(Trying to find a good “Q” topic, I opened my OED and compiled a list of really awesome words: quandry, quagmire, quantum leap, Quakers, quietism, quarrelsome, quartz, Queen Anne’s Lace, quest, Quixote, quixotic, quinoa, quintessence, quisling… I skipped queer, queenship, and quackery because there had been many very good blogs on these subject already, and I didn’t feel I had much to add. But the others are all topics that I thought it would be fun to explore, and find a pagan slant one.
The thing is, I’ve been having a couple really rough weeks. I just don’t have the mental capacity right now to put the kind of energy into those projects that I would really want to.
So instead I decided to cheat, and do something that was just fun.)
The following are quotes that I’ve found inspirational in some way. They are not specifically pagan, but all are of spiritual significance to me – though it might not be obvious why, since my spirituality is wrapped up in so many things. Some seem to contradict each other – I take strength from each at different times. People are complicated.
A few are from pagan sources, many aren’t.
Many are from people of other faiths – Christians, Buddhists, Sufi – talking about their own Gods, spirits, and philosophies.
Some are from completely secular sources.
And, me being me, many are from U2.
I hope others may find some of them as inspiring as I do.
“It is not our intentions, it is our actions.”
– Bono, numerous occassions
His flashing eyes, his floating hair
Weave a circle ’round him thrice
And close your eyes in holy dread
For he on honeydew has fed
And drank the milk of paradise.”
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Kubla Khan
“Ἐν οἴνῳ ἀλήθεια” – Alcaeus
“In Vino Veritas” – Pliny, the Elder
“In Wine, there is Truth” – common knowledge
“Kindness and a good heart are the foundation for success in this life, progress on the spiritual path, and the fulfillment of our aspirations. Our need for them is not limited to any specific time, place, society, or culture.”
– HH The Dalai Lama
“Let the beauty you love be what you do. There are a thousand ways to kneel and kiss the earth.”
“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”
“To touch is to heal, to hurt is to steal.
If you want to kiss the sky, better learn how to kneel”
-U2, Mysterious Ways
“They sicken of the calm,
Who knew the storm.”
– Dorothy Parker
“I believe in a long, prolonged, derangement of the senses in order to obtain the unknown.”
– Jim Morrison
“This, therefore, is a faded dream of a time when I went down into the dust and noise of the Eastern marketplace, and with my own brain and muscles, with sweat and constant thinking, made others see my visions come true. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find all is vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act out their dream with open eyes, and make it possible.”
– T E Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
“I pray for the love of madness…”
– The Mission, Kingdom Come
“As you enter this life
I pray you depart
With a wrinkled face
And a brand new heart”
-U2, Love and Peace or Else
“And learning better to feel joy, we learn best not to hurt others or to plan hurts for them.”
“You shall no longer take things at second or third hand…
Nor look through the eyes of the dead
Nor feed on the spectres in books,
You shall not look through my eyes either,
Nor take things from me
You shall listen to all sides and filter them from yourself.”
– Walt Whitman
“It is not necessary to accept everything as true, one must only accept it as necessary.”
– Franz Kafka
“Love, lift me out of these blues
Won’t you tell me something true
I believe in you”
– U2, Elevation
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”
– Bishop Desmond Tutu
“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
– Albert Einstein
“We chased our pleasures here
Dug our treasures there
But can you still recall
The time we cried
Break on through to the other side
Break on through to the other side”
– The Doors, Break on Through
“I believe in a celebration
I believe we can be free.
I believe you can loose these chains
I believe you can dance with me, dance with me.”
– U2, A Celebration