Literary Wisdom

Small service is usually true service.
— William Wordsworth, nineteenth century English poet

Jewish Wisdom

Take care of the things that take care of you: hang up your clothes; wash your dishes; do your laundry; clean your house; maintain your car. You cannot function nearly as well without these things. Show them respect and kindness by treating them properly.
— Rami Shapiro in Minyan

Zen Wisdom

"Suzuki Roshi, I've been listening to your lectures for years," a student said during the question-and-answer time following a lecture, "but I just don't understand. Could you just please put it in a nut-shell? Can you reduce Buddhism to one phrase?"

Everyone laughed. Suzuki laughed.

"Everything changes," he said. Then he asked for another question.
— David Chadwick in To Shine One Corner of the World

Catholic Wisdom

Make spiritual hay wherever you go. If and when you see or hear examples of good behavior, make haste to imitate them.
— Thomas a Kempis in The Imitation of Christ


An artist lives everywhere.
— English proverb

Everyday Spirituality

We repeat about 40% of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future. If we change our habits, we change our lives.
— Gretchen Rubin in Better Than Before

Journalist Wisdom

Change is clarifying, like getting a new pair of glasses with a better prescription. Fuzzy things become clearer, perspectives sharpen; the focus changes. After a while, what you feel is different from what you felt. You’ve rearranged yourself.
— John Katz in Running to the Mountain

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