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marysienka

The game of identifying Chesterton quotes featured at your blog and at the Blue Boar never fails to amuse and satisfy. Especially when they are so apropos and relevant (and when are they not?)
Incidentally, I finished a two-month-long marathon of first-timer Harry Potter reading, and I must say, it was worth getting on the bandwagon for. Even if the wagon has stopped and everyone has already gotten off and left their beer mugs and pipe-ashes behind.

marysienka

The game of identifying Chesterton quotes featured at your blog and at the Blue Boar never fails to amuse and satisfy. Especially when they are so apropos and relevant (and when are they not?)
Incidentally, I finished a two-month-long marathon of first-timer Harry Potter reading, and I must say, it was worth getting on the bandwagon for. Even if the wagon has stopped and everyone has already gotten off and left their beer mugs and pipe-ashes behind.

marysienka

whoops.

e.

"We are all much bigger on the inside than we appear on the outside. This is the one salient fact about human life, and the one fact that scientific materialism can't seem to get it's brain around. "

Uhhhh... There is such a thing called The TARDIS?!

Tim J.

"Uhhhh... There is such a thing called The TARDIS?!"

D'oh!

Oh, well, the Tardis, then. I wasn't a *huge* Dr. Who fan, either, though I remember Tom Baker fondly.

I liked the show, I was just busy with my graduate work and stuff. Liked it, didn't follow it.

Tim J.

marysienka, you embarrassed me into giving the book source of the quote.

Foxfier

That's why I love fantasy-- it's a way of saying things in a way that you can get your brain around, and then use it like a lever to expand the brain until you can fit something *else* in there.

Once I "met" Samwise, or the dragons of Dealing with Dragons, it was no trouble at all to see all humans as people....

Clarke Fountain

In "The Last Battle," in the Narnia series, the analogy of a tent larger on the inside (in this case it's a garden shed, I think) than the outside appears again, and for similar reasons.

I marvel at the number of unsung heroes and heroines of extraordinary virtue who surround us, looking just like ordinary people...sometimes even somewhat unattractive ordinary people. The community of saints is bigger than we can imagine.

There is a saying from an eastern religion which nonetheless might be apropos in this context: "Things are not what they appear to be, nor are they otherwise..." We tend to try and squeeze God into something we can comprehend, but when one looks at the sky on a starry night, such tendencies are reduced.

In an extension of the tent analogy, if you spend time at a traditional Benedictine abbey, and you see how much of the monks' time is spent in prayer, it's difficult to imagine how on earth they get anything done. Yet, astonishingly, they accomplish on any given weekday more in the "workaday" way than I could accomplish in a month!

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