There is such a Connection between Licentiousness and Liberty, that it is not easy to correct the one, without dangerously wounding the other.
~ Philip Dormer Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield
The aim of great books is ethical: to teach what it means to be a man. Every major form of literary art has taken for its deeper themes what T.S. Eliot called “the permanent things” – the norms of human action.
~ In Enemies of the Permanent Things (La Salle, IL: Sherwood Sugden and Co., 1984), page 41.
Without that Resurrection, which prefigures our own resurrection and life everlasting, one might as well turn again to the gods of the Greeks, or to Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius, and Seneca. The Resurrection is critical both to my personal faith and to the whole elaborate edifice called Christianity. It is now more rationally possible to believe in the Resurrection than it was in Saint Paul’s time.
~ Quoted in Nearer, My God by William F. Buckley, Jr. (NY: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1997), page 124.
Every right is married to a duty; every freedom owes a corresponding responsibility; and there cannot be genuine freedom unless there exists also genuine order, in the moral realm and in the social realm.
~ Russell Kirk, in Redeeming the Time (Wilmington: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1996), page 33
The Naked Ape-theory of human nature, the “reductionist” notion of man as a breathing automaton, is reinforced by ignorance of literature’s moral imagination.
~ in in Redeeming the Time (Wilmington: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1996), page 81
All things begin and end in mystery.
~ in in Redeeming the Time (Wilmington: Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 1996), page 83
One of the great things about attending RightOnline and the Defending the American Dream Texas Summit was meeting lots of great bloggers. Check out the blogs of some of the neat people we met in Austin this weekend.
While the Republican primaries were in full swing, I heard talk radio hosts say some of the most inane things I have ever heard. Not that radio talk show hosts don’t say some pretty stupid things on a continuing basis, but these were things so outrageously idiotic that I would not expect them even from such people as Rush Limbaugh, Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Mark Levine (all of whom must be taken with about 32 grains of salt).
Among the many misstatements of fact and inconsistencies in reason were [Read more…]