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William Blake: “mind-forg’d manacles”

29 June 2016

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London

I wander thro’ each charter’d street,
Near where the charter’d Thames does flow.
And mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe.

In every cry of every Man,
In every Infants cry of fear,
In every voice: in every ban,
The mind-forg’d manacles I hear

How the Chimney-sweepers cry
Every blackning Church appalls,
And the hapless Soldiers sigh
Runs in blood down Palace walls

But most thro’ midnight streets I hear
How the youthful Harlots curse
Blasts the new-born Infants tear
And blights with plagues the Marriage hearse

WILLIAM BLAKE

Blaise Pascal: “There are only two kinds of people we can call reasonable”

28 June 2016

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“There are only two kinds of people we can call reasonable: either those who serve God with their whole heart because they know him, or those who search after him with all their heart because they do not know him.”

Blaise Pascal

C.S. Lewis: “There is but one good”

28 June 2016

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“There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.”

C.S. Lewis

Kierkegaard: “Christ is essentially the exemplar”

27 June 2016

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“Present-day Christendom really lives as if the situation were as follows: Christ is the great hero and benefactor who has once and for all secured salvation for us; now we must merely be happy and delighted with the innocent goods of earthly life and leave the rest to Him. But Christ is essentially the exemplar, that is we are to resemble Him, not mere profit from Him.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard: “How close men, despite all their knowledge, usually live to madness?”

26 June 2016

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“How close men, despite all their knowledge, usually live to madness? What is truth but to live for an idea? When all is said and done, everything is based on a postulate; but not until it no longer stands on the outside, not until one lives in it, does it cease to be a postulate.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Nick Freitas: “this argument between “nationalism” and “globalism”

25 June 2016

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“Honestly I’m very frustrated by this argument between “nationalism” and “globalism”, because neither side seems to define their terms in anyway that is useful for anything other than rallying mobs.
Globalism in so far as you mean free trade and the peaceful exchange of ideas is a great thing. Globalism in terms of multinational agreements which centralize power and diminish self rule is horrible.
Nationalism in the sense of a pride in one’s nation and cultural institutions is great. Nationalism in the sense of economic protectionism and isolationism is horrible.
George Soros is a globalist whose polices I despise…
Kim Jong Un is a nationalist whose polices I despise…
The fundamental debate is not between “globalism” and “nationalism” but between individual liberty and private property rights or central planning and statism.
If you support nationalism without defending liberty and property rights, you will simply end up with a different brand of intrusive government than the kind globalism may have imposed, but don’t expect vastly superior results simply because statist policies originate closer to home.
American conservatism must stand for individual liberty, free markets, religious freedom, freedom of association, property rights, personal responsibility, etc. These principles ARE our national fiber and to defend them is to properly defend America and American interests.”

Nick Freitas, Delegate for the 30th District of the Virginia House of Delegates

George Muller: “If the Holy Spirit guides us …”

25 June 2016

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“If the Holy Spirit guides us, He will do it according to the Scriptures and never
contrary to them.”

George Muller

 

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