Quintessential Quaker

A quote chosen by a member for discussion each Sunday. (January quotes by Dereck CT)


January 31 “Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you did not do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain


January 24 “My reading habits have changed over the years and now I no longer read books on self-help, etc. that enjoys exposing all my weaknesses. These are deprecating to my intelligence. Social media, political and social commentary have also impacted my choice of readings, overwhelming me with the problems of the world I can do nothing about. These are best avoided whenever possible to remain sane. I like to be entertained when I read and not be reminded of my inadequate upbringing. ~Joshua Cooper, 2010, The Observer


January 17 “The Bible quotation “Take therefore no thought of the morrow for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself” (Matthew 6:34) raises some serious moral questions about such teachings. Otherwise, I can only conclude they were preparing for the second coming.” ~ Bertrand Russell


January 10 “Death is a wakeup call, the unavoidable mandate, that makes enlightenment possible, and helps our souls to grow. This is why Plato when asked for one final word of advice, responded to his pupils “Practice dying.”” ~ Ram Dass


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