Everyone wishes to leave a lasting mark. But what lasts?
Not money. Neither do buildings last, nor books. Sooner or later, their
time comes, and all these things disappear. The only thing that remains
forever is the human soul, the man created by God for eternity.
— Benedict XVI
I’m, like, angry at numbers. / Yeah, there’s, like, too many of
them, and stuff. — Beavis &
It’s not explainable at this level, so shouldn’t be discussed at all. A good mathematics teacher should tell the truth and nothing but the truth, but never ever ever the whole truth. -- Adrian Riskin
The belly is an ungrateful wretch, it never remembers past
favors, it always wants more tomorrow. — Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day in the Live of Ivan Denisovich
The human soul longs for things higher, warmer, and purer than those offered by today’s mass living habits, introduced by the revolting invasion of publicity, by TV stupor, and by intolerable music. — Alexander Solzhenitsyn, “A World Split Apart”
Alas, higher education is not necessarily a guarantee of virtue,
or higher political wisdom. — Aldous Huxley, Brave New World
The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make
up their minds to be good or evil. — Hannah Arendt
No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless. There is too
much work to do. — Dorothy Day
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick
themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. — Winston
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate
each other. (despair.com)
State-Run Lottery: a method by which higher classes that
don’t want to pay higher taxes convince the lower classes that
can’t afford higher taxes to cough up the dough. Frequently
invoked as a sacrifice for the modern deity Education, the graces
received are usually quite the opposite of those promised.
In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
Truly, when the day of judgement comes, we shall not be asked
what books we have read or how learnedly we have spoken, but on how
religiously we have lived our life.
(Thomas a Kempis, The Imitation of Christ)
places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral
crisis, maintain their neutrality. (Dante)
[The crucified Word] has his head bowed to greet you,
a crown on
his head to adorn you, his arms extended to embrace you, his feet
nailed to stand by you. (St, Catherine of Siena, in Dialogo)
Let us put it thus:
God is the painter,
our faith the picture,
the colors are the Word of God,
the brush is the Church.
(St. Francis deSales, The Catholic Controversy; part II,
Life is but a dream, a little less inconstant. (Blaise Pascal, Pensees)
In the end, Jesus does not merely speak the
Beatitudes. He lives the Beatitudes. He is the Beatitudes. Looking at
him you will see what it means to be poor in spirit, gentle and
merciful, to mourn, to care for what is right, to be pure in heart, to
make peace, to be persecuted. This is why he has the right to say, “Come, follow me!” He does not say simply,
“Do what I say.” He says, “Come, follow me!” — Pope John Paul II
The fewer our wants the more we resemble the gods.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
People deem as their worst enemy the one who tells them the truth.
When men speak ill of you, live so as nobody may believe them.
Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.