19 November 2008

Words from some Wise Guys

Let me share some quotes my dad sent me recently. I think they came from his recent reading of P. Yancey. It's great to have grown up in a home with books and readers and parents who valued good manners & and good grammar.

"A saint is one who exaggerates what the world neglects."

--G. K. Chesterton

"Love consents to all and commands only those who consent. Love is abdication. God is abdication".
--Simone Weil

"The genuine realist, if he is an unbeliever, will always find strength and ability to disbelieve in the miraculous, and if he is confronted with a miracle as an irrefutable fact he would rather disbelieve his own senses than admit the fact. Faith does not...spring from the miracle, but the miracle from faith."
--Fyodor Dostoevsky

"This again is a great contradiction: though he was a Jew, his followers were not Jews."

"Suppose we hear an unknown man spoken of by many men. Suppose we were puzzled to hear that some men said he was too tall and some too short; some objected to his fatness, some lamented his leanness; some thought him too dark, and some too fair.
One explanation....would be that he might be an odd shape.
But there is another explanation. He might be the right shape....Perhaps [in short] this extraordinary thing is really the ordinary thing; at least the normal thing, the centre."
--G.K. Chesterton

"Why did Providence hide it's face at the most critical moment ... as though voluntarily submitting to the blind, dumb, pitiless laws of nature?"
---Fyodor Dostoevsky

"The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven...
And earthly power doth then show likest God's when mercy seasons justice."
--Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

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