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I'm Lisa Bowman, editor of The Religion Network, a multi-faith Web site. This site provides inspirational quotes through an
exploration of a new spiritual theme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The Religion network is offered with the
conviction that inspiration can be found in all spiritual faiths, and furthermore, that finding the commonalities
among the world's religions is more healing than pointing up their differences.
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There are four among the small (creatures) of earth who are wise,
having been made wise (by the Creator): The ants are a nation
that is not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer;
rabbits are a nation that is not powerful, yet they make their
abode in the rock; there is no king of the locusts, and yet
they all go out in a single swarm; the spider seizes (its
prey) with its handiwork, though it dwells in
the king's palace.
The Stone Edition Tanach
An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox.
Lao-Tzu (circa 6th century B. C. )
Founder of Taoism
Hear, O Israel, the Lord is one...
that ye remember and do all my commandments.
Take, little bee, your time with your song,
in your flight intoning the prayer called "Hear" --
declaring and stretching "the Lord is one,"
raising on high the hum of remember
to he who put honey under your tongue
and gave you the gall to drive out foes.
It's true, in your eyes you're small --
but your being transcends the things that swarm,
and the choicest words are yours. Your merit
refines you: you're pure as the birds of the air.
Solomon Ibn Gabirol (1021-1058)
Spanish Hebrew poet and philosopher
From "Selected Poems of Solomon Ibn Gabirol,"
by Peter Cole
Princeton University Press, 2001
Another parable he put before them, saying, "The kingdom
of heaven is like the grain of mustard seed which a man took
and sowed in his field; it is the smallest of all seeds, but when
it has grown it is the greatest of all shrubs and becomes a tree,
so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches."
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
I used to wonder: "What good are my flowers and poems?"
But now I know: these tiny drops of perfume, these rose
petals - fragile, worthless - these love songs from the
smallest of voices: Jesus finds them charming!
Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897)
Also known as "The Little Flower of Jesus"
Doctor of the Church, French Carmelite nun
compared to You -
A lake so tiny even a mustard seed
is too large for it to hold.
Yet from the lake all Beings drink.
And into it deer, jackals,
rhinoceri, sea-elephants falling.
From the earliest moment of birth,
falling and falling in You.
14th century Hindu mystic
The Last Word:
If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature -
even a caterpillar - I would never have to prepare
a sermon. So full of God is every creature.
Meister Eckhart (1260-1328)
German theologian and philosopher
Totally Random Bonus Quote:
If others fool away their time, you be lost in God.
You will go ahead. Let your example change others'
lives. Reform yourself and you will reform thousands.