A Quote by Len Wein on destruction, learning, legends, and universe

There is an ancient legend which warns that, should we ever learn our true origin, our universe will instantly be destroyed.

Len Wein

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A Quote by John Greenleaf Whittier on beauty, children, deed, duty, faith, fatherhood, god, good, humility, justice, legends, life, mercy, nature, needs, praise, prayer, purity, reason, sacrifice, service, slavery, tenderness, and trust

We live by faith; but Faith is not the slave Of text and legend. Reason's voice and God's, Nature's and Duty's, never are at odds. What asks our Father of His children, save Justice and mercy and humility, A reasonable service of good deeds, Pure living, tenderness to human needs, Reverence and trust, and prayer for light to see The Master's footprints in our daily ways? No knotted scourge nor sacrificial knife, But the calm beauty of an ordered life Whose very breathing is unworded praise! - A life that stands as all true lives have stood Firm-rooted in the faith that God is Good.

John Whittier (1807 - 1892)

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A Quote by John S. Stokes, Jr. on beauty, christianity, creation, divinity, faith, god, goodness, legends, plants, purpose, sharing, teaching, and truth

Christianity sees plants and flowers as created by God to show forth and share with humans the divine goodness, beauty and truth - the purpose of all Creation. In this flowers may be enjoyed simply and directly in themselves as showing forth God's goodness and beauty, or, more fully, as archetypes, signatures, symbols, and bearers of legends, mirroring the revealed articles of Christian faith - thereby serving as means for their teaching, recollection, contemplation and celebration.

John S. Stokes

Source: Flower Theology II

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A Quote by John Keats on legends


Asleep in lap of legends old.

John Keats (1795 - 1821)

Source: The Eve of St. Agnes. Stanza 15.

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A Quote by John Donne on death, legends, love, and peace

We can die by it, if not live by love, And if unfit for tombs and hearse Our legend be, it will be fit for verse; And if no peace of chronicle we prove, We'll build in sonnet pretty rooms; As well a well wrought urne becomes The greatest ashes, as half-acre tombs.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: The Canonization

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A Quote by John Adams on christianity, existence, judaism, legends, religion, and understanding

As I understand the Christian religion, it was, and is, a revelation. But how has it happened that millions of fables, tales, legends, have been blended with both Jewish and Christian revelation that have made them the most bloody religion that ever existed?

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to F. A. Van der Kamp, December 27, 1816.

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A Quote by Joe Walsh on legends and parenthood

You can't be a legend in your parent's basement.

Joe Walsh

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A Quote by Jean Arp on anxiety, day, egotism, humanity, inventions, legends, life, machines, meditation, and silence

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. . . . Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.

Jean Arp (1887 - 1966)

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A Quote by James Baldwin on control, language, legends, truth, and universe

Every legend, moreover, contains its residuum of truth, and the root function of language is to control the universe by describing it.

James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)

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A Quote by Heber Q. Hale on angels, christ, crime, emptiness, evil, god, good, ingratitude, legends, life, and revenge

As stewards of God we must be truly appreciative of the things we receive. One has said that, 'Ingratitude is a crime more despicable than revenge which is only returning evil for evil, while ingratitude returns evil for good.' You remember that of the ten lepers healed by Christ, only one returned to give thanks. A beautiful legend tells the story of two angels that were sent forth throughout the land, each given a basket, one to gather up requests and the other thanksgivings. The angel of requests came back with her basket running over full. The angel of thanksgivings came back with her basket practically empty. So it is in life. It seems that all have requests to make, but few of us think to return and give thanks.

Heber Q. Hale

Source: Conference Report, October 1919, p.172

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