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First Church Reads: Autumn Quotes

The typical burst of color in New England is subdued this fall, with warm weather and no rainfall producing a more drab landscape - a fitting image of what 2020 has been for most of our planet. Hopefully we can look forward to a brighter 2021 soon and use the learnings from this year to keep us healthy and resourced through the winter. 

November 11, 2020

First Church Reads is a feature section of The Steeple where staff members or members of the church may be invited to offer book and other recommendations that specifically help deepen spiritual life. Please email Jake if you would like to write a resource or book recommendation. This week, we have a collection of autumn quotes brought to us from First Church Member Craig Mullet: 

Photo Credit: Gay Harter 


Collection of Quotes – Fall ’20 
“Focus on what's ahead. Use what is behind.”
-Donita Paul

“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.”
-Emile Zola

“A reliable way to make people believe in falsehoods is frequent repetition, because familiarity is not easily distinguished from truth.”
-Daniel Kahneman
“If any man can convince and show me that I do not think or act right, I will gladly change; for I seek truth, by which no man was ever injured. But he is injured who abides in his error and ignorance.”
-Marcus Aurelius

“I have to accept responsibility for the consequences every time I hit a ball.” 
-Billie Jean King

“Wisdom begins in wonder.”
-Socrates

“There can be no salvation where there is not some sacrifice, and no national liberty in the fullest sense unless we have ourselves worked to bring it about.”
-Marc Bloch

“The greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.”
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“All happiness depends on courage and work.”
-Honore de Balzac

“Why walk when you can dance?”
-Ellen van Dam

“Terrific energy is expended – civilizations are built up – excellent institutions devised; but each time something goes wrong. Some fatal error always brings the selfish and cruel people to the top and it all slides back into misery and ruin.”
-C.S. Lewis

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” 
 -Mary Anne Radmacher

“Creativity is the residue of time wasted.”
-Albert Einstein

The typical burst of color in New England is subdued this fall, with warm weather and no rainfall producing a more drab landscape - a fitting image of what 2020 has been for most of our planet. Hopefully we can look forward to a brighter 2021 soon and use the learnings from this year to keep us healthy and resourced through the winter. I am also hopeful that the term “alternative facts” will be remembered as an obscure puzzlement after this contentious election cycle closes out. Several of this collection’s quotes refer to the importance of considering truth as we make decisions that influence our world. Stay safe and stay connected.
Regards, Craig

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