"I want to know God, not my idea of God;
I want to know my neighbor, not my idea of my neighbor;
I want to know myself, not my idea of myself."
— C. S. Lewis, Irish-born scholar and author of theological works and of books for children
"To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round 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. The alternative to tragedy, or at least the risk of tragedy, is damnation. The only place outside heaven you can be perfectly safe from all dangers and perturbations of love is hell"
— C. S. Lewis
“Never tell a child, ‘you have a soul. Teach him, you are a soul; you have a body.’ As we learn to think of things always in this order, that the body is but the temporary clothing of the soul, our views of death and the unbefittingness of customary mourning will approximate to those of Friends of earlier generations.”
— George MacDonald, Scottish author and Christian minister
"You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.”
—William Henry Hudson, English author, naturalist, and ornithologist
“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.”
—Henry Van Dyke, American author, educator, and clergyman
“A man who works with his hands is a laborer. A man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist.”
―St. Francis of Assisi, Italian friar, founder of the Franciscan religious order and patron saint of animals
"Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the piano is the soul with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul."
—Wassily Kandinsky, Russian abstract artist, musician, and playwright