Every person’s Life is a Fairytale written by God’s fingers ~ Hans Christian Anderson 1805-1875
“You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.” Dave Barry
“It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.” Dickens in Bleak House
Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere ~ G.K. Chesterton
The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people ~ G.K. C.
Si tollis hostem, tollis et pugnam
Si tollis pugnam, tollis et coronam
Si tollis libertatem, tollis et dignitatem
“Without an adversary, there is no conflict;
Without a conflict, there is no crown;
Without freedom, no honor.
How can there be evil if God exists?
How can there be good if He exists not?
“There are dark shadows on the earth, but its lights are stronger in the contrast.”
Dickens “The Pickwick Papers”
In manus tuas commendo spiritum meum.
“Into thy hands I commend my spirit.”
Not all who wander are lost ~ Tolkien
To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wildflower;
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice
A set o’ dull, conceited hastes (dunderheads)
Confuse their brains in college-classes,
They gang in stirks (go in young bulls)
And come out asses, plain truth to speak.
“The society of girls is a very delightful thing.”
Dickens in David Copperfield
“Three may keep a Secret, if two of them are dead.”
In principio mulier est hominis confusio.
Medieval Latin Proverb
True happiness demands courage and a spirit of sacrifice, refusing every compromise with evil and having the disposition to pay personally, even with death, to be faithful to God and His commandments. J.P. II July 2003
Today Christ asks the baptized: “Are you my witnesses?” And each one is invited to question himself sincerely: “Do I live a strong, serene and joyful faith, or do I portray the image of a Christian life that is falgging, marred by compromises and easy conformity?” J.P. II
Sometimes I think about time. That the star that I am looking at is that star as it looked a hundred or four hundred years ago. That when I stand here, in this time, and look at that star, I am not just looking at space. I am looking at time-at another time. That fascinates me. ~ Madeline L’Engle
All earthly things age, decay and die and thus any attachment to a beautiful thing must inevitably cause sorrow because one will sooner or later be separated from it by the ravages of time. Even a child can intuit the basic cause of sorrow in this world, the passing of beautiful things. Think Tolkien, Lewis-this is a theme well rehearsed in literature. There is this sense of mournful sweetness or wistfulness for that which was or will pass away forever in this time but which perhaps may be reclaimed in eternity.