Quotes to ponder

I love collecting quotes. A college roommate once gave me a journal she’d filled with her favorite quotes; it was a delightful birthday present. The content revealed two things to me: (1) she knew me pretty well, and knew what would make me smile, or think; and (2) she felt safe in revealing parts of herself, as displayed in the quotes she carefully selected and copied out for me. After all these years, I still have it.

These are a few of my favorite quotes about busy-ness, imperfection, being not quite finished, and trying to figure it all out:


“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow,
You have to be in their lives today.”
― Barbara Johnson (“Christian Quotes”)


Winnie the Pooh: “I don’t feel very much like Pooh today.” Piglet replies: “There, there. I’ll bring you tea and honey until you do.” (found on “Witty Profiles”)


“If you are too busy to pray, you are busier than God wants you to be.”
― Wanda E. Brunstetter, Wanda E. Brunstetter’s Amish Friends Cookbook: Desserts (“Christian Quotes”)


“Overcomers are not perfect. They fail just like the rest of us, but they keep on getting up, keep on repenting, and keep on being willing to surrender themselves to Christ and letting Him, who is the only perfect One, work through them.”
― Nancy Missler, The Kingdom, Power, & Glory (“Christian Quotes”)


“Being broken isn’t the worst thing. We can be mended and put together again. We don’t have to be ashamed of our past. We can embrace the history that gives us value, and see our cracks as beautiful.”
― Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith (“Good Reads” )


“We need to ask, right up front: Will this ‘yes’ help me fulfill God’s purposes for me, or not? Is it a logical step or am I going to get sidetracked?’ The wisest man in the Old Testament urges us: ‘Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; keep your foot from evil.’ This sounds like intentional living to me.”
― Linda Anderson, The Too-Busy Book: Slowing Down to Catch Up with Life (quoting Proverbs 4:25-27)


The conductor Leonard Bernstein was once asked, ‘What is the most difficult instrument to play?’ ‘Second violin,’ he replied, ‘because everyone wants to be first violinist.’ Of course the first violin gets to play more interesting parts and commands more attention. But as Bernstein went on to explain, ‘It’s hard to find someone who wants to play second violin and to do so with the same enthusiasm. But without the second violin, there is no harmony.'”
― Quoted by Matt Redman in The Unquenchable Worshipper: Coming Back to the Heart of Worship



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