Vincent Van Gogh:
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
Therapist Joel Ybarra:
When spending time with broken people, it is important to remember that it is a blessed art – to witness their lives is to witness God moving in a real way…. When you are with them, you are a fortunate watcher of God’s grace being poured into a life….
There’s more; I kinda wanted to quote the whole thing.
C.H. Spurgeon, Faith’s Checkbook:
“Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:4)
‘Behold’ is here set up to call our attention to the cheering truth. … Jehovah is ‘the Keeper of Israel.’ No form of unconsciousness ever steals over Him…. He never fails to watch the house and the heart of His people. This is a sufficient reason for our resting in perfect peace. … The LORD keeps His people as a rich man keeps his treasure… He never forgets us, never ceases actively to care for us, never finds Himself unable to preserve us. O my LORD, keep me, lest I wander…. Keep me, that I may keep Thy commandments.”
To my mind Judas Iscariot was nothing but a low, mean, premature Congressman.
— Letter to the editor, New-York Daily Tribune, March 10, 1873.
I think I can say, and say with pride, that we have legislatures that bring higher prices than any in the world.
— Quoted by Caroline Thomas Harnsberger in Mark Twain at Your Fingertips.
Suppose you were a member of Congress. And suppose you were an idiot. But I repeat myself.
— Quoted by Albert Bigelow Paine in Mark Twain: A Biography.
And a bonus quote, not by Twain, but regarding Congress…
Congress is so strange. A man gets up to speak and says nothing. Nobody listens—and then everybody disagrees.
*A Russian observer, after visiting the House of Representatives; reported in Senator Alexander Wiley, Laughing with Congress (1947).