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On the contrary, the best art penetrates the hard shell of habit to reimmerse us in the depths of experience, “refining the sense of beauty to agony,” “ making the stone more stony,” creating “anew the universe, after it has been ...more

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The Complete Works by Michel de Montaigne
“The soul in which philosophy dwells should by its health make even the body healthy. It should make its tranquillity and gladness shine out from within; should form in its own mold the outward demeanor, and consequently arm it with a graceful pride, an active and joyous bearing, and a contented and good-natured countenance. The surest sign of wisdom is constant cheerfulness.”
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“Ah, comrade, thought the Count. Now, there was a word for the ages.... When the Count was a boy in St. Petersburg, one rarely bumped into it. It was always prowling at the back of a mill or under the table in a tavern, occasionally leaving its paw marks on the freshly printed pamphlets that were drying on a basement floor. Now, thirty years later, it was the most commonly heard word in the Russian language. A wonder of semantic efficiency, comrade could be used as a greeting, or a word of parting. As a congratulations, or a caution. As a call to action, or remonstrance. Or it could simply be the means of securing someone's attention in the crowded lobby of a grand hotel. And thanks to the word's versatility, the Russion people had finally been able to dispense with the tired formalities, antiquated titles, bothersome idioms—even names! Where else in all of Europe could one shout a single word to hail any of one's countrymen be they male or female, young or old, friend of foe?”
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We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
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Lots of ugliness, with little redeeming value. I don't like being left in the dark so long and about so much. Anticlimactic.
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Amor Towles
“Ah, comrade, thought the Count. Now, there was a word for the ages.... When the Count was a boy in St. Petersburg, one rarely bumped into it. It was always prowling at the back of a mill or under the table in a tavern, occasionally leaving its paw marks on the freshly printed pamphlets that were drying on a basement floor. Now, thirty years later, it was the most commonly heard word in the Russian language. A wonder of semantic efficiency, comrade could be used as a greeting, or a word of parting. As a congratulations, or a caution. As a call to action, or remonstrance. Or it could simply be the means of securing someone's attention in the crowded lobby of a grand hotel. And thanks to the word's versatility, the Russion people had finally been able to dispense with the tired formalities, antiquated titles, bothersome idioms—even names! Where else in all of Europe could one shout a single word to hail any of one's countrymen be they male or female, young or old, friend of foe?”
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“Perhaps the most meaningful response to divine silence is to recognize that perhaps God values communion with us as much as he does direct communication—that being with us does not always entail talking to us.”
Patrick Q. Mason

“Mormonism is superb at providing not only the blueprint but also the scaffolding whereby individuals, families, and communities can construct houses of exemplary, faithful living by building up on the rock of Christ and his revelation to the modern church. Simply put, Mormonism produces good and useful people—people who are kind, generous, devoted, talented, compassionate, courteous, mindful, and accomplished.”
Patrick Q. Mason, Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt

“Disbelievers can be good, solid people who love their spouse and children and live ethical, productive, meaningful lives. At the same time, disbelievers must understand that educated, informed, and sincere people can believe in the reality of Joseph Smith's revelations, the truth of the Book of Mormon, and the divine inspiration behind the church. They are not covering up secret doubts nor are they victims of false consciousness when they bear testimony. There are informed people who genuinely believe in and belong to the church. I am one of them.”
Patrick Q. Mason, Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt

“It is not our place to render a verdict on the state of another person's soul, and we will be far more effective (and better Christians) when we give people the benefit of the doubt. To simply assume that someone with doubts is guilty of some grave moral transgression or to cause that person to feel in any way unfaithful or unworthy merely because of his questions displays a lack of charity.”
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