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Mary Jean Irion

  • Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky, and want more than all the world your return.

  • Faith is not being sure. It is not being sure, but betting with your last cent.

  • Faith is not a series of gilt-edged propositions that you sit down to figure out, and if you follow all the logic and accept all the conclusions, then you have it. It is crumpling and throwing away everything, proposition by proposition, until nothing is left, and then writing a new proposition, your very own, to throw in the teeth of despair ...

  • Faith is not making religious-sounding noises in the daytime. It is asking your inmost self questions at night — and then getting up and going to work.

Mary Jean Irion, U.S. writer

(1922)