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Old Serious Quotes

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I believe so that I may understand--I don't understand that I may believe.
-- Anselm
"'Well, Sir, if things are real, they're there all the time.'
'Are they?' said the Professor."
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
-- CS Lewis
If there is anything in nature which the human mind, which human intelligence, energy and power could not create, then the creator of such things must be a being superior to man. But the heavenly bodies in their eternal orbits could not be created by man. They must therefore be created by a being greater than man ... Only an arrogant fool would imagine that there was nothing in the whole world greater than himself. Therefore there must be something greater than man. And that something must be God. -- Chysippus

In regular harmony
The world moves through its changes;
Seeds in competition with each other
Are held in balance by eternal law;
Phoebus brings rosy dawns
In his golden chariot
That his sister Phoebe may rule the nights
That Hesperus brings;
The waves of the greedy sea
Are kept in fixed bounds,
Nor may the land move out
And extend its limits.
What binds all things to order,
Governing earth and sea and sky,
Is love.
If love's rein slackened
All things now held in mutual love
At once would fall to warring with each other
Striving to wreck that engine of the world
Which now they drive
In mutual trust with motion beautiful.
And love joins peoples too
By a sacred bond,
And ties the knot of holy matrimony
That binds chaste lovers,
Joins too with its law
All faithful comrades.
O happy race of men,
If the love that rules the stars
May also rule your hearts!


Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. --E. L. Doctorow
A poem ought to be a painting that speaks; a painting ought to be a silent poem. --Simonides
The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. --Unknown
Character gives us qualities, but it is in actions - what we do - that we are happy or the reverse.... All human happiness and misery take the form of action. --Aristotle
When you write, you lay out a line of words. The line of words is a miner's pick, a woodcarver's gouge, a surgeon's probe. You wield it, and it digs a path you follow. Soon you find yourself deep in new territory. --Annie Dillard
The study of history is the best medicine for a sick mind. --Livy
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