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queen.saints:

--- Quote from: Santantonio on October 26, 2021, 02:35:53 PM ---"What I meant, whether or no I managed to say it, was this; that no man knows how much he is an optimist, even when he calls himself a pessimist, because he has not really measured the depths of his debt to whatever created him and enabled him to call himself anything. At the back of our brains, so to speak, there was a forgotten blaze or burst of astonishment at our own existence. The object of the artistic and spiritual life was to dig for this submerged sunrise of wonder; so that a man sitting in a chair might suddenly understand that he was actually alive, and be happy."

https://archive.org/details/in.ernet.dli.2015.171708/page/n97/mode/2up?q=sunrise

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Wow, I love this.

Melkor:
"One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak."

G.K. Chesterton

Melkor:
"There is nothing to which a man must give himself up with more faith and self abandonment than to genuine laughter."

G.K. Chesterton

Melkor:
          Fearfully plain the flowers grew,
          Like the child's book to read,
          Or like a friend's face seen in a glass;
          He looked; and there Our Lady was,
          She stood and stroked the tall live grass
          As a man strokes his steed.

          Her face was like an open word
          When brave men speak and choose,
          The very colours of her coat
          Were better than good news.

          She spoke not, nor turned not,
          Nor any sign she cast,
          Only she stood up straight and free,
          Between the flowers in Athelney,
          And the river running past.

G.K. Chesterton - Ballad of the White Horse

Melkor:
“Government has become ungovernable; that is, it cannot leave off governing. Law has become lawless; that is, it cannot see where laws should stop. The chief feature of our time is the meekness of the mob and the madness of the government.”

G.K. Chesterton-bold is my own.

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