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    Archive for March, 2004

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2004

    “What is self-evident is not discussed.” Josef Pieper

    Monday, March 29th, 2004

    Note: I’m working on a new blog “look.” I’ll start adding content again on April 1st (no fooling).

    Sunday, March 21st, 2004

    Every aphorism is a condensed essay.

    Saturday, March 20th, 2004

    “[T]he gifts of the heart cannot be separated from those of the intelligence; those who have drawn a distinction between them, possessed neither.” Flaubert

    Friday, March 19th, 2004

    When asked whether he ever felt embarrassed to meet artists whose work he has criticized, an art critic of high standards replied, “Not at all. They ought to be embarrassed for producing such wretched art.” Reminds me a little bit of a movie critic (again, of high standards) who wrote disparagingly about an aspect of [...]

    Thursday, March 18th, 2004

    “I have often repented of having spoken, but never of having been silent.” Simonides (a Greek Pythagorean)

    Weekdays with Maury

    Wednesday, March 17th, 2004

    The free-sex mantras from the 1960s are common knowledge today: Get over the hang-ups; love everybody; share your body with everybody. Once everybody gets over these hang-ups and taboos about sex, society will make a real breakthrough in peace and love. Austin Powers’ views on living, in other words. I’d like to make unrepentant proponents [...]

    Orestes

    Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

    Orestes Brownson was mostly a kind man, his made-for-public-consumption polemics notwithstanding. He was tenderly affectionate toward his wife and children and had many friends. He was deeply devoted to God; after his conversion, always writing with a crucifix in front of him and a statue of the Virgin Mary at his side. He was also [...]

    Monday, March 15th, 2004

    “Comparison is the expedient of those who cannot reach the heart of the things compared.” George Santayana

    Sunday, March 14th, 2004

    Aristotle, a pagan, placed the highest natural felicity in the knowledge of God.

    Get Small

    Saturday, March 13th, 2004

    Commencing with Copernicus, western culture increasingly adopted an attitude of domination, of hubris, an attitude brooking no limitation to man’s effort to master the universe. We sit today in a position of health, comfort, luxuries, and increasing longevity. Before Copernicus, the chips were down, we felt insignificant and small, like a football team that lost [...]

    Friday, March 12th, 2004

    “Satire is a glass in which we see every countenance but our own.” Jonathan Swift

     


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