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Parker J. Palmer Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Parker J. Palmer
  1. #1
    “One sign that I am violating my own nature in the name of nobility is a condition called burnout. Though usually regarded as the result of trying to give too much, burnout in my experience results from trying to give what I do not possess-the ultimate in giving too little!”
  2. #2
    “Burnout is a state of emptiness, to be sure, but it does not result from giving all I have: it merely reveals the nothingness from which I was trying to give in the first place.”
  3. #3
    “Self-care is never a selfish act - it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer others.”
  4. #4
    “We do not believe that we ‘grow’ our lives - we believe that we ‘make’ them. Just listen to how we use the word in everyday speech: we make time, make friends, make meaning, make money, make a living, make love.”
  5. #5
    “If we lived close to nature in an agricultural society, the seasons as metaphor and fact would continually frame our lives. But the master metaphor of our era does not come from agriculture - it comes from manufacturing.”
  6. #6
    “Vocation does not come from willfulness. It comes from listening. I must listen to my life and try to understand what it is truly about-quite apart from what I would like it to be about-or my life will never represent anything real in the world, no matter how earnest my intentions.”
  1. #7
    “I had failed to understand the perverse comfort we sometimes get from choosing death in life, exempting ourselves from the challenge of using our gifts, of living our lives in authentic relationship with others.”
  2. #8
    “Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?”
  3. #9
    “The punishment imposed on us for claiming true self can never be worse than the punishment we impose on ourselves by failing to make that claim.”
  4. #10
    “When we so fear the dark that we demand light around the clock, there can be only one result: artificial light that is glaring and graceless and, beyond its borders, a darkness that grows ever more terrifying as we try to hold it off.”
  5. #11
    “Before I can tell my life what I want to do with it, I must listen to my life telling me who I am.”
  6. #12
    “The door that closed kept us from entering a room, but what now lies before us is the rest of reality.”

Books about listening

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Little Red Riding Hood book
Picture book
5.6
The Rabbit Listened book
Picture book
5.6
Andi Unexpected book
Chapter book
5.5
Chimpanzees for Tea! book
Picture book
5.3
Strega Nona book
Picture book
5.3
Listen, Buddy book
Picture book
5.1
Telephone book
Picture book
5.1
  1. #13
    “There is as much guidance in what does not and cannot happen in my life as there is in what can and does -- maybe more.”
  2. #14
    “I once heard Alan Watts observe that a Chinese child will ask, “How does a baby grow?” But an American child will ask, “How do you make a baby?” From an early age, we absorb our culture’s arrogant conviction that we manufacture everything, reducing the world to mere “raw material” that lacks all value until we impose our designs and labor on it.”
  3. #15
    “Each time a door closes, the rest of the world opens up.”
  4. #16
    “Our problem as Americans -- at least, among my race and gender -- is that we resist the very idea of limits, regarding limits of all sorts as temporary and regrettable impositions on our lives.”
  5. #17
    “Seasons is a wise metaphor for the movement of life, I think. It suggests that life is neither a battlefield nor a game of chance but something infinitely richer, more promising, more real.”
  6. #18
    “The notion that our lives are like the eternal cycle of the seasons does not deny the struggle or the joy, the loss or the gain, the darkness or the light, but encourages us to embrace it all-and to find in all of it opportunities for growth.”
  7. #19
    “Some journeys are direct, and some are circuitous; some are heroic, and some are fearful and muddled. But every journey, honestly undertaken, stands a chance of taking us toward the place where our deep gladness meets the world’s deep need.”
  8. #20
    “Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent.”

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