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Our Purpose

The purpose of the Luminary Quotes project is to give our subscribers immediate access to an anthology of inspiring quotes from the World’s great scripture, wisdom teachings (including arts and sciences), and insights of luminaries past and present. Luminaries are influential people who enlighten us through truthful, beautiful, and loving words and actions. 

Through our Daily Quotes service, we are interlinking a growing constellation of luminaries across conventional boundaries (this includes subscribers, since we are all called to be luminaries now).

The Daily Quotes Service delivers a vibrant picture-quote each morning that brightens our day, stimulates our imagination, and enlivens our heart. [For example, this quote called Only Holiness by John O’Donohue.]

Each quote is supported by a Quote Info packet that contains: the quote’s context; attribution and citation; commentary from contemporary luminaries; multimedia resource links; and comparative links to related quotes.

The Luminary Quotes platform — https://luminaryquotes.app/ — is organized by virtue of our LightBase content management system. We are developing each of the Luminary Quotes functional and interactive capabilities as we learn more about what our subscribers want.

Thanks to today’s information technologies we can enjoy immediate access to the world’s great scripture, wisdom teachings, and literature. For most of us, however, it is a daunting prospect to engage with such a vast sea of knowledge in the midst of our busy lives.

When scientists Christopher Peterson and Martin E. P. Seligman were conducting their three-year study of humanity’s sacred texts and wisdom teachings, prior to writing Character Strengths and Virtues, the foundational text for Positive Psychology, “they were ‘searching for universals, strengths [and virtues] endorsed by every religion, politics, and culture.’ It turned out that there was a lot of agreement across the length of history and the breadth of culture and the height of religions and spirituality.” 

“Although the specific content of spiritual belief varies, all cultures have a concept of an ultimate, transcendent, sacred, and divine force.” 

— Peterson and Seligman (2004)

Huston Smith, the author of The World’s Religions, wrote metaphorically about “passing a strainer through the world’s religions and wisdom traditions to lift out their conclusions about reality and how life should be lived… those conclusions begin to look like the winnowed wisdom of the human race.” 

Contemporary social scientist and author Brené Brown wrote, “As I was defining the main concern related to belonging, I went back to The Gifts of Imperfection (Brené Brown) to look up the definition of spirituality that had emerged from my 2010 data:

“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.”

— Brené Brown [Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone] p. 34.

 We are continually expanding the scope (length, breadth, and height) of our interdisciplinary network, interconnecting across a spectrum of society’s leading luminaries and institutional contributors.


Founder’s Story

Arthur M. Dodge — Biographical Sketch

I was born in New York City in 1951, and nicknamed “Kim” after my mother’s beloved Irish Setter. My wife Christine and I were married in 1982 and we are grateful to be the parents of two wonderful sons. Our home is in Santa Rosa, California. On September 13th, 2019, our oldest son Christopher and his wife Veronique blessed us with a grandson whose name is Maxence, nicknamed “Max.”

Me and Max (in his second month)

While I was growing up, I was acutely aware of Nature’s mysterious beauty. But I also experienced how bewildering human relationships become when there are breakdowns in families and societies. My father and mother were each born into well-established Protestant families. My two sets of grandparents divorced and then my parents divorced, and ten generations of my ancestors’ hard-won progress in America started unraveling.

Searching for answers, I rediscovered spirituality through the arts. I studied art history and visual arts at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and painting at the San Francisco Art Institute. After this, I co-founded a small Arts and Crafts company. I met Christine through my work with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.

My creative passion right now is in developing Luminary Quotes and the Daily Quotes service. 

The beginnings of Luminary Quotes

I’ve found it uplifting to start each day with reading and meditating on quotes from sacred texts and wisdom teachings. This daily practice reaffirms my sense of being welcome and at home in the world, despite life’s many challenges. Parents want to share the best with their children. Beginning in 2016 I developed the habit of texting daily inspirational quotes to my wife Christine and our two sons. Their response was positive and encouraging. Our eldest son Christopher mentioned that both he and his wife enjoyed readings from the World Scripture anthologies, a two-volume series edited by Dr. Andrew Wilson. We agreed that I should get the Luminary Quotes project rooted in world scripture, growing in the wisdom traditions, and then start branching out to contemporary luminaries.

Ninian Smart, author of many books including World Philosophies (1999), and professor of comparative religions, wrote in his introduction to World Scripture (1991), “World Scripture… provides us with a collection that is illuminating… It is compiled in the spirit of reverence for all spiritual paths. Such a spirit is needed if we are to live at peace with one another.”

I was impressed by how Dr. Wilson’s organizing system gathered passages from the major religions and a wide range of wisdom teachings around topics. This comparative system allows the reader to experience the commonalities in values of the different religions and wisdom traditions without discrimination while maintaining respect for the unique genius and integrity of each path. I realized that this topical organizing system could be a strong basis for a website and app that could literally provide “fingertip access” to this vital content.

To test this idea I hired Jonathan Denni, a web developer, and we started building our prototype, SacredTexts.faith. Its Daily Quotes service was well-received by a small group of readers. Recently we converted to our new identity: LuminaryQuotes.app. We are already publishing our Daily Quotes service under this name. As more readers have joined this daily practice, we have added texting (MMS), emails, push notifications, and an Android app to the subscription options. 


A few words of acknowledgment

I am grateful to Dr. Wilson for his graciousness, wise counsel and goodwill towards the Luminary Quotes project. My friend Jeff Scharfen has served as a sounding board since the project’s founding. My wife Christine and sons Christopher and Kenneth have provided ongoing love and support. Jonathan Denni is the developer, IT manager, and webmaster for LuminaryQuotes.app.

 — Arthur M. Dodge


Developing Our Service

We are developing the Luminary Quotes platform so that our readership can subscribe to the Daily Quotes service and refer it to their families, friends, and communities. Luminary Quotes — LuminaryQuotes.app — has a variety of subscription and sharing options for growing our readership via networking and word-of-mouth referrals.

Click this button to subscribe to our Daily Quotes service. 

Click this button to share Luminary Quotes with others.


Contact

We are interested in hearing comments and suggestions regarding the Luminary Quotes project, this site, its content and our app (currently in beta stage). Reach us via email:

Luminary Quotes: [email protected]

Arthur M. Dodge: [email protected]

Jonathan S. Denni:      [email protected]


A definition of Luminary

luminary (n.), luminaries (pl.): 1. a person who enlightens or influences others; 2. a well-known or celebrated person; 3. literary, a shining object, such as a celestial body, that gives off light, such as the sun, moon, or a star, 4. luminary (adj.): of, involving, or characterized by light or enlightenment. [Word origin of ‘luminary’—via Old French luminarie, from Classical Latin lūmināre lamp, from lūmen light, from Ecclesiastical Late Latin luminarium.]

 

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