Sunday, December 03, 2006

Quotes from Sage's readings and listenings and a photo from the archives

Photo taken at the junction of the Appalachian Trail and a railroad, near Brownsville Jct, Maine, August 1987.

Sage's Note: Some quotes should have been posted last week, but I didn't get around to it.

From Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre, Freedom at Midnight (primarily Gandhi quotes)

Science should not order human values, he argued, technology should not order society, and civilization was not the infinite multiplication of human wants but their deliberate limitation to essentials that could be equitable shared by all. -Gandhi

We are toys in the hands of God, He makes us dance to His tunes.–Gandhi, (I never knew he was a Calvinist)

We forget too easily that food was not made to delight the palate, but to sustain the body as our slave. –Gandhi

Stoning prophets and erecting churches to their memory afterward had been the way of the world throughout the ages. Today we worship Christ but the Christ in the flesh we crucify. –Gandhi, speaking to an English crowd

To know what is right, and not to do it, is cowardice. -A Confucius quote used by Gandhi

A fast, Gandhi believed, could be undertaken only under certain conditions. It was useless, he declared, to fast against an enemy on whose love and affection the faster had no claim. It would have been absurd ad against his theories for a Jewish inmate of Buchenwald to employ a fast against his SS captors…

If we remember that all life is one, there is no reason wh we should treat one another as enemies. –Gandhi

Bread obtained without labor is stolen bread. I have now started to take food, therefore I must labor. –Gandhi on returning to his spinning wheel after a fast

Nonviolence was the only force the bomb could not destroy. In an atomic attack, he would urge his followers to stand firm, ‘looking up, watching without fear, pryaing for the pilot.’ -Gandhi’s advice on nuclear weapons

Quotes from Herman Melville, Moby Dick: (I think I have 3 more hours of listening and there are so many great quotes I've missed and Ing is right, it's a very funny book)

Yea, foolish mortals, Noah's flood is not yet subsided; two thirds of the fair world it yet covers.

For as this appalling ocean surrounds the verdant land, so in the soul of man there lies one insular Tahiti, full of peace and joy, but encompassed by all the horrors of the half known life.

For, d'ye see, rainbows do not visit the clear air; they only irradiate vapor. And so, through all the thick mists of the dim doubts in my mind, divine intuitions now and then shoot, enkindling my fog with a heavenly ray. And for this I thank God; for all have doubts; many deny; but doubts or denials, few along with them, have intuitions. Doubts of all things earthly, and intuitions of some things heavenly; this combination makes neither believer nor infidel, but makes a man who regards them both with equal eye.

Ahab seized a loaded musket from the rack (forming part of most South-Sea-men's cabin furniture), and pointing it towards Starbuck, exclaimed: "There is one God that is Lord over the earth, and one Captain that is lord over the Pequod.,, "Thou hast outraged, not insulted me, Sir; but for that I ask thee not to beware of Starbuck; thou wouldst but laugh; but let Ahab beware of Ahab; beware of thyself, old man."

Other Quotes:

Brits (and children) love their bathroom humor almost as much as they do their slapstick. Oddly enough, Americans, generally thought to be much more vulgar than the English, seem generally not amused by bathroom humor and even put off by it. Patrick McManus, The Deer on a Bicycle

Take some time and enjoy and appreciate and live your faith. Don’t hurry, scurry, hurry and scurry. Some of you are not getting all the vitamins and calories from your faith because you lives are so complicated. Live more simply and get rid of junk; you don’t need a lot of stuff and you don’t need to be entertained all the time. Spend some time enlarging the inner world of your life. How can the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit dwell in us if there’s no room? Clean out a bunch of stuff and make room. -Fred Craddock, The Cherry Log Sermons

Sometimes I think in all the world the saddest thing to be, old admirals who feel the wind and never put to sea. style="font-size:85%;">-Al Stewart, “Old Admirals” Past-Present and Future


  1. Only you would go from Ghandi to Melville and then--bathroom humor--and then..
    Okay I'm an American who proudly loves bathroom humor but only
    with old friends. Have vacationed in places in England where generally only
    Brits go. They are much coarser than most Americans. Sometimes too much, sometimes

    And thanks for all the serious quotes

  2. I always enjoy this feature, Sage.

    I was in a play of Moby Dick in eleventh grade. I think I was a harpooner aboard the Pequod. I died.

  3. my favourite place in the us has to have been a little place on the road to joshua tree called kickapoo.
    nuff said.

    amazing quotes babe :)

  4. Pia, I try to have a little something for everyone :)

    Bone, did they have you covered with tattoos?

    Keda, I like small desert towns, but have never been to kickapoo. Did you have to clean your shoes off when you left?

  5. Gandhi, thank goodness God's not making me dance the Macarena anymore. That sucked.

    Anyway, I thought I'd hear a lot more "Arghhhs" in the Moby Dick quotes... Disappointing.

    Finally, I disagree with Patrick McM"anus". At least I enjoy potty talk.


  6. Wonderful Gandhi quotes, and since I am reading A Walk in the Woods, I love the AT photo!

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  8. Prego, your comment about McA"anus" is priceless, you had to one up Keda on bathroom humor didn't you, I had no idea such a quote would start a contest...

    Diane, I'm trying to remember if Bryson actually hiked that part of the trail--that tenderfoot skipped around a lot and finally quite and went home and wrote a book.

  9. Gandhi was a genius and I think his quotes show that his wisdom encompasses all religions and all traditions (and does it better).

    I read A walk in the Woods and loved it. I loved all of his books.

  10. To know what is right, and not do it IS cowardice....that is so true. I love that one.