Your Favorite Quotes

Last month, we asked for your help to develop a summer reading list. We now have enough great book ideas to last well past winter. This month’s question is similar: we’d like to know the quotes you live by, that inspire you, or that make you laugh. Please let us know your favorites.

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45 Responses to “Your Favorite Quotes”

  1. Lisa Laliberte Says:

    Be the change you wish to see in the world.

  2. Marge Mattice Says:

    The most eloquent prayer is the prayer through hands that heal and bless. The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest for of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless. -Billy Graham

  3. Peter Says:

    “Why are we here if not to love one another?” Rev. Ernest Martello O.S.C.

  4. Caryne Forster Says:

    A chain is as strong as its weakest link. (Sr. Ethel Rita,SSND,7th grade, St. Teresa’s, Wash., DC)

    Dare to be different. (Sr. Catherine Ignatia, SNDeN, Freshman homeroom teacher, Notre Dame Academy, Wash., DC)

  5. Suzan Labadie Says:

    “If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” Unknown

  6. Joyce Hyttinen Says:

    Set me a task in which I can put something of my very self, and it is a task no longer. It is joy; it is art.
    Bliss Carmen

  7. Pat Biswanger Says:

    Speak truth to power.

    American Friends Service Committee (1955). Speak Truth to Power: a Quaker Search for an Alternative to Violence. Philadelphia (according to

  8. Bill Kelly Says:

    “Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanour; honourable himself, and in his judgement of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man….such a man is a true gentleman.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

  9. Joanne Says:

    “So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains and we never even know we have the key.” The Eagles

  10. Ellen Denny Says:

    Failure is delay, but not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead-end street.

  11. Roberta Dunn Says:

    “He looks for Faith that IMMEDIATELY lays to rest the doubts of the day as they arise”
    ~Two Listeners~

  12. Catherine Crosby Says:

    The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. Frederick Buechner

  13. Elizabeth Says:

    Preach the gospel always, when necessary use words. ~St. Francis

  14. Cindy Maddox Says:

    “My job is to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.”

  15. Erin Says:

    A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.

  16. lairdofgarscaddon Says:

    “Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies in yourself.” ~ Indian Saying

    “A student once asked his teacher, ‘Master, what is the most profound lesson you can teach me?’ The Master made a deep bow to his student.” ~ Zen Saying

    “A student once asked his teacher how he could become enlightened right now. The Master poured him a cup of tea, gave it to him, then said, ‘drink the tea.'” ~ Zen Saying

  17. alfred l papillon Says:

    Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful,
    the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the
    clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire
    within you, to leave this world better than when you found it.

    — Wilfred Peterson

  18. Antonio Says:

    Humility is not thinking less of yourself. It is thinking of your self less. -G. K. Chesterton

  19. Nancy Rader Says:

    Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.
    Mother Teresa

  20. Linda A Byrne Says:

    Be still and know that I am God.

  21. Anne Neuberger Says:

    The moral universe rests upon the breath of schoolchildren.

    Rabbi Yehuda Nisiah
    circa 250 C.E.

  22. Fran Clarida Says:

    Be the change you wish to see in the world.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.
    Albert Schweitzer

    Great love and great achievement involve great risks.
    Mother Teresa

  23. Troy Says:

    “There was one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth; and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.”- G.K. Chesterton

  24. Bob Quinn Says:

    By and large, people are about as happy as they choose to be. Abraham Lincoln?

    No matter where you go, there you are!

  25. Sr. John Michele Says:

    If you are not outraged
    you are not paying attention. Unknown

    If you want peace, work for justice.
    Pope Paul VI

  26. Noreen Muresan Says:

    “Pick up your cross and follow Me.”

  27. Cheri Says:

    I also agree with the Ghandi quote,”Be the change…,, but another favorite is anthropologist Margaret Mead’s quote,
    “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

  28. Carol Says:

    There are saying that you just don’t hear anymore such as:

    When you point at someone there are three fingers pointing back at you!!!
    Try it ans see what happens.

    Treat People as you would want to be treated!!!

    One thing parents have to remember that is so important to babies meaning children ages from the ages 0 to seven year old.

    Babie don’t lie they fib the difference is as follows:

    Adults know that a lie will hurt or get them out of trouble that they knew they did but they just want to clean up what they did.

    Children for the most part fib not to get anyone in trouble but to reflect off them what they did. The best part children learn how to fib by watching their parents because they are a sponge and they drink in everything that adults do good or bad.

    There is a another big one that people do all of the time.

    For every reaction there in an action so you have to be very careful what you do to people and out in public because you are always being watched.

    The biggest thing that people have forgotten and it is important to everyone living today!!!


  29. Linda Estrin Says:

    “Where books are burned,in the end people will
    burn.” Heinrich Heine

  30. Suzanne M. Mace Says:

    Lord, Help me to blossom as the kind of flower You have made me, and where You have planted me…” – St Therese of Lisieux

  31. Jean Says:

    Love, love, love, love…. that is the soul of genius.

  32. Adrian Says:

    “Common sense is anything but…” R. Heinlein

  33. pat leach Says:

    But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”

    James 2:18

  34. pat leach Says:

    “The moral arc of the universe is long but it bends toward justice . . .”

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  35. Agnes Moeketsi Says:

    Be sure to speak lively words with your mouth because what ever liveless word you say a devil take advantage of that and make it happen as you said.Most people use to say I am poor why can’t they say I am rich so God will make them rich,poverty comes from our mouths.

  36. Dawn Says:

    Humanity should question itself, once more, about the absurd and always unfair phenomenon of war, on whose stage of death and pain only remain standing the negotiating table that could and should have prevented it.

    -Pope John Paul II

  37. Dan Rosen Says:

    C.S. Lewis “Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”

  38. Kay Schmid Says:

    Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

    Mohammed Ali

  39. Lois Harr Says:

    You have been told what is good and what the Lord requires of you – to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with God.
    Micah 6:8

    Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. Paolo Freire

    Si quiere paz, lucha por la justicia. Pablo VI

    Nothing about us without us is for us.

    I came that they might have life and have it in abundance. John 10:10

  40. Colleen Daniel Says:

    “I can do many small things with great love.”

    Blessed Mother Teresa

  41. Colleen Daniel Says:

    “When you save one life, you save a thousand generations.”

    from Schindler’s List

  42. Lincoln Rodon Says:

    If you want to kiss the sky, you beter learn how to kneel.

    Whether you think that you can or that you can’t, you’re probably right.
    Henry Ford

    Genius equals 1 percent inspiration plus 99 percent perspiration.
    Thomas Edison

  43. Gail Fasi Says:

    Everything happens for a reason

    When God closes a door, he opens a window

  44. Mary Ann Wyand Says:

    from Mary Ann:

    “The peculiar evil of silencing the expression of an opinion is that it is robbing the human race.”

    John Stuart Mill

  45. Meadow Says:

    I think most know where this quote came from:
    “Love one another as I have loved you.”

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