Long intimidating immense and rational derangement of all the senses
Careful before you say "Listen to Me." Children will listen. An interesting thing has happened since San Francisco started granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples: my marriage is just fine!Even though there are thousands of gay and lesbian couples affirming their love for and commitment to each other, my marriage — my affirmation of love and commitment to (my wife) — isn't threatened at all.We've moved away from being a culture of people who think about movies to one made up of people who believe that spouting a list of preferences is the same as registering an opinion. I really believe that if there's any kind of God, he wouldn't be in any one of us — not you, not me, but just this space in between.If there's some magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone else, sharing something. The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs. One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.As a matter of fact, the only people who can really "threaten" my marriage are the two of us.
The reason we find only robust persons doing this thing is that it has killed all the others who have tried it. Most people today still believe, perhaps unconsciously, in the heliocentric universe ...In the case of the sailor, this is called a tide; in the case of the guilty, it is called remorse. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed. On two occasions I have been asked [by members of Parliament! Babbage, if you put into the machine wrong figures, will the right answers come out?' I am not able rightly to apprehend the kind of confusion of ideas that could provoke such a question. As long as I am mayor of this city the great industries are secure.When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, and leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things. Misunderstandings and neglect occasion more mischief in the world than even malice and wickedness.At all events, the two latter are of less frequent occurrence. There can be no Friendship where there is no Freedom.