I just wanted to take a moment to tell you guys about one of my favorite authors of all time, and that’s saying a lot considering I basically have a library in my home. I was introduced to Pike through the Thirst Series which I read as a teenager but have gone back and read again as an adult. It is still an amazing series even from my, now adult, perspective. However, he has many other really amazing books as well such as Remember Me, Spooksville, Chain Letter and Until The End. The thing that really wowed me on him, was his complex perspective on God and what God means, as well as his open mindedness and ability to tie together seemingly different points of view as if they have only ever coexisted together. If you like reading, he’s definitely worth giving a try, especially in the Thirst Series with the main character also being an Alisa, who’s oddly enough, very much like me. Here are a few of his quotes to give you an idea of his style. Now, there are a lot of them because I’m a huge fan and love so much of what he says. Reading his books as a teenager definitely shaped a large portion of who I am, I believe.

 

“Yes. The opposite of love is not hate. It is indifference. That is why few people find God. They go to church and talk about him and that sort of thing. They may even go out and evangelize and try to win converts. But in their hearts, if they are honest with themselves, they are indifferent to him because they cannot see him. God is too abstract for people. God is a word without meaning. If Jesus came back today, nothing he said would make any sense to those who wait for him. They would be the first ones to kill him again.”

“All ends are temporary and all life is born from death.”

“Relationships are mysterious. We doubt the positive qualities in others, seldom the negative. You will say to your partner: do you really love me? Are you sure you love me? You will ask this a dozen times and drive the person nuts. But you never ask: are you really mad at me? Are you sure you’re angry? When someone is angry, you don’t doubt it for a moment. Yet the reverse should be true. We should doubt the negative in life, and have faith in the positive.”

“Before I begin, may I ask how old you are?”
“You may ask.”
“How old are you?”
“It’s none of your business”

“Sleep is not on good terms with broken hearts. It will have nothing to do with them.”

“Darkness approaches from outside.
I feel no light inside me strong enough to resist it.”

“Krishna was once asked what was the most miraculous thing in all creation, and he replied, “That a man should wake each morning and believe deep in his heart that he will live forever, even though he knows that he is doomed.”

“Some loves have to be given up, others have to be forgotten. Strange as it may sound, if you think of me as a monster, but I can love most passionately. I do not think of myself as evil.”

“Nothing is as it seems. Black can appear white when the light is blinding but white loses all luster at the faintest sign of darkness.”

“No one awakens in the morning thinking they will die that day. Not a saint or a sinner. Not even a condemned killer. We all know were mortal, and yet we all believe we’ll live forever.”

“A true teacher would never tell you what to do. But he would give you the knowledge with which you could decide what would be best for you to do.”

“I turned to look into his face one last time. It was as if I could see the whole universe in his eyes. Maybe he was God, maybe he was simply enlightened. I didn’t care right then, in that blessed moment, I just loved him. Later, though, the love was to turn to hate, to fear. They seemed so opposite, the feelings, yet they were all one note on his flute.”

“The truth is always simpler than you can imagine.”

“It is a paradox. Life is that way. God designed it that way. I believe I met him once. He was full of mischief.”

“No religion is perfect, not after man gets through with it.”

“Enjoy your life. No curse hangs over you, nor did it ever. No devil chases after your soul. Sing and dance and be merry.”

“The seconds tick. They always do. The power of an entire sun cannot stop them even for a moment, and so death comes between the moments, like a thief of light in the dark.”

“How much modern civilization has lost, I think, when they lost the awareness of the billions of stars overhead.”

“One question always leads to another question. Some things are better to wonder about.”

“Don’t simply knock and wait for the door to be opened. Go look for the keys. Some fit the lock better than others.”

“Dive deep into the ocean, Sita, and you will find that the greatest treasures you find are the illusions you leave behind.”