I’m putting up a little “archive” page here for my “Quotes of the moment” when I change them on the main page. Comments welcome. – Benedict


  1. “Books are like a mirror. If an ass looks in, you can’t expect an angel to look out.” — Schopenhauer
  2. “We know enough of our own history by now to be aware that people exploit what they have merely concluded to be of value, but they defend what they love. To defend what we love we need a particularizing language, for we love what we particularly know.” — Wendell Berry, Life is a Miracle
  3. “Hope is a state of mind independent of the state of the world. If your heart’s full of hope, you can be persistent when you can’t be optimistic. You can keep the faith despite the evidence, knowing that only in so doing has the evidence any chance of changing. So while I’m not optimistic, I’m always very hopeful.” –William Sloane Coffin, Jr., quoted in his NPR obituary
  4. A community economy is not an economy in which well-placed persons can make a ‘killing’. It is an economy whose aim is generosity and a well-distributed and safeguarded abundance. — Wendell Berry
  5. Those know don’t have the words to tell / Those with the words don’t know too well. – Bruce Cockburn, “Burden of the Angel/Beast”
  6. “You’re asking us to disobey a direct order.”
    “That’s right, I am. But as you well know, the reason that many of us are here is because of our affinity for disobedience.” – Morpheus, The Matrix: Reloaded
  7. Infinity always gives me vertigo. – Bruce Cockburn, “Mystery”
  8. The people of the impossible are also the impossible people. – Jack Caputo

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