Sunday Quotes: What Stories Are For

“That’s what stories are for. Stories are for joining the past to the future. Stories are for those late hours in the night when you can’t remember how you got from where you were to where you are. Stories are for eternity, when memory is erased, when there is nothing to remember except the story.”

Tim O’Brien; The Things They Carried


Sunday Quotes: A Distorted Fragment

“The professional pessimist sees one half of the picture, the professional optimist the other. The former calls the latter superficial and is in turn pronounced defeatist. Each possesses a distorted fragment of the Christian faith. The Bible‚Äôs realism exceeds that of the worst cynic, for it knows what man has done to God. At the same time its hope surpasses the wildest utopian fantasy, for it has concrete experience of what this same God will do for man.”

Edmond La B. Cherbonnier

Sunday Quotes: Everybody Wants Independence

“Everybody wants a degree of independence, but there comes a point where your need for independence interferes with your ability to love, your ability to know the richness in other people. You can’t know the richness of other people if you con’t make some concession to their needs… (So) you have to ask yourself, where does concern for yourself turn into hardness and cruelty?”

-Louis Cornell, as quoted by Chip Brown in Good Morning Midnight