Quotations

Just a place to store all those great or not-so-great but meaningful quotes I come across. Some may induce a later post.

If you looked for things to make you feel hurt and wretched and unnecessary, you were certain to find them,  more easily each time, so easily soon, that you did not even realize you had gone out searching. Women alone often developed into experts  at the practice. (The Lovely Leave, by Dorothy Parker)

Eternity is very long, especially toward the end. (Woody Allen)

And when did he know just what he’d done? We’ve wondered that, Swede and I. When did it come to Davy Land that exile is a country of shifting borders, hard to quit yet hard to endure, no matter your wide shoulders, no matter your toughened heart? (Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger)

“Puritanism – the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” (Henry Mencken)

“The meaning of the [spiritual] text, is often as moral as its reader. If the reader is intolerant, hateful, or oppressive, so will be the interpretation of the text.” (Scholar of Islamic Law, Professor Khalid Abou El Fadl from The Place of Tolerance in Islam: On Reading the Qur’an–and Misreading It, Boston Review (Feb. 25, 20o2)

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