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 This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. 
Toni Morrison

I don't deny that there should be priests to remind men that
they will one day die. I only say it is necessary to have another kind of
priests, called poets, actually to remind men that they are not dead yet. ~G. K. Chesterton

I just want to be good.


Always tell only the truth, and all the truth, and do so  promptly-right now. ~Buckminster Fuller

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and 
expecting different results.   Albert Einstein

Like a man who has been dying for many days, a man in your
city is numb to the stench.    Chief Seattle

Western European civilization has witnessed a sort of atomizing process, in which the individual is more and more set free from his natural setting in family and neighborhood, and becomes a sort of replaceable unit in the social machine, His nearest neighbors may not even know his name. He is free to move from place to place, from job to job, from acquaintance to acquaintance, and - if he has attained a high degree of emancipation - from wife to wife. He is in every context a more and more anonymous and replaceable part, the perfect incarnation of the rationalist conception of man. Wherever western civilization has spread in the past one hundred years, it has carried this atomizing process with it. Its characteristic product in Calcutta, Shanghai, or Johannesburg, is the modern city into which myriads of human beings, loosened from their old ties in village or tribe or caste, like grains of sand fretted by water from an ancient block of sandstone, are ceaselessly churned around in the whirlpool of the city -- anonymous, identical, replaceable units. In such a situation, it is natural that men should long for some sort of real community, for men cannot be human without it.    James Edward Lesslie Newbigin
There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy
concept.   Ansel Adams

Service is the rent we pay to be living. It is the very
purpose of life and not something you do in your spare time.  Marian Wright Edelman
A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely re-arranging their prejudices.    William James 
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools,
because they have to say something.    Plato
I would like to be sinner
Sinning just for fun
But I always suffer so
When my sinning done  ~ Langston Hughes  "It gives me pause"

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.   Anatole France


Consider God's handiwork; who can straighten what He hath
made crooked?       Ecclesiastes 7:13   Title card, Gattaca
The question that was asked long ago, is asked now, and is
always a matter of difficulty (is) What is being?    Aristotle


The truth is cruel, but it can be loved, and it makes free those who have loved it. George Santayana


The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.  Flannery O’Connor

Ultimate confidence in the goodness of life cannot rest upon confidence in the goodness of man. If that is where it rests, it is an optimism which will suffer ultimate disillusionment. Romanticism will be transmuted into cynicism, as it has always been in the world's history. The faith of a Christian is something quite different from this optimism. It is trust in God, in a good God who created a good world, though the world is not now good; in a good God, powerful and good enough finally to destroy the evil that men do and redeem them of their sins. This kind of faith is not optimism. It does not, in fact, arise until optimism breaks down and men cease to trust in themselves that they are righteous.    Reinhold Niebuhr


The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity. Dorothy Parker

The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity, and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because philosophy is an exalted activity, will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water.
            John Gardner


The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity.     Albert Einstein


When a man really gives up trying to make something out of himself – a saint, or a converted sinner, or a churchman, a righteous or unrighteous man, ... when in the fullness of tasks, questions, success or ill-hap, experiences and perplexities, a man throws himself into the arms of God... then he wakes with Christ in Gethsemane. That is faith, and it is thus that he becomes a man and Christian.        Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Nothing in this world is more dangerous than a sincere ignorance and
conscientious stupidity.

            Martin Luther King, Jr.

I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.
          Abraham Lincoln