Thursday, March 8, 2012

I may have a vocabulary of 150,000 words but the only title I can come up with is the one you just read

In honor of this most holy and solemn season, I have decided to publish a list of my very favorite, inspiring quotes. These aren't simply phrases my friends accidentally uttered or witty sayings I poached from someone's facebook account, these are, in your author's humble opinion, the work of great minds who have summarized vast truths or concepts in one or two sentences. I love them so much because I think they are the product of wise minds with more knowledge than I may ever know. They are not necessarily religious, but all present food for thought.

Michelle's Lenten Quotes:

"To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for the truth, that is not living, but existing."
- Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

"You ask me whether I am in good spirits, how could I not be so? As long as faith gives me strength I will always be joyful."
- Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing." - Mother Teresa

"The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either - but right through every human heart."
-Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

"Great minds have purposes; little minds have wishes. Little minds are subdued by misfortunes; great minds rise above them."
-Washington Irving

"Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at."
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"...that they may arrive at their desires...not of inevitable necessity but of culpable will."
-St. Augustine, On Patience

"What benefits the body is called medicine; what benefits the soul, discipline."
-St. Augustine, Of the Morals of the Catholic Church

"I am happy because I am alive and now I know it."
-One of the most incredible women I've ever met

"When we were lost and could not find the way to You, You loved us more than ever."
- Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation I