Here we present a selection of quotes arranged for Winter by date of birth of the author:
3.12.1857 – 3.8.1924
He struggled with himself, too. I saw it – I heard it. I saw the inconceivable misery of a soul that knew no restraint, no faith, and no fear, yet struggling blindly with itself.
I don’t like work – but I like what is in work – the chance to find yourself. Your own reality – for yourself, not for others – which no other man can ever know.
Facing it, always facing it, that’s the way to get through. Face it.
3.1.1892 – 2.9.1973
Gandalf: ”It is not our part to master all the titles 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 foresaken land, and hope returned to him.. For like a shaft, clear and cold, the thought pierced himthat in the end the Shadow was only a small and passing thing: there was light and high beauty for ever beyond its reach.
8.1.1935 – 16.8.1977
Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.
Don’t criticise what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.
Martin Luther King
15.1.1929 – 4.4.1968
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
18.1.1882 – 31.1 1956
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.
24.1.1932 – 21.9.1996
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.