Today I want to share some quotes from and about Louis Zamperini, whose life is chronicled in the incredible book Unbroken. Louis survived incredibly difficult circumstances as a POW in World War II and has gone on to live an amazing life. Below is a link to a great video of Louis being interviewed by John Ortberg.
“Laura writes that when you were born you liked to crash through boundaries and that you were untamable.”
“To me hope is the power of the soul to endure.”
“He was not the worthless, broken, forsaken man that the Bird had striven to make of him. In a single moment his rage, fear, humiliation, and hopelessness had fallen away. That morning he believed he was a new creation.”
“The paradox of vengefulness is that it makes men dependant on those who have harmed them, believing that their release from pain will only come when their tormenters suffer.”
“Dignity is as essential to human life as water, food, and oxygen. The stubborn retention of it, even in the face of extreme physical hardship, can hold a man’s soul in his body long past the point at which the body should have surrendered it.”
Here is the link to the interview: mppc.org/series/unbroken/john-ortberg/lessons-louis