...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors




All it takes is a five-year-old in pale blue coveralls drawing in a coloring book for a door to open into the light, for the house to be built again and the ochre hillside covered with flowers.

Max Jacob
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"...absolute despair has no art."

"Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet."
Pashtun proverb

"...the child is also mother to the man."
Jim Harrison

The Church says:
the body is a sin
Science says:
the body is a machine
Advertising says:
the body is a business
The body says:
I am a fiesta.

Eduardo Galeano

"..those who do not love the truth will hate it."

"..dead fish always swim with the stream.'

"...all our pain comes from restraint of love."

"It is a long time now since I asked heaven for anything, and still my
arms have not come down."
Antonio Porchia trans. W.S. Merwin

"The people imagine they pray before God. But this is not so, for
prayer itself is the essence of divinity."
Anonymous Hasid

"Without religion, however, magic by itself draws man fatally under
the thrall of disincarnate beings who pervade the earth and feed upon
the emotional energies of the human organism. These are called demons,
but the word has ceased to have anything but childish meaning for
modern people."
Anonymous Gnostic monk

"God has not died for the white heron...God has not appeared to the birds."

"If the Apocalypse is really just around the corner the correct
attitude would seem to be one of lively curiosity."
Anita Brookner

"I was brought up to think it a sin to waste bread, and I have lived
all my life in a world that wastes life."
Sylvia Townsend Warner

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