“It’s better to struggle as an active thinker than to become a passive Christian.” — Andrea Palpant Dilley

“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.” — C. S. Lewis

“It was a mistake,” you said. But the cruel thing was, it felt like the mistake was mine, for trusting you.” — David Leviathen, The Lover’s Dictionary

“You cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” — C.S. Lewis

“I am no bird and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will.” — Jane Eyre

“I want to be famous in the way a pulley is famous, or a buttonhole, not because it did anything spectacular, but because it never forgot what it could do.” — Naomi Shihab Nye

“Joy is what happens when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things are. Joy is not necessarily what happens when things unfold according to our plans.” — Marianne Williamson

“At the end of our life God’s not going to say “well written” or “well said” but “well done.” — Lisa Jo Baker

“You turn your face, but does it bring your heart?” — Robert Browning, Andrea del Sarto

“God loves you enough to strip you of anything that keeps you from him.”– Pete Wilson, Empty Promises

“Life is a storm, my young friend. You will bask in the sunlight one moment, be shattered on the rocks the next.” — Edmond Dantes, The Count of Monte Cristo

“Decide that you want it more than you’re afraid of it.” — Bill Cosby

“Do not judge your relevance to this fight by your proximity to the battlefield.” — U.S. Army Gen. Dick Cody

“All the water in the world cannot sink a ship unless it gets inside of it. All the worry, frustration, anxiety and jealousy cannot sink a person unless it gets inside of their mind.” — Ed Foreman

“[Words] mean one thing to one person and the opposite to another. … Words seem to be well-woven baskets ready to hold your meaning, but they betray you with rotted corners and splintered stays.” — Captain Ahab, Ahab’s Wife

“[God] is too good a nutritionist to suggest Whoppers all the time.” — Neil Anderson

“It is far more comforting to think God listened and said no than to think that nobody’s out there.” — Mitch Albom, Have A Little Faith

“I look back one more time. It’s like a crater, a hole where something happened.” — Room

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well.” — Stephen King, On Writing

“Most things good for writing are bad for life. May your life be not very good material.” — Fiction writer Lorrie Moore

“Nostalgia is denial of the painful present.” — Midnight in Paris

“We all make mistakes at some time in our lives, some more than others. It is only when the cost is counted in human lives that people really take notice. If Anton had been a baker and forgotten the yeast, nothing would have been made of it, but he would have (messed) up just the same.” — Thursday Next

“When you’re in love with someone, a well-placed question mark can be the difference between bliss and disaster, and a deeply respected period or a cleverly inserted ellipsis can prevent all kinds of exclamations.” — David Levithan

“I write in order to find out what I think.” — Anonymous

“There’s no choosing where you land when you fall from grace.” — Matraca Berg, If I Were An Angel

“When we think too much about the opinions of others, we are letting them edit a book God has written.” — Don Miller

“The mark of real security is being able to be around anyone, regardless of how attractive or intelligent, and still maintain personal confidence and contentment.” — Beth Moore, So Long Insecurity

“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation.” — Eat Pray Love (the movie)

“Who knows? Maybe you were made queen for just such a time as this.” — Esther 4:14

“We are defined by what we have lost. Don’t you wonder whose loss is dearer.” — Lori McKenna “Leaving This Life”

“Let us not become weary in doing good.” — Galatians 6:9

“Sometimes you can just hop in the back of a cab and tell someone what to do. Other times you have to let them look at the ocean for a while.” — Jacob on Lost

“Only the annointed author can write words that carry the weight of God to accomplish eternal purposes in the lives of readers.” — Annointed, Transformed, Redeemed

“Music is like God… moving, omnipresent, unpredictable and sometimes hard to get out of your head even when you really want to.” — Hear No Evil

“People want to care about people. People look after one another, given the chance.” — Julie & Julia

“Simple” and “easy” are not exactly the same — from Julie & Julia

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” — Greek philosopher Heraclitus

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.” — Corrie Ten Boom

“Even if only enjoyment were being sought out of these academic pursuits, nevertheless, I think, you would have considered this a most free and refined occupation of the mind. For these pursuits nourish youth, charm old age, add beauty in the good times, provide refuge and solace in bad times, delight at home, stay the night with us, travel with us, live with us in the country …” — Cicero, Pro Archia, translated

“You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become a villian.” — Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

“Jake had it right. There’s a plan. If you’re willing to fight it hard enough, you can make it detour for a while, but you’re still going to end up wherever God wants you to be.” — Homer Hickam in “Rocket Boys”

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