Saturday, March 30, 2013

Lent Quote 40

40. God has told you, O mortal, what is good;
and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6.8

Friday, March 29, 2013

Lent Quote 39

39. The great architect Frank Lloyd Wright was fond of an incident that may have seemed insignificant at the time, but had a profound influence on the rest of his life. The winter he was 9, he went walking across a snow-covered field with his reserved, no- nonsense uncle. As the two of them reached the far end of the field, his uncle stopped him. He pointed out his own tracks in the snow, straight and true as an arrow’s flight, and then young Frank’s tracks meandering all over the field. “Notice how your tracks wander aimlessly from the fence to the cattle to the woods and back again,” his uncle said. “And see how my tracks aim directly to my goal. There is an important lesson in that.”

Years later the world-famous architect liked to tell how the experience had contributed to his philosophy in life. “I determined right then,” he’d say with a twinkle in his eye, “not to miss the things in life that my uncle had missed.”

Unknown source

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lent Quote 38

38. The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ,
 Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit,
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
 Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.

The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
Persian poet and polymath, 1048-1131

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lent Quote 37

37. Tesco, ergo sum

(I shop therefore I am)

A parody of Descartes’ saying “Cogito, ergo sum” – I think therefore I am. Are you born to shop? How would you complete the saying “I …, therefore I am”? What makes you feel truly alive?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lent Quote 36

36. What's it all about, Alfie?
Is it just for the moment we live?
What's it all about when you sort it out, Alfie?
Are we meant to take more than we give
or are we meant to be kind?
And if only fools are kind, Alfie, then I guess it's wise to be cruel.
And if life belongs only to the strong, Alfie,
what will you lend on an old golden rule?
As sure as I believe there's a heaven above, Alfie,
I know there's something much more,
something even non-believers can believe in.
I believe in love, Alfie.
Without true love we just exist, Alfie.
Until you find the love you've missed you're nothing, Alfie.
When you walk let your heart lead the way
and you'll find love any day,

Title song from the film “Alfie”. Alfie is a profoundly selfish womaniser. In the end, though, events force him to confront the effect his behaviour has on himself and on others. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Lent Quote 35

35. I’m not crazy about reality,
but it’s still the only place to get a decent meal

Groucho Marx