ON THIS PAGE… Two of my favorite things that go together like tea with jam n’ bread …

  • BLOGS I love to read
  • QUOTE – LIGHTS   (scroll down past the blog list to read some of these…I love to find new ones to add, so please feel free to leave a few of your own faves in comments! 🙂 )


What’s better than bread, fresh and warm from the oven?  A little something sweet or savory with tea…

The other day, one of my blogging friends* mentioned the Latin meaning behind the word “companion”  – cum panis, meaning with bread.  And, because I share her discovery enjoyment of even the most obscure or romantic origin of language, how I love that!

Deeper meaning that conveys the warmth of kindred friends who “do life with us” and,

  • come, bringing bread to break between us, holy and common
  • linger in thoughtful camaraderie over cups of tea
  • encourage, inspire or make us ponder
  • invite us in to know them in strength and frailty
  • lift us higher
  • turn peanut butter jelly days into croissant au chocolat !

Looking for blogging companions?                                             Sample the bread at these blogs!




  •  http://shellymillerwriter.com (Writer and Photographer, Shelly Miller)

©   Pam Depoyan                                                                                                                                       last updated 8/19/12

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A SMATTERING OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES…                                                              LIKE SO MANY LIGHTS UPON OUR PATH!

I love when I come upon words that make me stop and savor… don’t you?  That’s why I thought I’d post some of my favorites.

Words that encourage…

lift us higher…

sometimes make us laugh out loud…

and connect us with kindred hearts!

I hope you’ll make a habit of stopping here occasionally to relish one or two…a sort of thought for your day!

I’ll be adding to this list as I fall upon some more of these golden leaves, mixing them in between the ones here as I do.  And if  one especially touches you, or you have some favorites of your own, please share!

 …Patches of Godlight*…

(a term Jan Karon borrowed from C. S. Lewis, and now I, from them both 🙂 )

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  • I thank you God for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite,  which is yes.  ~  E. E. Cummings
  • You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough to suit me.                              ~ CS Lewis
  • There are days which occur in this climate, at almost any season of the year, wherein the world reaches its perfection, when the air, the heavenly bodies, and the earth, make a harmony, as is nature would indulge offspring; …when everything that has life gives sign of satisfaction, and the cattle that lie on the ground seem to have great and tranquil thoughts. These halcyons may be looked for with a little more assurance in the pure October weather, which we distinguish by the name of Indian Summer. The day, immeasurably long, sleeps over the broad hills and warm wide fields. To have lived through all its sunny hours seems longevity enough. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It’s wonderful to climb the liquid mountains of the sky. Behind me and before me is God and I have no fears.  Helen Keller
  • So long as the memory of certain beloved friends lives in my heart, I shall say that life is good.  ~  Helen Keller
  • What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.~  Helen Keller
  • Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.  ~Author Unknown
  • If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.  ~Toni Morrison
  • I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.  ~Anna Quindlen
  • If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he re-reads. ~ Francois Mauriac
  • Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower. ~ Albert Camus
  • One of the great reasons for lack of prayer is the lack of a living, joyous assurance that God hears us. ~ Andrew Murray, The Ministry of Intercessory Prayer
  • A poet is one who puts up a ladder to a star, and climbs it while playing a violin.                ~ Edmond de Goncourt
  • Hope is the word
    which God has written
    on the brow of every man.

    Victor Hugo

  • I know every book of mine by its smell, and I have but to put my nose between the pages to be reminded of all sorts of things.   ~George Robert Gissing
  • You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.  ~Paul Sweeney
  • Good friends, good books…  this is the ideal life.  ~Mark Twain
  • Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read.  One does not love breathing.  ~ Harper Lee
  • When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.  ~Clifton Fadiman
  • No man can be called friendless who has God and the companionship of good books.  ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • He fed his spirit with the bread of books.  ~Edwin Markham
  • Never judge a book by its movie.  ~J.W. Eagan
  • No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic. ~ Ann Landers
  • God be thanked for books! They are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages.  ~W.E. Channing
  • We should read to give our souls a chance to luxuriate.  ~Henry Miller
  • I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time- waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God- it changes me.  ~ William Nicholson, Shadowlands
  • Prayer doesn’t fit us for the greater work, prayer is the greater work.                             ~  Oswald Chambers

  • If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he
    reads.   ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I live for books.  ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate’s loot on Treasure
    Island.  ~ Walt Disney
  • Choose an author as you choose a friend. ~ Sir Christopher Wren
  • The world calls them its singers and poets and artists and storytellers; but they are just people who have never forgotten the way to fairyland.               ~ L.M. Montgomery
  • I’m afraid to speak or move for fear that all this wonderful beauty will just vanish… like a broken silence.  ~ L.M. Montgomery
  • I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. ~ L.M. Montgomery
  • I couldn’t live where there were no trees–something vital in me would starve.                  ~ L.M. Montgomery
  • “I’d like to add some beauty to life,” said Anne dreamily. “I don’t exactly want to make people KNOW more… though I know that IS the noblest ambition… but I’d love to make them have a pleasanter time because of me… to have some little joy or happy thought that would never have existed if I hadn’t been born.   ~ L.M. Montgomery, “Anne’s House of Dreams”
  • It was November–the month of crimson sunsets, parting birds, deep, sad hymns of the sea, passionate wind-songs in the pines. Anne roamed through the pineland alleys in the park and, as she said, let that great sweeping wind blow the fogs out of her soul.             ~ L.M. Montgomery, “Anne of Green Gables”
  • f I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever. ~Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  • The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of immortality.             ~John Quincy Adams
  • I keep my friends as misers do their treasures, because, of all things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship. ~Pietro Aretino
  • It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.           ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • I would rather walk with a friend in the dark than alone in the light.           ~Helen Keller

  • He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. ~ Proverbs 11:25
  • We — or at least I — shall not be able to adore God on the highest occasions if we have learned no habit of doing so on the lowest.  At best, our faith and reason will tell us that He is adore-able, but we shall not have found Him so,  not “tasted and seen.”  (Similarly) any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books in astronomy.  These pure and spontaneous pleasures are “patches of Godlight.”   ~  C. S. Lewis*
  • There is nothing that makes us love someone so much as  praying for them.  ~ William Law
  • If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world are those who thought most of the next… Aim at heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in.’  Aim at earth and you will get neither.   ~  C. S. Lewis
  • Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.  Inside of a dog — it’s too dark to read.  ~Attributed to Groucho Marx  🙂
  • There’s nothing to match curling up with a good book when there’s a repair job to be done around the house.  ~Joe Ryan  🙂
  • You are never too old to set another goal or to dream another dream.           ~ C. S. Lewis
  • I can’t imagine…really enjoying a book and reading it only once. ~ C.S. Lewis
  • Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.      ~ C.S. Lewis

  • A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.  ~  Robert Frost
  • No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader.  ~ Robert Frost
  • Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~ Victor Hugo
  • You can’t get too much winter in the winter.  ~ Robert Frost
  • He who sings scares away his woes.  ~Cervantes
  • A painter paints pictures on canvas.  But musicians paint their pictures on silence.  ~Leopold Stokowski
  • Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.                                   ~ Berthold Auerbach
  • Music is what feelings sound like.  ~ Author unknown
  • Do not waste your time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as I do this, I find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.  ~ C. S. Lewis
  • Be very careful never to forget what you have seen the Lord do for you.  Do not let these things escape from our mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.  ~ Deuteronomy 4:9
  • Find something you are passionate about and stay tremendously interested in it.  ~ Julia Child
  • Go, sit upon the lofty hill,
    And turn your eyes around,
    Where waving woods and waters wild
    Do hymn an autumn sound.
    The summer sun is faint on them —
    The summer flowers depart —
    Sit still — as all transform’d to stone,
    Except your musing heart.~Elizabeth Barrett Browning (from The Autumn)
  • The world is charged with the grandeur of God.It will flame out, like shining from shook foil. ~ Gerard Manley Hopkins, from God’s Grandeur
  • In the grand scheme of God’s story, there is a footnote behind every headline.The footnote is prayer. And if you focus on the footnotes, God will write the headlines.  It’s your prayers that change the eternal plot line. ~ Mark Batterson, The Circle Maker
  • What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. ~ J. D. Salinger
  • It was in a little wood in early morning. The sun was climbing up behind a steep cliff on the east, and its light was flooding nearer and nearer and then making pools among the trees. Suddenly, from a dark corner of purple-brown stems and fawning moss, there shown out a great golden star. It was just a dandelion and half withered, but it was full face to the sun, and had caught into its heart all the glory it could hold, and was shining so radiantly that the dew that lay on it still made a perfect aureole round its head.
    If the Son of Righteousness has risen upon our heart, there is an ocean of grace and love and power lying all around us, and it is ready to transfigure us, as the sunshine transfigured the dandelion, and on the same condition – that we stand full-face to God. Turn your soul’s vision to Jesus and look and look at Him…

17 Responses to TEA w/JAM ‘n BREAD

  1. Jody Collins says:

    Pam–I love, love, love the new look and your new pages. the “About/Welcome” addition is beauty in words, just like your photos. I’ll have to confess I may steal this Page tab idea. When I started my Blog I had a ‘Quotes’ page, too, but have in my ‘Draft’ folder. However, you reminded me there are so many amazing things to collect and remember. lovely!

    • Wow, Jody… I just now this minute finished this page! 🙂 Welcome, and thank you for your lovely words – especially what you said about the About Welcome page! It’s so nice to know – so many readers are silent sometimes and that makes me wonder what they think. I’m so glad you like this so much! I love quotes… they are so inspiring! The words on my blog and welcome page are definitely all mine as I indicate with copyright, but these are stock photos… I love them too. Thanks… have a great weekend!

  2. lolitavalle says:

    This page is super great, Pam.

    I love your collections of quotes and sayings here….. and delights in them too.

    I will come back to drink deeply for more.

    • lolitavalle says:

      If you read history, you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world are those who thought most of the next… Aim at heaven and you will get earth ‘thrown in.’ Aim at earth and you will get neither. ~ C. S. Lewis

      This one…. is like Zechariah and Revelations. I love to imagine the completions of God’s Zion and the defeat of the enemy, when Jesus will banish him forever and the reign of peace and prosperity with Christ ruling over the economy in His own power and might. So today we are working for it with the Holy Spirit….. paving the way for the completion and perfection.

    • Thanks, Lolita! Glad you like it! Take your time… 🙂

  3. lolitavalle says:

    This one came from Google today:

    “You are today where your thoughts
    have brought you; you will be
    tomorrow where your
    thoughts take you.”
    – James Allen


  4. lolitavalle says:

    “Yesterday’s failures are today’s seeds
    that must be diligently planted to be
    able to abundantly harvest
    tomorrow’s successes.”
    – Author Unknown

  5. MaryLou says:

    Here is one I read in my daily quotes that I have at work that a friend left to me when she quit working there… “What the dew is to the flower, gentle words are to the soul.” Polly Rupe
    I love to read quotes thank you for this new page. 🙂

  6. Lori Kibby says:

    “Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there…Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own cross daily; it is the the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God.” ~Charles Spurgeon~

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