But so bad as I was walking around the store... I really just wanted to talk to him about the books that really changed me. But rather than boring him.... I figure I'd bore you. So here it is:
The 5 books that have changed my life.
Number 5: Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities[indeed one or the other is an eventuality], it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another… all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics.
There are no ordinary people.
You have never talked to a mere mortal.
Nations, cultures, arts, civilization—these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.
“Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.”
“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”