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Men Do Not Want Peace

Author: Thomas Merton
Book: The Root of Fear is War

If men really wanted peace they would sincerely ask God for it and He would give it to them. But why should He give the world a peace which it does not really desire? The peace the world pretends to desire is really no peace at all.

The Law of Love

Author: Ghandi
Book: My Faith in Nonviolence - The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace, Page #46

The law of love will work, just as the law of gravitation will work, whether we accept it or not.

The Definition of Kitsch

Author: Milan Kundera
Book: The Incredible Lightness of Being, Page #251

Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick succession. The first tear says: How nice to see children running in the grass!

The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by children running on the grass!

It is the second tear that makes kitsch kitsch.

The brotherhood of man on earth will be possible only on a base of kitsch.

Agitprop

Author: Vladimir Mayakovsky

Agitprop
sticks in my teeth too,
and I'd rather
compose
romances for you-
more profit in it
and more charm.

But I subdued
myself,
setting my heel
on the throat
of my own song.

The Reference is Not the Reality

Author: Ludwig Wittgenstein
Book: Tractus Logico-Philosophicus

6.54 My propositions serve as elucidations in the following way: anyone who understands me eventually recognizes them as nonsensical, when he has used them—as steps—to climb up beyond them. (He must, so to speak, throw away the ladder after he has climbed up it.)

He must transcend these propositions and then he will see the world aright.

To Carry a Sin

Author: Kasulis
Book: Zen Action, Zen Person, Page #46

“Coming to a ford in a river, two Zen monks met a beautiful maiden who asked assistance in getting across because of the depth and strength of the current. The first monk hesitated, starting to make apologies—the rules of his order forbade physical contact with women. The second monk, on the other hand, without a moment’s hesitation picked her up and carried her across. With a parting gesture of thanks, the young woman continued on her way, the two monks going off in the other direction.

A paltry age

Author: Soren Kierkegaard
Book: Kierkegaard Anthology

“Let others complain that the age is wicked; my complaint is that it is wretched, for it lacks passion. Men’s thoughts are thin and flimsy like lace, they themselves are pitiable like the lacemakers. The thoughts of their hearts are too paltry to be sinful. For a worm it might be regarded a sin to harbor such thoughts, but not for a being made in the image of God. Their lusts are dull and sluggish, their passions sleepy.

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