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    Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: time  people  greed 
     
    Humor is not a trick, not jokes. Humor is a presence in the world - like grace - and shines on everybody.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: humor  world  grace 
     
    I think if the church put in half the time on covetousness that it does on lust, this would be a better world for all of us.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: time  world  lust  church 
     
    We come from people who brought us up to believe that life is a struggle, and if you should feel really happy, be patient: this will pass.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: people  believe  struggle 
     
    There is almost no marital problem that can't be helped enormously by taking off your clothes.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: problem 
     
    Don't worry about the past and don't try to solve the future.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: future  past  worries 
     
    They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: people  sad 
     
    Thank you, God, for this good life and forgive us if we do not love it enough.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: god 
     
    When writing loses touch with the beautiful surface of the world, it loses its way. You always want to be in touch with how things look and what people say and what they call their dogs.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: people  world  beautiful  dog  writing 
     
    Sometimes there is nothing you can do, and in those times, you must do something anyway.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: time 
     
    Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: work 
     
    ... life itself is brief, and that is what charges the day with such ridiculous beauty.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: beauty 
     
    Bravery and adventure! That's the ticket! Don't sit and gather moss. Get up, get out, do what you dream of doing, and if it doesn't work, it doesn't work, and you don't need to made that particular mistake again, but at least you won't get old wondering what if you had.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: work  mistakes  bravery  dreams 
     
    The relationship between truth and a newspaper is like the relationship between the color green and the number seven. Occasionally you will see the number seven written in green, but you learn not to expect this.
    — Garrison Keillor
    When the country goes temporarily to the dogs, cats must learn to be circumspect, walk on fences, sleep in trees, and have faith that all this woofing is not the last word.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: sleep  cat  dog  faith  learn 
     
    Anyone who thinks sitting in church can make you a Christian must also think that sitting in a garage can make you a car.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: christian  church 
     
    Your life is a work of art, and in the end, the underlying theme of great art is bravery and hope and love.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: work  hope  bravery 
     
    The fundamental religion of most of mankind is the faith that God has revealed Himself to us and not to the barbarians. Our tribe is the one God chose and so if we vanquish the other tribes and rain fire and destruction on them, we're only carrying out God's Will.
    — Garrison Keillor
    On investments, 1998: Where I'm from we don't trust paper. Wealth is what's here on the premises. If I open a cupboard and see, say, 30 cans of tomato sauce and a five-pound bag of rice, I get a little thrill of well-being - much more so than if I take a look at the quarterly dividend report from my mutual fund.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: trust  wealth 
     
    Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: nature  cat 
     
    Love has the power to rescue us and not let go, otherwise it isn't love
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: power 
     
    A book is a gift you can open again and again.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: gift  book 
     
    A minister has to be able to read a clock. At noon, it's time to go home and turn up the pot roast and get the peas out of the freezer.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: time  read 
     
    You can go your whole life and not need math or physics for a minute, but the ability to tell a joke is always handy.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: physics 
     
    One reads books in order to gain the privilege of living more than one life. People who don't read are trapped in a mine shaft, even if they think the sun is shining.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: people  living  book  read 
     
    I was brought up imagining that cream rises to the top, merit wins out, the race is to the swift and riches to men of understanding, but it ain't necessarily so. The swift stand a better chance if they are also beautiful.
    — Garrison Keillor
    A lovely thing about Christmas is that it's compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: christmas 
     
    When you wage war on the public schools, you're attacking the mortar that holds the community together. You're not a conservative, you're a vandal.
    — Garrison Keillor
    Intelligence is like four-wheel drive. It only allows you to get stuck in more remote places.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: intelligence 
     
    Being rich and thin isn't everything.
    — Garrison Keillor
    It was luxuries like air conditioning that brought down the Roman Empire. With air conditioning their windows were shut, they couldn't hear the barbarians coming.
    — Garrison Keillor
    I think the most un-American thing you can say is, 'You can't say that.
    — Garrison Keillor
    God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't know how to play funny.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: funny  comedy  bad  god  write 
     
    Some people think it is difficult to be a Christian and to laugh, but I think it's the other way around. God writes a lot of comedy, its just that he has so many bad actors.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: people  comedy  bad  god  christian  write 
     
    Travel is the art form available to Everyman. You sit in the coffee shop in a strange city and nobody knows who you are, or cares, and so you shed your checkered past and your motley credentials and you face the day unarmed ... And onward we go and some day in the distant future, we will stop and turn around in astonishment to see all the places we've been and the heroes we were.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: travel  future  past  care  hero 
     
    It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: people 
     
    I am a cheerful man, even in the dark, and it's all thanks to a good Lutheran mother. . . . Mother was well composed, a true Lutheran, and taught me to Cheer up, Make yourself useful, Mind your manners, and above all, Don't feel sorry for yourself.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: men  dark  true  mind  mother  sorry 
     
    The thought of people in this day and age sitting down to listen to a radio variety show on Saturday evening is rather implausible and was even more so in 1974 when we started "A Prairie Home Companion." Thank goodness Minnesota Public Radio was too poor to afford good advice or the show never would've got on the air. We only did it because we knew it would be fun to do. It was a dumb idea. I wish I knew how to be that dumb again.
    — Garrison Keillor
    Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: children  eyes  child 
     
    Life is unjust and this is what makes it so beautiful. Every day is a gift. Be brave and take hold of it.
    — Garrison Keillor
    tags: beautiful  gift 
     
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