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Reason and Imagination

Here are a few G.K. Chesterton quotes I rather enjoyed courtesy of Anderson Layman’s blog:

“Fairy tales are more than true — not because they tell us dragons exist, but because they tell us dragons can be beaten.”

“Briefly, you can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.”

“Life is not an illogicality; yet it is a trap for logicians. It looks just a little more mathematical and regular than it is; its exactitude is obvious, but its inexactitude is hidden; its wildness lies in wait.”

“There is a road from the eye to the heart that does not go through the intellect. Men do not quarrel about the meaning of sunsets; they never dispute that the hawthorn says the best and wittiest thing about the spring.”

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Saintly Welfare

It is the duty of the rich Saints every where, to assist the poor, according to their ability, to gather; and if they choose, with a covenant and promise that the poor thus helped, shall repay as soon as they are able.

It is also the duty of the rich, those who have the intelligence and the means, to come home forthwith, and establish factories, and all kinds of machinery, that will tend to give employment to the poor, and produce those articles which are necessary for the comfort, convenience, health and happiness of the people; and no one need to be at a loss concerning his duty in these matters, if he will walk so humbly before God as to keep the small still whisperings of the Holy Ghost within him continually.

– Brigham Young, General Epistle, 1847

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Consecration and Renunciation

As rivers flow into the ocean but cannot make the vast ocean overflow, so flow the streams of the sense-world into the sea of peace that is the sage.  But it is not so with the desirer of desires.

They are forever free who renounce all selfish desires and break away from the ego-cage of “I,” “me,” and “mine” to be united with the Lord.  This is the supreme state.  Attain to this, and pass from death to immortality.

The Bhagavad Gita, The Illumined Man, 2:70-72

Those who achieve holy indifference will remain unchanged even by a flood of “wealth.”  He will not be spoiled who truly consecrates all his possessions to God.

PS: Any suggestions for a good translation of the Gita?  The version I have was fine when I was 14, but I find the clumsy language more distracting now than I did then.

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