Quotes from Finding Noel, by Richard Paul Evans

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


 I really enjoy books from Richard Paul Evans.  They are great books, that bring tears at times, but have a happy ending. I am on my third one in the last month.  I read them aloud to my family.  Last weekend I picked up "Finding Noel".  Not only was it good, but it had lots of cute little quotes.  Some I agree with others caused me to reflect.  Anyway, here are a few that I thought I would like to put on my blog for me to enjoy now and then again later.

  • If love isn't blind it's at least horribly nearsighted.
  • I've wondered why it is that some people come through difficult times bitter and broken while others emerge stronger and more empathetic? I've read that the same breeze extinguishes some flames just fan others.  I still don't know what kind of flame I am.
  • There is no amount of compassion or common sense that can't be extinguished by government bureaucracy.
  • C.S. Lewis said it best, " I like bats more than bureaucrats."
  • Our journey feels like a board game where each throw of the dice lands us on some new square.  What a peculiar square we landed on today.
  • Often the greatest hurts of our lives come from running from the smaller ones.
  • Usually life's greatest gifts come wrapped in adversity.
  • How foolish to believe we have any idea of what is really going on around us or that permanency is an earthly option.
  • Revenge is only for those still chained.
  • My dad's a lot smarter than I've ever given him credit for. In truth, I  don't think he got a lot smarter-- just I did.
  • I have come to believe that there are moments too profound to be contained  in time.
  • I am grateful for new years and new beginnings.  It is a great human need to be periodically reborn.
  • "...for we are all amateurs at life, but if we do not focus too much on our mistakes, a miraculous picture emerges. And we learn that it's not the beauty of the image that warrants our gratitude--it's the chance to paint."
  •  Love is like a rose: we fixate on the blossom, but it's the thorny stem that keeps it alive and aloft...
    The things of greatest value are the things we fight for. And in the end, if we do it right, we value the stem far more than the blossom.
  • "Nothing heals the soul like chocolate," she said. "I just love chocolate. It's God's apology for broccoli."
  • Then one day I had this epiphany.  I realized that being a parent was like being the wizard of oz... "You know the part when Dorthy and her friends go to see the Wizard? The big, ominious head talks to them and they're all terrified.  Then her dog... pulls back the curtain and there's a little man behind it pulling levers and throwing switches.  And he says into his microphone, 'Ignore the man behind the curtain.' I think that being a parent  is like the man behind the curtain.  We pretend that we know what we're doing--that we're omnipotent and all-knowing-- when the truth is we're just back behind the curtain throwing levers and switches, doing the best we can... " 
"And then our kids find out that we're not as great as they thought we were?"
"Exactly, and then they're angry and disappointed that we can't meet their expectations-- as unrealistic as they are."

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