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"A life without a lonely place, that is, without a quiet center, becomes destructive."
Top Henri Nouwen Quotes
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand."
"The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares."
"In their poverty, the mentally handicapped reveal God to us and hold us close to the gospel."
"Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure."
"The journey from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved proved much longer than I realised."
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