“Nothing that we despise in other men is inherently absent from ourselves. We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or don't do, and more in light of what they suffer.”
“[Y]ou are not ashamed of your sin [in committing adultery] because so many men commit it. Man's wickedness is now such that men are more ashamed of chastity than of lechery. Murderers, thieves, perjurers, false witnesses, plunderers and fraudsters are detested and hated by people generally, but whoever will sleep with his servant girl in brazen lechery is liked and admired for it, and people make light of the damage to his soul. And if any man has the nerve to say that he is chaste and faithful to his wife and this gets known, he is ashamed to mix with other men, whose behaviour is not like his, for they will mock him and despise him and say he's not a real man; for man's wickedness is now of such proportions that no one is considered a man unless he is overcome by lechery, while one who overcomes lechery and stays chaste is considered unmanly.”
Augustine of Hippo,
“I'm convinced that most men don't know what they believe, rather, they only know what they wish to believe. How many people blame God for man's atrocities, but wouldn't dream of imprisoning a mother for her son's crime?”
“The love, born of beauty was not mine; I had nothing in common with it: I could not dare to meddle with it, but another love, venturing diffidently into life after long acquaintance, furnace-tried by pain, stamped by constancy, consolidated by affection’s pure and durable alloy, submitted by intellect to intellect’s own tests, and finally wrought up, by his own process, to his own unflawed completeness, this Love that laughed at Passion, his fast frenzies and his hot and hurried extinction, in this Love I had a vested interest; and whatever tended either to its culture or its destruction, I could not view impassibly.”
Kids/Teens Book Club
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Welcome to the group :) Here we talk about and recommend plenty of MG/YA books, as well as discuss film, music, our writing, current affairs and muchWelcome to the group :)
Here we talk about and recommend plenty of MG/YA books, as well as discuss film, music, our writing, current affairs and much more.
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Want to talk about any book? Discuss, Review, recommend ...and more!
Our members here are super nice, so you will be sure to have a great time!
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We're fans of Rowling's series because we know that it is more than just a children's fantasy story.
Classics for Beginners
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People who are new to classic books can discuss which books to read and what they think of books they have already read. People who are experienced wiPeople who are new to classic books can discuss which books to read and what they think of books they have already read. People who are experienced with classics are welcome and encouraged.
~True Classics contain ideas that are relevant for the human condition and resonate in a multitude of different ways regardless of the era they were written in or about.~
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Welcome Book Freaks! This is our little haven where we talk about the books we've read and share our opinions. "So many books, so little time."-FrankWelcome Book Freaks! This is our little haven where we talk about the books we've read and share our opinions.
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Ladies & Literature
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Welcome Women Readers Near & Far!