My Favorite Quotes
For every thousand hacking at the leaves of evil there is one striking at the root.
-Henry David Thoreau-
Of all the Spartans and Thespians who fought so valiantly on that day, the most signal proof of courage was given by the Spartan Dieneces. It is said that before the battle he was told by a native of Trachis that, when the Persians shot their arrows, there were so many of them that they hid the sun. Dieneces, however, quite unmoved by the thought of the terrible strength of the Persian army, merely remarked: “This is pleasant news that the stranger from Trachis brings us; for if the Persians hide the sun, we shall have our battle in the shade.”
-Herodotus, The Histories-
Last Fight of the Three Hundred
We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way . . . it did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us.
Man’s Search for Meaning
God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord.
You cannot run away from weakness; you must sometimes fight it out or perish; and if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
-Robert Louis Stevenson-
Those who expect to reap the blessings of liberty must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.
Grace arrives, unannounced, in lives that least expect or deserve it . . . The message of the Gospels is that God works with the crooked timber of human failure.
Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it will always get you the right ones.
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.