Friday, April 30, 2004

Heard about a cartoon showing
a batter striking out and the umpire saying: "Three strikes and you're
forgiven!" A man in the crowd is then shown whispering to a friend about
the umpire: "Must be a Unitarian Universalist."

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

It is impossible to travel faster than the speed of light, and
certainly not desirable, as one's hat keeps blowing off.
-- Woody Allen

"...To make an end is to make a beginning.
And the end of all our exploring will be
to arrive where we started, and know the
place for the first time." T.S. Eliot

Monday, April 26, 2004

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt.
-- Clarence Darrow

Saturday, April 17, 2004

"All things and all men, so to speak, call on us with small or loud
voices. They want us to listen, they want us to understand their intrinsic
claims, their justice of being....But we can give it to them only
through the love that listens"
Paul Tillich

Sunday, April 11, 2004

The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Saturday, April 10, 2004

Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not
discover it.
-- Alfred North Whitehead

Friday, April 09, 2004

OLD AGE: "Our Future Selves"

Rilke's poem "The Walk" invokes an image of later
life, a time of life by which we are grasped even if
we cannot grasp it-- that "sunny hill" which belongs
to old age imagined as 'our future selves:'

My eyes already touch the sunny hill,
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has its inner light, even from a distance--

and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it, we
already are,
a gesture waves us on, answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces.

Rainer Maria Rilke, "Spaziergang" or "The Walk,"
written in the Alps, 1924.

Sunday, April 04, 2004

~*~The love of our neighbor in all its fullness simply means being able
to say to him, "What are you going through?" -Simone Weil~*~

Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know
where we
can find information on it.
-- Samuel Johnson, quoted in Boswell's Life of Johnson

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