Little Sparks

Quotes. Lyrics. Pieces found along the way.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in a love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the mornings, what you will do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.         – Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

Love is like a bookmark. It divides us before and after and always without words. Love is like life but starts before and continues after we arrive and depart at the middle. – from a movie I have seen in Vimeo

Distance is only temporary, but love is a bridge in that distance that links us for a lifetime. – Vickie Taylor

A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.- Ingrid Bergman

You’re not supposed to look back. You’re supposed to keep going. – The Lovely Bones

The roadmap you need to follow is deeply, resonantly, profoundly, and irrevocably your own – the one that calls to you in every dreary meeting, every missed birthday, end every misplaced-but-not-quite-forgotten dream. It’s the one that leads you to better self. It says: “Follow my lead. Let’s go somewhere that matters – not just somewhere that glitters.” – Umair Haque

I wish I could go back to those fairy book tales
Forget the real world awhile
And seek the seas of the talking whales
A place of wishing wells and magic spells
Where everything starts out once upon a time
Long, long ago and ends happily ever after.
Wishing Wells, Eraserheads

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From Arthur Golden’s Memoirs of a Geisha:

We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.(121)

This is why dreams can be such dangerous things: they smolder on like a fire does, and sometimes consume us completely. (122)

Water never waits. It changes shape and flows around things, and finds the secret paths no one else has thought about- the tiny hole through the roof or the bottom of a box. There’s no doubt it’s the most versatile of the five elements. It can wash away earth; it can put out fire, it can wear a piece of metal down and sweep it away. Even wood, which is its natural complement, can’t survive without being nurtured by water. (144-145)

…stumbling along in life is a poor way to proceed. You must learn how to find the time and place for things. A mouse who wishes to fool the cat doesn’t simply scamper out of its hole when it feels the slightest urge. (145-146)

We human beings are only a part of something very much larger. When we alk along, we may crush a beetle or simply cause a change in the air so that a fly ends up where it might have never gone otherwise. And if we think of the same example but with ourselves in the role of the insect, and the larger universe in the role we just played, it’s perfectly clear that we’re affected every day by forces over which we have no more control than the poor beetle has over our gigantic foot as it descends upon it. What are we to do? We must use whatever methods we can to understand the movement of the universe around us and time our actions so that we are not fighting the currents, but moving with them. (147)

Destiny isn’t always like a party at the end of the evening. Sometimes, it’s nothing more than struggling through life from day to day. (343)

Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn so that afterward, we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be. (405)

But now I know that our world is no more permanent than a wave rising on the ocean. Whatever our struggles and triumphs, however we may suffer them, all too soon they bleed into a wash, just like watery ink on paper. (499)

Random thought: (while reading this novel)

It simply amazes me how the power of the imagination transforms the simplest of things to something magical and breath-taking but still very real, very believable as it lies close to our experiences of reality, of the world, and of the life we live. 

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From Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice:

“I have been used to consider poetry as the food of love,” said Darcy. “Of a fine, healthy love it may. Everything nourishes what is strong already. But if it be only a slight, thin sort of inclination, I am convinced that one good sonnet will starve it entirely away.” (90)

…that his attentions to Jane had been merely the effect of a common and transient liking, which ceased when he saw her no more…(109)

Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed in love a little now and then. It is something to think of, and gives her a sort of distinction among her companions…(109)

…Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure… (284)

It was gratitude; – gratitude not merely for having once loved her, but for loving her still well enough to forgive all the petulance and acrimony of manner in rejecting him, and all the unjust accusations accompanying her rejection.

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Random stuff I found in Tumblr: 

A smile starts on the lips. A grin spreads to the eyes. A chuckle comes from the belly; But a good laugh bursts forth from the soul. Overflows, and bubbles all around. – Carolyn Birmingham

Everything you can imagine is real.

For it was not into my ear you whispered but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul. 

You’ve got to get up every morning with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart. Then people are gonna treat you better. You gonna find, yes you will, that you’re beautiful as you feel.

Contentment is not always the fulfillment of what you want. It’s the realization of how blessed you are for what you already have.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. – Harriet Tubman

The best kind of love is when you have no expectations at all. 

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From Shusaku Endo’s Silence (translated by William Johnston):

Yet God bestows upon man a better fate than human knowledge could possibly think of or devise. (19)

I am always fascinated by the face of Christ just like a man fascinated by the face of his beloved. (22)

Man is a strange being. He always has a feeling somewhere in his heart that whatever danger he will pull through. It’s just like when on a rainy day you imagine the faint rays of the sun shining on a distant hill. (35)

It is easy enough to die for the good and beautiful; the hard thing is to die for the miserable and corrupt – this is the realization that came home to me acutely at that time. (38) 

No, Kichijiro was trying to express something different, something even more sickening. The silence of God. (55)

Behind the depressing silence of this sea, the silence of God… the feeling that while men raise their voices in anguish God remains with folder arms, silent. (61)

Sin, he reflected, is not what it is usually thought to be; it is not to steal and tell lies. Sin is for one man to walk brutally over the life of another and to be quite oblivious of the wounds he has left behind. (86) 

God created everything for good. And for this good he bestowed on man the power of thought; but we men sometimes use this power of discrimination in the wrong way. This is evil. (89) 

Why have you abandoned us so completely?… Have you just remained silent like the darkness that surrounds me? Why? At least tell me why. We are not strong men like Job who was afflicted with leprosy as a trial. There is a limit to our endurance. Give us no more suffering. (96) 

You will not meet with greater suffering than this… The lord will not abandon you for ever. He it is who washes our wounds; his is the hand that wipes away our blood. The Lord will not be silent forever. (105)

Anyone could be attracted by the beautiful and the charming. But could such attraction be called love? True love was to accept humanity when wasted like rages and tatters. (116) 

The sea was silent as if exhausted; and God, too, continued to be silent. To this problem that kept flitting across his mind he had as yet no answer. (130)

This sea stretched out endlessly, sadly; and all this time, over the sea, God simply maintained unrelenting silence. (137) 

The reason why darkness is terrifying for us, he reflected, is that there remains in us the instinctive fear the primitive man had when there was as yet no no light. (163)

Lord, it is not that you should break the silence. You must not remain silent. Prove that you are justice, that you are goodness, that you are love. You must say something to show the world that you are the august one. (168)

Yes. I could not endure the moaning of those peasants suspended in the pit. As Ferreira spoke to me his tempting words, I thought that if I apostatized those miserable peasants would be saved. Yes, that was it. And yet, in the last analysis, I wonder if all this talk about love is not, after all, just an excuse to justify my own weakness. (175) 

It is not man who judges. God know our weakness more than anyone, reflected the priest. (190)

‘Lord, I resented your silence.’
‘I was not silent. I suffered beside you.’ (190) 

…even if he was betraying them, he was not betraying his Lord. He loved him now in a different way from before. Everything that had taken place until now had been necessary to bring him to this love. ‘Even now I am the last priest in this land. But Our Lord was not silent. Even if he had been silent, my life until this day would have spoken of him.’ (191) 

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It’s not what you look at but what you see.

It’s never about who the person is but about if he comes at the right time.

Wisdom begins in wonder. – Socrates

Dance lightly with life. – Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are your choices. – Seneca

No feeling is final – Rainer Marie Rilke

Courage doesn’t always roar. – Mary Anne Radmacher

Life teaches. Love reveals. 

The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. –Gustave Flaubert

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And it only took as long as it did because I was also doing something for the one person who has the right to treat me like his associate but treats me like his partner anyway. – Mike Ross, Suits, S05E03

He was the commander we turned to when the night was darkest… – Sam, Game of Thrones, S05E02

It’s got to be that can’t-eat, can’t-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over-the-fence, World Series kind of stuff, right? – Amanda Lemmon, It Takes Two

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. – Allen Ginsberg

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. – Dalai Lama

I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone? – C. Joybell C.

Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.― Valery Satterwhite

I consider myself a stained-glass window. And this is how I live my life. Closing no doors and covering no windows; I am the multi-colored glass with light filtering through me, in many different shades. Allowing light to shed and fall into many many hues. My job is not to direct anything, but only to filter into many colors. My answer is destiny and my guide is joy. And there you have me.
― C. JoyBell C.

 

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