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Wednesday's Words: Light vs. Darkness

“The world is not respectable; it is mortal, tormented, confused, deluded forever; but it is shot through with beauty, with love, with glints of courage and laughter; and in these, the spirit blooms timidly, and struggles to the light and the thorns.”

George Santayana

A Word On Wednesday

"No Deal"

People keep talking about the nuclear weapons deal with Iran.

There is no deal; there is just a “framework” for making a deal.

In the mind of the Iranians (and all Arabs) that is not a commitment, it’s an invitation to renegotiate the whole business … until they get what they want. 49 more words

Mutterings

Learning History

“Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it!” It was an interesting exercise to find out who said it first as there are various versions.  1,401 more words

"The Poet's Testament" by George Santayana

I give back to the earth what the earth gave,
All to the furrow, none to the grave,
The candle’s out, the spirit’s vigil spent; 138 more words

Poetry

Repost-Roger Kimball At Arma Virumque: 'Santayana On Liberalism And Other Matters Of Interest'

Full essay here.

Worth a read:

‘My point is only that Santayana — the Spanish-born, Boston-bred, Harvard educated cosmopolite — stands out as an unusual specimen in the philosophical fraternity.

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Public Debate

George Santayana on one measure of rationality among institutions.

“The more rational an institution is the less it suffers by making concessions to others; for these concessions, being just, propagate its essence.”

– George Santayana… 31 more words

Odds And Ends

Gleanings: Predicaments

“Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.” ~George Santayana, philosopher, essayist, poet, novelist.

I laughed when I read the quote. Then I looked up the word predicament, to make certain I was understanding. 208 more words

Writing Life