I confess these fell by the wayside recently, after having attempted to do them more regularly than my previous intermittence. I blame the end-of-term projects for Spring Semester, as I have been studying architecture with an eye to a day-job in the field. But without further ado, quotes collected via The Masculinist, According To Hoyt, and various other reading:
It was at that time I got a job working as a consultant on the Norwegian revision of the Old Testament, and since I had no grounding in the linguistic, cultural, or religious aspects that were involved, I had no option but to work hard and meticulously, nothing was going to come to me on a plate, and what revealed itself then, when I went through the first sentence of creation word for word, for instance, was the way in which entire worldviews might be encapsulated in a comma, in and “and,” in a “which,” and with those insights, how different the world becomes if its description is coordinate with rather than subordinate to the metaphor, for example, or the way a word not only has lexical meaning, but is also colored by the contexts in which it appears, something the writers of the Bible exploited to the full, for instance, by allowing a word at the beginning to apply to the sun’s relation to the earth, and then to let that same word many pages on to apply to man’s relation to woman. The word is merely there, in the two different places, and the connection is as good as invisible, yet decisive. People have been reading the Bible as holy Scripture for a couple of thousand years, and every word it contains has been considered meaningful, a dizzying tight mesh of different meanings and shades of meaning have thereby arisen, which no single human can every possibly command. What happened when I started working on those texts was that I learned to read. I began to understand what it meant to read.Karl Ove Knausgaard, My Struggle, Book Six
When you compete against others you become bitter, when you compete against yourself you become better.MMA fighter Connor McGregor
An opinion can be argued with; a conviction is best shot.T. E. Lawrence, The Evolution of a Revolt
Defeat is not due to losses but to the destruction of the soul of the leaders.General George S. Patton
We know they are lying, they know they are lying, they know we know they are lying, we know they know we know they are lying, but they are still lying.Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.Buckminster Fuller
Seek the truth.John Huss, Czech martyr of the early Protestant Reformation.
Listen to the truth.
Teach the truth.
Love the truth.
Abide by the truth.
And defend the truth