How to Set Yourself or Others Up for Success

By Jon|April 16, 2016|Philosophy, Quotes|

    “Virtue, then, being of two kinds, intellectual and moral.. for it was not by often seeing or often hearing that we got these senses, but on the contrary we had them before we used them, and did not come to have them by using them; but the virtues we get by first exercising them [habit], as also happens in the case of the arts as well. For the things

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G.K.’s New Year’s Advice

By Jon|January 1, 2016|Politics, Quotes|

“The man of the true religious tradition understands two things: liberty and obedience. The first means knowing what you really want. The second means knowing what you really trust.” – G. K. Chesterton’s Weekly, August 18, 1928 But isn’t it more noble and good to exercise of freedom to discover what our ancestors have on our own ability? I think theoretically the answer is yes. But, is that reasonable to expect

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Tolkein on Romantic Love

By Jon|August 1, 2014|Quotes|

I found the following letter, though dense, quite relevant. From a letter to his son Michael Tolkien 6-8 March 1941   A man’s dealings with women can be purely physical (they cannot really, of course: but I mean he can refuse to take other things into account, to the great damage of his soul (and body) and theirs); or ‘friendly’; or he can be a ‘lover’ (engaging and blending all

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Principles vs. Persons

By Jon|February 4, 2013|Philosophy, Quotes|

Today I wish to share with you a reflection on a quote, posted before, from Fulton Sheen: “There is no other subject on which the average mind is so much confused as the subject of tolerance and intolerance… Tolerance applies only to persons, but never to principles. Intolerance applies only to principles, but never to persons.” +Fulton J. Sheen, 1931 “The Curse of Broadmindedness” Today this is truer than ever, perhaps even

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Relevant Quote from Cicero

By Jon|March 19, 2012|Education, Philosophy, Quotes|

“True law is right reason in agreement with nature [This must be unpacked];  it is of universal application, unchanging and everlasting;  it summons to duty by its commands, and averts from wrongdoing by its prohibitions…It is a sin to try to alter this law, nor is it allowable to repeal any part of it, and it is impossible to abolish it entirely.  We cannot be freed from its obligations by senate or

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