Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Great Thoughts from a Great Book

I just finished reading the book "God Sleeps In Rwanda" by Joseph Sebarenzi and wanted to share a few of my favorite quotes from it:

"...I often share with the audience the story of an old rabbi who once asked his pupils how they could tell when night ends and day begins.
"Could it be," asked one of the students, "when you can see an animal in the distance and you can tell whether it's a sheep or a dog?"
"No," answered the rabbi.
Another asked, "Is it when you can look at a tree in the distance and tell whether it's a fig tree or a peach tree?"
"No," answered the Rabbi.
"Then what is it?" the pupils demanded.
"It is when you can look in the face of any man or woman and see that it is your brother or sister. Because if you cannot see this, it is still night."

"Forgiveness means forgoing the human tendency to get even and harbor animosity toward those who have offended us. It means choosing to repair broken relationships rather than seeking revenge. It means recognizing the humanity in others and admitting that, under similar circumstances, we might have made the same mistakes."

".. Buddha said, "Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned."

1 comment:

Mama D said...

Great quotes! Thanks for sharing them.