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Miracles



  
Miracles happen to those
who believe in them.

Bernard Berenson

   

Sometimes we are simply “blown away” and in awe by finding ourselves in the presence of God.  Other times, however, even when we are participating in acts of kindness—complimenting others, writing a check to charity, donating time to a good cause—we are oblivious to the miracle of what is happening at that moment.        -Harold Kushner

   

You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one.  Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own.  It's just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.       -Paulo Coelho

   
To love someone is to always see them as the miracle that they are; as the miracle that they exist, the miracle that makes your own simultaneous existence seem fortunately improbable and therefore defiantly miraculous; is to show them, in your eyes and through the way in which you look at them, the limitless beauty of their true miraculous selves; is to say to them in every glance:  "I believe in miracles because I believe in you."       -Philip Jason
   

The most wonderful thing about miracles is that they sometimes happen.         -G.K. Chesterson

   
You are always wanting miracles; but God sows miracles by handfuls under your feet, and yet you still have people who deny their existence.        -Allan Kardec
    
The person who does not believe in miracles surely makes it certain that he or she will never take part in one.       -William Blake

  
The inexplicable happens all the time.  It makes more sense to simply accept things we observe but cannot understand.  It is really more scientific to keep an open mind.  Until we can understand and explain the things we now label miracles, let us accept them and try to create more of them.       -Bernie Siegel
    
A miracle is nothing more or less than this. Anyone who has come into a knowledge of his true identity, of his oneness with the all-pervading wisdom and power, this makes it possible for laws higher than the ordinary mind knows of to be revealed to him or her.       -Ralph Waldo Trine
    
In asking for miracles, we are seeking a practical goal:  a return to inner peace. We're not asking for something outside us to change, but for something inside us to change.       -Marianne Williamson
   
Miracles rest not so much upon healing power coming suddenly near us from afar, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for the moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what has been there around us always.       -Willa Cather
   
To be a miracle worker you do not have to get a doctoral degree, become a minister, eat a particular food, or be able to meditate for long hours.  All you need to do is to begin to see beauty in your life and those around you.       -Alan Cohen
   
Miracles only work through your own faith.  Where there is not faith there can be no miracle.  So those who want to perform a miracle can only do so by the power of faith.  From this it is evident that the matter rests entirely with you.        -Papa Ramdas
   
I have found in life that if you want a miracle you first need to do whatever it is you can do-- if that's to plant, then plant; if it is to read, then read; if it is to change, then change; if it is to study, then study; if it is to work, then work; whatever you have to do.  And then you will be well on your way of doing the labor that works miracles.       -Jim Rohn
   
Yes, it is true.  I am a miracle.  I am a miracle like a tree is a miracle, like a flower is a miracle.  Now, if I am a miracle, can I do a bad thing?  I can't, because I am a miracle, I am a miracle. . . .        -Pau Casals
    
When people truly open their minds, and contemplate the way in which the universe is ordered and governed, they are amazed--overwhelmed by a sense of the miraculous.  When people contemplate with open minds the germination of a single seed, they are equally overwhelmed--yet numerous babies are born every day, and no-one marvels.  If only people opened their minds, they would see that the birth of a baby, in which a new life is created, is a greater miracle than restoring life.         -Augustine of Hippo
    
Miracles are not in contradiction to nature.  They are only in contradiction with what we know of nature.       -St. Augustine
   
Where there is great love there are always miracles.  Miracles rest not so much upon healing power coming suddenly near us from afar, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for the moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what has been there around us always.       -Willa Cather
    
The miracles of nature do not seem miracles because they are so common.  If no one had ever seen a flower, even a dandelion would be the most startling event in the world.       -unattributed
    
Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles.        -George Bernard Shaw

      

In the realist, faith is not born from miracles, but miracles from faith.       -Fyodor Dostoevsky
   

   
Know in your heart that all things are possible.  We couldn't conceive of a miracle if none had ever happened.        -Libbie Fudim
    
I am realistic--I expect miracles.        -Wayne Dyer
    
Now seeds are just dimes to the man in the store
And the dimes are the things that he needs,
And I've been to buy them in seasons before
But have thought of them merely as seeds;
But it flashed through my mind as I took them this time,
"You purchased a miracle here for a dime."

Edgar Albert Guest
   
Expect a miracle. Receive the miracle with great humility.         -unattributed
  
All of my days are miracles.  I won't waste my day; I won't throw away miracles.       -Kelley Vicstrom
    
Once all struggle is grasped, miracles are possible.        -Mao Tse-Tung
   
Some people think a miracle is only a miracle if it happens instantaneously, but miracles can grow slowly and patience and faith can compel things to happen that otherwise never would have come to pass.       -Boyd K. Packer
    
If Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change!  But now the silent succession suggests nothing but necessity.  To most people only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous and the perpetual exercise of God's power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be.        -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
   
All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every second.        -Henry David Thoreau
    

Why has our poetry eschewed
The rapture and response of food?
What hymns are sung and praises said
For the home made miracle of bread?

Louis Untermeyer

   
Why, who makes much of a miracle?
As to me I know nothing else but miracles,
Whether I walk the streets of Manhattan,
Or dart my sight over the roofs and houses towards the sky,
Or wade with naked feet along the beach just in the edge of the water,
Or stand under the trees in the woods,
Or talk by day with any one I love, or sleep in the bed at night with any one I love,
Or sit at table at dinner with the rest,
Or look at strangers opposite me riding in the car,
Or watch honey-bees busy around the hive of a summer forenoon,
Or animals feeding in the fields,
Or birds, or the wonderfulness of insects in the air,
Or the wonderfulness of the sundown, or of stars shining so quiet and bright,
Or the exquisite delicate thin curve of the new moon in spring;
These with the rest, one and all, are to me miracles,
The whole referring, yet each distinct and in its place.

To me every hour of the light and dark is a miracle,
Every cubic inch of space is a miracle,
Every square yard of the surface of the earth is spread with the same,
Every foot of the interior swarms with the same,
To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim--the rocks--the motion of the waves--the ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?

Walt Whitman
  

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Miracles are instantaneous, they cannot be summoned, but come of themselves, usually at unlikely moments and to those who least expect them.     -Katherine Anne Porter
  
We want someone else to act.  But miracles aren't what other people do.  They're what each of us does.  They're what happens when ordinary people take extraordinary action.  To be a miracle doesn't mean you have to tackle problems across the globe.  It means making a difference in your own living room, cubicle, neighborhood, community.     -Regina Brett, Be the Miracle
  
We have been looking for the burning bush, the parting of the sea, the bellowing voice from heaven.  Instead we should be looking at the ordinary day-to-day events in our lives for evidence of the miraculous.      -M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled
  
To my mind, the idea that doing dishes is unpleasant can occur only when you aren't doing them.  Once you are standing in front of the sink with your sleeves rolled up and your hands in the warm water, it is really quite pleasant.  I enjoy taking my time with each dish, being fully aware of the dish, the water, and each movement of my hands.  I know that if I hurry in order to eat dessert sooner, the time of washing dishes will be unpleasant and not worth living.  That would be a pity, for each minute, each second of life is a miracle.  The dishes themselves and that fact that I am here washing them are miracles!     -Thich Nhat Hanh
  
This world, after all our science and sciences, is still a miracle; wonderful, magical and more, to whosoever will think of it.     -Thomas Carlyle
  
Miracles are heaven-sent.  They instill awe and connect us to wonder and mystery.  Miracles are divine interventions sent to help us, instill hope, deeply encourage, and comfort us.  They relieve our suffering and express God's compassion and love.  Miracles are outward occurrences, like a healing that extends life or a turning point, but they are also a frame of mind.     -Susan Santucci, Pathways to the Spirit
  
People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.  Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize:  a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child--our own two eyes.  All is a miracle.     -Thich Nhat Hanh
  
All is miracle.  The stupendous order of nature, the revolution of a hundred million of worlds around a million of suns, the activity of light, the life of animals, all are grand and perpetual miracles.     -Voltaire
  
The idea is to find some bit of holiness in everything--food, sex, earning and spending money, having children, conversations with friends.  Everything can be seen as a miracle, as part of God's plan.  When we can truly see this, we nourish our souls.     -Harold Kushner, "God's Fingerprints on the Soul," Handbook for the Soul
  
The whole order of things is as outrageous as any miracle which could presume to violate it.     -G.K. Chesterton
  
Miracles occur naturally as an expression of love.  The real miracle is the love that inspires them.  In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle.     -A Course in Miracles
  

  
Don't wait for some miracle to be performed on you from without, lifting you above your fears and doubts and self-centeredness.  You help God from within by turning in outgoing love to others, and miraculously your fears and doubts and self-centeredness will vanish.  The miracle starts within, not from without.     -E. Stanley Jones
  
Everything is miraculous.  It is miraculous that one does not melt in one's bath.     -Pablo Picasso
  
The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, which is exactly what it is:  a miracle and unrepeatable.     -Storm Jameson
  
When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life, or in the life of another.     -Helen Keller
  
Miracles seldom occur in the lives of those who do not consider them possible. There could be a miracle waiting for you this minute. Please make room for it in your thinking.     -Neale Donald Walsch
  
To be alive, to be able to see, to walk. . . it's all a miracle.  I have adopted the technique of living life from miracle to miracle.     -Artur Rubinstein
  

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