Call on God, but row away from the rocks.Indian ProverbGod gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest. J. G. HollandI want to believe in intelligent design, and hence I am suspicious of anything that seems toconfirm my desire to believe.God must become an activity in our consciousness.
Sometimes it seems like God is difficult to find and impossibly far away. We get so caught up in our small daily duties and irritations that they become the only things that we canfocus on. What we forget is that God's love and beauty are all around us, every day, if only we would take the time to look up and see them.
No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer Ithas chosen. Minor WhiteIt is a paradoxical but profoundly true and important principle of life that the most likely wayto reach a goal is to be aiming not at that goal itself but at some more ambitious goalbeyond it The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or everseriously consider them as believable or achievable.He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare...And he who has one enemy willmeet him everywhere.A good friend can tell you what is the matter with you in a minute. He may not seem such agood friend after telling. The shifts of Fortune test the reliability of friends.Have no friends not equal to yourself.Nothing changes your opinion of a friend so surely as success - yours or his.Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you givethem your confidence. True friendship is a plant of slow growth, and must undergo andwithstand the shocks of adversity before it is entitled to the appellation.
All people want is someone to listen.
When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends. True happiness is of a retired nature, and an enemy to pomp and noise; it arises, in the firstplace, from the enjoyment of one's self, and in the next from the friendship and conversationof a few select companions.
If you make it plain you like people, it's hard for them to resist liking you back.