My Favorite Quotes

(...instead of cluttering my email signature with them)

My world view

One should pray as if everything depended on prayer, but work as if everything depended on working. St. Benedict (...and dance and sing as if everything depended on dancing and singing.) STP

You do not need to know precisely what is happening or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope. Thomas Merton

Whether humanity will consciously follow the law of love, I do not know. But that need not disturb me. The law will work as surely as the law of gravitation works, whether we accept it or not. The person who discovered the law of love was a far greater scientist than any of our modern scientists; only our explorations have not gone far enough so it is not yet possible for everyone to see all of its workings. M. K. Gandhi

Remember, you are not a human being capable of having spiritual experiences, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (paraphrased)

Music is God's gift to man, the only art of Heaven given to earth, the only art of earth we take to Heaven. Walter Savage Landor

Cultivate virtue in yourself, and virtue will be everywhere. Lao Tzu
(also translated as: "I find good in good people, and I find good in bad people, if I am good enough.")

Ora penso invece che il mondo sia un enigma benigno, che la nostra follia rende terribile perche pretende di interpretarlo secondo la propria verita. Umberto Eco, "Il Pendolo di Foucault"
(Losely translated as: "Lately I have come to believe that the world is an enigma, a benign enigma, however, which is only rendered terrible by our folly of trying to interpret it as though it had some underlying meaning.")

(1) Die Welt ist alles, was der Fall ist.
(1.1) Die Welt ist die Gesamtheit der Tatsachen, nicht der Dinge.
Ludwig Wittgenstein, "Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus"

Just as anyone who listens to the Muse will hear, you can write out of your own intention, or out of inspiration. There is such a thing; it comes up and talks to you. Those who have heard the rhythms and hymns of the angels, who have heard the words of the angels, will try to recite these hymns in such a way that the angels will be attracted. Joseph Campbell, "The Hero's Journey"


If you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

Those who give up essential freedoms for security, deserve neither freedom nor security. Benjamin Franklin

The story of my life

I don't need confirmation, on my boyhood extrapolation.
Though I'm not sure of my direction, I have The Groove for my protection.
Mark King (of the pop group "Level 42")

You can get a lot of work done if you just stay with it and are excited and it's play instead of work. Joseph Campbell, "The Hero's Journey"

Summan av alla laster aer konstant. Swedish aphorism

Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again. F. P. Jones

I came to know God experimentally. George Fox, Founder of the Religious Society of Friends (The Quakers)

About Peace

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. Dwight D. Eisenhower, 16 April 1953

My favorite closing line

take care;
give care.

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[Stephen Travis Pope,]

Created: 1995.02.08; LastEditDate: 2002.04.17