“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.”
Psalm 34:18-20 (ESV)

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. these persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

“We are all looking for something
beautiful, a phrase
or art hanging at tasteful
angles and color, yes
color like the seismic soul.
And sounds like laughter
and sunrise are bouquets
of chords we play
on sentimental
occasions. Beauty
is the monster behind closet
doors, and in our fear
we convince ourselves
to take one
Austin Brown, musingsinamericanslang.tumblr.com

“I’m both happy and sad. And I’m trying to figure out how that could be.”
Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

“You cannot save people. You can only love them.”

“Nothing in the world can bother you as much as your own mind, I tell you. In fact, others seem to be bothering you, but it is not others. It is your own mind.”
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

“Will you tolerate
the strangeness inside of me,
the quirks of my soul?”
a haiku by Tyler Knott Gregson

“‘For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you. ‘O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony and lay your foundations with sapphires.”
Isaiah 54:10-11 (ESV) 

“He has made all things beautiful in His time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, but none can fathom what He has done from beginning to end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11

“Don’t know where to go from here. My thoughts are tangled twisted fears. Been waitin’ a while now on the dawn–seems like the sun may never come. I made my way through the darkest night to the break of day on the other side. For some time the light’s been creepin’ in. Now I’m feelin like I could trust again. You’re the only person who reminds me love is beautiful and true. Life is beautiful and new. You’re the only person who reminds me.”
Relient K, “Collapsible Lung”

“There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it’s worth fighting for.”
Samwise Gamgee, from the Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

“I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? We need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us.”
Franz Kafka

“You shall love your crooked neighbor with your crooked heart.”
W. H. Auden, from “As I Walked Out One Evening”

“He [Gatsby] smiled understandingly–much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced–or seemed to face–the whole eternal world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favour. It understood you just as far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent van Gogh

“It is so much easier to make people hate something than to get them to believe.”
Peter Pan from “Once Upon a Time”

“You don’t have to make something that people call art. Living is an artistic activity, there is an art to getting through the day.”
Viggo Mortenson

“We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are, to see through plastic sham to living, breathing reality, and to break down our defenses of self-protection in order to be free to receive and give love.”
Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water

“I smiled. Art is not the things you say, I continued, now serious. It’s not in service of this or that. Art is the unuterrable, the self made of clay. I talked in this way for a while, with a gravity I no longer have, and he stood listening, silent, watching me. Art does not answer or listen, I said. It doesn’t care for you; it doesn’t want or comfort you, is responsible to no one; it’s being is all desire, all covetousness.”
Ana Menendez, Loving Che

The artist cannot hold back; it is impossible, because writing, or any other discipline of art, involves participation in suffering, in the ills and the occasional stabbing joys that come from being part of the human drama.
Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water

“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.”
T.S. Eliot

‘Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses
yearning to breathe free,”
liberty declares
as a white fist closes
around her throat
screaming, “in the name
of the law.”
The scales swing and scrape
pavement but never touch
justice as liberty chokes,
‘I can’t breathe.
I can’t breathe.’

–For Eric Garner
My dear friend, Holly Stimson.

All art is cosmos, cosmos found within chaos. There’s some modern art, in all disciplines, which is not; some artists look at the world around them and see chaos, and instead of discovering cosmos, they reproduce chaos, on canvas, in music, in words. As far as I can see, the reproduction of chaos is neither art, nor is it Christian.
Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water


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