Two detective novels I read recently unexpectedly had passages on being in love. (more…)
The words were not Lincoln’s. They predated him by almost five centuries.
Which doesn’t make the Gettysburg Address any less marvellous. Quite the contrary.
Thus Bryce LaLiberte.
From Rick Atkinson’s The Guns at Last Light, describing the French 2nd Armored Division on the eve of the liberation of Paris: (more…)
No sign, no work of art, no representation of form is adequate to express the glory and the wonder of the Living Christ.
As his followers, we cannot do a mean or shoddy or ungracious thing without tarnishing his image. Nor can we do a good and gracious and generous act without burnishing more brightly the symbol of him whose name we have taken upon ourselves.
And so our lives must become a meaningful expression.
I should have liked my father to have lived long enough to see that I made something of my life.
– Winston Churchill, when asked by his daughter Mary towards the end of his life if there was any honor he felt he had missed out on.
That’s just the point, Larisa Feodorovna. There are limits to everything. In all this time something definite should have been achieved. But it turns out that those who inspired the revolution aren’t at home in anything except change and turmoil, they aren’t happy with anything that’s on less than a world scale. For them transitional periods, worlds in the making, are an end in themselves. They aren’t trained for anything else, they don’t know anything except that. And do you know why these never-ending preparations are so futile? It’s because these men haven’t any real capacities, they are incompetent. Man is born to live, not to prepare for life. Life itself, the phenomenon of life, the gift of life, is so breath-takingly serious. So why substitute this childish harlequinade of immature fantasies, these schoolboy escapades?
–Thus Boris Pasternak
The comments are, as is typical at this blog, highly insightful.
At first glance, the key and the lock it fits may seem very different. Different in shape, different in function, different in design. The man who looks at them without knowledge of their true nature might think them opposites, for one is meant to open, and the other to keep closed. Yet, upon closer examination, he might that without one, the other becomes useless. The wise man then sees that both lock and key were created for the same purpose.
Thus Brandon Sanderson.