then it is able to think live things. There is one heart all whose thoughts are strong, happy creatures, and whose very dreams are lives. When some pray, they lift heavy thoughts from the ground, only to drop them on it again; others send up their prayers in living shapes, this or that, the nearest likeness to each. All live things were thoughts to begin with, and are fit therefore to be used by those that think. When one says to the great Thinker: –“Here is one of thy thoughts: I am thinking it now!” that is a prayer – a word to the big heart from one of its own little hearts.
– Mr. Raven to the Narrator,
Lilith, chapter V,
I see thee never more;
But love, and help, and pain, beautiful one,
Have made thee mine, till all my years are done.
– Phantastes, chapter IV,
a tinge of sadness was in every note. Nor do we know how much of the pleasures even of life we owe to the intermingled sorrows. Joy cannot unfold the deepest truths, although deepest truth must be deepest joy. Cometh white-robed Sorrow, stooping and wan, and flingeth wide the doors she may not enter. Almost we linger with Sorrow for very love.
– Phantastes, chapter X,
The river that we cross we forget. The river that stops us is always there.
– Samuel Menashe,
on his poem Promised Land
Take notes on the thoughts you get from what you hear. You must learn to listen less and think more, because the more you listen, the more you memorize, and try to be smarter. The more you think, the more you realize that it doesn’t do you any good to be smart. It’s better to be plain and simple and real.
– Charlie “Tremendous” Jones,
The KellyGram, April 2010 issue.
First, everything in this fallen created order “answers to” something unfallen […] In other words, the dragon is the archtypical emblem of sly, crafty, rebellion – and this goes back to the Garden. Satan is that ancient dragon. If we read our Bibles rightly, we will pay attention to the symbols. Honor the symbols, people.
But of course Satan was a fallen something, and that something was, before he fell, an unfallen version of that same thing. My personal view is that he was one of the seraphim, which means that the seraphim are glorious, unfallen dragons, privileged to cry holy, holy, holy in the presence of God.
But in this world, the one we live in, dragons still mean what they mean. That meaning was assigned to us. Shifting the meaning of everything around in this metamorphing way seems to me to be not so much a testimony to our literary prowess as to the continued craftiness of the serpent.
– Doug Wilson
(food for my thought and a warning as well.)
are three of the most powerful words in the english language. those words say that we are human; they are like the words hunger and thirst. but they are not words about the body, they are words about the soul…
…there is an entire world inside yourself, and if you let yourself, you can get so deep inside it, you will forget the way to the surface. other people keep our souls alive, just like food and water does with our body.
– attributed to Don Miller