Quotes in Chaos, Pt. 7

About 15 years ago I began to collect quotes from books I had been reading that were particularly meaningful to me. I now have two volumes of such quotes. I call them, “My black books of quotes.“ because they are handwritten in…well, black books. One day I hope to publish these quotes as a special gift that I give to people who are special to me. 

You can tell a lot about a person by the quotes they pass on. And you will, no doubt, learn some things about where I am coming from and what is important to me based on my quotes. 

My plan right now is to post 8 to 10 special quotes each week that seem pertinent to the times in which we are living. These are quotes for chaotic times. I suggest that you read them slowly and prayerfully and see which one speaks to you the most and listen for the voice of the Spirit asking you what next steps you might take in response.


Burn out is giving without receiving. (Henri Nouwen)

There is always a night shift and sooner or later we are put on it. (Evelyn Underhill)

Sometimes our position seems to be that of tools, taken up when wanted, used in ways we had not expected for an object on which our opinion is not asked, and then laid down. (Evelyn Underhill)

The more afraid we are, the harder waiting becomes. (Henri Nouwen)

I’ve come to realize the futility of criticism, even true and just. (Thomas Merton)

We must learn to express our ideas calmly and with detachment. (Thomas Merton)

It is hard for us to realize that much of what we pursue in life has little ultimate meaning. (Rob Moll)

You don’t fully understand something until you can explain it in a simple way. (AlbertEinstein)

Some books are to be tasted, others are to be swallowed, and some few are to be chewed and digested. (Francis Bacon)

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside a dog it’s too dark to read. (Groucho Marx)

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