Quote fest!

One of my favorite things about having a kindle is the way it assembles everything I've highlighted (highlit?) for me.

So without further ado, here are some quotes that I marked up, for one reason or another, in past months.

"To become a disciple of Jesus is to accept now that inversion of human distinctions that will sooner or later be forced upon everyone by the irresistible reality of his kingdom.  How must we think of him to see the inversion from our present viewpoint?  We must, simply, accept that he is the best and smartest man who ever lived in this world, that he is even now 'the prince of the kings of the earth' (Rev 1:5). Then we heartily join his cosmic conspiracy to overcome evil with good." (The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard)

"We ought to be spiritual in every aspect of our lives because our world is the spiritual one.  It is what we are suited to."  (Divine Conspiracy)

"Jesus, by contrast, brings us into a world without fear.  In his world, astonishingly, there is nothing evil we must do in order to thrive."  (Divine Conspiracy)

"It's hard to talk about a wound right after one is received.  Right after, all you can do is feel it." (When Mockingbirds Sing, Billy Coffey)

"And her prayers seemed so tiny and so quiet, thoughts cast out into a universe that was vast beyond measure." (A Light for Glady, J.A. Miller)

"By contrast with Ireland, India, and other countries, America is defined not by blood or birth but by the adoption of the nation's Constitutions, its laws, and its shared way of life." (America: Imagine a World Without Her, Dinesh D'Souza)

"The wild, unrestricted love of God is not simply an inspiring idea.  When it imposes itself on mind and heart with the stark reality of ontological truth, it determines why and at what time you get up in the morning, how you pass your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, and who you hang with; it affects what breaks your heart, what amazes you, and what makes your heart happy." (The Furious Longing of God, Brennan Manning)

"True.  But you're better than I am, Katsa.  And it doesn't humiliate me."  He fed a branch to the fire.  "It humbles me.  But it doesn't humiliate me." (Graceling, Kristen Cashore)

"You're in the right place at the right time, and you care enough to do what needs to be done.  Sometimes that's enough." (The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern)

"The way of the Essentialist rejects the idea that we can fit it all in.  Instead it requires us to grapple with real trade-offs and make tough decisions.  In many cases we can learn to make one-time decisions that make a thousand future decisions so that we don't exhaust ourselves asking the same questions again and again.  The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default." (Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg Mckewon)

"Even those who have returned, she can tell, have returned different, older than they should be, as though they have been on another planet where years pass more quickly." (All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr)

"To undertake the disciplines was to take our activities -- our lives -- seriously and to suppose that the following of Christ was at least as big a challenge as playing the violin or jogging." (The Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard)

"It quickened; I was with book, as a woman is with child." (Till We Have Faces, C. S. Lewis)

"This is why forgiveness is both a past event and an ongoing process into the future.  It is a past promise you keep in the future." (Relationships: A Mess Worth Making, Timothy S. Lane, Paul David Tripp)

"She had always felt that the essence of human experience lay not primarily in the peak experiences, the wedding days and triumphs which stood out in the memory like dates circled in red on old calendars, but, rather, in the unself-conscious flow of little things -- the weekend afternoon with each member of the family engaged in his or her own pursuit, their crossings and connections casual, dialogues imminently forgettable, but the sum of such hours creating a synergy which was important and eternal." (Hyperion, Dan Simmons)

"...and in the winter he could look out on bare branches which carved the common into complex geometries." (Hyperion, Dan Simmons)

"It might be argued that the Siamese-twin infants of word/idea are the only contribution the human species can, will, or should make to the raveling cosmos. (Yes, our DNA is unique but so is a salamander's.  Yes, we construct artifacts but so have species ranging from beavers to the architect ants whose crenellated towers are visible right now off the port bow.  Yes, we weave real-fabric things from the dreamstuff of mathematics, but the universe is hardwired with arithmetic.  Scratch a circle and pi peeps out.  Enter a new solar system and Tyco Brahe's formulae lie waiting under the black velvet clock of space/time.  But where has the universe hidden a word under its outer layer of biology, geometry, or insensate rock?)" (Hyperion, Dan Simmons)

"Crozier realized that he could hang this man, but he could not shut him up."  (The Terror, Dan Simmons)

"And so on seemed to cover an awful lot of possibilities, but I thought better of pursuing this." (Anathem, Neal Stephenson)

"And it happened all the time that the compromise between two perfectly rational alternatives was something that made no sense at all." (Anathem, Neal Stephenson)

"I spent much of that day abovedecks, just looking at the place, and enjoying being in a part of the world where the weather wasn't trying to kill me." (Anathem, Neal Stephenson)

"Your eyes are so full.  How can I know what you see?" (Aurelia's Colors, Jeffrey Overstreet)

"...said and thought we were in love with each other; at least he certainly said he was, and I certainly thought I was." (The Wisdom of Father Brown, G. K. Chesterton)

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