“It’s interesting to me
that Jesus never forced anyone
to agree with Him.”
“Why am I afraid to live, I who love life and the beauty of flesh
and the living colors of earth and sky and sea?
Why am I afraid of love, I who love love?
Why am I afraid, I who am not afraid?
Why must I pretend to scorn in order to pity?
Why must I hide myself in self-contempt in order to understand?
Why must I be so ashamed of strength, so proud of my weakness?
Why was I born without a skin, O God, that I must wear armor
in order to touch or to be touched.”
Eugene O’ Neill
“Compassion is sometimes the fatal capacity
for feeling what it is like to live inside somebody else’s skin.
It is the knowledge that there can never really be any peace and joy
for me until there is peace and joy finally for you too.”