Monthly Archives: August 2015

Alexander Pope’s Wise Admonition:

“Know then thyself, presume not God to scan The proper study of mankind is man. Placed on this isthmus of a middle state, A being darkly wise, and rudely great: With too much knowledge for the sceptic side, With too … Continue reading

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A bit of poetry by George Herbert, which Simone Weil felt was a prayer:

 

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When frenetically pursuing fame and fortune it goes well with us to remember the ancient observation that…

“…nothing is so short and fleeting as the longest of human lives.” — Pliny, Letters, Books I-VII, The Loeb Classical Library (LCL 55), Edited by Jeffrey Henderson, Page 185, year 2000.

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Being well versed in history is preferable to being well versed in law: history came first, law came second…

“Here is the essential difference between historical and legal evidence ― or between historical and legal thinking.  Law (at least in a state governed by a constitution) can deal only with actuality, not with potentiality.  “The law is a coarse … Continue reading

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