John Powell quotes

  • Communication works for those who work at it.
    -- John Powell

    #Communication

  • I wanted to play music from the age of seven. I suddenly fell in love with it and that's what I was going to do, or to be involved with music. It was just speaking to me at a level that as a seven year old I suddenly realized the world was capable of supporting in my head a lot more than what I was understanding verbally and visually.
    -- John Powell

    #Years #Play #Understanding

  • The only love worthy of a name is unconditional.
    -- John Powell

    #Unconditional Love #Names #Worthy

  • Playing is much, much harder than composing in my opinion, becoming a player. If you want to be a player for all your life either you decide not to do it professionally and just enjoy it and just do it every weekend, but if you want to be a professional musician- hardest thing I could imagine and I really wasn't capable of doing it.
    -- John Powell

    #Weekend #Player #Musician

  • It is essential that our love be liberating, not possessive. We must at all times give those we love the freedom to be themselves. Love affirms the other as other. It does not possess and manipulate another as mine.
    -- John Powell

    #Love Is #Giving #Self Love

  • You can't reinvent yourself for every movie.
    -- John Powell

    #Reinventing Yourself

  • Human beings, like plants, grow in the soil of acceptance, not in the atmosphere of rejection.
    -- John Powell

    #Acceptance #Rejection #Atmosphere

  • Honest, open communication is the only street that leads us into the real world... We then begin to grow as never before. And once we are on this road, happiness cannot be far away.
    -- John Powell

    #Real #Communication #World

  • A person can grow only as much as his horizon allows.
    -- John Powell

    #Self Confidence #Horizon #Grows

  • More than 90 percent of all the prisoners in our American prisons have been abused as children.
    -- John Powell

    #Children #Prison #Prisoner

  • Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason.
    -- John Powell

    #Law #Reason #Cases

  • Each child is sent into this world by God with a "Unique Message" to deliver, a new personal act of love to bestow
    -- John Powell

    #Children #Unique #Pro Life

  • We cannot "psychologize" the grace of God. God's actions are outside and above our human sciences.
    -- John Powell

    #Grace #Action #Grace Of God

  • You have a unique message to deliver, a unique song to sing, a unique act of love to bestow. This message, this song, and this act of love have been entrusted exclusively to the one and only you.
    -- John Powell

    #Love #Marriage #Song

  • Love demands that I learn how to focus my attention on the needs of those I love.
    -- John Powell

    #Love #Focus #Needs

  • Blacks are about seven times more likely to live in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty than whites.
    -- John Powell

    #Poverty #Seven #Neighborhood

  • When Marconi suggested the possibility of wireless transmission of sound (the radio),he was committed to a mental institution. But people like Lincoln, Edison, and Marconi were strongly motivated. So they didn't give up. They somehow knew that the only real failure is the one from which we learn nothing. They seemed to go on the assumption that there is no failure greater than the failure of not trying, and so they continued to try in the face of repeated failures.
    -- John Powell

    #Giving Up #Real #People

  • We must be trying to learn who we really are rather than trying to tell ourselves who we should be.
    -- John Powell

    #Trying #Should

  • Loneliness is the prison of the human spirit. When we are lonely, we pace back and forth in small, shut-in worlds.
    -- John Powell

    #Lonely #Loneliness #Pace

  • When we contact each other, we change each other. We are constantly making each other.
    -- John Powell

    #Contact

  • By afflictions God is spoiling us of what otherwise might have spoiled us. When he makes the world too hot for us to hold, we let it go.
    -- John Powell

    #Let It Go #Hot #World

  • You just don't make decisions about what you're going to be like when you are old. I know that I am making that decision right now. Every time we perceive ourselves, others, life, the world and God in a certain way, we are deepening the habits that will take over in old age. Every time I act on the insights that I am getting now I am deciding my future and choosing to be a kindly or cynical old man. Our yesterdays lie heavily upon our todays and our todays will lie heavily upon our tomorrows.
    -- John Powell

    #Lying #Men #Yesterday

  • Life is something like a remarkable, exciting puzzle. It comes piece by piece in packages marked days.
    -- John Powell

    #Life #Pieces #Exciting

  • A good listener truly wants to know the speaker.
    -- John Powell

    #Want #Good Listener #Speakers

  • I have to be honest in asking myself: Do I really want to know and do God's will? Or is it rather that I want God to do my will? Do I go to God with the assurance that I want only to know and do his will? Or do I rather first make my own plans and then insist that God make my dreams come true?
    -- John Powell

    #Dream #Prayer #Asking

  • Old cranks have practiced all their lives, just as old saints have likewise practiced all their lives. They just practiced different life principles.
    -- John Powell

    #Principles #Different #Saint

  • There's the whole myth about rocket science. It's really not that hard. It's not brain surgery.
    -- John Powell

    #Brain #Rockets #Myth

  • What is disgraceful and outrageous is that 18,000 children die of hunger every day, every one of them a preventable death. That's what the controversy should be about.
    -- John Powell

    #Children #Hunger #Should

  • If you knew me in the past, please do not think that I am the same person that you are meeting today. I have experienced more of life, I have encountered new depths in those I love, I have suffered and prayed and I am different.
    -- John Powell

    #Past #Thinking #Depth

  • Love supposes, is, and does many things, but basically it is practiced in the act of sharing.
    -- John Powell

    #Doe

  • Love is not a feeling to be felt, it's an action to be learned.
    -- John Powell

    #Love #Love Is #Feelings

  • Pain is a teacher from whom we can learn much.
    -- John Powell

    #Education #Teacher #Pain

  • God isn't calling us to a lonely, joyless existence with the promise of a delayed reward. God is calling us to live, to love and enjoy the challenge. God's formulas are roadmaps to freedom and peace. God is saying to us: "The only way to live is to be free. So save your heart for love and save your love for persons. Don't ever let any 'thing' own you. Don't let money or fame or power or the pursuit of pleasure put a ring in your nose and lead you around. Love persons and use things." And of course, this is the only way to live, to be free.
    -- John Powell

    #God #Lonely #Heart

  • A life of love is difficult, but it is not a bleak or unrewarding life. In fact, it is the only true human and happy life, for it is filled with concerns that are as deep as life, as wide as the whole world, and as far reaching as eternity. It is only when we have consented to love, and have agreed to forget ourselves, that we can find our fulfillment. This fulfillment will come unperceived and mysterious like the grace of God, but we will recognize it and it will be recognized in us.
    -- John Powell

    #Love #Happy Life #Grace

  • There is no such thing as a peace of soul approach to religion. It makes of God a gigantic Bayer Aspirin; take God three times a day and you won't feel any pain.
    -- John Powell

    #Wisdom #Pain #Soul

  • He who has no inclination to learn more will be very apt to think that he knows enough.
    -- John Powell

    #Learning #Thinking #Enough

  • If you knew me yesterday, please do not think that it is the same person that you are meeting today.
    -- John Powell

    #Godly #Thinking #Yesterday

  • The real gift of love is self disclosure.
    -- John Powell

    #Courage #Real #Love Is

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