Lights

Vladimir Lossky: A leap of faith is necessary in order to recognize, outside of and alongside of God, something other than him.

Einstein: For an observer in free fall off the roof of his house, there exists for him during his fall no gravity.

Oscar Wilde: Man can believe the impossible, but man can never believe the improbable.

C.S. Lewis: The Supernatural, entering a human soul, opens it to new possibilities both of good and evil.

Augustine: The Church is a whore, and she is my mother.

Flannery O’Connor: Learn what you can, but cultivate Christian skepticism. It will keep you free–not to do anything you please, but free to be formed by something larger than your own intellect or the intellects of those around you.

T.S. Eliot: What happens when a new work of art is created is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it.

Nietzche: We have Art in order that we may not perish from Truth.

Italo Calvino: Literature is a search for the book hidden in the distance that alters the value and meaning of the known books; it is the pull toward the new apocryphal text still to be rediscovered or invented.

Alexander Schmemann: This is not the world it was before Christ came: His coming now belongs to the world.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Only by living completely in the world can one learn to believe. One must abandon every attempt to make something of oneself–even to make of oneself a righteous person.

Teilhard de Chardin: Purity does not lie in separation from but in deeper penetration into the universe.

Pascal: One must have deeper motives and judge everything accordingly, but go on talking like an ordinary person.

Paul Valery on Mallarme: He had never asked anything of the world but the most precious and rarest things it contained.

Mark Helprin’s Alessandro: If you really want to enjoy life, you must work quietly and humbly to realize your delusions of grandeur.

Walter de la Mare: Remember that you are as old as the hills which neither spend nor waste time, but dwell in it for ages, as if it were light or sunshine.

R.M. Rilke: If what is near you is far away, then your vastness is already among the stars.

W.H. Auden: Life is the destiny you are bound to refuse until you have consented to die.

Job: Though he slay me, yet will I trust him. Nevertheless will I argue my ways before him.

Coleridge: We receive but what we give.

Northrop Frye: The only genuine joy you can have is in those rare moments when you feel that although we may know in part, we are also a part of what we know.

John Keats: Negative Capability, that is when man is capable of being in uncertainties, Mysteries, doubts without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.

R.M. Rilke: If only we arrange our life according to that principle which counsels us that we must always hold to the difficult, then that which now still seems to us the most alien will become what we most trust and find most faithful.

Antoine de St. Exupery: Every conflict of ideas without solution, every irreconcilable dilemma, forces you to wax greater so that you may absorb it within yourself. Thus with your tangled roots you clutch the earth, with its flints and loam, and build up a cedar tree to God’s glory.

John Gardner: Civilized virtue, in states or individuals, can easily become too complex for self-defense, can be forced simply to abdicate like those few late Roman emperors not murdered on the street.

Oliver Wendell Holmes: I would not give a fig for the simplicity on this side of complexity, but for the simplicity on the far side of complexity I would give my right arm.

Lewis Mumford: It is not the purity of the orthodox Christian doctrine that has kept the Eastern and Western churches alive and enabled them to flourish even in a scientific age, but just the opposite: the non-systematic elements, seeping in from other cultures and from contradictory experiences of life; covert heresies that have given the Christian creed a vial buoyancy that seemingly tighter bodies of doctrine have lacked.

Thoreau: Our winged thoughts are turned to poultry.

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