Food for thought

Food for thought

On Prayer

Pray as if everything depended on God;
act as if everything depended on you.
Who rise from prayer better people,
their prayer is answered
(Shifra Alon)

To fold your hands in prayer is the beginning of resistance against the world’s disorder. (Karl Barth)

On the Church

The central problem of the Christian church ... today is that most of us fear the cure more than the illness. Most of us prefer the plausible lie that we can’t be cured to the fantastic truth that we can be. And there’s a reason: if it’s hell to be guilty, it’s certainly scarier to be responsible - responsible, able to respond to God’s visionary and creative love.
(William Coffin)

On Xenophilia

The art of xenophilia is the practice of creating constructive and habitual ways of welcoming the unfamiliar. 
(Thomas Moore)

On Noble Pursuits

Ambition is the death of thought.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein)

On Beginnings

new beginnings are possible
but not without new endings
(Shabbir Banoobhai)

On Forgiveness

The most beautiful thing that one can do is to forgive a wrong.
(Rabbi Eleazar ben Judah of Worms)


The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
(Mahatma Gandhi)

On Academia

A serious and good philosophical work could be written consisting entirely of jokes.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein)

On Vision

Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.
(Ludwig Wittgenstein)

do not cast
a vision in stone
lest it be crushed
(Shabbir Banoobhai)

On Love

Intense love does not measure; it just gives.
(Mother Theresa)
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I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.
(Mother Theresa)
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love is the journey
of the heart, in the heart
from the heart, to the heart
(Shabbir Banoobhai)
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love arrives
at the unknown

without departing
from the known
(Shabbir Banoobhai)
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On Faith

do not wear
your faith

as armour
but as a fragrance

(Shabbir Banoobhai)