the septenary (diapholom) wrote,
the septenary

To fear the worst oft cures the worse



I saw the Arab map.

It resembled a mare shuffling on,
dragging its history like saddlebags,
nearing its tomb and the pitch of hell.


-Adonis [Ali Ahmed Said] (b. 1930), Syrian poet. The Desert (Diary of Beirut under Siege, 1982). 

The Persians are called the French of the East; we will call the Arabs Oriental Italians. A gifted noble people; a people of wild strong feelings, and of iron restraint over these: the characteristic of noblemindedness, of genius.

-Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. On Heroes and Hero-Worship, "The Hero as Prophet" (1841).

The picture. A great plain, comprising the entire Jerusalem district, where is the supreme Commander-in-Chief of the forces of good, Christ our Lord: another plain near Babylon, where Lucifer is, at the head of the enemy.

-Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556), Spanish churchman, founder of the Society of Jesus. Spiritual Exercises, "Second Week," no. 138 (1548).


Should there be maniacs who raise the idea, they will encounter an iron fist which will leave no trace of such attempts.

-Yitzhak Shamir (b. 1915), Israeli politician, prime minister. Quoted in: Times (London, 11 Aug. 1988), on advocates of Palestinian self-government.

"The unconscious is not just evil by nature, it is also the source of the highest good"   (Carl Jung).  


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