Mystical Wisdom

Our task is to offer ourselves up to God like a clean, smooth canvas and not bother ourselves about what God may choose to paint on it, but, at every moment, feel only the stroke of his brush.

— Jean Pierre de Caussade in Teachings of the Christian Mystics by Andrew Harvey

Taoist Wisdom

If we have devotion — total faith and commitment to our spiritual path — our determination will naturally build momentum. . . . So strong is devotion that there is nothing that is not a part of it.
— Deng Ming-Dao in 365 Tao

Literary Wisdom

We live in miracles which cannot be explained. The scientist, the theologian, the artist — each attempts impossible explanations.
— Ray Bradbury, science fiction writer

Artistic Wisdom

The more I work, the more I see things differently, that is, everything gains in grandeur everyday, becomes more and more unknown, more and more beautiful.
— Alberto Giacomtti, Italian artist

Cultural Wisdom

Film is life with the dull parts left out.
— Alfred Hitchcock, American film director

Philosophical Wisdom

As things stand now it may well be that the survival of the species will depend upon the capacity to foster a boundless talent for compassion.
— Eric Hoffer, American social philosopher


Putting on these clothes,
I am grateful to those who made them
And to the materials from which they were made.
I wish everyone could have enough to wear.
— Thich Nhat Hanh in Present Moment, Wonderful Moment

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