Yestereve, on the marble steps of the Temple, I saw a woman sitting between two men. One side of her face was pale, the other was blushing.

The Madman: His Parables and Poems by Kahlil Gibran

Book 3, XIV

As physicians and chirurgeons have always their instruments ready at hand for all sudden cures; so have thou always thy dogmata in a readiness for the knowledge of things, both divine and human: and whatsoever thou dost, even in the smallest things that thou dost, thou must ever remember that mutual relation, and connection that is between these two things divine, and things human. For without relation unto God, thou shalt never speed in any worldly actions; nor on the other side in any divine, without some respect had to things human.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

Oh, people chastened in the fire,
  To nobler, grander things aspire;
In the new era of your life,
  Bring love for hate, and peace for strife;

Frances E.W. Harper

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February 20, 2017