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                        Inspirational Quotes for the Day.

                       
                                                     

     
TODAY'S INSPIRATIONAL THEME: The Poet's Praise
This page changes each weekday.


    At the top of the Home Page:
    --The poetry of Psalm 8
    --C.S. Lewis marvels at the psalm

    Midway down the page:
    --Poet's Prayer  
    --Poetry of the wind

    For Prayer Warriors who scroll down:
    --Ralph Waldo Emerson

              
          And the Last Word: Victor Frankl
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Bonus quote:  Sometimes your joy is the source of
your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the
source of your joy.

Thich Nhat Hanh
Vietnamese Buddhist
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O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

When I look at thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars which thou has established;
what is man that thou art mindful of him,
and the son of man that thou doest care for him?

Yet thou hast made him little less than God,
and dost crown him with glory and honor.
Thou has given him dominion over the works of thy hands;
thou has put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the sea.

O Lord, our Lord
how majestic is thy name in all the earth!

Psalm 8:1, 3-9
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
In it literal sense this short, exquisite lyric (Psalm 8, above--Editor) is simplicity
itself--an expression of wonder at man and man's place in Nature (there is a
chorus in Sophocles not unlike it) and therefore at God who appointed it. God is
wonderful both as champion or "judge" and as Creator. When one looks up at the
sky, and all the stars which are His work, it seems strange that He should be
concerned at all with such things as man. Yet in fact, though He has made us
inferior to the celestial beings, He has, down here on earth, given us
extraordinary honour--made us lords of all the other creatures.

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Irish novelist, scholar, broadcaster
From "Reflections on the Psalms"
A Harvest Book, 1958

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    Still falls the Rain
    At the feet of the Starved Man hung upon the Cross.
    Christ that each day, each night, nails there, have mercy on us---
    On Dives and on Lazarus:
    Under the Rain the sore and the gold are as one.

    From "Still Falls the Rain" by Dame Edith Sitwell
    British poet and critic
    "Still Falls the Rain," Sitwell's most famous poem, concerns the London Blitz.
    The poem was set to music by composer Benjamin Britten.


    My poems are hymns
    of praise to the glory of life.

    Edith Sitwell (1887 - 1964)
    "Some notes on my poetry"
    Collected Poems, 1957
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In you through whom
all things speak,
use me please
to sing your song.

Kate Robinson
Poet's Prayer:
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                      Silence

Sometimes we forget the blessing of silence.
Sometimes the wind is poem enough,
the way a mountain hunches, the play
of sun across ocean in the space of a day.
Sometimes moss is a stanza, the orange of lichen
will stand in for a sonnet on a day like that.

Richard Behan
From "Bedside Prayers" by June Cotner
HarperSanFrancisco, 1997
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
Father in heaven,
We thank thee.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
American author, poet and philosopher
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I grasped the meaning of the greatest secret that
human poetry and human thought and belief have
to impart: The salvation of man is through love and in love.

Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)
Austrian Neurologist and Psychiatrist
From "Man's Search for Meaning," his book describing his experience
in a concentration camp, and how he found meaning in all of life's conditions
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