Words to Live By

Last year, I made a collection of quotes and stuck them on my desk. But this year, my desk doesn’t have any shelves so I’ve collected them electronically. Here’s some of my favorites.

  • “Filters are for coffee pots.” ~ Larry Eustachy, basketball coach at Colorado State University
  • “The novelist with Christian concerns will find in modern life distortions which are repugnant to him, and his problem will be to make these appear as distortions to an audience which is used to seeing them as natural… you have to make your vision apparent by shock – to the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures.” ~ Flannery O’Connor, author, devout Catholic, and overall badass
  • “Inspiration comes in the middle of the night when you should be doing homework.” ~ Amy Lee, lead singer of Evanescence
  • “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” ~ St. Augustine, Bishop of Hippo & Doctor of the Church
  • “It’s a funny old world.” ~ Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister
  • “If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.” ~ John 15:18, spoken by Jesus
  • “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” ~ Ronald Reagan
  • “I try and maintain a healthy dose of daydreaming to remain sane.” ~ Florence Welch, lead singer of Florence + the Machine
  • “…as long as there one person left in the world who is capable of reading [books] and experiencing them, a small piece of God, or of life, will remain.” ~ Carlos Ruiz Zafon, The Angel’s GameEl juego del angel (part of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books trilogy)
  • “People say, ‘What is the sense of our small effort?’ They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time. A pebble cast into a pond causes ripples in all directions. Each one of our thoughts, words, and deeds is like that. No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too much work to do.” ~ Dorothy Day, social activist
  • “Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.” ~ Carrie Underwood
  • “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy
  • “Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden.” ~ T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton”
  • I get satisfaction of three kinds: One is creating something, one is being paid for it, and one is the feeling that I haven’t just been sitting on my ass all afternoon.” ~ William F. Buckley
  • “The creation continues incessantly through the media of man. But man does not create… he discovers.” ~ Antoni Guadi
  • “I have a need of wilder, crueler waves/They sicken of the calm, who knew the storm.” ~ Dorothy Parker, “Fair Weather”
  • “Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity.” ~ Antonin Scalia
  • “A witness, in the sense that I am using the word, is a man whose life and faith are so completely one that when the challenge comes to step out and testify for his faith, he does so, disregarding all risks, accepting all consequences.” ~ Whittaker Chambers
  • “Human societies, like human beings, live by faith and die when faith dies.” ~ Whittaker Chambers
  • “Footfalls echo in the memory, down the passage we did not take, towards the door we never opened, into the rose garden.” ~ T.S. Eliot, “Burnt Norton”