Sunday, April 23, 2017

Quote of the Day (St. James, on Those Who Boast of ‘Arrogant Schemes’)

“Now listen, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.' Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’ As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.  If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.” —James 4:13-17

The image accompanying this post is St. James the Apostle (1516), by the German Northern Renaissance painter Albrecht Durer (1471-1528)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Photo of the Day: St. Gerard Majella Roman Catholic Church, Paterson, NJ

I took this photo this weekend after attending a party a block away from St. Gerard Majella Roman Catholic Church. The church was built in the early 1960s, at a time when residents of Paterson were moving to the “Hillcrest section” of the city.

Quote of the Day (Charles Dickens, on Whispering)

“One disagreeable result of whispering is that it seems to evoke an atmosphere of silence, haunted by the ghosts of sound—strange cracks and tickings, the rustling of garments that have no substance in them, and the tread of dreadful feet that would leave no mark on the sea-sand or the winter snow.”— Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853)

Friday, April 21, 2017

TV Quote of the Day (‘The Big Bang Theory,’ on How and Why Sheldon’s Learning to Swim)

Leonard Hofstadter (played by Johnny Galecki): “What I'm trying to say is that maybe you can't approach this as a purely intellectual exercise.”

Sheldon Cooper (played by Jim Parsons): “What do you mean?”

Leonard: “Well, uh, remember when you tried to learn how to swim using the Internet?”

Sheldon (protesting): “I did learn how to swim.”

Leonard: “On the floor.”

Sheldon: “The skills are transferable. I just have no interest in going in the water.”

Leonard: “Then why learn how to swim?”

Sheldon: “The ice caps are melting, Leonard. In the future, swimming isn't going to be optional.”— The Big Bang Theory, Season 3, Episode 13, “The Friendship Algorithm,” original air date Jan. 19, 2009, teleplay by Chuck Lorre  and Steven Molaro, directed by Mark Cendrowski

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Quote of the Day (Plutarch, on the Power of Perseverance)

“Perseverance is more prevailing than violence; and many things which cannot be overcome when they are together, yield themselves up when taken little by little.” — Greek historian, biographer, and essayist Plutarch (c. 46-120), Parallel Lives

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Quote of the Day (Cicero, on Why ‘We Are Not Born for Ourselves Alone’)

“We are not born for ourselves alone;… our country claims a part in us, our parents a part, our friends a part.”—Roman orator and politician Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 B.C.-43 B.C.), De Officiis (“On Moral Duties”), 44 B.C., translated by Andrew P. Peabody