Sunday, February 18, 2018

“Magnificence is our destiny.” - Anonymous

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
18 February
Life is so tenuous. Without any trouble at all we are reduced to huddling together, exposed on the tip of the planet, hoping against hope to survive the bottomless, casual fury of the elements. That, combined with our own innate, bottomless casual furies, more than fuels our fears which in turn richly pollute all our deepest urges.
How pitiable, how magnificent, is man!

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” – Albert Einstein

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
February 18
'I never went to school more than six months in my life, but I remember how, when a mere child, I used to get irritated when anybody talked to me in a way I could not understand...  I can remember going to my little bedroom, after hearing the neighbors talk of an evening with my father, trying to make out what was the exact meaning of their, to me, dark sayings. I could not sleep, although I tried to, when I got on such a hunt for an idea until I had caught it; and when I thought I had got it, I was not satisfied until I had put it in language plain enough, as I thought, for any boy I knew to comprehend. This was a kind of passion with me, and it has stuck by me; for I am never easy now, when I am handling a thought, till I have bounded it north and bounded it south, and bounded it east and bounded it west.'
- Abraham Lincoln

'Everything is beautiful in its own way.'
- Ray Stevens

Saturday, February 17, 2018

“Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.” – Tom Stoppard

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
17 February
Some day you and I will be dead. In fact, some day everybody will be dead. Maybe you don't believe in an afterlife, maybe with death it's all over. And if THAT'S the case, you should be kicking yourself for not being more single-minded about the credo of the materialist: "he who dies with the most toys wins."

But if you do believe in an afterlife and it's all over - like, ALL over - then we're all contemporaries: you and me, and the President of the United States (all of them), and Emerson, and Leonardo, and Beethoven, and your parents, and my parents, and Dante, and Socrates, and all our children, and our grandchildren, and their grandchildren down to the fifth and sixth generations and beyond – the whole gamut, all the way from Adam and Eve right to whoever’s left at the Crack Of Doom. And we will know in an instant, in a twinkling of an eye, how important is the advice offered by a great man: "Our greatest responsibility in this life is to be good ancestors."

“’Tis immortality to die aspiring.” – George Chapman

From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
February 17
For Lincoln ambition for a high station in life, as his law partner of nearly 20 years William Herndon put it, was 'a little engine that knew no rest.'

'It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything, will determine its successful outcome.'
- William James

Friday, February 16, 2018

“No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away.” - Anonymous

From “The Human Condition: A User’s Manual,” by Arnold Kunst
16 February
There are no negatives, only positives and potentials hidden and begging for release. That's where we come in - after all, what else does "a little less than the angels" mean if not puzzling out and releasing possibilities buried within apparent negations, disguised in earth-tones, hidden in plain sight?