“Good Lord! Sounds like old Mottram again.”
The Footsteps at the Lock
“But no act resolves itself of itself. There’s the will, the imagination, and the risk. Else we are lifted and set down as idly as summer dust.”
The Velvet Horn, p 201, The Wake
Two camps divide conservatism today: those who get it, and those who don’t — the woke and unwoke.
Bill Barr's woke.
So is Josh Hawley.
So is Tucker Carlson.
For the right to survive and thrive, these men must stay on top.
My Spectator cover.
Reading “Catholic Korea: Yesterday and Today” -
Amazing how many false starts & attempts at evangelization before things took off.
What a lovely way to start a day — reading “Uncle Fred Flits By” #PGW
#FrHoughton #BryanHoughton #Houghton #SSPX
“No one can stand not being forgiven. That’s God’s privilege.”
Travels with my aunt
Richard Feynman visits Iseokitsu @Wrathofgnon
It is always distressing to find that a priest has been disappeared after running afoul of the chancery or media. Where do they go?
“The trouble is,” said the Librarian, “that everybody sneers at restrictions and demands freedom, till something annoying happens; then they demand angrily what has become of the discipline.”
“Gaudy Night” Ch 5
“I have met so many murderers when visiting prisons; and most of them are very harmless, stupid people, poor creatures, when they aren’t definitely pathological.”
“You might feel differently about it,” said Harriet, “if you’d happened to meet the victims...”
“Gaudy Night” Ch 2
“I don’t know if you’ve ever worked out the finance of really first-class coffee for two hundred people.”
“I sometimes wonder whether a little normal, hearty wickedness wouldn’t be good for a great many of us.”
“To me, on the other hand, Carlton, it is like two and two make four; and you make two and two five, and are astonished that I won’t agree with you.”
“Not at all,” said Sheffield; “rigid adherence to old customs surely may be the badge of a party.”
Part 2, Chapter VII
Reading S. John Henry Newman’s #LossandGain as recommended by @eccles - it’s impressive and it’s a repeated shock to realize the author was one of the greatest men, or minds, of his age.
History is indeed what Gibbon said it was—a long tale of crimes and follies. But it is more than that; it is also the story of genius and daring and dumb, boxlike persistence—virtues without which mankind would not have got as far as discovering that living in caves was a good idea. Not just to know but to feel these truths is to confirm Burckhardt's dictum about the value of cultivating history: not to be cleverer the next time, but wiser forever." #Barzun "Where Is History Today?",𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘊𝘶𝘭𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘞𝘦 𝘋𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦
“Think how peaceful our lives would be if we were not so busy hanging on the latest sayings and doings of others, or getting involved in things that do not properly concern us.”
“I am writing all this in terms of the year 1944, about a people who thought in terms of the year 1520, and that always implies a lot of guessing, as it is very difficult and well-nigh impossible for us to climb into other peoples’ skins. None of us quite understand our own fathers and so what are we to make of the good people of five centuries ago?”
Hendrik Willem #VanLoon
“Adventures and Escapes of Gustavus Vasa”
Getting realistic about the coronavirus death rate.
Alex Berenson’s important op-ed in today’s New York Post.
His critics seem to be able only to muster emotional outbursts rather than ARGUMENTS.