Quotes

Here be the wit, wisdom and wordiness of some of our heroes, packaged in nice little bite-sized chunks. Peruse, ponder, or prevaricate over any of the thoughts here!

“In the world it is called Tolerance, but in hell it is called Despair, the sin that believes in nothing, cares for nothing, seeks to know nothing, interferes with nothing, enjoys nothing, hates nothing, finds purpose in nothing, lives for nothing, and remains alive because there is nothing for which it will die.”
~ Dorothy Sayers

“A good poem is a massive, deep, and vital thing, but this does not imply that a poem is a stimulus to which any response, so long as it is intense is appropriate. It does not mean that the poem is merely a body of material which the reader may fancifully reorder according to his whim. But it does imply that, though the poem is a controlled focus if experience, within the terms of that control many transliterations are possible a variants of the root attitude expressed.”
~Robert Penn Warren

“A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.”
~ G.K. Chesterton

 “Let me pause for a moment to say that I believe this thought, of the possibility of death – if calmly realized, and steadily faced – would be one of the best possible tests as to our going to any scene of amusement being right or wrong. If the thought of sudden death acquires for you, a special horror when imagines as happening in a theater, then be very sure the theater is harmful for you, however harmless it may be for others; and that you are incuring a deadly peril in going. Be sure the safest rule is that we should not dare live in any scene in which we dare not die.”
~ Lewis Carroll

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – it’s the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”
~Mark Twain
“Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become.”
~ C.S. Lewis
“He lives the poetry that he cannot write. The others write the poetry that they dare not realize.” ~ Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
“Art never responds to the wish to make it democratic; it is not for everybody; it is only for those who are willing to undergo the effort needed to understand it.”
~ Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
“A turkey is more occult and awful than all the angels and archangels In so far as God has partly revealed to us an angelic world, he has partly told us what an angel means. But God has never told us what a turkey means. And if you go and stare at a live turkey for an hour or two, you will find by the end of it that the enigma has rather increased than diminished.”
~ G.K. Chesterton, All Things Considered

“What use is it to pile task on task and prolong the days of labor, if at the close the chief object is left unattained? It is not the fault of the teachers–they work only too hard already. The combined folly of a civilization that has forgotten its own roots is forcing them to shore up the tottering weight of an educational structure that is built upon sand. They are doing for their pupils the work which the pupils themselves ought to do. For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain.”
~Dorothy Sayers, “The Lost Tool of Learning”

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