Category: character

  • Helping one another

    When do we help someone else? When it’s easy? When it requires some sacrifice on our part? When it would be easier not to help? In Claire Keegan’s book Small Things Like These, the main character is confronted with a difficult decision.  Should he help if helping might carry negative consequences for him and his…

  • Courage

    In her book Small Things Like These, Claire Keegan calls for us to act with courage. “Was it possible to carry on along through all the years, the decades, through an entire life, without once being brave enough to go against what was there and yet call yourself a Christian, and face yourself in the…

  • Silence

    ”Many’s the man (or woman) lost much just because he (or she) missed a perfect opportunity to say nothing,” says Claire Keegan, author of Small Things Like These.

  • Knowing yourself

    “We can never fully know another person, and we can never fully know ourselves,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply. –Joy

  • A mystery

    “Look at someone not as a problem to be solved, but as a mystery to be solved,” says David Brooks, The New York Times columnist. I heard Brooks speak recently at Arts & Letters Live in Dallas. His new book is How to Know a Person—The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen Deeply.

  • Anger

    “An obstinate and defiant character was accepted in my brothers as an essential condition of masculinity, but in me it could only be pathological,” writes Isabel Allende. “Isn’t it always thus? Girls are denied the right to be angry and thrash about.” I just read Allende’s book The Soul of a Woman. Some of the…

  • Tolerance

    “The highest result of education is tolerance,” Helen Keller once said.

  • Dianne Feinstein

    “Toughness doesn’t have to come in a pinstripe suit,” Dianne Feinstein once said. Feinstein died on September 29, 2023. She was 90 years old, the longest serving woman senator.

  • Be silly

    I found this wonderful quote in the gift shop at the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth. It was printed on a tote bag! “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind,” Ralph Waldo Emerson once said. –Joy

  • Do something

    “If you’re just talking, you’re whining,” Teddy Roosevelt once said. A great quote. I read it somewhere and wrote it down. But, according to Google, Teddy Roosevelt didn’t say it. Also, according to Google, Teddy Roosevelt did not say: “Complaining about a problem without proposing a solution is called whining.” –Joy