-American Wisdom

When you talk about hope, you have to be a long distance runner.
— Cornel West in Hope on a Tightrope

"You must lay your lives on the altar of social change so that wherever you are there the Kingdom of God is at hand!"
— Howard Thurman in A Strange Freedom

Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on May 22, 2020


A life is made of days. Each day is an opportunity to say something honestly, to make something more beautiful, to create something precious, to give a gift only we can provide for the family of the earth.
— Wayne Muller in How, Then, Shall We Live?

New Thought Wisdom

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which it is, you know exactly what to do.
— Iyanla Vanzant, American inspirational speaker

Buddhist Wisdom . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on May 15, 2020

Comic Wisdom

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, I used everything you gave me.
— Erma Bombeck, American humorist

Psychological Wisdom

Be homesick for wild knowing.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes in Women Who Run with the Wolves

Practice gentleness . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on May 8, 2020

Buddhist Wisdom

Wherever you live is your temple if you treat it like one.
— Buddha

African-American Wisdom

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes you get rained out.
— Satchel Paige, American baseball pitcher

Proverb . . .

Posted by Frederic Brussat on May 1, 2020

Hindu Wisdom

When a person has let go of attachments, when the mind is rooted in wisdom, everything they do is worship.
The Bhagavad Gita

Devotional Wisdom

We aren't just saying our prayers these days. We're sweating them, singing them, walking them, humming them, chanting them, signing them, breathing them, and even growing them.
— Frances Sheridan Goulart in God Has No Religion

Cosmic Wisdom


About This Blog

Within all the spiritual traditions, short and sweet wisdom abounds: from mantras and blessings to 12-step slogans and proverbs, and more. As philosopher George Santayana once said: "To be brief is almost a condition of being inspired." In this blog, I will take up the quest for small seeds of spiritual wisdom, which can be found everywhere if we keep our eyes and ears open. More