Quotes

“An explained thing, except for very resolute thinkers, is almost inevitably ‘explained away’. Speaking generally, it may be said that the demand for explanation is due to the desire to be rid of mystery.”

__________, The Seventeenth Century Background, p.14

“To know a thing is to recognize its first cause.”

Charles Williams (Preface to History in English Words?)
“We do think in words, and the fewer words we know, the more restricted our thoughts. As our vocabulary expands , so does our power to think….If we limit and distort language, we limit and distort personality.”

Madeleine L’Engle: A Circle Of Quiet, p.149

“He was ever precise in promise-keeping.”

William Shakespeare. Measure for Measure Sc. 2 (From the text of Clark and Wright.)

…”the idiosyncratic has triumphed over the normative..”

Joseph A. Mazzeo:
“An image, and the thing of which it is an image, are not separate; they are not two substances…An image is strictly an emanation….A thing’s image grows out of itself and grows upon itself.”

Meister Eckhart ? Quoted in Eco, Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages…p. 113

” …that art always serves beauty, and beauty is delight in form, and form is the key to organic life…”

Pasternak, in…Dr. Zhivago, 456

“The gods in their graciousness give us an occasional first line for nothing; but it is for us to fashion the second, which must chime with the first and not be unworthy of its supernatural elder.”

-Paul Valery: The Art of Poetry, p.18

“�when a poem is said to have two meanings, both are�in the poem�the poem is their union.”

Charles Williams, The Figure of Beatrice, 45

“Do the right thing and the right thing will happen.”

– Doug Stuart
“To Plato, dialogue was a tokos–a begetting; the words of one speaker were conceived of as merely the instruments by which true thinking, itself beyond words, was ‘begotten’ or generated in another.”

In “Speech, Reason and Imagination” (in Romanticism Comes of Age) by Owen Barfield

“To believe all this, I don’t take any leap into the absurd. I find it reasonable to believe, even though these beliefs are beyond reason.”

Flannery O’Connor
“To seek to solve the problem of God is to seek to see one’s own eyes.”

Thomas Merton
“Many poets are not poets for the same reason that many religious men are not saints. They never succeed in being themselves…”

Thomas Merton

“The ragged figure that moves from tree to tree in the back of his mind…”

Flannery O’Connor

“Moral action is metaphysical identity.”

– TMS

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