Classic and contemporary excerpts.

Only A Mist

No man can say, “I have had a fine life,” because a life is something that one does not have, that one does not possess.… [Hans Christian] Andersen wept when his native town greeted him with cheers: “How happy my parents would have been,” he said.

Simone de Beauvoir in

The Coming of Age

The Unforgiving End

Lust in final form spends everything

To purchase headstones.

All passions die in graveyards.

Calvin Miller in

A Symphony in Sand


I used to gather up [my husband] Fred’s faults with the fervor of a child picking berries. I had a whole shelf of overflowing baskets before the concept of forgiveness fell heavily upon me. To be spiritual I plucked out a few of Fred’s faults and forgave them, but I didn’t want to clear the whole shelf. Where would I go for future reference material?

Florence Littauer in After

Every Wedding Comes a Marriage

Liberated Beliefs

If Jesus Christ were to come today, people would not even crucify him. They would ask him to dinner, and hear what he had to say, and make fun of it.

Thomas Carlyle, quoted by

D. A. Wilson in

Carlyle at His Zenith

The Light Of The World

I believe in Christianity as I believe the Sun has risen not only because I see it but because by it I see everything else.

C. S. Lewis in

The Weight of Glory

The Love Of Money …

We have created an affluence that has permeated every working sector of the United States. [On the strength of that security,] we have been able to sweep away standards that have been in place for a millennium.

Tom Wolfe in a 1988

commencement address at Harvard

The God-Shaped Void

So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship.

Feodor Dostoevski in The Brothers Karamazov

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