"The softness of a person’s nature doesn’t mean weakness, because nothing is softer than water but its force can break the strongest rocks" ~anon. Our accepted fragility is the foundation of our strength
|—||Henri Nouwen (via thatkindofwoman)|
"Our minds are constantly trying to bring God down to our level rather than letting him lift us into levels of which we were not previously capable. This is as true in life as it is in art. Thus we live within the lines that experience has drawn for us, we create out of impulses that are familiar and, if we were honest with ourselves, exhausted. What might if mean to be drawn into meanings that, in some profound and necessary sense, shatter us? This is what it means to love. This is what it should mean to write one more poem. The inner and outer urgency of it, the mysterious and confused agency of it. All love abhors habit, and poetry is a species if love."
"The complete visionary and mystic exerts an influence only upon other visionaries like himself, and his influence soon passes. The man of practical wisdom, alert in worldly matters only, merely influences the brain while leaving the heart untouched; and never in this world was anything great achieved unless the heart, deeply stirred, has played its part. Only where mystic faith is yoked with practical prudence does there follow a strong, enduring result." Joseph Klausner
|—||The Dalai Lama (I don’t agree with him on other things, but about this he is very right)|