Adam and Eve Cling to Christ, John Singer Sargent, Boston Public Library, 1903
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FACT: There is far greater joy (and pleasure) in giving than receiving. Perhaps it is not so much the “intention” of nature ( I mean who really knows?), but the “will” of humankind (speaking optimistically, and with great hope) that contains this boundless capacity for immeasurable generosity and love (which is possibly irrational, against nature). Give more than you can take. Give everything you got. Even if it kills you. This is my prayer.
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Gertrude said, ‘I don’t look like that.’ And Picasso replied, ‘You will.’ And he was right.
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Are my boots old? Is my coat torn?
Am I no longer young, and still not half perfect?
I will keep my mind on what matters, which is my work,
Which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished…
Which is gratitude,
to have been given a mind and a heart
and these body-clothes,
a mouth with which to give shouts of joy
to the moth and the wren, to the sleep dug-up clam,
telling them all, over and over, how it is
that we live forever.
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The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks.
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You are fond of the crucifix; what then would you wish to be, unless crucified?
— St. Francis de Sales, Consoling Thoughts (via twocrowns
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Hope has two beautiful daughters. Their names are anger and courage; anger at the way things are, and courage to see that they do not remain the way they are.
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Prayer is holding all people in our hearts through love.
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About Jesus and the Church, I simply know they’re just one thing, and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.
— St. Joan of Arc from the transcripts of her trial.