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On Enoch Powell

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“He was free of small-talk. Whenever an escape-route appeared in the wall of trivia, his conversation would veer away into sublimities, and the components of British politics – the crown, the common law, the lords and commons – appeared in his discourse not as humdrum collections of modern people but as radiant and transfiguring ideas which shone above the course of history and cast their great light along the centuries.” -Roger Scruton

Source:On Hunting by Roger Scruton

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May 31, 2016 at 8:00 PM

An Overhasty Passion For Doing Good

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“…the passion for doing good is apt to be overhasty in determining what reason and the will of God say, because its turn is for acting rather than thinking, and it wants to be beginning to act; and whereas it is apt to take its own conceptions, which proceed from its own state of development and share in all the imperfections and immaturities of this, for a basis of action; what distinguishes culture is, that it is possessed by the scientific passion, as well as by the passion of doing good; that it has worthy notions of reason and the will of God, and does not readily suffer its own crude conceptions to substitute themselves for them; and that, knowing that no action or institution can be salutary and stable which are not based on reason and the will of God, it is not so bent on acting and instituting, even with the great aim of diminishing human error and misery ever before its thoughts, but that it can remember that acting and instituting are of little use, unless we know how and what we ought to act and to institute.” – Matthew Arnold

Source:Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold

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April 1, 2016 at 7:37 PM

Spurgeon on True Religion

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“True religion is always practical, for it does not permit us to delight ourselves in a perfect rule without exciting in us a longing to be conformed to that rule in our daily conduct.” – Spurgeon

Source: The Golden Alphabet by Spurgeon

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May 22, 2015 at 2:08 AM

On Two Ways of Living

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“He does not ask whether God will forgive the folly of our lives, the madness of our pleasures, the vanity of our expenses, the richness of our equipage, and the careless consumption of our time; but he asks whether God is pleased with these things, or whether these are the appointed ways of gaining His favour? He does not inquire, whether it be pardonable to hoard up money, to adorn ourselves with diamonds, and gild our chariots, whilst the widow and the orphan, the sick and the prisoner, want to be relieved; but he asks, whether God has required these things at our hands, whether we shall be called to account at the last day for the neglect of them; because it is not his intent to live in such ways as, for aught we know, God may perhaps pardon; but to be diligent in such ways, as we know that God will infallibly reward.”  – William Law

Source: A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life by William Law

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May 3, 2015 at 9:38 PM

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No Reason for Good Writing

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“…unless language is regarded as a work of art and treated as we treat efforts to paint and compose music, there is no tenable reason for setting themes and demanding precise diction, correct idiom, economical syntax, varied rhythm, suitable tone, adroit linkage and transitions – in short, no reason for good writing.”  – Jacques Barzun

Source: The Culture We Deserve by Jacques Barzun

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January 28, 2015 at 9:15 PM

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Specialized in the Humanities

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“This threefold division—science, social science, humanities—which is convenient for academic organization, contains the germ of the evil that has infected nearly every attempt to revigorate and derive benefit from the humanities. By becoming “subjects” grouped over against other subjects termed nonhumanistic, the humanities inevitably become specialties like those other subjects. And thus their original purpose has been perverted or lost.”  – Jacques Barzun

Source: The Culture We Deserve by Jacques Barzun

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January 23, 2015 at 8:56 PM

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Dried Soup

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“So much compiling and disseminating of data in small bundles is, among other things, an orgy of self-consciousness. We seem to live mainly in order to see how we live, and this habit brings about what might be called the externalizing of knowledge; with every new manual there is less need for its internal, visceral presence. The owner or user feels confident that he possesses its contents – there they are, in handy form on the handy shelf. And with their imminent transfer to a computer, that sense of possession will presumably attach itself to the hard disk or the phone number of the data bank…

…But what we are experiencing is not the knowledge explosion so often boasted of; it is a torrent of information, made possible by first reducing the known to compact form, and then bulking it up again – adding water. That is why the product so often tastes like dried soup.”  – Jacques Barzun

Source: The Culture We Deserve by Jacques Barzun

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January 7, 2015 at 3:21 AM

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