Monthly Archives: November 2011

Makeup Quote of the Week IV

तत् सवितुर्वरेण्यं ।

भर्गो देवस्य धीमहि ।

धियो यो नः प्रचोदयात् ॥

Om bhur bhuvah svah

tat savitur vareṇyaṃ

bhargo devasya dhīmahi

dhiyo yó naḥ pracodayāt

We meditate on the glory

of that Being who has produced

this universe;

may He enlighten our minds.

–Gayatri Mantra, from the Rigveda, original Sanskrit and transliteration; translation by Swami Vivekananda

Gayatri Mantra

Some Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna



The Revolution Starts Now

Rich Man’s War

Makeup Quote for the Week III

Don’t answer those who contradict you.  Find out first whether they’re being clever or simply vulgar.  It isn’t always stubbornness; sometimes it is a trick.  So pay attention and don’t get caught up in the former or cast down by the latter.  No one demands more caution than a spy, and when someone has the skeleton key to minds, counter him by leaving the key of caution inside, on the other side of the keyhole.  

The Art of Worldly Wisdom, Balthasar Gracián, aphorism 279,          translated by Christopher Maurer

Food for thought for us bloggers and those who frequent comboxes.

Makeup Quote for the Week II

He who knows how to guide a ruler in the path

of Tao

Does not try to override the world with force of arms.  

It is in the nature of a military weapon to turn against its


Wherever armies are stationed, thorny bushes grow.

After a great war, bad years inevitably follow.

What you want is to protect efficiently your own state,

But not to aim at self-aggrandizement.

After you have attained your purpose,

You must not parade your success,

You must not boast of your ability, 

You must not feel proud, 

You must rather regret that you had not been able to

prevent the war.

You must never think of conquering others by force.

For to be over-developed is to hasten decay,

And this is against Tao,

And what is against Tao will soon cease to be.

Tao Teh Ching, Chapter 30translated by John C. H. Wu

Makeup Quote for the Week I

[C]onvictions might be more dangerous enemies of truth than lies.

I call a lie: wanting not to see something one does see, wanting not to see something as one sees it: whether the lie takes place before witnesses or without witnesses is of no consequence. The most common lie is the lie one tells to oneself; lying to others is relatively the exception.–Now this desiring not to see what one sees, this desiring not to see as one sees, is virtually the primary condition for all who are in any sense party: the party man necessarily becomes a liar.

-–Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist, 55 (emphasis added)

All the more relevant in the wake of the Penn State mess.

Peccavi Mea Culpa, Mea Culpa, Mea Maxima Culpa

It’s been a long, busy, and sometimes frustrating month.  I’ve let things slide here.  I’m going to post quotes and videos to make up for the last five weeks or so, and try to get back on track a bit.