May 23, 2014
"Each generation drives its plow over the bones of the dead."

— Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae

May 22, 2014
"There is no expedient to which a man will not resort to avoid the real labor of thinking."

— Joshua Reynolds, painter, courtesy of Thomas Edison, courtesy of a documentary

May 14, 2014
"Higher education should have nothing to do with studying something to make a profit. Another name for higher education is, of course, the liberal arts. And if I had to offer a definition of the liberal arts it would be this: a place and time set apart to enable people to expand the number of things that they love so that they will never be bored. I don’t mean that boredom, by the way, is a bad thing. In fact, boredom is a good thing—precisely because it drives us outside of ourselves to discover new things to love. Boredom is that dullness in the mind that we feel when we are not properly executing our capacity for thought. Boredom, in fact, is so strong—Augustine thought pride was at the heart of original sin, but [unintelligible] was right, I think. He thought that sloth, or boredom, was at the heart of original sin. Boredom is so strong that only love can overcome it. And when I say love, I don’t mean curiosity or passion; I mean a lifetime of engagement in something that is so much greater than yourself that the closer you come to it, the more complex it becomes. Only things that are mysterious can be loved."

— Stephen H. Webb

May 11, 2014

(Source: doctorpill)

May 2, 2014
"We have to criticize the moral assumptions, explicit or implicit, and recognize what are, from our point of view, the limitations and errors of their authors. And we ourselves, I suspect, are liable to fall into boobytraps of our own setting. We are in danger always of translating notions too literally from one order to another."

— T.S. Eliot, “Catholicism and International Order”

March 22, 2014

Youth and Beauty


Youth and Beauty


March 20, 2014
"Academics have got to get out of the Parisian paper matchbox and back into the cultural mainstream, the American roaring rapids, with their daily excitement and bracing vulgarity."

— Camille Paglia, “Sex, Art, and American Culture”

March 15, 2014

March 11, 2014

play four-square with the world as ball

March 7, 2014

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