Hopelessness means that we no longer have the spirit for holding our trip together. We may still want to hold our trip together. We long to have some reliable, comfortable ground under our feet, but we’ve tried a thousand ways to hide and a thousand ways to tie up all the loose ends, and the ground just keeps moving under us. Trying to get lasting security reaches us a lot, because if we...
Survivors [of domestic and sexual violence] don’t tend to go to faith...– Victoria Ferguson, founder of Kindred Moxie, a faith-based domestic violence advocacy network in Atlanta. Source: Catherine Woodiwiss, “‘I Believe You:’ The Silence and the Shame of Sexual Violence in Church,” God’s Politics Blog, Sojourners (May 3, 2013).
My hut lies in the middle of a dense forest; Every year the green ivy grows...– Ryokan. From John Stevens (tr.), One Robe, One Bowl: The Zen Poetry of Ryokan (Boston: Weatherhill, 2006, c1977), p. 43.
We’ve noticed, number one, that these individuals develop what we call...– Tony Rostain, Medical Director of the University of Pennsylvania Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program and professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, responding to a question about the connections between adult ADHD, anxiety, and...
And Y deme, that the passiouns of this tyme ben not worthi to the glorie to...– Romans 8.18-24, Wycliffe translation.
Khaled tried to read the names on the Marines’ uniforms when they entered the...– Khaled and Yusuf Anizi, family members of four of the civilians killed by U.S. Marines at Haditha (November 19, 2005), remembering the events of that day. Source: Liz Sly, “Civilian deaths at root of U.S.-Iraqi disconnect,” The Washington Post (Dec. 10, 2011).
Johnny Cash: Would you sing a song with me? June Carter: I would be very pleased...– Dialogue from Johnny Cash, At San Quentin/At Folsom Prison.
Angela Davis speaking at the Peace Ball,...
Let me say that this time around we cannot subordinate our aspirations and our hopes to presidential agendas. Our passionate support for President Barack Obama… should also be expressed in our determination to raise issues that have been largely ignored or not appropriately addressed by the administration. And let me say that we are aware that we should be celebrating, critically...
Man’s life is a cheat and a disappointment; All things are unreal, Unreal or...– T.S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral (via bonjour-tristesse)
We pack the physical outline of the creature we see with all the ideas we have...– Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way
A number of students have expressed distress that there is no “happy...– J.Z. Smith, “Basic Problems in the Study of Religion,” pp. 20-27 in On Teaching Religion, ed. by Christopher I. Lehrich (NY: Oxford UP, 2013), p. 27.
With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it’s still almost...– New York mayor Mike R. Bloomberg, Dec. 14, 2012. Source: “Statements of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chairs on Newtown, Connecticut Shooting” (MikeBloomberg.com).
During the age of slavery, then the era of Jim Crow segregation, when whites...– Charles R. Johnson, in an interview with Monsters & Critics. “The M&C Interview 1: Charles Johnson” (May 28, 2007, 10:00 GMT), Monsters & Critics.
I don’t care what the liberals say, I don’t care what the naysayers...– Dennis Terry, pastor of Greenwell Springs Baptist Church, introducing Rick Santorum in Baton Rouge on Sunday, March 18, 2012. Source: “Pastor Dennis Terry Introduces Rick Santorum, Tells Non-Christians And Liberals To Get Out,” The Huffington Post (March 19, 2012).
The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant, how dangerous carbon...– Rick Santorum speaking to the Gulf Coast Energy Summit in Biloxi, Mississippi, on Monday, March 12. Source: Dylan Stableford, “‘The dangers of carbon dioxide? Tell that to a plant’,” The Ticket, Yahoo! News (March 13, 2012).
We don’t go after anybody… Actually, they go after me. They’re...– Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, accused by the Dept. of justice of engaging in civil-rights violations against prisoners and Latinos, commenting to the Arizona Republic. Source: Dennis Wagner, “Arpaio now faces difficult options,” The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com (Dec. 17, 2011).
America is employing a decreasing proportion of its people. At the start of the...– Edward Luce, “Can America regain most dynamic labour market mantle?,” Financial Times (Dec. 11, 2011).
Of course we’re going to riot… What do they expect when they tell us at...– Paul Howard, age 24, described as “an aerospace engineering student,” speaking to a reporter about the riots at Penn State University following the announcement of coach Joe Paterno’s firing. Of course! Tahrir Square, then Madison, now College Avenue, right? Source: Nate Schweber,...
The list of cuts, achieved or proposed, on the right-wing agenda is too long to...– Jonathan Schell, “Cruel America,” The Nation (Sept. 28, 2011).
I’m often on my Blackberry worried about three things I have to do the...– Jason Zinoman, author of Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood and Invented Modern Horror, in an interview with NPR’s All Things Considered, discussing the enduring appeal of frightening movies. Source: “Modern Horror Defined By Edgy Realism...
It is right to see people who consume more than they deserve shattered by a...– Comments by Hristo Mishkov, now known as Brother Nikanor, a former NASDAQ trader who returned to his native Bulgaria to enter a monastery. He was speaking about the 2008 financial crisis. Sources: Nick Squires, “Wall Street trader becomes a monk,” The Telegraph (October 2, 2008) and Anna...
Decades of social-psychological research can be boiled down to one insight: if...– Steven Hitlin, Moral Selves, Evil Selves: The Social Psychology of Conscience (NY: Macmillan, 2008), p. 93.