Collections of Words that I Enjoy

“I know you’re very busy. But every person has a space next to where they sleep, whether a patch of pavement or a fine bedside table. In that space, at night, a book can glow. And in those moments of docile wakefulness, when we begin to let go of the day, then is the perfect time to pick up a book and be someone else, somewhere else, for a few minutes, a few pages, before we fall asleep. So it’s a question of choice.

And I suggest you choose, just for a few minutes every day, to read.” – Yann Martel


“The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.” – Terry Pratchett

“Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player

That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.” – Shakespeare

“People’s minds are changed through observation and not through argument.” – Will Rogers

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” – Albert Einstein

“I think understanding your life as a story is a really terrific way of kind of knowing where you are and knowing who you are.” – Donald Miller

“To choose doubt as a philosophy of life is akin to choosing immobility as a means of transportation.” – Yann Martel

“Build a man a fire, and he’ll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he’ll be warm for the rest of his life.” – Terry Pratchett

“If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth, only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.” – C. S. Lewis

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” -Albert Einstein

“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” -Albert Einstein

“If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?” -Albert Einstein

“If anybody says he can think about quantum physics without getting giddy, that only shows he has not understood the first thing about them.” -Niels Bohr

“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” -Tom Stoppard

“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.” -Yann Martel

“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.” -Yann Martel

“I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. But I was outside the Bagdad Theater in Portland one night when I saw a man playing the saxophone. I stood there for fifteen minutes, and he never opened his eyes.

After that I liked jazz music.

Sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself. It is as if they are showing you the way.

I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” -Donald Miller

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Blue Like Jazz and Through Painted Deserts by Donald Miller

A Ring of Endless Light by Madeleine L’Engle

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Screwtape Letters, The Great Divorce, The Space Trilogy, and The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Joy of X by Steven Strogatz

The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs

The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers

Tartuffe by Moliere

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

The Gospel of John

The Epistles of Paul

The Psalms of David

The Proverbs of Solomon


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