Best Quotes by Kathleen Norris (Top 10)

  1. Prayer is not asking for what you think you want, but asking to be changed in ways you can't imagine.
  2. If grace is so wonderful, why do we have such difficulty recognizing and accepting it? Maybe it's because grace is not gentle or made-to-order. It often comes disguised as loss, or failure, or unwelcome change.
  3. Just the knowledge that a good book is waiting one at the end of a long day makes that day happier.
  4. I wonder if children don't begin to reject both poetry and religion for similar reasons, because the way both are taught takes the life out of them.
  5. In spite of the cost of living, it's still popular.
  6. We shortchange ourselves by regarding religious faith as a matter of intellectual assent. This is a modern aberration; the traditional Christian view is far more holistic, regarding faith as a whole-body experience. Sometimes it is, as W.H. Auden described it, 'a matter of choosing what is difficult all one's days as if it were easy.
  7. For grace to be grace, it must give us things we didn't know we needed and take us places where we didn't know we didn't want to go. As we stumble through the crazily altered landscape of our lives, we find that God is enjoying our attention as never before.
  8. Not money, or success, or position or travel or love makes happiness,—service is the secret.
  9. Before you begin a thing, remind yourself that difficulties and delays quite impossible to foresee are ahead. If you could see them clearly, naturally you could do a great deal to get rid of them but you can't. You can only see one thing clearly and that is your goal. Form a mental vision of that and cling to it through thick and thin.
  10. But hope has an astonishing resilience and strength. Its very persistence in our hearts indicates that it is not a tonic for wishful thinkers but the ground on which realists stand.

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