“Some venture out into that great mysterious world and become artists of life. They join the great story, they become characters in the drama of eternity. Others remain in their small disappearing worlds. … And so we have to ask ourselves if we are ready to venture out into the real world of eternal beauty. Will we allow ourselves to become artists of life?”
“A wise man once said that courage is not simply a virtue, but the very substance of every virtue when it is tested. Mercy or honesty or chastity needs to be strengthened by courage or else it will yield to danger. And conditional mercy or honesty or chastity becomes masked cruelty, deceit or unchastity.”
“Creating an artwork out of your life often means having the courage to say goodbye to the crowds of popularity. … To always please people is to fear them. You will remember that centuries ago some fool, in trying to please the multitude, saved the criminal and crucified the King.”
“In ancient times there was a town, The Town called Potential. Students of the ancient books of wisdom say that The Town called Potential was not only a very old town, but it was in fact the oldest of all towns, in the oldest of all countries… called Humanity which had more citizens than any other country in the world.
… The rest of the townsfolk were terrified and appalled by these dreams that obviously could bring great discomfort and danger in real life. They also thought that it was very extravagant and improper to have a house of many colors (which was not even square in shape!) with a garden of many colors.
… Still, every year on their annual house-painting day, there was a strange feeling of emptiness as they watched The Strange Ones repainting their house in the most beautiful colors. These was a feeling of longing for something different, something new, as they heard the laughter coming from the colorful house.
It was indeed a difficult day, especially as they tried to explain to their children why gray was the best color for painting a house.”