Wednesday, July 26, 2017


"I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death." -- Leonardo da Vinci

Monday, July 17, 2017

Worth pondering

David Warren recommends this essay by Remi Brague, and it's quite good. One striking paragraph from the piece: is lovable. But the love of beauty is of a special kind: It does not aim at getting its object, but keeps the distance necessary to contemplate what is beautiful. One cannot relish the beauty of a statue by embracing it. This is nicely captured by the word “amateur,” from amare, to love, but with the suggestion of a degree of detachment. The amateur relishes his avocation, but recognizes that to draw the activity too close would make it into a job, and thus spoil its pleasure.

Monday, July 10, 2017