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A couple of quotes reflecting on these trying times

President Trump says: “If you don’t test you won’t know and if you won’t know, you won’t have a problem.”

Governor Coumo, in his Monday July 5 briefing, said: “Not knowing doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem…so don’t test for cancer and you don’t have cancer?…We are NOT the ‘United States of  Denial’ !”

“I want to touch you while there is still time to touch you.”  Later: My Life at the Edge of the World, by Paul Lisicky

“…can we be content to be a flashlight in hidden corners, a streetlamp enlightening a beloved’s dark walk of faith, a glowing candle of peaceful security? Being a small light reminds us that we can then do what the sun can never do – illuminate the night.” Sr. Bridget Haase, O.S.U.

This is the time of year where numerous close friends of mine have passed away. It always is a sad time of year for me as I remember them and the part they played in my life. And I turn on the news and it seems death greets me each day: the fires in Australia, the 176 individuals in the plane shot down, gun violence…

There is a way, that for me, has kept memories of those I lost alive more than a picture or a gift they gave me. It’s their words written down in the cards I saved, in the notes they left me, in old e-mails. I recently came across this quote while reading Diane Setterfield’s novel The Thirteenth Tale. Her character, Margaret Lea, describing her life as a biographer, says “People disappear when they die. Their voice, their laughter, the warmth of their breath…Yet for some there is an exception to this annihilation. For in the books they write they continue to exist. We can rediscover them. Their humor, their tone of their moods. Through the written word they can anger you or make you happy. They can comfort you. They can perplex you. They can alter you. All this, even though they are dead. Like flies in amber, like corpses frozen in ice, that which according to the laws of nature should pass away is, by the miracle of ink on paper preserved. It is a kind of magic.”

Your departed loved one does not have to have been an author. Even handwriting on a scrap of paper can work this magic of the written word!

With the death of 176 innocent people, there is a lot of grief in this world, even by people like me who personally knew none of them. So I would like to present this quote from Seneca’s Consolatio ad Marciam – consolation for Marcia, a Roman woman who’d lost her father and son. “They have now been released into the free and vast spaces of eternity; no dividing seas stand between them. The path before them now is level, and they move swiftly and without obstacle in a reciprocal coexistence with the stars.”

This quote will not take away the pain of loss, but I hope that maybe it’s poetic beauty can dull it a bit.

Now that we are deep into the Impeachment hearings, I found this quote to be quite appropriate for this week:

“Justice is the insurance we have on our lives, and obedience is the premium we pay for it.” – William Penn, English Quaker

From an interview in Edge Magazine (www.edgeonline.com), Tom Hanks made this comment about his character of Forrest Gump:

“He lived at the speed of common sense. I think we’d all love to do that, but Forrest did it every day of his life.”

Quote of the Week

Posted: July 22, 2019 in Quotes
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“Free speech ends where your fist almost touches the other person’s nose.” – Mike Rogers , National Security commentator, CNN

Came across this little gem about how people used to become lawyers. It wasn’t until the 1800s that a law degree existed. Everyone who wanted to become a lawyer apprenticed and even after colleges began offering law courses, many still chose the apprentice route. One prominent figure, Abraham Lincoln became a lawyer via being an apprentice!

“If you are resolutely determined to make a lawyer of yourself the thing is more than half done already,” he wrote in 1855. “Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other thing.”

Good advice for whatever career you’re contemplating.

“To listen to someone who has no one to listen to him is a very beautiful thing” – Mother Teresa