“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing.”—Charles Bukowski
“If our lives have been changed by an experience of God’s grace, we can never get over the fact that we have been forgiven. God’s love, experienced in forgiveness, becomes the controlling force in our lives. The gratitude of the forgiven is also the source of new life.”—R. Alan Culpepper
“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”—Elizabeth Elliot
“I will love you as a drawer loves a secret compartment, and as a secret compartment loves a secret, and as a secret loves to make a person gasp, and as a gasping person loves a glass of brandy to calm their nerves, and as a glass of brandy loves to shatter on the floor, and as the noise of glass shattering loves to make someone else gasp, and as someone else gasping loves a nearby desk to lean against, even if leaning against it presses a lever that loves to open a drawer and reveal a secret compartment. I will love you until all such compartments are discovered and opened, and until all the secrets have gone gasping into the world.”—Lemony Snicket
“To be made for eternity and forced to dwell in time is for mankind a tragedy of huge proportions. All within us cries for life and permanence, and everything around us reminds us of mortality and change. Yet that God has made us of the stuff of eternity is both a glory and a prophecy yet to be fulfilled.”—A.W. Tozer
“Thinking about something is like picking up a stone when taking a walk, either while skipping rocks on the beach, for example, or looking for a way to shatter the glass doors of a museum. When you think about something, it adds a bit of weight to your walk, and as you think about more and more things you are liable to feel heavier and heavier, until you are so burdened you cannot take any further steps, and can only sit and stare at the gentle movements of the ocean waves or security guards, thinking too hard bout too many things to do anything else.”—Lemony Snicket
Me: Appa, I want to marry a black guy.
Dad: Go ahead!
Me: Appa, what if I marry a Mexican?
Dad: Mexican, black guy, whatever. Stupid Kobe!
(He’s upset at Kobe again, because Kobe is not passing the ball.)
“We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s market place. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”—Martin Luther King, Jr. (via imadeoutwithahotdog)
“Isn’t it odd how much fatter a book gets when you’ve read it several times? As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells…and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower…both strange and familiar.”—Cornelia Funke
He wants the Los Angeles (WHICH IS THE CITY HE’S BEEN LIVING IN SINCE 1988-THAT’S 23 YEARS AND SIX MONTHS) Lakers (obviously the team he loves most) to lose the game against the Utah Jazz team tonight, because he’s upset at Kobe. He thinks Kobe is selfish and needs to learn his lesson. After all the opportunities Kobe passed to give the ball to his teammates not just tonight but over the years, my dad has had it. He chanted, “Utah! Utah!” while the game was a few minutes overtime, and the Utah team was winning. But Lakers made a few more shots, so my dad chants, “Lakers! Lakers!” And I just glared at him, because I assumed he was just rooting for the winning team.
His defense: "Of course I want Lakers to win! But because of the STUPID Kobe, I was temporarily upset. Please don’t do that anymore, Kobe! You selfish player! Go for a team play, you stupid!"
“The stupid Kobe,” haha. Glad to know my dad is a man of character-building over winning.