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Month: November 2020

The Physician’s Prayer

From the inability to let well alone, from too much zeal for the new and contempt for what is old, from putting knowledge before wisdom, science before art and cleverness before common sense, from treating patients as cases and from making the cure of the disease more grievous than the endurance of the same, good Lord deliver us.

– Sir Robert Hutchison

But Comfort Was Missing

Weary, they wavered at times, worshiping idols, Summoning sacrifices, saying old words aloud, Praying the demon who damns would deliver them. Old customs were curious but comfort was missing . . .

– Beowulf

Do we really have to wait?

But do we really have to wait for the moment when the knife is at our throat? Couldn’t it be possible, ahead of time, to assess soberly the worldwide menace that threatens to swallow the whole world?

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

What can we be certain of from history?

What can we be certain of from history? That human beings have been wrong innumerable times, by vast amounts, and with catastrophic results. Yet today there are still people who think that anyone who disagrees with them must be either bad or not know what he is talking about.

– Thomas Sowell

Worn Out

We were so worn out by decades of lying nonsense that we yearned for any scrap of truth no matter how tattered.

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago

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