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Sophy Burnham

  • ... no one who has seen an angel ever mistakes it for a ghost. Angels are remarkable for their warmth and light, and all who see them speak in awe of their irridescent and refulgent light, of brilliant colors, or else of the unbearable whiteness of their being. You are flooded with laughter, happiness.

  • Angels come in all sizes and shapes and colors, visible and invisible to the physical eye. But always you are changed from having seen one.

  • So loving is the universe, so joyful, so determined to give us everything we need and to love us and show us the way to live, too, that we are beaten to the ground, boiled by God's waves, as we play in the surf.

  • ... prayer is nothing more than thought. It is a yearning of the heart.

  • ... prayer is a law of the universe, like gravity. You don't even have to believe in God to ask ...

  • ... where do they go when they die? We hear of the elephant graveyards, where the elephants go to die, but how much more curious it is that birds are not falling out of the sky all the time, on our heads, at our feet, dying and falling and flopping to the ground. I rarely see a dead bird on the ground.

  • Where do you put your attention? On fear or love? I wish the choice were made just once and not repeated every moment of the day.

  • When I'm having trouble I write by hand. There is some connection between the mind and the fingers that draws out words.

  • The urge is to create. The outcome belongs to God.

Sophy Burnham, U.S. writer

(1936)