Bethany United Church of Christ

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Inspirational Quotes 2017
  • “The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”
    - Pope John Paul II
    Mass for the Rural Workers, Homily of His Holiness John Paul II
    Laguna Seca, Monterey Peninsula, 17 September 1987

  • “Out of the ground, God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life."
    - Genesis 2:9

  • “Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins.”
    - Maya Angelou
    in the prologue to her autobiography
    “Mom & Me & Mom” - 2013 Random House

  • “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God … God is love.”
    - First John 4:7

  • “Live in harmony with everyone;
    Be friendly with everyone.

    If you are by yourself,
    You are only one drop, one speck;

    Whereas when you bond and unite with everyone,
    You are an ocean, you are an ore.

    There are many languages but all are the same meaning.
    Water in different cups becomes one when the cups are
    broken and they run as one.”
    - Rumi (Mevlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi Rumi)
    an excerpt from his poem “Come close, closer, even closer!”

  • "Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not stop them;
    for it is to such as these that the kindom of heaven belongs."
    - Gospel According to Matthew 19:15

  • “A flower does not compete with the flower next to it. It just blooms.”
    - Author unknown

  • “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
    - Lao Tzu
    from the “Tao Te Ching,” chapter 64

  • “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
    - The Gospel According to Matthew 17:20

  • “I lift my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come?
    My help comes from God who made heaven and earth.”
    - Psalm 121:1

  • “But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.”
    - John Muir
    located in “Steep Trails,”
    chapter 9 “Mormon Lilies,”
    from a letter dated “Salt Lake, July, 1877”

  • “The good man is the friend of all living things.”
    — Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
    Source not found.

  • “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.”
    — attributed to Chief Si’ahl (Seattle)
    He spoke in Suquamish and
    did not speak English.

  • “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
    — Jane Goodall
    Source not found.

  • “Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.”
    - Martin Luther
    from the “Dictionary of Burning Words
    of Brilliant Writers,” 1895, page 518

  • “There is not room for Death,
    Nor atom that God’s might could render void:
    Thou - Thou art Being and Breath,
    And what Thou art may never be destroyed.”
    - Emily Bronte
    from her poem: “No Coward Soul Is Mine

  • “But from this earth, this grave, this dust,
    My God shall raise me up, I trust.”
    - Walter Raleigh
    from his poem: The Conclusion located in
    “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” 1919, 10th ed.
    Written the night before his death, found
    in his Bible at the Westminster Gate-house

  • “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
    - Maya Angelou, posted to her Facebook account, July 4, 2011
    born Marguerite Annie Johnson (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014),
    poet, author, playwrite, screen writer, and civil rights activist.

  • “For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.”
    - Isaiah 16:11, New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible

  • “Lord, I’m going to hold steady on to You and You’ve got to see me through.”
    - Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c1822 – March 10, 1913),
    American abolitionist, humanitarian, armed scout
    and spy for the U.S. Army during the Civil War
    quote located in “Harriet Tubman: Conductor
    on the Underground Railroad” by Ann Petry

  • “The Lord who told me to take care of my people meant me to do it just as long as I live, and so I did what he told me.”
    - Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross, c1822 – March 10, 1913),
    American abolitionist, humanitarian, armed scout
    and spy for the U.S. Army during the Civil War
    citation source unknown

  • “Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people? We draw out from other people our own thought. If, when you go out to organize, you go with a broad spirit, you will create and call out breadth and toleration. You had better organize one woman on a broad platform than 10,000 on a narrow platform of intolerance and bigotry.”
    - Susan B. Anthony (February 15, 1820 – March 13, 1906)
    American social reformer, women’s rights activist
    citation source unknown
  • “Some people only ask others to do something. I believe that, why should I wait for someone else? Why don’t I take a step and move forward. When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”

    “Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. Let us stand up for our rights, and let us fight.”

    - Malala Yousafzai, quotes found in
    Malala Yousafzai Addresses Harvard Audience,”
    by Brian MacQuarrie, Boston Globe, September 28, 2013

  • “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for God your God, who goes with you; God will not fail you or forsake you.”
    - Deuteronomy 31:6

  • “Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.”
    - August Wilson, playwright (1945-2005)
    citation source unknown

  • “All you need in the world is love and laughter. That’s all anybody needs. To have love in one hand and laughter in the other.”
    - August Wilson, playwright (1945-2005)
    citation source unknown

  • “The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.”
    - Book of Leviticus 19:34

  • “You were born with wings.”
    - Rumi, 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet,
    jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, Sufi mystic
               The full poem:
    You were born with potential.
    You were born with goodness and trust.
    You were born with ideals and dreams.
    You were born with greatness.
    You were born with wings.
    You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.
    You have wings.
    Learn to use them and fly.

    Rumi


  • “Anyone can be cool … but awesome takes practice.”
    - Lorraine Peterson
    title of her book: “Anybody Can Be Cool,
    But Awesome Takes Practice: Devotionals for Teens”

  • “For your God, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. God defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing.”
    - Deuteronomy 10:17-18

  • “Whenever you did it to the least of these, you did it unto me.”
    - Matthew 25

  • “Preservation of one culture does not require contempt or disrespect of other cultures.”
    - César E. Chávez
    citation source unknown

  • “When poor people get involved in a long conflict, such as a strike or a civil rights drive, and the pressure increases each day, there is a deep need for spiritual advice. Without it, we see families crumble, leadership weaken, and hard workers grow tired.”
    - César E. Chávez
    from “The Mexican-American and the Church”
    article in El Grito, Summer 1968

  • “On the morning of a new presidency and administration, we, as beloved people of God are called not only to point out the issues at hand, but to do something about them. For it is not enough to simply know something is blatantly wrong. We will need to find the courage to act on our faith and hope in solidarity with others.”
    - The Reverend Angela Ying, January 20, 2017
    Message to Bethany Church congregation

  • “When life descends into the pit I must become my own candle
    Willingly burning myself To light up the darkness around me.”
    - Alice Walker from her book
    “We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting for:
    Inner Light in a Time of Darkness” (2006)
    also mentioned in her book “Coming to Light” (2014)

  • “I don’t need a certain number of friends, just a number of friends I can be certain of.”
    - Alice Walker
    citation source unknown

  • “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
    - Alice Walker
    citation source unknown

  • “Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream.”
    - The prophet Amos, chapter 5:24

  • “A third reason why we should love our enemies is that love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend. We never get rid of an enemy by meeting hate with hate; we get rid of an enemy by getting rid of enmity.”
    - The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    A revision to one of his favorite sermons,
    “Loving Your Enemies,” Dr. King edited this
    during his two week imprisonment in July 1962.
    It is contained in his book, “Strength to Love” (1963).
    Read the sermon here: “Loving Your Enemies”

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