On the importance of the written word.. by Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated
“Our choices in every sphere tend either to reveal or conceal things as they really are.” Catherine Thomas, Light in the Wilderness, 72.
“All perceptions as well of the sense as of the mind are according to the measure of the individual and not according to the measure of the universe. And the human understanding is like a false mirror, which, receiving rays irregularly distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.”
Francis Bacon, Novum Organum (1620), Book 1, Aphorism 41.
“How difficult it is to teach the natural man, who comprehends nothing more than that which he sees with the natural eye!…Talk to him about angels, heavens, God, immortality…and it is like sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal to his ears; it has no music to him…”
Brigham Young, Discourses of Brigham Young, 260.
“In the sixteenth century the great Kabbalistic rabbi Isaac Luria offered a profoundly beautiful cosmology of the world… In the beginning there is the Ein Sof, pure being…Absolute Source of the world…The world…begins with…an emanation of light from the Source.. [There is] an accident of cosmic proportions: the vessel holding the Or Ein Sof shattered and broke open, and the light of God was scattered throughout the universe into an infinite number of holy sparks. These countless sparks of holiness are hidden deep in everyone and everything…
The purpose of human life is to uncover these sparks of light and restore the world to its original wholeness. Everyone and everything we encounter is a shell or container for a hidden spark of holiness. It is up to us to help free the hidden holiness in everything and everyone.”
Rachel Naomi Remen, My Grandfather’s Blessings, 326.
“It is the Deity within us that causes increase…Yes. He is in every person upon the face of the earth. The elements that every individual is made of and lives in, posses the Godhead. This you cannot understand, but you will hereafter. The Deity within us is the great principle that causes us to increase, and to grow in grace and truth…”
Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, I:93.
“The eventual death of your mortal body is essential to God’s great plan of happiness. Why? Because death will allow your spirit to return home to Him.”
Russell M. Nelson, October 2013 Conference
The painter Tintoretto threw his brushes down in despair, and declared:
“The sea grows always greater, nobody can paint it.”
Nancy Baird, private files
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