August 29, 2014
"We do not endure [self-discipline] merely for its own sake, but for what lies beyond it. And we bear those acts of self-denial and self-restraint because we feel and know full well that through such acts alone can we regain the mastery over all our misused powers and learn to use them with a vigour and a joy such as we have never known before…


It is as though one who had a great talent for music but had no technical training, and consequently could never produce the best results of his art, were to put himself under a great master. The first lessons he will have to learn will be, for the most part, to correct his mistakes, not to do this and not to do that; it will seem to him that he has lost all his former freedom of expression, that he is held back by all sorts of technical rules, that whenever he seeks to let himself go he is checked and hampered. And it is no doubt true. But he will soon begin to realise that as he learns more and suffers in the learning, possibilities of utterance reveal themselves which he has never dreamed of."

— Basil William Maturin

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August 29, 2014
"What a farce this modern liberality! Freedom of speech means practically, in our modern civilization, that we must only talk about unimportant things. We must not talk about religion, for that is illiberal; we must not talk about bread and cheese, for that is talking shop; we must not talk about death, for that is depressing; we must not talk about birth, for that is indelicate. It cannot last. Something must break this strange indifference, this strange dreamy egoism, this strange loneliness of millions in a crowd. Something must break it. Why should it not be you and I?"

— G.K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill

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August 29, 2014
"A man, like a ship at sea, must be always moving toward a destination, not simply drifting."

— Louis L’Amour

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August 28, 2014
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A man should not incessantly change with every impression of the moment, but should remain steadfast when he has once determined upon what is right. Of what use are the flowers if they do not produce fruits, and of good ideas if they are not transmuted into deeds? We must encourage stability, habituate ourselves to remain constant, and when we are sure that we are right, must fortify ourselves against invasion. Do not let criticisms or attacks disturb you.

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Nothing is so difficult as to remain faithful. At each step of the way outside influences are brought to bear upon us to make us deviate or retrograde. And if there were only difficulties from without, it would not matter so much; but there are those from within. Our dispositions vacillate. We promise one thing with the best intentions in the world; but when the time comes to keep it, everything is changed–the circumstances, men, ourselves; and what duty demands of us seems so different from what we had foreseen, that we hesitate. Those who will fulfill on a rainy day a promise which they have made on a sunny one, are few and far between.

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— Charles Wagner

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August 28, 2014
"

I used to be very addicted to music. I was always listening to music. There was no silence.

But now silence is something very special to me. I am guarding it. It begins in the morning when I wake up. I try to move without a sound to the chilly kitchen and make a fire in the stove. And the only sound is from the burning wood while I make coffee. Then I try to keep the silence with me and in this house the whole day.

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— From a letter from a friend who lives in a cottage in the forest (via zerogate)

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August 28, 2014
Incredibly psyched for the Dillashaw vs. Barão rematch this weekend. Dillashaw’s fearless performance against Barão (+30 straight wins) is by far my favorite sports moment of this year. Much beauty. Such violence. Very wow.

Incredibly psyched for the Dillashaw vs. Barão rematch this weekend. Dillashaw’s fearless performance against Barão (+30 straight wins) is by far my favorite sports moment of this year. Much beauty. Such violence. Very wow.

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August 27, 2014
"We can compare the Franciscan experience of God’s reflection in the universe to the experience one has within a Gothic cathedral. The sunlight pours through the great stained glass windows in a brilliant array of colors. The cathedral is illumined with blues, reds, greens, yellows in intricate designs — a kaleidoscope of colors and forms. The circular rose windows and the vaulted windows of the nave and apse become aglow with a riot of colors that are at the same time as harmonious as a symphony. In a similar way Francis saw God reflected in creatures: in brother sun and sister moon, in brother fire and sister water, in the power of the wolf and the gentleness of the dove. The fecundity of God is revealed in the variety of creatures — from the grandeur of the heavens to the simplicity of a fly. The pure rays of the divinity penetrate into the universe, which acts as a prism refracting the light into a myriad of colors."

— Ewert H. Cousins, Bonaventure and the Coincidence of Opposites

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August 27, 2014
23silence:

Marie-Augustin Zwiller (1850–1939) - La liseuse, 1939

23silence:

Marie-Augustin Zwiller (1850–1939) - La liseuse, 1939

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August 27, 2014
"When a Marxist atheist like the late Christopher Hitchens says he opposes religion because he wants man to be ‘free,’ we know exactly what he means. He means that he wants to destroy the natural order of being because it imposes on man duties and obligations he is not free to choose or avoid. He is, in some sense, declaring war on God — and thus on reality itself. He doesn’t merely object to political tyranny. He objects to (what he sees as) the tyranny imposed on him by biology, by the circumstances of birth, by his own nature as a human being. ‘Freedom’ for him is the total freedom of his will, unfettered even by the material facts of reality."

— Read the rest: http://collapsetheblog.typepad.com/blog/2011/12/the-best-evidence-for-the-falseness-of-modernity.html

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August 27, 2014
"My dear children, perhaps you won’t understand what I am saying to you, because I often speak very unintelligibly, but you’ll remember it all the same and will agree with my words sometime. You must know that there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and good for life in the future than some good memory, especially a memory of childhood, of home. People talk to you a great deal about your education, but some good, sacred memory, preserved from childhood, is perhaps the best education. If a man carries many such memories with him into life, he is safe to the end of his days, and if one has only one good memory left in one’s heart, even that may sometime be the means of saving us."

—  F. Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

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August 26, 2014

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The Swedish artist Carl Larsson (1853-1919) is one of my favourites. His paintings are so filled with joy, innocent love and sweetness that there’s almost this heavenly quality to them. He’s an excellent antidote to to the disharmony, ugliness and nihilism of most contemporary artists. For us Swedes he’s especially precious because he gives a glimpse of the traditional Swedish society that was completely wiped out by the Socialist state of the 20th Century.

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August 26, 2014
"Sinful acts provoke passions, the passions provoke distractive thoughts, and distractive thoughts provoke fantasies. The fragmented memory begets a multiplicity of ideas, forgetfulness causes the fragmentation of the memory, ignorance leads to forgetfulness, and laziness to ignorance. Laziness is spawned by lustful appetites, appetites are aroused by misdirected emotions, and misdirected emotions by committing sinful acts. A sinful act is provoked by a mindless desire for evil and a strong attachment to the senses and to sensory things."

— Saint Gregory of Sinai

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August 26, 2014
"Our continual mistake is that we do not concentrate on the present day, the actual hour, of our life; we live in the past or in the future; we are continually expecting the coming of some special moment when our life will unfold itself in its full significance. And we do not notice that life is flowing like water through our fingers, sifting like precious sand from a loosely fastened bag."

— Fr. Alexander Elchaninov

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August 25, 2014
"Like a bee one should extract from each of the virtues what is most profitable. In this way, by taking a small amount from all of them, one builds up from the practice of the virtues a great honeycomb overflowing with the soul-delighting honey of wisdom."

— Saint Gregory of Sinai

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August 25, 2014
zerogate:

Nikolai Roerich, The Capture of Kazan

zerogate:

Nikolai Roerich, The Capture of Kazan

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