Insightful quotes

Enea

Pigeon
Yea, another TR quote.

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Enea

Pigeon
This is something the rationalist or anti-mystical mind can not grasp, obsessed as it is with abstraction and systemization:

The person is infinitely more than ideas; his character is indefinable, alive, passionate, always new and thirsting for a living and loving relationship with other persons. Only a person truly warms me. Ideas are but some partial products of the person, incomplete means of communication between persons. And the thirst of the person for unending relationships with other persons implicates both the eternity of persons and the source of this eternity of theirs in a supreme community of persons.” - Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Spirituality p. 51
 

Mr Gibbs

Woodpecker
“We are not men differently built than the others. We too would like, when we listen only to the calls of that outer life, to do naught but pile up money earned without labor. All men desire this, whose bodies run hot, whose eyes are alight with that mixture of desire and pleasure. The human beast, youth, the need to dominate, rears up in distress: are you not wasting your years of radiant life? Watched by death every hour, don't you have any regrets, feel the desire to break everything and run, to throw yourself towards pleasure, towards luminous faces, towards beautiful women as the other boys of your time?...

These are times when you have to stifle your passions to feed your soul and your faith, at the expense of such human desires that shine before our eyes like a mirage.”

Excerpt From: Leon Degrelle. “The Burning Souls.”
 

ilostabet

Pelican
Orthodox Inquirer
«For what is now called the Christian religion existed even among the ancients and was not lacking from the beginning of the human race until "Christ came in the flesh." From that time, true religion, which already existed, began to be called Christian.»

St. Augustine of Hippo, Retractions, Chapter 12
 

ilostabet

Pelican
Orthodox Inquirer
On the basic beliefs of the Sioux people:

«We should understand well that all things are the works of the Great Spirit. We should know that He is within all things: the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains, and all the four-legged animals, and the winged peoples; and even more important, we should understand that He is also above all these things and peoples. When we do understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear, and love, and know the Great Spirit, and then we will be and act and live as He intends.»

Black Elk, The Sacred Pipe, Foreword
 

ilostabet

Pelican
Orthodox Inquirer
«Everywhere we remain unfree and chained to technology, whether we passionately affirm or deny it. But we are delivered over to it in the worst possible way when we regard it as something neutral; for this conception of it, to which today we particularly like to do homage, makes us utterly blind to the essence of technology»

Martin Heidegger, The Question Concerning Technology
 

Enea

Pigeon
I love vast libraries; yet there is a doubt,
If one be better with them or without,
Unless he use them wisely, and, indeed,
Knows the high art of what and how to read
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-John Godfrey Saxe

For my fellow intellectually-inclined people, too much reading can and often does quench the spirit, keeping the mind in discursive and abstract thought rather than it seeking intimacy in the heart (via stillness and prayer) which is its home and where God dwells.

Unless the mind and heart are united, and until one is familiarized with the apophatic feeling this union produces, books and reading are an obstacle to spiritual progress not an enhancement or aid to it.
 

fortyfive

Woodpecker
There is no excuse for anyone to misunderstand God’s Word if he will, like a child, accept the Bible for what it says, and be honest enough to consecrate himself to obey it.
He must accept the Bible as God’s Word.
He must believe that God could not be honest if He sought to hide from man the very things He will judge him by in the end.
He must accept the Bible as the final Court of Appeal on its own subjects, and forget man’s interpretations and distortion of the Word.
He must believe that God knows what He is talking about; that He knows how to express Himself in human language; that He said what He meant, and meant what He said; and that what He says on a subject is more important than what any man may say about it.

Finis Dake
 

MrFreezy

Robin
“People often say that the English are very cold fish, very reserved, that they have a way of looking at things – even tragedy – with a sense of irony. There’s some truth in it; it’s pretty stupid of them, though. Humor won’t save you; it doesn’t really do anything at all. You can look at life ironically for years, maybe decades; there are people who seem to go through most of their lives seeing the funny side, but in the end, life always breaks your heart. Doesn’t matter how brave you are, how reserved, or how much you’ve developed a sense of humor, you still end up with your heart broken. That’s when you stop laughing. In the end there’s just the cold, the silence and the loneliness. In the end, there’s only death.”
Michel Houellebecq, The Elementary Particles
 

Forester

Robin
“...if the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.”

“All the miseries and evils which men suffer from vice, crime, ambition, injustice, oppression, slavery and war, proceed from their despising or neglecting the precepts contained in the Bible.”


Noah Webster, 1758-1843
 
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