Friday, August 26, 2011

"Dynamics of Faith" by Paul Tillich

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  • "There is hardly a word in the religious language, both theological and popular, which is subject to more misunderstanding, distortions and questionable definitions that the word "faith." It belongs to those terms which need healing before they can be used to the healing of men."
  • "Today the term "faith" is more productive of disease than of health. It confuses, misleads, creates alternately skepticism and fanaticism, intellectual resistance and emotional surrender, rejection of genuine religion and subjection to substitutes."
  • "there is as yet no substitute expressing the reality to which the term "faith"points. So, for the time being, the only way of dealing with the problem is to try to reinterpret"
  • "Faith is the state of being ultimately concerned: the dynamics of faith are the dynamics of man's ultimate concern."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"Anthem" by Ayn Rand

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  • "It is a fearful word, alone."
  • "Nothing matters save the work, our secret, our evil, our precious work."
  • "all men are one and that there is no will save the will of all men together"
  • "This is a great sin, to be born with a head which is too quick."
  • "The secrets of this earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them."
  • "So much is still to be learned! So long a road lies before us, and what care we if we must travel it alone!"

Sunday, August 21, 2011

"As a Man Thinketh" by James Allen

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  • "The aphorism, "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he," not only embraces the whole of a man's being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts."
  • "Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits"
  • "cause and effect is as absolute and undeviating in the hidden realm of thought as in the world of visible and material things"
  • "A noble and Godlike character is not a thing of favour or chance, but is the natural result of continued effort in right thinking, the effect of long-cherished association with Godlike thoughts. An ignoble and bestial character, by the same process, is the result of the continued harbouring of grovelling thoughts."
  • "Man is made or unmade by himself; in the armoury of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself; he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace."
  • "man is the master of thought, the moulder of character, and the maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny"

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

"The Grand Inquisitor" (from The Brothers Karamazov) by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

The Brothers Karamazov (by Fyodor Dostoyevsky) - the Kindle edition.
  •          "And blind faith remained alone To lull the trusting heart"
  • "vague and undefined promise of freedom, which men, dull and unruly as they are by nature, are unable so much as to understand"
  • "never was there anything more unbearable to the human race than personal freedom!"
  • "where is there freedom of choice where men are bribed with bread?"
  • "Feed us first and then command us to be virtuous!" will be the words written upon the banner"

Friday, August 12, 2011

"All Things Considered" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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  • "I cannot understand the people who take literature seriously; but I can love them, and I do. Out of my love I warn them to keep clear of this book."
  • "It is so easy to be solemn; it is so hard to be frivolous."
  • "It is more dignified to sit still than to dance the Barn Dance."
  • "That is why so many tired, elderly, and wealthy men go in for politics. They are responsible, because they have not the strength of mind left to be irresponsible."
  • "One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time."
  • "In these essays (as I read them over) I feel frightfully annoyed with myself for not getting to the point more quickly; but I had not enough leisure to be quick."