New Lights…

The new lights that break in on us are not always the lanterns of burglars.

Quoted by Hugh Schonfield, The Lost “Book of the Nativity of John” Edinburgh: T&T Clark 1929 and attributed to Rev. S. Baring-Gould

The Best and the Worst…

“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are filled with passionate intensity.” Yeats said that, but so did Lou Reed, quoting him live at the Bottom Line, NYC. Narrative by Jeff Bridges in the fabulous film “The Only Living Boy in New York” opening scene. Who remembers this title from a Simon & Garfunkel song? 


End of 2018 Bits & Pieces

A man should be known by the enemies he keeps.
Ernest Hemingway

There is nothing I don’t know about myself, that’s why I can’t do therapy.
Greta Gerwig character Brooke Cardinas in Noah Baumbach’s Mistress America

I never knew a man who had better motives for all the trouble he caused and who was so impregnably armored by his good intentions and his ignorance.
Michael Cain character Thomas Fowler in Graham Greene’s The Quiet American

Every revolutionary ends up becoming either an oppressor or a heretic.
Albert Camus

He is filled with a direct certainty that a higher order of reality existed, and that it alone invested existence with meaning.
Arthur Koestler, Dialogue with Death

Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained in us than lying to others
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Never complain. Never explain.

It’s more selfish to have kids than to not have them.

No one in this world is going to know you longer than your older brother or sister. From the day you were born until the day you die.

What some people lack in common sense they make up for in self-esteem.

When the legend is bigger than the facts, choose the legend.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

No one knows what’s going on in someone else’s mind. If we did life would be intolerable.

All this for so little a neck.
Anne Boleyn

The Truth

When it comes to solving the mysteries of science, religion, philosophy, or history, it is all a matter of best evidence, but, it remains the case that when you have the truth everything fits. Tabor

field of many color pieces of puzzle