I am a quotologist, a collector of quotes. I haven’t found anyone who has come up with the “official” technical Latin or Greek word for it, but I love collecting quotes.
One of my favorite quotologists to read is Dr. Mardy Grothe who has written a number of collections of quotes. The 1st one I read is Oxymoronica. As the title describes it: paradoxical wit and wisdom from history’s greatest wordsmiths.
Today I am a quotologist, perhaps one day I can be a master wordsmith. My favorite quote topic to collect are those that deal with purpose. Here are 3 Courses of Purpose-Quotes for this Soul Food for Friday from Oxymoronica:
“The efforts which we make to escape from our destiny only serve to lead us into it.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.” — Albert Camus
“I never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain
Oxymoron’s lead me to look at multiple angles at purpose. The turn of phrase is an invitation to turn to a deeper discovery. Oxymoron’s cause me to pause and think, and in those moments to reflect why am I here and what’s next in my life. Oxy comes from a Greek word meaning “sharp, pointed”, think intelligent. Moron comes from the Greek word meaning “dull, stupid, a moron”. Phrases like “jumbo shrimp” or “military intelligence” come to mind. Oxymoronica is a phrase for me tweaks a word or phrase to see it from two sides and have a greater appreciation of the idea at hand, in this case, purpose.
Such feasting on these 3 quotes leads me to embrace the gift of each day, to learn, to laugh, to love and to live. What I am running from may be exactly where God wants me to be headed. If all I do is study life or purpose, I will ultimately miss my life’s purpose and the life God has given me. Twain reminds me learning is always happening if I am open to what the Divine Creator and my Savior are teaching me.
How about you, what’s your favorite purpose quote that you are feasting on today?