Archives For Quotes

“We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity; more than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.”

– Charles Chaplin

We Need Humanity

Sunset in Rio De Janeiro

“It is possible that God says every morning. ‘Do it again’ to the sun; and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon.  It may not be automatic necessity that makes daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately but has never got tired of making them…The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence; it may be a theatrical encore.”

– G.K. Chesterton; Orthodoxy

Could it be that God ‘feels’? Could God be capable of passion? Could God be excited or must He be austere? Are we comfortable with the image of God as Father and nervous about God as Lover (some of us even prefer God as Parent – less a personality, more an ideal). Are we happy to have God be the Creator, but scared to think of Him as being creative? Do we like God being an engineer, but balk at His being an artist? Does His being a logician  comfort us, but His being a poet threaten us? Do we enjoy the glow of God’s light but shade ourselves from the heat of His flames? Does the idea that Jesus tolerated the sinful woman’s anointing of His feet and John resting his head on Jesus’ breast make us squirm, so the thought that Jesus enjoyed this makes us sick? How is it that we can accept Moses saw a bush that burned and was not consumed, yet we doubt that God can love in a rage and never cool?”

Rich Mullins
Excerpt from An Arrow Pointing To Heaven

On Your View of God

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does a genius or the madmen. It’s only you and I, with our big brains, and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.”

Steven Pressfield
Do the Work (New York: The Domino Project, 2011), 13

On Your Tiny Imagination

Music must become virile to express big things. It is not my purpose to supply a few pseudo intellectual musicians and critics with more food for brilliant argumentation, but rather to inspire all mankind with new heroism and spiritual nobility. This may appear to be sentimental and impossible to some, but it must be remembered that Palestrina, Handel, and Beethoven would not consider it either sentimental or impossible. In fact, the worthiest creative art has been motivated consciously or unconsciously by the desire for the regeneration of mankind.

– A credo by Alan Hovhaness presented at a Guggenheim fellowship (1941)

On Greater Motives For Art

Henry David Thoreau

Those of us who write, make films or sing songs usually spend the first chunk of our careers begging for validation. But after we get validated, something very meaningful can happen. An artist can turn a corner and their desire to give can trump their desire to receive.

Don Miller –

On the Gift of Creativity