Quintessential Quaker

A quote chosen by a member for discussion each Sunday.

All September/ninth month submissions are from Daniel.


September 20 “Whenever the government of the United States shall break up, it will probably be in consequence of a false direction having been given to publick opinion. This is the weak point of our defenses, and the part to which the enemies of the system will direct all their attacks. Opinion can be so perverted as to cause the false to seem the true; the enemy, a friend, and the friend, an enemy; the best interests of the nation to appear insignificant, and trifles of moment; in a word, the right the wrong, and the wrong the right.” ~ James F. Cooper, 1838 essay


September 13 “Simplicity does not mean getting rid of all your possessions, but rather integrating them into your life’s purpose.” ~ Elizabeth Watson, 1989 Plain Living-A Quaker Path to Simplicity


September 6 “The years ahead will not be peaceful and uneventful. Those who place too much value on comfort and security are probably in for a rough time. Those who are unencumbered and flexible will more likely survive. In spite of the weight of the sad time, I bring you a message of hope. For I believe our young people can yet save the world. The revolution that is needed is already taking place in the minds and lives of some of them. They have a dream of a somehow strangely better world than the one they have inherited, and they are living as if it were already here. They step to a different drummer.  ~ Elizabeth Watson, 1989 Plain Living-A Quaker Path to Simplicity (from Angela Graham’s copy which spent many years on her bedside table; this quote was marked and highlighted.) 

August 30 “At what point does Quakerism stop becoming a Christian denomination/faith?”


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