The High Plains, the beginning of the desert West, often act as a crucible for those who inhabit them.
Over and over again mediocrity is promoted because real worth isn't to be found.
There are men I could spend eternity with. But not this life.
True hospitality is marked by an open response to the dignity of each and every person. Henri Nouwen has described it as receiving the stranger on his own terms, and asserts that it can be offered only by those who 'have found the center of their lives in their own hearts'.
The demon of acedia -- also called the noonday demon -- is the one that causes the most serious trouble of all. . . . He makes it seem that the sun barely moves, if at all, and . . . he instills in the heart of the monk a hatred for the place, a hatred for his very life itself.
They are fruit and transport: ripening melons, prairie schooners journeying under full sail.
You can only see one thing clearly, and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that, and cling to it through thick and thin.
In middle age we are apt to reach the horrifying conclusion that all sorrow, all pain, all passionate regret and loss and bitter disillusionment are self-made
When I was a child, it was a matter of pride that I could plow through a Nancy Drew story in one afternoon, and begin another in the evening. . . . I was probably trying to impress the librarians who kept me supplied with books.
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