miscellaneous quotes

Emitte Spiritum tuum et creabuntur;

Et renovabis faciem terrae.

Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created

And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.


Psalm 104, “Antiphon for Pentecost”

The way to fame goes through the palaces, the way to happiness goes through the markets, the way to virtue goes through the deserts.

Chinese proverb

Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man; and, therefore, if a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he need have a present wit; and if he read little he need have much cunning to seem to know that he does not.

Francis Bacon

It may be, then, that form serves us best when it works as an obstruction to baffle us and deflect our intended course. It may be that when we no longer know what to do we have come to our real work and that when we no longer know which way to go we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

Wendell Berry, “Standing by Woods”

It's dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly, child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly.

Aldous Huxley

The most difficult things in the world Must be accomplished through the easiest. The greatest things in the world Must be accomplished through the smallest. Therefore the Sage Never attempts great things and so accomplishes them.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching Chapter 63

The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth, without limitation or without being circumscribed or prohibited by the creeds or superstitious notions of men, or by the dominations of one another, when that truth is clearly demonstrated to our minds, and we have the highest degree of evidence of the same.

Joseph Smith, Letter to Isaac Galland, Mar. 22, 1839, Liberty Jail

sometimes it is necessary to shake the kaleidoscope: same elements - different pattern - new direction

Roman Dale, personal communication, 4 June 2018

“If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, or looking for dinosaur eggs in the Gobi Desert.“

W. Beran Wolfe, Australian psychiatrist

“Find a happy person, and you will find a project.“

Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychologist

Tue 30 Jun 2020 10:18:38 AM CDT