Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Hatred. Heaven. Hegel. Hell.

Hate 618 He [Kennedy] detested qualities, but not people. Schlesinger, A Thousand Days [He hated people’s qualities but not the people.]

Hatred 95 Hatred is the most accessible and comprehensive of all unifying agents. Hoffer, The True Believer [Hatred unifies.]

Hatred 97 We always look for allies when we hate. Hoffer, The True Believer [When we hate we look for allies.]

Hatred 98 Often, when we are wronged by one person, we turn our hatred on a wholly unrelated person or group. Hoffer, The True Believer [Sometimes when we are wronged by someone, we turn our hatred on someone else.]

Hatred 100 We cannot hate those we despise. Hoffer, The True Believer

Hatred 102 Passionate hatred can give meaning and purpose to an empty life. Hoffer, The True Believer [Hatred can give meaning and purpose to empty lives.]

Hatred 183 Isabella: “The single pleasure I can imagine is to die or see him [Heathcliff] dead!” E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights. [My greatest pleasure would be to die or see him dead.]

Hatred 208 Isabella: Monster! would that he could be blotted out of creation, and out of my memory! E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights. [He is a monster who should be blotted from creation and my memory.]

Hatred 217 Isabella: I’d rather he [Heathcliff] suffered less, if I might cause his sufferings, and he might know that I was the cause. E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights. [I don’t care how much he suffers so long as he knows that I caused it.]

Hatred 218 Hindley: Oh, if God would but give me strength to strangle him in my last agony, I’d go to hell with joy. E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights. [If I could strangle him, I would go to Hell with joy.]

Hatred 635 Hate has a keen eye. Irving Stone, The Passions of the Mind (Life of Freud). [Hate is keen.]

Hatred 182 Spinoza: To hate is to acknowledge our inferiority and our fear; we do not hate a foe whom we are confident we can overcome. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Spinoza. [To hate is to acknowledge that we are inferior and afraid; we don’t hate people who seem inferior to us.]

Hatred 190 Achilles to Hector: Hector, I’ll have not talk of pacts with you/ forever unforgiven as you are;/ as between men and lions there are none,/ no concord between wolves and sheep, but all/ hold one another hateful through and through/ so there can be no courtesy between us,/ no sworn truce, till one of us is down/ and glutting with his blood the war god Arês. Homer, Iliad. [There can never be anything but hatred between us; it is our nature to hate each other.]

Hatred, war 483 Russell: Hatred and war come largely of fixed ideas or dogmatic faith. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Bertrand Russell. [Hatred and wars are caused by inflexible ideas and dogmatic faith.]

Health 10 In good health, the air is a cordial of incredible virtue. Emerson, Nature. [When we are in good health, breathing is a joyous experience.]

Health 77 To consult the preservation of life, as the only end of it, to make our health our business, to engage in no action that is not part of a regimen, or course of physick…. Addison, 3/29/1711. The Spectator. [It is wrong to make preserving our life the sole purpose of our life.]

Heaven 299 Cathy: He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee…I said his heaven would be only half alive; and he said mine would be drunk; I said I should fall asleep in his…. E. Brontë, Wuthering Heights. [Two distinctive views of heaven.]

Heaven 678 Swedenborg: …in heaven the angels are advancing continually to the spring-time of their youth, so that the oldest angel appears the youngest. Emerson, Representative Men: Swedenborg, or The Mystic. [In heaven the angels constantly grow younger.]

Hegel 299 Hegel…forgot that his own dialectic condemned his thought to impermanence and decay. Will Durant, The Story of Philosophy, Hegel. [Hegel did not recognize that his own theory condemned his ideas to be eventually replaced.]

Hell 292 What is hell?…the suffering of being unable to love. Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov. [Hell is not being able to love.]

Hell Badlands 128 General Alfred Scully, the craggy old Sioux baiter, coined the classic description of the Badlands when he called them “Hell with the fires out.” Christianson, Fox at the Wood’s Edge: Loren Eiseley [The Badlands are hell without the fires.]

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