* Bear in mind, I am not a “professional” quote-collector; merely a sloppy, persistent amateur. Over a period of about 20 years, I’ve created a ‘Quotations’ document that now runs to 136 pages…& it is always growing. These quotations are just what came up when I did a ‘Find’ on the word ‘faith’ in the document (I was in search of a particular quotation & was surprised to see how many came up, so here they are!)
“This is my living faith, an active faith, a faith of verbs: to question, explore, experiment, experience, walk, run, dance, play, eat, love, learn, dare, taste, touch, smell, listen, argue, speak, write, read, draw, provoke, emote, scream, sin, repent, cry, kneel, pray, bow, rise, stand, look, laugh, cajole, create, confront, confound, walk back, walk forward, circle, hide, and seek. To seek: to embrace the questions, be wary of answers.” – Terry Tempest Williams, naturalist and author (1955- )
“Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith.” – Margaret Shepherd
“It seems to me a step beyond happiness – happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you’re lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love.” – Adela Rogers St. Johns (1894-1988) – American writer
“No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakens into existence needs time to sprout and it is not always granted for the Sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith.” – Albert Schweitzer
“Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say.” – William W. Watt
“May this day find you with gentle peace in your heart.
May you feel how much you belong here, with all of us on our beloved planet.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you use those gifts that you have received.
May you pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you grow in understanding and appreciation of your very soul.
May you remember to laugh, and breathe, even sing.
May you trust that your every kindness is magnified a thousand fold.
May you know that you are loved and you live in many hearts.” Author Unknown
“When you come to the end of everything you know, and are faced with the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing one of two things will happen. Either there will be something solid for you to stand on, or you will be taught how to fly.” – Barbara J. Winter
Czech President, Vaclav Havel: “In time I have become a good deal less sure of myself, a good deal more humble… every day I suffer more and more from stage fright; every day I am more afraid that I won’t be up to the job… more and more often, I am afraid that I will fall woefully short of expectations, that I will somehow reveal my own lack of qualifications for the job, that despite my good faithI will make even greater mistakes, that I will cease to be trustworthy and therefore lose the right to do what I do.”
“If you need to feel hope, you’re courting despair, and if you court despair you will stop working. So try to wean yourself from this need to have hope. Try to have faith instead, to do what you can, and stop worrying about whether or not you’re effective…Worry about what is possible for you to do, which is always greater than you imagine.” ~ Oscar Romero
“May the world’s feast be made safe for women and children. May mothers’ milk run clean again. May denial give way to courageous action. May I always have faith.” – Sandra Steingraber in Having Faith
“But I have faith. Faith in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and even in His creation. Without it no action would be possible. And action is the only remedy to indifference, the most insidious danger of all. Isn’t that the meaning of Alfred Nobel’s legacy? Wasn’t his fear of war a shield against war?” – Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, in his Nobel Peace prize acceptance speech, Dec. 1986
“When the Earth has been ravaged and the animals are dying, a tribe of people from all races, creeds and colours will put their faith in deeds, not words, to make the land green again. They will be called ‘Warriors of the Rainbow,’ protectors of the environment.” – Native saying
“There is fierceness at work here. There is no other explanation for the raw courage and heart displayed over and again in the people who march, speak, create, resist, and build. It is the fierceness of knowing we are human and intend to survive. To witness the worldwide breakdown of civility into camps, ideologies, and wars, to watch the accelerating breakdown of our environmental systems, is harrowing and dispiriting.
But immune systems do fail; this movement most certainly could fail as well. What can help preserve it is the gift of self-perception, the gift of seeing who we truly are. We will either come together as one, globalized people, or we will disappear as a civilization. To come together we must know our place in a biological and cultural sense, and reclaim our role as engaged agents of our continued existence. Our minds were made to defend ourselves, born of an immune system that brought us to this stage in our development and evolution. We are surfeited with metaphors of war, such that when we hear the word defense, we think attack, but the defense of the world can be truly accomplished only by cooperation and compassion. Science now knows that while still in diapers, virtually all children exhibit altruistic behavior. Concern for the well-being of others is bred in the bone, endemic and hardwired. We became human by working together and helping one another. According to immunologist Gerald Callahan, faith and love are literally buried in our genes and lymphocytes, and what it takes to arrest our descent into chaos is one person after another remembering who and where they really are.” — Paul Hawken in Blessed Unrest – How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being & Why No One Saw it Coming <Pg. 165>
“These are the days when men of all social disciplines and all political faiths seek the comfortable and the accepted; when the man of controversy is looked upon as a disturbing influence; when originality is taken to be a mark of instability; and when, in minor modification of the original parable, the bland lead the bland.” – Economist John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-2006) in The Affluent Society
“Adventures don’t begin until you get into the forest. That first step is an act of faith.” ~ Mickey Hart
“It takes a leap of wild faith to believe you can make a difference. But don’t let that stop you.” – Motto of the new group Wild Faith, as reported in Now Magazine, September 12/02.