Word Dump

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A strange combination of cough/flu/stomach thing has been floating around my office the past few weeks, so when I woke up with a scratchy throat and a sickly sort of drowsiness on Friday, I gave myself permission to nap like crazy over the weekend in the hopes of fending off whatever I was catching. My attempt came back to bite me though, because last night I stared at the ceiling until 3AM. When my alarm went off at 6, it felt like I had shut my eyes for all of five minutes.

Now I'm laying in bed feeling completely exhausted after a busy day at work (the too-tired-to-actually-sleep kind of exhausted) and I'm wanting to post on my blog, but can't seem to form an articulate thought (not to mention the fact that I can't think of a single thing to write about.)

So instead, I thought I might dump some of the hundreds (not kidding - hundreds) of bible passages, quotes, excerpts, etc. I've got stockpiled in a word doc on my Mac. I've been copying and pasting things I've read since I was a sophomore in college - so if you've ever hoped for a peek into the mind of Mary Kate, now's your chance. The following are likely pieces of writings I've picked out because I liked them, related to them, cried when I read them, etc.

Here goes:
"We are not the same persons this year as last, nor are those we love. It is a happy chance if we, changing, continue to love a changed person." - W. Somerset Maugham

"The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality." - Conan O'Brien

"God cannot give us a peace and happiness apart from Himself because it is not there. There is no such thing." - C.S. Lewis

"Most of your unhappiness is due to listening to yourself instead of God."

"For after all, the best thing that one can do when it is raining is let it rain." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man and I will show you a failure." - Thomas Edison

"We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; sees the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls." - Mother Theresa

"What is a vocation? It is a gift from God, so it comes from God. If it is a gift from God, our concern must be to know God's will. We must enter that path; if God wants, when God wants, how God wants." - St. Gianna

"The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent." - Exodus 14:14

"My soul rests in God alone." - Psalm 62:1

"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully around with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." - C.S. Lewis

"It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realize just how much you love them." - Agatha Christie

"The heart has its reasons which reason knows not." - Blaise Pascal

"The desire is thy prayers; and if thy desire is without ceasing, thy prayer will also be without ceasing. The continuance of your longing is the continuance of your prayer." - St. Augustine

"Nearly all marriages, even happy ones, are mistakes: in the sense that almost certainly (in a more perfect world, or even with a little more care in this very imperfect one) both partners might be found more suitable mates. But the real soulmate is the one you are actually married to." - J.R.R. Tolkien

"It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things." - Leonardo da Vinci

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of the approximate, the not-quite, the not-yet, the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish, in lonely frustration for the life you deserved, but have never been able to reach. Check your road and the nature of your battle. The world you desire can be won. It exists. It is real. It is possible. It is yours." - Ayn Rand

"A strong woman understands the importance of creating space for personal well-being, spiritual nourishment, and regeneration in order to maintain her authenticity, especially when the universe whacks her with its two-by-four and hands her days where it takes a great deal of courage just to show up." - Laura Folse

"May we be consumed by the Creator of all things rather than by the things created."

"Be pretty if you can, be witty if you must, but be gracious if it kills you." - Elsie de Wolfe

"Go make a life, not a living." - Jason Mraz

"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love." - Rumi

"After all these years, I see that I was mistaken about Eve in the beginning; for it is better to 
live outside the garden with her than inside it without her." - Mark Twain

"Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but of looking together in the same direction." 
- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"True beauty emanates from a woman who boldly and unabashedly knows who she is in Christ."

"Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be." - Thomas A. Kempis

"I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."

"I didn't want to kiss you goodbye, and that was the trouble. I wanted to kiss you goodnight, and there's a lot of difference." - Ernest Hemingway

"There is no force equal to that of a determined woman."

"Never have I dealt with anything more difficult that my own soul, which sometimes helps me and sometimes opposes me." - Imam Al Ghazati

"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." - Flannery O'Connor

"The greater of feeling of responsibility for the beloved, the more true love there is." - Pope John Paul II

"The Fathers of the Church say that prayer, properly understood, is nothing other than becoming a longing for God." - Pope Benedict XVI

"The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is use. It is using people as objects for our own pleasure... When we see people as only objects and tools for our own use, that's not love, that's lust." - Jason Evert

"It's never too late to be who you might have been."

"I marveled at how stealthily God works in your soul, one day and one trial at a time. He softens your edges so slowly and subtly that you can fail to notice how far you have come until you have moved on to the next problem." - Colleen Carroll Campbell

"There are years that ask questions and there are years that answer."

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