Kent Nerburn

A Quote by Kent Nerburn on solitude and lonliness

Solitude is a condition of peace that stands in direct opposition to loneliness.  Loneliness is like sitting in an empty room and being aware of the space around you.  It is a condition of seperateness.  Solitude is becoming one with the space around you.  It is a condition of union.  Lonliness is small, solitude is large.  Lonliness closes in around you; solitude expands toward the infinite.  Lonliness has its roots in words, in an internal conversation that nodbody answers; solitude has it's roots in the great silence of eternity.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 105

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on giving, magic of giving, and gifts

Giving is a generative act.  When you give of yourself something new comes in to being.  Two people, who moments before were trapped in separate worlds of private cares, suddenly meet each other over a simple act of sharing; warmth, even joy is created.  The world expands, a bit of goodness is brought forth, and a small miracle occurs.  You must never underestimate this miracle.  Too many good people think they have to become Mother Teresa or Albert Schweetzer, or even Santa Claus, and perform great acts if they are to be givers.  They don't see the simple openings of the heart that can be practiced anywhere with almost anyone.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 48

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on perfect world, balance, and right action

In a perfect world perhaps we would all see more clearly.  But this is not a perfect world, and it is enough to hope that each of us will share our talents, and find the balance between greed and benevolence that will allow us to live and thrive and help the world around us grow.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 40

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on big elk, misfortunes, death, troubles, tribulations, and trials

Do not grieve.  Misfortune will happen to the wisest and best of men.  Death will come, always out of season.  It is the command of the Great Spirit, and all nations and people must obey.  What is past and cannot be prevented should not be grieved for… Misfortunes do not flourish particularly in our lives - they grow everywhere.  Big Elk - Omaha Chief

Kent Nerburn

Source: Native American Wisdom (The Classic Wisdom Collection), Pages: 57

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on friendship and character

Friendship is held to be the severest test of character.  It is easy, we think, to be loyal to family and clan, whose blood is in our own veins.  Love between man and woman is founded on the mating instinct and is not free from desire and self seeking.  But to have a friend, and to be true under any and all trials, is the mark of a man!

Kent Nerburn

Source: Native American Wisdom (The Classic Wisdom Collection), Pages: 38

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on knowing god, buddhist story, and insight

The Buddhists have a story about blind men trying to describe an elephant by feeling it's various parts, and each describes the elephant according to the part he touched.  That is the way we can hope to know God.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 102

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A Quote by Kent Nerburn on orchestra, analogy of god, and spiritual paths

I sometimes like to think of God as a great symphony and the various spiritual paths as instruments in an orchestra.  The gift that you have is like music waiting to be played.  You need only to find the instrument that will best bring it out.  You alone can never play all the instruments, and your music might not find voice in all the instruments.  All you can do is find the instrument that suits you best, play it as well as you can, and add your music to the great symphony of divine creation.

Kent Nerburn

Source: Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, Pages: 98

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