Helpful Quotations

January 1, 2008

“I don’t know how to crush my fear/ other than to love what’s close.”
-Norman Nathan, from “The Chaos of Night.”

“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

–Matthew 18:20

“When people get together in the best places things go glimmering.”

-F. Scott Fitzgerald, from “Absolution”

“O peace in uncertainty!”

-Friedrich Nietzsche, from Thus Spoke Zarathustra

“…between two armies…There saw Arjuna standing fathers and grandfathers, teachers, uncles, sons, and grandsons and also companions. And also fathers-in-law and friends in both armies…”

-From the Bhagavadgita, Book I, verses 24-27

“All organization is and must be grounded on the idea of exclusion and prohibition, just as two objects cannot occupy the same space…”
-Arthur Miller, from The Crucible

“…and is the least specific of connectives. Used between independent clauses, it indicates only that a relation exists between them without defining that relation.”

–William Strunk, J. and E.B. White, from Elements of Style

religion Look up religion at Dictionary.com
c.1200, “state of life bound by monastic vows,” also “conduct indicating a belief in a divine power,” from Anglo-Fr. religiun (11c.), from O.Fr. religion “religious community,” from L. religionem (nom. religio) “respect for what is sacred, reverence for the gods,” in L.L. “monastic life” (5c.); according to Cicero, derived from relegare “go through again, read again,” from re- “again” + legere “read” (see lecture). However, popular etymology among the later ancients (and many modern writers) connects it with religare “to bind fast” (see rely), via notion of “place an obligation on,” or “bond between humans and gods.” Another possible origin is religiens “careful,” opposite of negligens. Meaning “particular system of faith” is recorded from c.1300.

“To hold, therefore, that there is no difference in matters of religion between forms that are unlike each other, and even contrary to each other, most clearly leads in the end to the rejection of all religion in both theory and practice. And this is the same thing as atheism, however it may differ from it in name.” [Pope Leo XIII, Immortale Dei, 1885]

Modern sense of “recognition of, obedience to, and worship of a higher, unseen power” is from 1535. Religious is first recorded c.1225. Transfered sense of “scrupulous, exact” is recorded from 1599.
–Online Etymology Dictionary

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