quotes from solitude

These are a selection of quotes from 2 days of solitude.

Out of Solitude by H. Nouwen

“Before we are fully aware of it, we have sold our soul to the many grade givers. That means we are not only in the world, but also of the world.”

“When we have sold our identity to the judges of this world, we are bound to become restless…”

“When you are able to create a lonely place in the middle of your actions and concerns, your successes and failures slowly can lose some of their power over you.”

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

“Pride, arrogance, resentfulness, evil imaginings, malice, greed: these are the sources of more human pain than all the diseases that ever afflicted mortal flesh.”

“The heart’s fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield it’s touchy honor from the bad opinion a friend and enemy will never let the mind have rest.”

Forgotten God by Francis Chan

“What would the… church look like if everyone was as committed as you are?”

“Our lack of intimacy [with God] often is due to our refusal to unplug and shut off communication from all others so we can be alone with him.”

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  1. tory

    Nice quotes; thanks. I’m a quiet person; I can spend hours and hours alone in silence and enjoy it…. without listening to music, talking, etc. But I usually do read and I do have my laptop with me…… it just seem,s that “solitude” isn’t so easy to define anymore!

    Your first Francis Chan quote was especially interesting to me….. I can’t help but wonder what “committed” means. If everyone spent as much time volunteering in the church, it would definitely not lack for volunteer hours! But I often wonder what real, lasting contribution I am making to the Kingdom, or am I just putting in a lot of hours in the church or community service?

    And now you are thinking that I missed your point of “solitude”.

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