An artist’s touches are sometimes no more articulate than the barking of a dog who would call attention to something without exactly knowing what. This is as it should be, and he is a great artist who can be depended on not to bark at nothing.
Thought pure and simple is as near to God as we can get; it is through this that we are linked with God.
Though analogy is often misleading, it is the least misleading thing we have.
Life is the gathering of waves to a head, at death they break into a million fragments each one of which, however, is absorbed at once into the sea of life and helps to form a later generation which comes rolling on till it too breaks.
Slugs have ridden their contempt for defensive armour as much to death as the turtles their pursuit of it. They have hardly more than skin enough to hold themselves together; they court death every time they cross the road. Yet death comes not to them more than to the turtle, whose defences are so great that there is little left inside to be defended. Moreover, the slugs fare best in the long run, for turtles are dying out, while slugs are not, and there must be millions of slugs all over the world over for every single turtle.
We can see nothing face to face; our utmost seeing is but a fumbling of blind finger-ends in an overcrowded pocket.
Things and actions are what they are, and the consequences of them will be what they will be: why
then should we desire to be deceived?
BISHOP JOSEPH BUTLER
Absence is to love what wind is to fire; it extinguishes the small, it enkindles the great.
COMTE DE BUSSY-RABUTIN
No rule is so general, which admits not some exception.
Man is the only animal that laughs and has a state legislature.