Music is pleasing not only because of the sound but because of the silence that is in it: without the alternation of sound and silence there would be no rhythm. If we strive to be happy by filling all the silences of life with wound, productive by turning all life’s leisure into work, and real by turning all our being into doing, we will only succceed in producing a hell on earth.
After being asked about what it felt like to be famous he eventually said, “I am not a leader. Most of the time I’m like ‘What the Hell is going on?’”
His stories of seven months of solitude and visiting Assi.
"So, anyone else leave room for icecream?" (After finishing a quarter of his plate, he pushed it back and asked that question. The four of us went to Icecream where he ate a pint of beanut-butter chunk icecream. Apparently he has had many an "ice-cream hangover."
Hearing him say that he felt lonely often, like a pilgrim, like New Orleans wasn’t home, and that he is often tired of traveling.
His crazy patched pants. He has seven pairs, and the patches are sewn on by one of his publishers as a past time. “You want to know why I wear these? It’s because I crave attention.
"Just get on your knees in your room and say, ‘God, I’m much more interested in the Dallas Cowboys than you, but I want to give this a try.’" His insight into being aware of Christ’s love for us—praying 20 minutes in the morning and in the evening.
A Brennan Manning Book List to come (scribbled at the time on a napkin).
According to Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), there are three kinds of friendship: friendships based on usefulness and advantage, those based on pleasure, and those based on goodness and virtue. The first two, says Aristotle, do not involve people who feel genuinely affection for one another per se. Such “friends” are attracted to each other solely as a means of some advantage or pleasure that each individual can get out of the friendship…
The third type of friendship is quite profound. Here friendships are formed around a common vision of virtue and the good life, and friendship serves to sustain, foster, and strengthen each friend in his or her commitment to progress in a life well lived.