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"To a wrongly stated question there can be no right answer. ...a fundamental question stated in a certain way can hold the minds of men in bondage for centuries, not to say millenia."

                Anders Nygren, Agape and Eros, p.47

"An explained thing, except for very resolute thinkers, is almost inevitably 'explained away'. Speaking generally, it may be said that the demand for explanation is due to the desire to be rid of mystery."

                __________, The Seventeenth Century Background, p.14
"To know a thing is to recognize its first cause."

               Charles Williams (Preface to History in English Words?)
"We do think in words, and the fewer words we know, the more restricted our thoughts. As our vocabulary expands , so does our power to think....If we limit and distort language, we limit and distort personality."

                Madeleine L'Engle: A Circle Of Quiet, p.149
"The central belief of every moron is that he is the victim of a mysterious conspiracy against his common rights and true deserts...[he] ascribes all his failures to get on in the world, all of his congenital incapacity and damfoolishness, to the machinations of werewolves assembled in Wall Street, or some other such den of infamy."

                H.L. Mencken
"He was ever precise in promise-keeping."

                William Shakespeare. Measure for Measure Sc. 2 (From the text of Clark and Wright.)
 ..."the idiosyncratic has triumphed over the normative.."

                Joseph A. Mazzeo:
"An image, and the thing of which it is an image, are not separate; they are not two substances...An image is strictly an emanation....A thing's image grows out of itself and grows upon itself."
                  Meister Eckhart ? Quoted in Eco, Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages...p. 113
"More vividly than ever before he realized that art has two constant, two unending concerns: it always meditates on death and thus always creates life. All great, genuine art resembles and continues the Revelation of St. John."

                  Pasternak, Dr. Zhivago, Yuri Zhivago's thoughts, ch. 3, part 17.
 "   ...that art always serves beauty, and beauty is delight in form, and form is the key to organic life..."

        Pasternak, in...Dr. Zhivago, 456
"The gods in their graciousness give us an occasional first line for nothing; but it is for us to fashion the second, which must chime with the first and not be unworthy of its supernatural elder."

        -Paul Valery: The Art of Poetry, p.18
"…when a poem is said to have two meanings, both are…in the poem…the poem is their union."

           Charles Williams, The Figure of Beatrice, 45
"Do the right thing and the right thing will happen."

           - Doug Stuart
To Plato, dialogue was a tokos--a begetting; the words of one speaker were conceived of as merely the instruments by which true thinking, itself beyond words, was 'begotten' or generated in another."

               In "Speech, Reason and Imagination" (in Romanticism Comes of Age) by Owen Barfield
"Moral action is metaphysical identity."

              -  TMS


If I can unite in myself the thought and the devotion of Eastern and Western Christendom, the Greek and the Latin Fathers, the Russians with the Spanish mystics, I can prepare in myself the reunion of divided Christians. From that secret and unspoken unity in myself can eventually come a visible and manifest unity of all Christians. If we want to bring together what is divided, we can not do so by imposing the one division upon the other or absorbing one division into the other... We must contain all divided worlds in ourselves and transcend them in Christ.
Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1965), p. 21.