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I have an increasing sense that the most important crisis of our time is spiritual and that we need places where people can grow stronger in the spirit and be able to integrate the emotional struggles in their spiritual journeys.


Henri Nouwen

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It will stick with you and show up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do.
ROBERT HENRI
Mais, j’aurai beau supplier, j’aurai beau me révolter, il n’y aura plus rien pour moi ; je n...
HENRI BARBUSSE
Thus, be it understood, to demonstrate a theorem, it is neither necessary nor even advantageous to ...
HENRI POINCARE
Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of useless contraptions and in constructing the usef...
HENRI POINCARE
The motive power of democracy is love
HENRI BERGSON
An absolute can only be given in an intuition, while all the rest has to do with analysis.
HENRI BERGSON
When I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and everything flowering, I say to ...
HENRI ROUSSEAU
Geometry is not true, it is advantageous.
HENRI POINCARE
Need we add that mathematicians themselves are not infallible?
HENRI POINCARE
Mathematicians do not study objects, but relations between objects.
HENRI POINCARE
I'm not French, either,
HENRI MATISSE
A distinction is made between painters who work directly from nature and those who work purely from ...
HENRI MATISSE
A young woman has young claws, well sharpened. If she has character, that is. And if she hasn't so m...
HENRI MATISSE
When I saw what a mess everything was in I asked for my money back on the ticket. I would have felt ...
HENRI MATISSE
The pure present is an ungraspable advance of the past devouring the future. In truth, all sensation...
HENRI BERGSON
You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stri...
HENRI BERGSON
If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, l...
HENRI POINCARE
I cannot now change my style, which I acquired, as you can imagine, by dint of labour.
HENRI ROUSSEAU
A lot of momentum we are seeing is simply because we are offering choice.
HENRI RICHARD
[Not surprisingly, AMD sees things differently.] It's clear the market is forcing Intel to respond t...
HENRI RICHARD
Our technology alliance with the FIA demonstrates AMD's commitment to helping the world's leading or...
HENRI RICHARD
It's difficult to predict what'll happen after that, but we'll work hard to keep our customer-centri...
HENRI RICHARD
I was very enthusiastic about that. The Meier building was maybe not such a great place to show art....
HENRI LOYRETTE
But the manager was right to take me off. I was tired after a bad week personally. I was upset about...
HENRI CAMARA
We lacked a cutting edge at times but I thought we were worth more than a point and I think that's a...
HENRI CAMARA
If you remove these lines in the painting, the colors are no longer effective.
HENRI ROUSSEAU
What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing sub...
HENRI MATISSE
Think like a man of action and act like a man of thought.
HENRI BERGSON
If one looks at the different problems of the integral calculus which arise naturally when one wishe...
HENRI POINCARE
He who loves, flies, runs, and rejoices; he is free and nothing holds him back.
HENRI MATISSE
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly
HENRI BERGSON
In this loveless everyday life eroticism is a substitute for love.
HENRI LEFEBVRE
Politics is the art of postponing decisions until they are no longer relevant.
HENRI QUEUILLE
Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything.
HENRI POINCARE
Time extracts various values from a painter's work. When these values are exhausted the pictures are...
HENRI MATISSE
Mathematics is the art of giving the same name to different things.
HENRI POINCARE
With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.
HENRI MATISSE
For life is tendency, and the essence of a tendency is to develop in the form of a sheaf, creating, ...
HENRI BERGSON
Science is facts. Just as houses are made of stones, so science is made of facts. But a pile of st...
HENRI POINCARE
I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
HENRI AMIEL
Truth is not only violated by falsehood; it may be equally outraged by silence
HENRI AMIEL
Tears are the symbol of the inability of the soul to restrain its emotion and retain its self comman...
HENRI AMIEL
Work cures everything.
HENRI MATISSE
The only cure for vanity is laughter, and the only fault that's laughable is vanity.
HENRI BERGSON
If youth knew; if age could. -Henri Estienne.
HENRI ESTIENNE
If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, l...
HENRI POINCARE
Le savant doit ordonner ; on fait la science avec des faits comme une maison avec des pierres ; m...
HENRI POINCARé
Science is built up of facts, as a house is with stones. But a collection of facts is no more a scie...
HENRI POINCARE
Genius is that which forces the inertia of humanity to learn.
HENRI BERGSON
The body, by the place which at each moment it occupies in the universe, indicates the parts and the...
HENRI BERGSON
Homo sapiens, the only creature endowed with reason, is also the only creature to pin its existence ...
HENRI BERGSON
In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighb...
HENRI BERGSON
Sex appeal is the keynote of our civilization
HENRI BERGSON
Aren't you [Tahiti Lagoons] one of the seven wonders of the Paradise of painters?
HENRI MATISSE
Thought is only a flash between two long nights, but this flash is everything
HENRI POINCARE
Invention consists in avoiding the constructing of useless contraptions and in constructing the usef...
HENRI POINCARE
Exactitude is not truth.
HENRI MATISSE