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The Varieties of Religious Experience by William James
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The Letters of Abélard and Héloïse by Pierre Abélard
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Henri J.M. Nouwen
“[...]when two people have become present to each other, the waiting of one must be able to cross the narrow line between the living or dying of the other.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

Kay Ryan
“Weak Forces

I enjoy an accumulating
faith in weak forces--
a weak faith, of course,
easily shaken, but also
easily regained--in what
starts to drift: all the
slow untrainings of the mind,
the sift left of resolve
sustained too long, the
strange internal shift
by which there's no knowing
if this is the raod taken
or untaken. There are soft
affinities, possibly electrical;
lint-like congeries; moonlit
hints; asymmetrical pink
glowy spots that are no
the defeat of something,
I don't think.”
Kay Ryan, Niagara River

A.R. Ammons
“Reflective

I found a
weed
that had a

mirror in it
and that
mirror

looked in at
a mirror
in

me that
had a
weed in it”
A.R. Ammons, The Really Short Poems

Henri J.M. Nouwen
“Why should a man marry and have children, study and build a career; why should he invent new techniques, build new institutions, and develop new ideas--when he doubts if there will be a tomorrow which can guarantee the value of human effort?
Crucial here for nuclear man is the lack of a sense of continuity, which is so vital for a creative life. He finds himself part of a nonhistory in which only the sharp moment of the here and now is valuable. For nuclear man life easily becomes a bow whose string is broken and from which no arrow can fly. In his dislocated state he becomes paralyzed. His reactions are not anxiety and joy, which were so much a part of existential man, but apathy and boredom.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

“[...]what we are talking about are negative obligations--the duty not to cause harm.”
Mark Gibney, International Human Rights Law: Returning to Universal Principles

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