God is the source and goal of ideals by which to live triumphantly in the face of starkest grief. The sufferer who finds God as the strength and mainstay of his life does not merely acquiesce before the inevitable with stoic fortitude. He looks the tragedy in the face, and looks up to new heights of spiritual beauty to which he may mount by using his grief as a stairway to God’s glory.
What looks absurd within the limits of time may be luminous within the scope of eternity.
Prayer is a way of increasing our sensitivity to the spiritual aspects of life. From this point of view, it is very much like exercise. A man’s muscles become responsive by training... The soul is stretched and enlarged by prayer just as the body is stretched and enlarged by physical exercise... Prayer is a way of aspiration. It is a way of lifting ourselves, of getting a higher look, of transcending self. For when a man looks at life only from inside himself, or only from within the walls of his home, or profession, seeing the world as though it were all in terms of his special interests, then he is “too full of himself to have any room for God.” But in prayer, he... relates his own little life and his own little needs and life of humanity. He lifts himself up by prayer, and achieves a high spiritual stature.
The good neighbor looks beyond the external accidents and discerns those inner qualities that make all men human and, therefore, brothers.
God is like a mirror. The mirror never changes, but everybody who looks at it sees something different.
Having given up God so as to be self-sufficient, man has lost track of his soul. He looks in vain for himself; he turns the universe upside down trying to find himself, he finds masks, and behind the masks, death.
On close scrutiny, the beast within us looks suspiciously like a sheep.
God does not look at your ledger figures or your wealth; he looks at your deeds.
It is uncertain where death looks for us; let us expect her everywhere: the premeditation of death is a forethinking of liberty.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process they do not become a monster. And when you look long into the abyss the abyss also looks into you.
Of ceremonies you should know that they are superfluous; for if we are to receive something from God, He looks into our hearts and not at the ceremonies. If we have received something of Him, He does not wish us to use it for ceremonies but works.
He who would do some great thing in this short life must apply himself to work with such a concentration of his forces as, to idle spectators who live only to amuse themselves, looks like insanity.
A mean searching for God ceases to look to the beyond, asking “Why?” and, only saying “Because God is,” looks to the Present and finds peace.
Vision looks inward and becomes duty. Vision looks outward and becomes aspiration. Vision looks upward and becomes faith.
Good art is not what it looks like but what it does to us.
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you'll learn at how precious it is.
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart... Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
The secular or freethinking humanist looks into the self for guidance; response to need comes from deep human feelings of compassion, concern for others, and a desire to help. The freethinker is not motivated by a divine command to act, but rather by personal humanistic response to pain, loneliness, hunger, and homelessness. Benevolent actions are not accompanied by a need to convert or indoctrinate, but rather flow from deep human wellsprings of empathy and a desire to improve the condition of the world.
The man who has been born into a position of wealth comes to look upon it as something without which he could no more live than he could live without air; he guards it as he does his very life; and so he is generally a lover of order, prudent and economical. But the man who has been born into a poor position looks upon it as the natural one, and if by any chance he comes in for a fortune, he regards it as a superfluity, something to be enjoyed or wasted, because, if it comes to an end, he can get on just as well as before, with one anxiety the less.