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"It is a most certain truth, that the richer we see ourselves to be, confessing at the same time our poverty, the greater will be our progress, and the more real our humility."

— Saint Teresa of Avila

"Mysticism keeps men sane. As long as you have mystery you have health; when you destroy mystery you create morbidity. The ordinary man has always been sane because the ordinary man has always been a mystic. He has permitted the twilight. He has always had one foot in earth and the other in fairyland."

— GK CHESTERTON

“You become like what you worship. When you gaze in awe, admiration, and wonder at something or someone, you begin to take on something of the character of the object of your worship.”

— N.T. Wright

“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

"Man is a mystery. It needs to be unravelled, and if you spend your whole life unravelling it, don't say that you've wasted time. I am studying that mystery because I want to be a human being."

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Beauty will save the world”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

“The more stupid one is, the closer one is to reality. The more stupid one is, the clearer one is. Stupidity is brief and artless, while intelligence squirms and hides itself. Intelligence is unprincipled, but stupidity is honest and straightforward.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

“If you want to overcome the whole world, overcome yourself.”

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”

— G. K. Chesterton

“Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.”

— G. K. Chesterton

“I am not absentminded. It is the presence of mind that makes me unaware of everything else.”

— G. K. Chesterton

"Sad songs, make sad people happy"

— Unknown

“There is the great lesson of 'Beauty and the Beast,' that a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”

— G. K. Chesterton

“To love means loving the unlovable. To forgive means pardoning the unpardonable. Faith means believing the unbelievable. Hope means hoping when everything seems hopeless.”

— G. K. Chesterton

“To have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as to be right in doing it.”

— G. K. Chesterton

“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."

— G.K. Chesterton

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”

— G.K. Chesterton

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”

— C.S. Lewis

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.”

— C.S. Lewis

“I have learned now that while those who speak about one's miseries usually hurt, those who keep silence hurt more.”

— C.S. Lewis

“You can make anything by writing.”

— C.S. Lewis

“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.”

— Henri J.M. Nouwen

“As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their "right" place.”

— Henri J.M. Nouwen

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

— Henri J.M. Nouwen

“You don't think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.”

— Henri J.M. Nouwen

“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it”

— Henri J.M. Nouwen

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."

— Martin Luther King Jr.