Monthly Archives: September 2013

Rubá’í of the Day


Man is the whole creation’s summary,
The precious apple of great wisdom’s eye;
The circle of existence is a ring,
Whereof the signet is humanity.

Rubá’í of the Day


We make the wine-jar’s lip our place of prayer,
And drink in lessons of true manhood there,
And pass our lives in taverns, if perchance
The time misspent in mosques we may repair

Quote for the Week


In this age of specialization men who thoroughly know one field are often incompetent to discuss another. The great problems of the relations between one and another aspect of human activity have for this reason been discussed less and less in public. When we look at the past great debates on these subjects we feel jealous of those times, for we should have liked the excitement of such argument. The old problems, such as the relation of science and religion, are still with us, and I believe present as difficult dilemmas as ever, but they are not often publicly discussed because of the limitations of specialization.

–Richard Feynman, Remarks at a Caltech YMCA lunch forum (2 May 1956); courtesy of Wikiquote.

Rubá’í of the Day


To confidants like you I dare to say
What mankind really are—molded of clay,
Affliction’s clay, and kneaded in distress,
They taste the world awhile, then pass away.

Rubá’í of the Day


Though I drink wine, I am no libertine,
Nor am I grasping, save of cups of wine;
I scruple to adore myself, like you;
For this cause to wine-worship I incline.

Rubá’í of the Day


I know what is, and what is not, I know
The lore of things above, and things below;
But all this lore will cheerfully renounce,
If one a higher grade than drink can show.

Wednesday Matinee: Poor Devil

Rubá’í of the Day


All my life long from drink I have not ceased.
And drink I will to-night on Sadr’s feast:
And throw my arms about the wine-jar’s neck,
And kiss its lip, and clasp it to my breast!

Rubá’í of the Day

Leaders of Islamic countries pose during the official photo taking session of the OIC summit in Mecca

Am I a wine-bibber? What if I am?
Gueber or infidel? Suppose I am?
Each sect miscalls me, but I heed them not,
I am my own, and, what I am, I am.

Galadriel’s song of Eldamar, Ai! Laurië Lantar


Some Tolkien-inspired music to begin the work-week.