I’m working on another rather complicated subject at the moment – how we, as a life learning family handle religion given that Joshua is Jewish (ethnically, not religiously) and I am not.
In the meantime, thanks to my friend Jane Kellner, here are some quotes that bear repeating, and after that, photos from our day.
“No one imagines that symphony is supposed to improve as it goes along, or that the whole object of playing is to reach the finale. The point of music is discovered in every moment of playing and listening to it. It is the same, I feel, with the greater part of our lives, and if we are unduly absorbed with improving them we may forget altogether to live them” – Alan Watts
“It’s all right to tell a man to lift himself by his own bootstraps, but it is a cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do.” – John Ruskin
“It ought to be plain / how little you gain / by getting excited and vexed. You’ll always be late / for the previous train / and always in time for the next. – Piet Hein
“To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.” – Saadi
“There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.” – Neil Gaiman
“I thought that someone should do something, then I realized that I was someone.” – JFK
“Neither a man nor a crowd nor a nation can be trusted to act humanely or to think sanely under the influence of a great fear.” – Bertrand Russell
“It’s a poor man who can only think of one way to spell a word.” – Mark Twain
“The death of dogma is the birth of morality.” – Kant
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.” – Marcus Aurelius
And that quote reminds me – everyone should go out and get the movie “Kingdom of Heaven”. Despite what you may think of Orlando Bloom as an actor (he can’t help his pretty face), it is a great movie.