"Most people today want a religion which suits the way they live, rather than one which makes demands upon them. The result is that, in order to make religion popular, too many prophets have watered down religion until it is hardly distinguishable from sentimental secularism. Religion thus becomes a luxury, like an opera, not a responsibility, like life." —Venerable Fulton J. Sheen (1895-1979), The Seven Virtues (1956)
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
As I was walking to and from the Landmark Theater on West 57th Street last week, I came across a welcome opening between a couple of buildings. I liked the unexpected vista and angle it provided, particularly with the Art Deco look of the building on the right.
“ ‘What did the old man want?’
‘Your husband’s money, just like everyone else.’
‘But not you, eh?’ Her voice was sardonic.
‘Not me,’ I said. ‘Money costs too much.’”―American mystery novelist Ross Macdonald (1915-1983), The Goodbye Look (1963)
Friday, August 16, 2019
Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham [played by Dame Maggie Smith]: “There's nothing simpler than avoiding people you don't like. Avoiding one's friends—that's the real test!”—Downton Abbey, Season 5, Episode 1, original air date Jan. 4, 2015, teleplay by Julian Fellowes, directed by Catherine Morshead
Thursday, August 15, 2019
“Man cannot do without beauty, and this is what our era pretends to want to disregard.”—French novelist-playwright-essayist and Nobel Literature laureate Albert Camus (1913-1960), The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, translated by Justin O'Brien (1942)
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
“Live every minute as if you are late for the last train.” —American novelist Colson Whitehead, The Colossus of New York (2003)
(Photo of Colson Whitehead taken on Oct. 25, 2014, at the 2014 Texas Book Festival, Austin, Texas, by Larry D. Moore.)