“All those who seek Thee tempt Thee,
And those who find would bind Thee
To gesture and to form.
But I would comprehend Thee
As the wide Earth unfolds Thee.
Thou growest with my maturity,
Thou Art in calm and storm.
I ask of Thee no vanity
To evidence and prove Thee.
Thou Wert in eons old.
Perform no miracles for me,
But justify Thy laws to me
Which, as the years pass by me.
All soundlessly unfold.”
The Book of Hours
Rainer Maria Rilke
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Screwtape speaking to a junior devil:
The more often he feels without acting, the less he will be able ever to act, and in the long run, the less he will be able to feel.
— CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
“A CRITIC has truly pointed out that Savonarola could not have been fundamentally anti-æsthetic, since he had such friends as Michael Angelo, Botticelli, and Luca della Robbia. The fact is that this purification and austerity are even more necessary for the appreciation of life and laughter than for anything else. To let no bird fly past unnoticed, to spell patiently the stones and weeds, to have the mind a storehouse of sunset, requires a discipline in pleasure, and an education in gratitude.”
~G.K. Chesterton: ‘Savonarola’
(In “Twelve Types”: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/12491)
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No half-heartedness and no worldly fear must turn us aside from following the light unflinchingly.
– JRR Tolkien
“LIFE is not void or stuff for scorners:
We have laughed loud and kept our love,
We have heard singers in tavern corners
And not forgotten the birds above:
We have known smiters and sons of thunder
And not unworthily walked with them,
We have grown wiser and lost not wonder;
And we have seen Jerusalem.”
~G.K. Chesterton: Collected in ‘The Ballad of St. Barbara and Other Verses.’ (1922)