September 2, 2014
"My dear King, sleep is exactly like a python. Those who wander in the forest of material life are always devoured by the python of sleep. Being bitten by this python, they always remain in the darkness of ignorance. They are like dead bodies thrown in a distant forest. Thus the conditioned souls cannot understand what is going on in life."

— Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 5.14.20

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September 2, 2014
"It is hard to discover the true without first gazing at the beautiful. The mind grows through the eye. The pattern made by the cracks in the paint high above your crib, sunlight through a window whose panes are proportioned by the golden mean, the rich design of an oriental rug you are following with a toy train or tank, a good combination of strong colors in your bedroom, not acrylic and glaring, but with a subtle palette such as Cézanne’s —a few such experiences in childhood will prepare you to appreciate the elevated unity of color, shadow, line, in Rembrandt and to think about the meaning. So, too, building with a set of hard wood blocks will prepare you to appreciate Paestrum, Monticello, and Chartres. All the precious attention Rilke devotes to spoons, cups, and plates is fitting. All things in daily use, should be beautiful. The child’s first spoon in its mouth need not be silver, but its surface should be smooth and its curve attractive. It is not wrong for Zeks to cherish the spoon they fashioned in captivity. The superiority of each of the ancient peasant cultures of Europe to modern, homogeneous, cosmopolitan, mass, mall culture is evident in a single spoon, plate, or chair, despite the peasant’s lack of electricity and an indoor toilet."

— Michael Platt, The Young, the Good, and the West 

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September 2, 2014

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John Martineau, A Little Book of Coincidence 

September 1, 2014
"Faith? It does not belong to me. It is given. It makes me alive. It is at the heart of all my acts and thoughts. It is not an object that I can take and set aside as I please. It comes down on me like a hawk. It grasps me and takes me, possibly where I do not want to go."

— Jacques Ellul

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September 1, 2014

zerogate:

Martin Lewis, 1881–1962

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September 1, 2014

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August 31, 2014
"Love silence, even in the mind; for thoughts are to that, as words to the body, troublesome; much speaking, as much thinking, spends; and in many thoughts, as well as words, there is sin. True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment. It is a great virtue; it covers folly, keeps secrets, avoids disputes, and prevents sin."

Advice of William Penn to his children : relating to their civil and religious conduct (1881)

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August 31, 2014
"Our technological civilization has cushioned life on all sides, yet more than ever before, people helplessly succumb to the blows of life. This is very simply because a merely technological culture cannot give any help in the face of life’s eternal tragedy; here only an inward foundation can help. Externalized as they are, too many people today have no ideas, no strength, nothing that might enable them to master their restlessness and dividedness. They do not know what to make of trials, obstacles, or suffering—how to make something constructive of them—and perceive them only as things that oppress and irritate them and interfere with life."

— F.W. Foerster, Hauptaufgaben der Erziehung

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August 31, 2014
"'The thing that gives people courage is ideas.' The phrase might be expanded. For it is not only courage that comes from ideas; it is determination; it is the power to act, the power to go on acting coherently. For though it is true that most ideas are the rationalizations of feelings, that does not mean that feelings are more important in the world of action than ideas. Feeling provides the original supply of energy, but this supply of energy soon fails if the feelings are not rationalized. For the rationalization justifies the feelings and serves at the same time both as a substitute for feelings and as a stimulant for them when they are dormant.

You cannot go on feeling violently all the time — the human organism does not allow of it. But an idea persists; once you have persuaded yourself of its truth, an idea justifies the continuance in cold blood of actions which emotion could only have dictated in the heat of the moment."

— Aldous Huxley, Music at Night

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August 30, 2014

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August 30, 2014
"Endurance of pain, in the name of wisdom and justice, to secure order for our own future comfort and the comfort of our family and friends, is courage. On the other hand, to leave things lying in confusion around us; to let alien forces come into our domain and encamp there in insolent defiance of ourselves and our friends, is a shameful confession that things are stronger than we. To be thus conquered by dead material things is as ignominious a defeat as can come to a man. The man who can be conquered by things is a coward in the strict ethical sense of the term; that is, he lacks the strength of will to bear the incidental pains which his personal and social interests put upon him."

— William De Witt Hyde

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August 30, 2014
zerogate:

Franz Dvorak — Thoughtful Reader

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Franz Dvorak — Thoughtful Reader

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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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