1. 10

    If we listened to our intellect, we’d never have a love affair... or go into business. You’ve got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.

    28
  2. 9

    Crystals grew inside rock like arithmetic flowers. They lengthened and spread, added plane to plane in an awed and perfect obedience to an absolute geometry that even stones - maybe only the stones - understood.

    31
  3. 8

    Experiencing the present purely is being empty and hollow; you catch grace as a man fills his cup under a waterfall.

    54
  4. 7

    As a life's work, I would remember everything - everything, against loss. I would go through life like a plankton net.

    55
  5. 6

    Theirs is the mystery of continuous creation and all that providence implies: the uncertainty of vision, the horror of the fixed, the dissolution of the present, the intricacy of beauty, the pressure of fecundity, the elusiveness of the free, and the flawed nature of perfection.

    59
  6. 5

    A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with both hands at sections of time.

    63
  7. 4

    It is madness to wear ladies' straw hats and velvet hats to church; we should all be wearing crash helmets. Ushers should issue life preservers and signal flares; they should lash us to our pews. For the sleeping God may wake someday and take offense, or the waking God may draw us out to where we can never return.

    64
  8. 3

    An Inuit hunter asked the local missionary priest: If I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell? No, said the priest, not if you did not know. Then why, asked the Inuit earnestly, did you tell me?

    72
  9. 2

    No one escapes the wilderness on the way to the promised land.

    72
  10. 1

    How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.

    78
  11. Last Update: 16 January 2022

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