The truth is, our civilization is not Christian; it is a tragic compound of great ideal and fearful practice, of loving charity and fearful clutching of possessions.
It’s necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live. Alexandre Dumas
We have all been expelled from the Garden, but the ones who suffer most in exile are those who are still permitted to dream of perfection.
How often we sit weeping — youand I — over the life we lead!My friends, if you only knewthe darkness of the days ahead!
A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty, the contemplation of mystery, or the search of truth is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession of such days is fatal to human life.
Sloth is the natural result of unrewarded hard work among the poor, reason enough for them to be prickly.
She said he looked better. He insisted it wasn’t true. Then both were silent. They ate carefully—lonely people no longer astonished by their loneliness.
Henry H. Roth
Thus, as far as he is a scientific man, as far as he knows anything, he is a materialist; outside his science, in spheres about which he knows nothing, he translates his ignorance into Greek and calls it agnosticism.
Without him nothing was done, and through him everything was done, and the king trusted him more than any other.