Pearls of Wisdom

“A word of kindness is seldom spoken in vain, while witty sayings are as easily lost as the pearls slipping from a broken string.”

— George Prentice



The Master had no use at all for scholarly discourses. He called them “pearls of wisdom.” “But if they are pearls, why do you scorn them?” said the disciples. “Have you ever known pearls to grow when planted in a field?” was the reply.

— Anthony de Mello, SJ


MORSEL: People travel to wonder at the height of the mountains, at the huge waves of the seas, at the long course of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motion of the stars, and yet they pass by themselves without wondering.

–St. Augustine of Hippo


“Quoting other people, as habit, is like organized religion. Repetitive selection, endorses one’s own wise viewpoints. Confirming one’s own beliefs, one can remain a follower and escape from questioning oneself.”

— Anonymous

January 7, 2001

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