Wednesday, September 17, 2014

absorbing and voluptuous

"In anything fit to be called by the name of reading, the process itself should be absorbing and voluptuous; we should gloat over a book, be rapt clean out of ourselves, and rise from the perusal, our mind filled with the busiest, kaleidoscopic dance of images, incapable of sleep or of continuous thought." 
[Robert Louis Stevenson, "A Gossip on Romance", 1882]

Monday, September 08, 2014

To breathe freely in the open air! Oh, what joy!


This one song from Beethoven's only opera, Fidelio, makes it worth it.

"To breathe freely in the open air!
Oh, what joy!
Up here, up here alone is life;
the dungeon is a tomb."


Saturday, September 06, 2014

everyone who believes thinks


“No one believes anything unless one first thought it believable… Everything that is believed is believed after being preceded by thought…. Not everyone who thinks believes, since many think in order not to believe; but everyone who believes thinks, thinks in believing and believes in thinking.” 
[Augustine]

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

no corrupting talk

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."  
[Ephesians 4:29]