“music is what language would love to be if it could” and other gems from john o’donohue

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“We have become post-graduates in the art of acquaintance and paupers in the art of friendship.”

“When was the last time that you had a great conversation, a conversation which wasn’t just two intersecting monologues… but in which you overheard yourself saying things that you never knew you knew, … receiving from somebody words that absolutely found places within you that you thought you had lost, and a sense of a event of conversation that brought the two of you onto a different plane, … a conversation that continued to sing in your mind for weeks afterwards? … They’re food and drink for the soul.”

“Beauty is calling you… it’s the heart of creativity, this calling forth all the time…. You never write the same poem twice; you’re always at a new place, and you’re suddenly surprised by where you get taken to.”

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“You can’t set out to do beauty… it’s that receptivity to be overtaken by it.… At night, when the forest is quiet and everyone has vanished, these animals come to the water to drink.”

“That’s the vulnerability of humans: that there is a helpless opening to the eternal in us.”

“What we are afraid of is not so much our limitations but the infinite that is within us.”

“I love Pascal’s phrase that you should always keep something beautiful in your mind… If you can keep some kind of little contour that you can glimpse sideways now and again, you can endure great bleakness.”

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Proposed revisions to Merriam-Webster:

“Music is what language would love to be if it could.”

“Spirituality is the art of homecoming.”

“Tradition is to the community what memory is to the individual.”

“Imagination is the great friend of possibility.”

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Listen to the entire episode over here (so good that I didn’t stop the 2-hour unedited version from playing immediately following the 50-minute radio show. I love a good encore.)

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“Once you get a taste of the mountains, the foothills will never satisfy you again.”
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