How to Find Selfless Joy in a Me-First World

Do you like to read the quotes that some authors use to begin their books or chapters? I do. In the humbling book, How to Find Selfless Joy in a Me-First World by Leslie Vernick (2003), the quotes beginning each chapter are insightful and often beautiful. I’d like to share them here.

It is vain, O men, that you seek within yourselves the cure for your miseries. All your insight only leads you to the knowledge that it is not in yourselves that you will discover the true and the good.
— Blaise Pascal

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
— Jim Elliot

So let us realize our limitations. We are something and we are not everything.
— Blaise Pascal

My sin is to look on my faults and be discouraged, or to look on my good and be puffed up.
— Puritan Prayer

The nothing believes itself something; and the All-Powerful makes himself nothing.
— Francois Fenelon

The true way to be humble is not to stoop until you are smaller than yourself, but to stand at your real height against some higher nature that will show you what the real smallness of your greatness is.
— Phillips Brooks

As long as you are proud you cannot know God.
— C.S. Lewis

For you can have no greater sign of a more confirmed pride, than when you think that you are humble enough.
— William Law

Honey, it’s not that I don’t love you. My problem is that I just love myself more.
— Robin Boisvert

Your purpose is not to be seen or known or loved or admired or praised. Your purpose is to see, know, love, admire, and praise God.
— Guigo


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