|A Cottage by the Sea||
This was one of those few weeks when I was actually happy to be my age! It’s frightening to me to think of people living almost exclusively in a virtual world, devoid of human contact, but I'm told that’s where we are heading.
The skill of recognizing the soul’s emotions by careful scrutiny of the body can be learned and practiced with paintings.
Margaret R. Miles, in A Complex Delight
No matter how sophisticated and complex and powerful our institutions, we are still exactly as dependent on the earth as the earthworms.
They had stolen something she had wanted to offer. Her hope. This is a crime against the soul.
Charles Martin, in The Letter Keeper
I learned that the Italians are right. It isn’t what happens to us that counts. It’s what we do with what happens to us that makes all the difference.
The dignity and excellence of the Renaissance mind was such that it could hold in a graceful equilibrium both the wisdom of the pagans and the doctrines of the Christians.
Ross King, in The Bookseller of Florence
I looked…on those hills down to the south of us, and realized that it is when I am with people that I am lonely, and when I am alone I am no longer lonely.