Patches of Godlight by Jan Karon is a book of quotations collected by the title character of her Mitford Series, the Reverend Timothy Kavanagh. Below I share a few gems from this collection. All are beautiful examples of the power of words.
"I cannot live without books." - Thomas Jefferson
"The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good, and the best book for regulating the concerns of men. The man, therefore, who weakens or destroys the divine authority of that book may be accessory to all the public disorders which society is doomed to suffer." - Peter Marshall, 1902-1949
"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." -Abraham Lincoln
"By words the mind is winged." -Aristophanes
"Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?" -Henry Ward Beecher, 1815-1887
"If you cannot read all your books, at any rate...peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hand, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them be your acquaintances." -Winston Churchill, 1874-1965
"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." -William Butler Yeats, 1865-1939
"The world does not need more Christian writers - it needs more good writers and composers who are Christians." -C.S. Lewis
Have a great New Year!