This is a great FREE online resource for all of us who love literature. Read books, essays, reference works, poems, short stories, quotes … and yes, they do have religious books and writings for you to enjoy. You can search by author, etc. They also have some great quizzes to test your knowledge of authors and literature.
Here is their statement from their home page:
“We offer searchable online literature for the student, educator, or enthusiast. To find the work you’re looking for start by looking through the author index. We currently have over 3000 full books and over 4000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors. Our quotations database has over 8500 quotes.”
“For years, I have collected quotes from across the centuries. Why do we so enjoy the quotes and wisdom from others? Here is a great explanation of why we do, and why doing so is so important.”
This is actually the Introduction/Preface to one of the great classic collections of quotes and wisdom, edited by Charles L. Wallis, in a collection called, “THE TREASURE CHEST.” I am glad to report that this amazing book is still available. It was published in 1965. Here’s the introduction of the volume, which was dedicated to the editor’s father, Robert Scott Wallis:
‘A word fitly spoken,’ said Solomon, ‘is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.’ Such a word is a recipe for happiness, a challenging guidepost along our journey through life, a bright star to which we may hitch our wagon, or perhaps a vine-covered arbor under which we may find peace, poise, and contentment.
Quoted words reflect the experiences of our common life and by an uncommon grace of expression mirror what most of us have thought or felt or aspire to think and feel. To inspire means literally to breathe into and infuse with life. Inspiring words influence our thinking, enliven our sensitivity to life’s meanings, arouse us from lethargy, and exalt us by strengthening the heart and restoring the soul. A perennially vivacious sentiment gives breadth of vision and stretches the heart’s sympathies.
The abundant harvest of the wisdom of many centuries follows no predetermined editorial pattern. What I have enjoyed reading I hope others will find to be equally delightful. Where I have found refreshing spring water I hope others will dip their cups. On some mountain height I have moved aside so that others may also share the view of a mind-expanding horizon.
We know that many people just don’t want to hear the truth about what it really means to follow Christ … the real “counting of the cost.” While our reward does comes later, and yes, there is much joy now … our “itching ears” love the “prosperity message” without realizing the earthly fate of the early followers- the Apostles, etc. Our Pastor has really been preaching this lately, and we are glad to see this quote, confirming the truth of what really should be ahead for those who give their all to the pursuit of Christ.