Interesting Quotations

When the scarf is finished, its secret mother – the changing color yarn ball – will have been used up, but the pleasure of the changing color ball will stay with me until the scarf itself is lost and fades from memory.
– TechKnitter

deceptively |diˈseptivlē|
adverb [usually as submodifier]
in a way or to an extent that gives a misleading impression.
• to a lesser extent than appears the case : the idea was deceptively simple.
• to a greater extent than appears the case : the airy and deceptively spacious lounge.

Deceptively belongs to a very small set of words whose meaning is genuinely ambiguous in that it can be used in similar contexts to mean both one thing and also its complete opposite. “A deceptively smooth surface” is one that appears smooth but in fact is not smooth at all, while “a deceptively spacious room” is one that does not look spacious but is in fact more spacious than it appears. But what is “a deceptively steep gradient” ? Or a person who is described as “deceptively strong” ? To avoid confusion, use with caution (or not at all) unless the context makes clear in what way the thing modified is not what it first appears to be.
– Oxford American Dictionary

We are not punished because of our sin. We are punished by our sin! That is why God hates sin.
– Kris Vallotton

Our problem is we don’t start our thinking with God; we tend to start it with ourselves, with our experience, which is only a partial view of truth. Thereby we immediately narrow the range of our vision to what we are going through and what is happening to us, and we don’t see this in relationship to the whole reality of life around us. Consequently we get twisted and deformed ideas of what is happening. The only proper way to view truth is to see it in relationship to all truth everywhere. And there is only one way to do that, and that is to start with God. Only God is great enough to encompass all truth.
– Ray Stedman

I once had a garden filled with flowers that only grew on dark thoughts / but they need constant attention / and one day I decided I had better things to do.
– Brian Andreas

Whenever I go on a trip, I think about all the homes I’ve had and I remember how little has changed about what comforts me.
– Brian Andreas

She had a big coat with pockets she filled with crackers and cheese and little wrapped chocolates. In case (she said) she ever got trapped too far from a convenience store. I don’t take civilization for granted, she said.
– Brian Andreas

Grace, we must learn, is opposed to earning, not to effort.
– Dallas Willard

If you have ever sewn up a bunch of knitted squares into a blanket (and I know you have), you understand. I am a decent hand at sewing up. I know my way around mattress stitch, and I am not ashamed of my whip stitch, neither. It’s just so much more fun, for a knitter, to knit things together than to sew them together. There is a stitch-to-stitch, mechanical precision about it that is extremely satisfying. Everything works out right, and the tension and flexibility of the seams match the knitted pieces — because it’s all knitted.
– Kay Gardiner

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
– Melody Beattie

God is not obsessed with sin. He has dealt with it in Christ. He is consumed with life.
– Graham Cooke

God’s answers are bigger than our questions.
– Tricia Rencher

Why is it that man, with all his intelligence, does not have half the grace of the animals? It wasn’t his exceptional skill in ordinary things that made man so successful, it was his mediocre skill in exceptional things.
– Blair Ahlquist

One man’s rut is another man’s groove.
– Preston Kauk

“The word of all work, Love, will no more express the myriad modes of mutual attraction, than the word Thought can inform you of what is passing through your neighbor’s mind.”
– George Eliot, Daniel Deronda

“Deronda had that objection to answer which we have all known in speaking to those who are too certain of their own fixed interpretations to be enlightened by anything we may say.”
– George Eliot, Daniel Deronda