We become weak by continual contact with our fellows. We sink to their level, we accommodate ourselves to their fashions and whims; we limit the natural developments of character on God’s plan; we take on the colour of the bottom on which we lie. But in loneliness and solitude, wherein we meet God, we become strong.
John The Baptist, F. B. Meyer, Page 24
Don’t quit five minutes before the miracle happens.
Three Feet from Gold, Sharon L. Lechter & Greg S. Reid, Page 199
Contemporary culture is plagued by the passion to possess.
Freedom of Simplicity, Richard J. Foster, Page 3
…whatever we fix as our treasure will take over our whole life.
Freedom of Simplicity, Richard J. Foster, Page 41
When the Romans took over the Phoenician salt fish trade, they discovered how to make their purple dye. A logical byproduct of fish salting, the dye was produced by salting murex, a Mediterranean mollusk whose three-inch shell resembles a dainty whelk…From at least as early as 1500 BC, this dye brought wealth to merchants in Tyre…The painstakingly-extracted purple dye was a luxury item of such prestige that the color purple became a way of showing wealth and power. Julius Caesar decreed that only he and his household could wear purple-trimmed togas.
Salt: A World History, Mark Kurlansky, Pages 75-76