Sunday 14 May 2023


Christian Nestell Bovee, Thoughts, Feelings, and Fancies (1857): “Next to God, we are indebted to women, first for life itself, and then for making it worth having.” I agree.

William Butler Yeats, The Land of Heart's Desire:
“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”

A.E. Housman: “I find Cambridge an asylum, in every sense of the word.”

Turner: "After a short and frantic storm, the sun has come back out, and cherry blossom lies in deep pink and white drifts like slain chivalry."

Peter Hitchens today on his blog: "Did Jesus want Britain to increase its population by seven million people in 20 years? That is the number of migrants who have come to this country in that period, utterly and permanently changing the country in many ways."

"...The Bench of Bishops might take a look at Luke, Chapter 18, in which Jesus mocks a self-satisfied, publicly charitable person who noisily thanks God that he is not as other men are. Far too much of the debate on immigration features righteous, loud liberals living in nice places, despising those who do not share their generosity with other people’s lives and living conditions."

St Francis de Sales: "Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself: Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them. Every day begin the task anew. How can you reprove any one with gentleness, when you correct yourself with asperity?"

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