“But that’s the wonderful thing about foreign travel, suddenly you are five years old again. You can’t read anything, you have only the most basic sense of how things work, you can’t even reliably cross the street without endangering your life. Your whole existence becomes a series of interesting guesses.”—Bill Bryson, Neither here nor There (via mrsclarkkent)
“My soul is a hidden orchestra; I know not what instruments, what fiddle strings and harps, drums and tambourines I sound and clash inside myself. All I hear is the symphony.”—Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (via bookmania)
The reality of being honest with yourself can become shaky ground..scary..but imperative for growth when otherwise you become stagnant…disillusioned. clouded in uncertainty and then drowned by discouragement.
“Nobody can always have devout feelings: and even if we could, feelings are not what God principally cares about. Christian Love, either towards God or towards man, is an affair of the will. If we are trying to do His will we are obeying the commandment, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God.’ He will give us feelings of love if he pleases. We cannot create them for ourselves, and we must not demand then as a right. But the great thing to remember is that, though our feelings come and go, His love for us does not. It is not wearied by our sins, or our indifference; and, therefore, it us quite relentless in its determination that we shall be cured of those sins, at whatever cost to us, at whatever cost to Him.”—C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity (via unworthyofhisgrace)
“There’s this idea that an individual is somehow more spiritual if he sees these signs and symbols and takes what’s morally invisible and makes it simple. But I’ll say the mark of a mature man is the one who reads God’s word and understands and allows that to govern his decisions and his perspective plans.”—Beautiful Eulogy, “Signs and Symbols” (via love-waits-foryou)