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Book Title: The Call of Service|
The author of the book: Robert Coles
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Edition: Mariner Books
Date of issue: November 15th 1994
ISBN 13: 9780395710845
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For some time I have been thinking that I wanted to read a book about why people do service and in what forms. Here is a book that attempts to address it. I have many quotes that stuck out in my mind, although, I admit that many pages in the book either went over my head or just didn't connect with me. I DID get a pretty extensive reading list from the book I think!
"Idealism has many sources, and it must have its ups and downs in every life," - a function, of a person's commitments, state of mind, and family situation, not to mention all those accidental and incidental moments that influence and even give shape to the direction of one's moral engergy.
Dorthy Day - "If we were going to forbid hypocrites to work here with us, there'd be no one to do the work, and no one to do the forbidding!"
Dr. King - " A big danger for us is the temptation to follow the [leadership of the] people we are opposing. They call us names, so we call them names. Our names may not be 'redneck' or 'cracker'; they may be names tha have a sociological or psychological veneer to them, a gloss; but they are names, nonetheless - 'ignorant', or 'brainwashed', or 'duped', or 'hysterical' or'poor-white' or 'consumed by hate'."
"You should remind yourself that sometiems you have to rev yourself up if you're headed toward a low period. Talk to yourself, that's what I do. I say, Hey, you, shape up and stop letting your feet work so slow, and your eyes begin to droop. Quicken your step and look at people with your eyes as wide open as possible, and be glad you're there with them, and say to yourself, If you can just help one person out - then you've done your job."
"We would do well to keep the wisdom of Shakespeare (and Tolstoy and George Eliot and other writers) in mind: their capacity to tolerate the paradoxical -indeed, to insiste upon the ironies, ambiguities, and contradictions of life."
"...after many conversations with students who are troubled by the "advantages" that come to them as they do their work. One such advantage is the approval they get from others, including admissions committees. But they also see as a problematic "advantage" a kind of enlightenment that can accompany certain experiences."
"He's gone, that kid," Alex told me, "and here I am, with another story in the bank, another account of what I went through which I can tell to people, and write about - and be rewarded, maybe, for the effort with an A for doing two great jobs, first, being out there with the kid, and second, writing it all up."
"Her mind was telling her to stop, take stock, and go a bit easier on herself, lest she become more and more driven, self-preoccupied, inaccessible to family and friends,and, worst of all, smugly self-righteous."
"where do I want to stand in relation to the established order of things?"
"I feel as if I am from another planet, and worse, I feel glad that I'm apart from all of them"
"If you get involved with something that's outside the cultural or political mainstream, something that takes you away from your own community, then when you go back, when you returnn, you're likely to feel betwixt and between, neither here nor there."
"Enjoy yourself, over it will be hard for you to give of yourself to others!"
"I hope you don't get sentimental about the poor - or yourself as the one who's working with them!"
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Read information about the authorChild psychiatrist, author, Harvard professor.
Robert Coles is a professor of psychiatry and medical humanities at the Harvard Medical School, a research psychiatrist for the Harvard University Health Services, and the James Agee Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard College.
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