Thursday, 31 October 2013

True Thomas Excerpt

O see ye not yon narrow road,
  So thick beset wi’ thorns and briers?
That is the Path of Righteousness,
  Though after it but few inquires.

‘And see ye not yon braid, braid road,
  That lies across the lily leven?
That is the Path of Wickedness,
  Though some call it the Road to Heaven.

‘And see ye not yon bonny road
  That winds about the fernie brae?     
That is the Road to fair Elfland,
  Where thou and I this night maun gae.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Amare amabam: nesciebam quid amarem. Te inveni.

I was in love with love.
I knew not what to love.
I found thee.
-St. Augustine.

Monday, 7 October 2013

1.[Speaking of Ludwig Wittgenstein]: "The most perfect example I have ever known of genius as traditionally conceived; passionate, profound, intense, and dominating."  - Bertrand Russell

2."Never stay up on the barren heights of cleverness, but come down into the green valleys of silliness." -Ludwig Wittgenstein

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Goethe on orbit

Can you dare even to think of yourself in the midst of this eternally living order without then asserting itself within you too something that is in ceaseless motion and describes its orbit about a pure center?
And even if you were to find it difficult to locate this center within you, you would recognise it by the fact that a kind and soothing effect emanates from it and testifies to its existence.

-Wilhelm Meister's Journeyings