To understand reality is not the same as to know about outward events. It is to perceive the essential nature of things. The best-informed man is not necessarily the wisest. Indeed there is a danger that precisely in the multiplicity of his knowledge he will lose sight of what is essential. But on the other hand, knowledge of an apparently trivial detail quite often makes it possible to see into the depth of things. And so the wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this knowledge. To recognize the significant in the factual is wisdom. Dietrich Bonhoeffer:


Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.---RALPH WALDO EMERSON
Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.---ABRAHAM LINCOLN
There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life.---ALEXANDRE DUMAS
“It is not because the truth is too difficult to see that we make mistakes... we make mistakes because the easiest and most comfortable course for us is to seek insight where it accords with our emotions - especially selfish ones" --- Alexander Solzhenitsyn quotes (Russian novelist, Nobel Prize for Literature (1970), b.1918)
“Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself.” ---Kahlil Gibran

Sunday, May 30, 2010

One Flock · Max Lucado

I set my alarm at seven in the morning. I had a good sleep but I was woken up early by........that I didn't have any idea. I couldn't sleep back so I turned to google for some quotes reading. To my surpirse, I was directed to Max Lucado's website.

I am a fan, I have read his writings and many have inspired me, I was so happy all these years I didn't bother considering  him having his own site, I was just thinking his works were on forwarded emails only.

This one talks about unity. At first glance, for me  it sounds impossible to have millions of people be united. Perhaps because it's vague, we can be united in one aim or a single purpose but not as a whole. And even unity itself is a bit hard to define if we talk about humanity and it's diversity.

However, it is a realization that  indeed we don't need to aspire for unity nor invent it. It is something that is already existing only need to recognize. If we mind that fact that we are all united, at least of purpose to live our respective lives and loving the lives of other creations, then we are united after all and we are definitely one.

One Flock · Max Lucado

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