“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety,…
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented… When human lives are endangered… national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. At that moment… (those places) become the center of the universe.”
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”
And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me,
“For in the end, it is all about memory, its sources and its magnitude, and, of course, its consequences.”
“Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives.
“There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity.”
“I do not wish the ordinary reader to read no modern books.
“Names wheeled into the dim warehouse of memory.
(Editor’s Note: Today we are introducing a new monthly column by a writer familiar to Finger Lakes Times readers, Dan Hennessy. His “Well-Rooted Perspective” columns ran on our Friday Religion pages for years. Now he is expanding beyond religion to touch on any number of subjects. His “Timel…
“Color doesn’t define character, culture doesn’t define character, creed doesn’t define character, only conduct does.”
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
“The things I saw beggar description. … The visual evidence and the verbal testimony of starvation, cruelty and bestiality were so overpowering as to leave me a bit sick.”
“‘Business!’ cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. ‘Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence were, all, my business.’”
“For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; Weeping may last for the night, But a shout of joy comes in the morning.”
“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge.”
“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.”
“Conservatism is too often a conservation of the wrong things… liberalism a relaxation of discipline, revolution a denial of the permanent things.”
(Editor’s note: Dan Hennessy’s “A Well-Rooted Perspective” normally runs on our Friday Religion page. For space reasons this week, we had to hold for the Weekend Edition.)
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.
“Do not urge me to leave you or to turn from following you. For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live; your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD punish me, and ever so severely, if …
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“Doubt is not a pleasant condition but certainty is an absurd one.”
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me … He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
“Because I remember, I despair. Because I remember, I have the duty to reject despair.”