I am a lover of words…not just words for words’ sake, mind you, but
well-articulated, skillfully-constructed thoughts and ideas. Some words act as agents of change in my life, but rarely are they only the words heard with my ears or read with my eyes. Instead, they echo within the chambers of my heart and alter its beat, taking residence there, and eventually resurface in conversation or action (preferably the latter).
Inspiring thoughts that imbue the spirit and heart with a sense of urgency to follow their leading transcend letters on a page or common speech–and their influence and impact can last for generations. As a "words of encouragement" girl, I believe words CAN hurt more than the bones sticks and stones break, but conversely, words can bring healing and hope and love and laughter and oh, so much more! Convincing evidence of incomparable "wordpower" is magnificently displayed in the Biblical account of creation; the Psalmist, with a gift of brevity, perfectly summarized the passage.
Hundreds (thousands?) of quotations from great thinkers, poets, philosophers, authors, and everyday people have inspired, affected, challenged, encouraged, and provoked me. Narrowing the field down for Fun Monday has proven an exercise in frustration! Here are just a few:
“Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.”
~ Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. " ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you
made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou
"I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?"
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless."
"Jesus said love one another. He didn’t say love the whole world." ~ Mother Theresa
"Live in the moment and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering." ~ Fanny Crosby
"It is never too late to be who you might have been." ~ George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)
glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest
secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. those who don’t
believe in the magic will never find it!" ~ Roald Dahl
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of
those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them…" ~ Paul the Apostle
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are
far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts." ~ God
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