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Favourite Quotations | Touching The Spirit

Voice of the Soul, Music of the Heart

Favourite Quotations

“If we do not transform our pain, we will transmit it.”
Richard Rohr

“What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves.”
Thomas Merton

“Go into yourself and find how deep the place is from which your life flows.”
Rainer Maria Rilke

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And to know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot

“Contemplation does not arrive at reality after a process of deduction, but by an intuitive awakening in which our free and personal reality becomes fully alive to its own existential depths, which open out into the mystery of God.”
Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

 “I believe that the most decisive challenge which the experience of childhood illness presents is our inability to name the silences such illness creates….I cannot promise readers consolation, but only as honest an account as I can give of why we cannot afford to give ourselves explanations for evil when what is required is a community capable of absorbing our grief”
– Stanley Hauerwas

“Pain that is not transformed is transmitted,”
Richard Rohr

“The longest journey is the journey inwards, of him who has chosen his destiny, who has started upon the quest for the source of his being.”
Dag Hammarskjold, Markings.

“I beg you … to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart
and to love the questions themselves
as if they were locked rooms
or books written in a very foreign language. Do not search for answers,
which could not be given you now,
because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything.
Live the questions now,
Perhaps then, someday far int he future,
you will be gradually, without ever noticing it, live your way into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

“Soulful human beings create profound music.”
James Jordan

“Nobody ever says goodbye who leaves the world beautiful music.”
Robert Thomas Allen, The Violin

“This is our answer to violence, we will make music more beautifully, more urgently, and more passionately than ever before.” Leonard Bernstein, after the assassination of John Kennedy.