Quote of the Day

Each of us all must his end abide
in the ways of the world; so win who may
glory ere death! When his days are told
that is the warrior’s worthiest doom.
– Beowulf 1390-93

This to me seems to encapsulate what Beowulf is all about. Here we see fate, which none can escape: death, the destiny of all who walk this world. And here also is the answer, a glorious life, a flame burning bright till death comes to extinguish it. None can avoid their fate, but all can choose how to meet it, welcoming it with boldness of heart and garnished in glory, or forever fleeing before it, till fallen, forgotten, and forsaken.

Quote of the Day

If someone reports back to you that so-and-so is saying bad things about you, do not reply to them but answer, “Obviously he didn’t know my other bad characteristics, since otherwise he wouldn’t just have mentioned these.”

– Encheiridion 33

Quote of the Day

I don’t know why I insist on being a figure of supreme tragedy. It’s not like I have a talent for the thing.

I can’t help being Ivan, even if it’s Alyosha I admire.

~me

Two for the price of one. I can’t tell if it’s profound or just stupid. Perhaps it’s just profoundly stupid. (I’m just giving them away folks).

Quote of the Day

[I]t really is hazardous to your health to ask too many questions of the philosophically inclined…it allows them to continue in the mistaken notion that others are actually interested in what they have to say.

~ Me