A man was driving down the road and his car broke down near a monastery. He went to the monastery and knocked on the door. An elderly monk answered the door, and he said, “My car broke down. Do you think I could stay the night?” The monks graciously welcomed him into the monastery, fed him dinner, even fixed his car. As the man tried to fall asleep, he heard a strange sound.
The next morning, he asked the monks what the sound was, but they said, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.” The man was disappointed, but thanked them and went on his way.
Some years later, the same man’s car broke down in front of the same monastery. The monks welcomed him, fed him, even fixed his car. That night, he heard the same strange noise that he had heard years earlier. The next morning, he asked what the noise was, but the monks replied, “We can’t tell you. You’re not a monk.”
The man said, “All right, all right. I’m dying to know. How do I become a monk?”
The monks replied, “You must travel the Earth and tell us how many blades of grass there are and the exact number of sand pebbles. When you find these numbers, you will become a monk.”
The man set about his task. Forty-five years later, he returned and knocked on the door of the monastery. He said, “I have traveled the Earth and have found what you have asked for. There are 145,236,284,232 blades of grass and 231,281,219,999,129,382 sand pebbles on the Earth.”
The monks replied, “Congratulations. You are now a monk. We shall now show you the way to the sound.” The monks led the man to a wooden door, where the head monk said, “The sound is right behind that door.”
The man reached for the knob, but the door was locked. He said, “Real funny. may I have the key?” The monks gave him the key, and he opened the door. Behind the wooden door was another door made of stone. The man demanded the key to the stone door. The monks gave him the key, and he opened it, only to find a door made of ruby. He demanded another key from the monks, who provided it. Behind that door was another door, this one made of sapphire. So it went until the man had gone through doors of emerald, silver, topaz, and amethyst.
Finally, the monks said, “This is the last key to the last door.”
The man was relieved to no end. He unlocked the door, turned the knob, and behind that door he was amazed to find the source of that strange sound.
But I can’t tell you what it was because you’re not a monk.
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The secret to having it all is loving it all. - Joyce Brothers
I once dieted so religiously I quit eating in Church. - Zig Ziglar
Where God has his church, the Devil will have his chapel. - Spanish Proverb
Before anything else, getting ready is the secret of success. - Henry Ford
Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind. - Albert Einstein
To follow, without halt, one aim: There's the secret of success. - Anna Pavlova
Tell your friend a lie. If he keeps it secret, then tell him the truth. - Portuguese Proverb
There is a world of practical religion in simply being considerate of others. - Roger Babson
I'm not sick, I'm twisted. Sick makes it sound like there's a cure! - Unknown
I'm a Catholic deer hunter. I am happy to be clinging to my guns and my religion. - Paul Ryan
Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered I was not God. - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
I don't see anywhere in the Bible where it says you shouldn't get breast implants. - Carrie Prejean
Later, he told his nephew that religion required careful thought, not reflexive acceptance. - Thomas Jefferson
Religion is like a map. The route isn't important. It's the destination that matters. - Marianne Williamson
Most religious people accept medicine as a gift from God and reap the benefits of both realms. - Caroline Fraser
Let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist. - Liam Neeson
I am the indoctrinated child of two lapsed Irish Catholics. Which is to say: I am not religious. - Meghan O'Rourke
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. - William Morris
Men will wrangle for religion; write for it; fight for it; die for it; anything but live for it. - Charles Caleb Colton
The secret to my success is that I bit off more than I could chew and chewed as fast as I could. - Paul Hogan
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. - Alan Dundes
He was of the faith chiefly in the sense that the church he currently did not attend was Catholic. - Kingsley Amis
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new. - Socrates
Most people have some sort of religion, at least they know which church they're staying away from. - John Erskine
The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what it is one's destiny to do, and then do it. - Henry Ford
Laughter is the mind's intonation. There are ways of laughing which have the sound of counterfeit coins. - Edmond de Goncourt
As far as I'm concerned, "whom" is a word that was invented to make everyone sound like a butler. - Calvin Trillin
I alone of English writers have consciously set myself to make music out of what I may call the sound of sense. - Robert Frost
Some movie stars wear their sunglasses even in Church. They're afraid God might recognize them and ask for autographs. - Fred Allen
Anyone who practices can obtain success in yoga but not one who is lazy. Constant practice alone is the secret of success. - Svatmarama
I went to a Catholic boys' school for a year, but that was to play hockey. Religion class was quite contentious for me. - Keanu Reeves
Question everything. Your love, your religion, your passion. If you don't have questions, you'll never find answers. - Colleen Hoover
Every sort of energy and endurance, of courage and capacity for handling life's evils, is set free in those who have religious faith. - William James
There is no perfect solution to depression, nor should there be. And odd as this may sound, we should be glad of that. It keeps us human. - Lesley Hazelton
Some keep the Sabbath going to Church
I keep it, staying at Home
With a Bobolink for a Chorister
And an Orchard for a Dome - Emily Dickinson
Ultimately, America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. - Robert F. Kennedy
Only through repentance and faith in Christ can anyone be saved. No religious activity will be sufficient, only true faith in Jesus Christ alone. - Ravi Zacharias
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
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