Quotes and Thoughts

 

On this page you can find some quotes and thoughts, suggested by our vicar, Anthony Buckley.

Quotes by theme

Forgiveness

The first step in forgiveness is the willingness to forgive.                                  Marianne Williamson

He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven. George Herbert

Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a permanent attitude.                            Martin Luther King

The Gospel offers forgiveness for the past, new life for the present, and hope for the future. John Sentamu

Sins cannot be undone, only forgiven.                                                                                                        Igor Stravinsky

 

Gentleness

But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
W. B. Yeats

A bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice                                                                                                                                         Isaiah, from the Bible, speaking about Jesus

 

Quotes by person

 

G.K. Chesterton

Here dies another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?

Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.

The word ‘good’ has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.

“I mean that we here are on the wrong side of the tapestry,” answered Father Brown. “The things that happen here do not seem to mean anything; they mean something somewhere else.”

“We have taken a wrong turning and come to a wrong place” said Father Brown, looking out of the window at the grey-green sedges and the silver flood. “Never mind; one can sometimes do good by being the right person in the wrong place.”

 

Oliver Cromwell

Mr. Lely, I desire you would use all your skill to paint my picture truly like me, and not flatter me at all; but remark all these roughnesses, pimples, warts, and everything as you see me, otherwise I will never pay a farthing for it.

 

Kenneth Grahame   

Mole finds his home again

He saw clearly how plain and simple – how narrow, even – it all was; but clearly, too, how much it all meant to him, and the special value of some such anchorage in one’s existence. He did not at all want to abandon the new life and its splendid spaces, to turn his back on sun and air and all they offered him and creep home and stay there; the upper world was all too strong, it called to him still, even down there, and he knew he must return to the larger stage. But it was good to think he had this to come back to, this place which was all his own, these things which were so glad to see him again and could always be counted upon for the same simple welcome.

 

Harper Lee

“Atticus, he was real nice.”

“Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.”

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.

It’s not time to worry yet.

 

C.S.Lewis

“To know what would have happened, child?” said Aslan. “No. Nobody is ever told that.”

To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken.

Shasta’s heart fainted at these words for he felt he had no strength left. And he writhed inside at what seemed the cruelty and unfairness of the demand. He had not yet learned that if you do one good deed your reward usually is to be set to do another and harder and better one.

The books or the music in which we thought the beauty was located will betray us if we trust to them; it was not in them, it only came through them, and what came through them was longing. These things—the beauty, the memory of our own past—are good images of what we really desire; but if they are mistaken for the thing itself they turn into dumb idols, breaking the hearts of their worshipers. For they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.

What do people mean when they say, ‘I am not afraid of God because I know He is good’? Have they never even been to a dentist?

Humanity does not always pass through phases as a train passes through stations; being alive, it has the privilege of always moving yet never leaving anything behind.

believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

From a private letter to Tolkien       All my philosophy of history hangs upon a sentence of your own: ‘Deeds were done which were not wholly in vain’

 

Martin Luther King

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the host of heaven will pause to say, ‘There lived a great street sweeper who did his job well’.

Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.

We must accept infinite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.

 

A. A. Milne

You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.

“But it isn’t easy,” said Pooh. “Because Poetry and Hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.”

Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.

 

John Newton

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.

I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.

 

Henri Nouwen 

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

Prayer is the beginning and the end, the source and the fruit, the core and the content, the basis and the goal of all peacemaking.

 

Adrian Plass 

Nothing is wasted

“Mr. Rowley – just now, before Howard errr…came in. Did you know what you were going to do?”                                                                                                                                                      “Goodness gracious, no!” said the headmaster. “Until I actually walked over to the boy I had not the faintest idea what to do. But – and this is important – I knew I was going to do something!”

 

Elvis Presley

Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.

Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.

 

Ken Untener (But often associated with Oscar Romero)

That is what we are about. We plant a seed that will one day grow.
We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects far beyond our capabilities. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that.

 

 J. R. R. Tolkien

Gandalf: “It is not our part to master all the tides of the world, but to do what is in us for the succour of those years wherein we are set, uprooting the evil in the fields that we know, so that those who live after may have clean earth to till. What weather they shall have is not ours to rule.”

There, peeping among the cloud-wrack above a dark tor high up in the mountains, Sam saw a white star twinkle for a while. The beauty of it smote his heart, as he looked up out of the forsaken land, and hope returned to him. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced him that in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.

 

William Wilberforce

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

We have different forms assigned to us in the school of life, different gifts imparted. All is not attractive that is good. Iron is useful, though it does not sparkle like the diamond. Gold has not the fragrance of a flower. So different persons have various modes of excellence, and we must have an eye to all.