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Quotes "We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it. Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance." ~ Hans Urs von Balthasar "The type of mind that can understand good fiction is not necessarily the educated mind, but it is at all times the kind of mind that is willing to have its sense of mystery deepened by contact with reality, and its sense of reality deepened by contact with mystery." - Flannery O’Connor "Men teach us to speak. The gods teach us silence." - Plutarch “April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.” - Mark Twain “What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing.” - Aristotle "If a man believes that he alone has a sound mind, And no one else can speak or think as well as he does, Then, when people study him, they’ll find an empty book. But a wise man can learn a lot and never be ashamed; He knows he does not have to be rigid and close hauled. You’ve seen trees tossed by a torrent in a flash flood: If they bend, they’re saved, and every twig survives, But if they stiffen up, they’re washed out from the roots." - Sophocles, Antigone …authentic…virtue,..bears the happily radiant seal of spontaneity, of freedom from constraint and of self-evident inclination. - Josef Pieper

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