If you believe in an unseen Christ, you will believe in the unseen Christlike potential of others.
—Anthony Burgess (via galater514)
There were, at this very moment, half a dozen books lying neglected in her bedroom, for she knew quite well that if she read them she would only be in possession of yet more information about herself, and with even less idea of how to use it.
—Doris Lessing, Martha Quest (via alreadyam)
Doctrine is throughout the Bible compared to fluid which is drunk; to water in Ezekiel, most distinctly; to milk by St Paul; false doctrine to strong drink in the Prophets. And the effect of false doctrine is similar (on the mind which really takes it in as true) to that of strong drink, — it makes a man take a _drunken_ view of truths; he sees them indeed in a sort of way, but without adequate or worthy meaning, order, or symmetry.
— From Priestcraft — or Church versus Bible by Frank Robertson (via christianwisdom)
Ah, it is the fault of our science that it wants to explain all; and if it explain not, then it says there is nothing to explain.
—Bram Stoker, Dracula (Chapter XIV)
We look on past ages with condescension, as a mere preparation for us… but what if we’re only an afterglow of them?
—J.G. Farrell, “The Siege Of Krisnapur” (via peterseaman)