But the Church cannot be, in any political sense, either conservative or liberal, or revolutionary. Conservatism is too often conservation of the wrong things: liberalism a relaxation of discipline; revolution a denial of the permanent...
The Nobel is a ticket to one’s own funeral. No one has ever done anything after he got it.
Most of the trouble in the world is caused by people wanting to be important.
Art never improves, but the material of art is never quite the same.
One of the low on whom assurance sits / As a silk hat on a Bradford millionaire.
In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.
Truth on our level is a different thing from truth for the jellyfish.
Lady, three white leopards sat under a juniper tree / In the cool of the day.
For us, there is only the trying. The rest is not our business.
In the seventeenth century a dissociation of sensibility set in.
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse
Love is most nearly itself when here and now cease to matter.
Webster was much possessed by death / And saw the skull beneath the skin.
Tenants of the house, / Thoughts of a dry brain in a dry season.
I had seen birth and death but had thought they were different.
I grow old … I grow old …I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
LightLightThe visible reminder of Invisible Light.
The dove descending breaks the air / With flame of incandescent terror.
Clear the air! clean the sky! wash the wind! take stone from stone and wash them.
Where does one go from a world of insanity? Somewhere on the other side of despair.
People exercise an unconscious selection in being influenced.
Most of the evil in this world is done by people with good intentions.
It’s not wise to violate rules until you know how to observe them.
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
I read, much of the night, and go south in the winter.