SAMPLE QUOTES from "The Thorn and the Rose"
|Selected from the sections on SORROW, JOYand LOVE|
|Does that mean I
am never sad, that I never rebel, always acquiesce, and love life no matter what the
circumstances? No, far from it. I believe that I know and share the many sorrows and sad
circumstances that a human being can experience, but I do not cling to them, I do not
prolong such moments of agony. They pass through me, like life itself, as a broad, eternal
stream, they become part of that stream, and life continues. And as a result all my
strength is preserved, does not become tagged on to futile sorrow or rebelliousness.
you enjoy, what is wrong with it? When happiness has gone and you have become sad, what is
wrong with sadness? Enjoy it. Once you become capable of enjoying sadness, then you are
And this I tell you: if you enjoy sadness, it has its own beauties. Happiness is a little shallow; sadness is very deep, it has a depth to it. A man who has never been sad will be shallow, just on the surface. Sadness is like a dark night, very deep. Darkness has a silence to it, and sadness also. Happiness bubbles; there is a sound in it. It is like a river in the mountains; sound is created. But in the mountains, a river can never be very deep; it is always shallow. When the river comes to the plain it becomes deep, but the sound stops. It moves as if not moving. Sadness has depth.
are shallow, sorrows deep.
joys make us love the world. Great sadnesses make us understand the world.
the soul of man turns, unless towards God, it cleaves to sorrow, even though the things
outside itself to which it clings may be things of beauty.
are those who mourn."... Who then are the mourners? The mourners are those who have
caught a glimpse of God's new day, who ache with all their being for that day's coming,
and who break out into tears when confronted with its absence.... They are the ones who
realize that in God's realm of peace there is neither death nor tears and who ache
whenever they see someone crying tears over death. The mourners are aching visionaries.
not fresh tears over old griefs.
is gone and what's past help should be past grief.
Love clasp Grief lest both be drown'd.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
easy it is to mourn when I see tearing down, to fail to see that that is part of building.
It cannot, or should not, be separated from building up. For without the tearing down of
twigs, there would be no building of nests.
is only one way of being cured of sadness, and that is to dislike being sad.
you want blessings, don't fear sufferings. The sorrows of individuals today often become
the blessings of the future.
law would say that to be patient under suffering is best, and that we should not give way
to impatience, as there is no knowing whether such things are good or evil; and nothing is
gained by impatience; also, because no human thing is of serious importance, and grief
stands in the way of that which at the moment is most required.
What is most required?
That we should take counsel about what has happened, and when the dice have been thrown order our affairs in the way which reason deems best; not, like children who have had a fall, keeping hold of the part struck and wasting time in setting up a howl, but always accustoming the soul forthwith to apply a remedy, raising up that which is sickly and fallen, banishing the cry of sorrow by the healing art.
it were possible for us to see further than our knowledge extends and out a little over
the outworks of our surmising, perhaps we should then bear our sorrows with greater
confidence than our joys. For they are the moments when something new, something unknown,
has entered into us. The more patient, quiet and open we are in our sorrowing, the more
deeply and the more unhesitatingly will the new thing enter us, the better shall we
deserve it, the more will it be our own destiny.
Rainer Maria Rilke
not let sorrow take possession of your heart and agitate it; keep it outside the bounds of
your heart and hasten to soften and restrain it, so that it may not prevent you from
reasoning soundly and acting rightly.
|You should not
grieve for what is unavoidable.
|Hope is the
second soul of the unhappy.
|From "JOY" and "LOVE"||Joy and pain are
not opposed, but only the kinds of joy and pain. There are infernal joys and pains,
healing joys and pains, celestial joys and pains.
bitterness that may have come because you were not up to the magnitude of the pain that
was entrusted to you. Like the mother of the world who carries the pain of the world in
her heart, each of us is part of her heart and is, therefore, endowed with a certain
measure of cosmic pain. You are sharing in the totality of that pain. You are called upon
to meet it in joy instead of self-pity. The secret: offer your heart as a vehicle to
transform cosmic suffering into joy.
|Verily, verily I
say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be
sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail hath
sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she
remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now
therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your
joy no man taketh from you.
|As under every
stone there is moisture, so under every sorrow there is joy: and when we come to
understand life rightly, we see that sorrow, after all, is but the minister of joy. Sorrow
is a condition of time, but joy is the condition of eternity.
where we are living, and of which we form a tiny particle, is the distance put by Love
between God and God. We are a point in this distance. Space, time, and the mechanism that
governs matter are the distance. Everything that we call evil is only this mechanism.
|For the human
personality the decisive factor in making deprivation bear fruit is love. Love, one might
say, changes the sign of deprivation from minus to plus.
|Let the burden
be never so heavy, love makes it light.
difficult thing of all-yet the most essential-is to love life, even when you suffer,
because life is all.
|As love brings
sorrow, sorrow also brings love.
|When pain is to
borne, a little courage helps more than much knowledge, a little human sympathy more than
much courage, and the least tincture of the love of God more than all.
C. S. Lewis
perhaps the only wellspring of genuine love in the human person. Does not the mystery of
evil and suffering consist in this, that without suffering, people would no longer know
what love is and would no longer be capable of it? For me, to love is essentially to
suffer with another. I fear that where there is no suffering, love, too, has been
|Yet, over and
over I find people who are living witnesses of this mystery-that by opening their heart to
pain, they also opened it to love, and, so, found incredible peace.
suffering, the ocean of human suffering, and the hatred and all the fighting? Yesterday I
suddenly thought: there will always be suffering, and whether one suffers from this or
from that really doesn't make much difference. It is the same with love. One should be
less and less concerned with the love object and more and more with love itself, if it is
to be real love. People may grieve more for a cat that has been run over than for the
countless victims of a city that has been bombed out of existence. It is not the object
but the suffering, the love, the emotions, and the quality of these emotions that count.
And the big emotions, those basic harmonies, are always ablaze and every century may stoke
the fire with fresh fuels, but all that matters is the warmth of the fire.
|The wind of
sorrows driving your boat is a wind of love, and that is a wind that goes faster than
St. Thérèse of Lisieux
|The complete book has almost 1000 quotes, some shorter and many longer than the ones extracted here. They are also grouped together by category and arranged in a progressive sequence. The overall theme is that it is possible for each of us to turn our unavoidable sufferings into positive emotions and a deeper understanding of life and its meaning.|