Devotional No. 7

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“…I observed that, whilst I thus wished to think that all was false, it was absolutely necessary that I, who thus thought, should be somewhat; and as I observed that this truth, I think therefore I am, was so certain and of such credence that no ground of doubt, however extravagant, could be alleged by the skeptics capable of shaking it, I concluded that I might, without scruple, accept it as the first principle of which I was in search.”  Pages 28-29, “Discourse on the Method,” Rene Descartes, Forgotten Books 2008.

“‘I’m the size of what I see!’ How large are the mind’s riches, ranging from the well of profound emotions to the distant stars that are reflected in it and so in some sense are there!” p. 47, “The Book of Disquiet,” Fernando Pessoa, Penguin Classics 2002.

“‘In my beginning is my end.’ As the acorn contains the oak or the folded kernel of the Spanish chestnut implies the great whorled bole and serrated leaf of the full-grown tree, so each human being possess a form appropriate to him which time will educate and ripen.” Chapter 3, “The Unquiet Grave,” Cyril Connolly, Hamish Hamilton 1957.