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The Joy of Personality

2 quotes from the following Chambers excerpt stick out to me; 1) There is no joy in personality unless it can create. The joy of an artist is not the fame which his pictures bring him, but that the work is a creation of his personality. The work of Jesus is the creation of saints,

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a poem by Claudius

“I am content. In trumpet-tones, My song, let people know. And many a mighty man, with throne And scepter, is not so. And if he is, I joyful cry, Why then, he’s just the same as I. The Mogul’s gold, the Sultan’s show— His bliss, supreme too soon, Who, lord of all the world below,

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everything is poetical

GK Chesterton wrote a book called called Heretics and in it he describes a state of mind I find very desirable. Perhaps it is best for me to include the bit that struck me – and hopefully you too will find it revealing about how easy it is for us to lose the mystery and

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william blake > the tyger

click image to enlarge William Blake wrote The Tyger in 1794, I have been a fan of his for some time. There is a lot of wild speculation about his sanity and real beliefs, but if you study his work (prints, poems etc), you will find many edifying and inspiring experiences. In this poem though

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millet > death and the woodcutter

I find this image to be very powerful (click to enlarge). To me it speaks volumes. Death is walking along, reaping, or snatching those assigned their appointment with their Maker. The body position of death is almost nonchalant. The woodcutter apparently does not yet want to go. He pulls away. Maybe minutes earlier he was

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life

The soul compact of harmonies has more life, a larger being, than the soul consumed of cares; the sage is a larger life than the clown; the poet is more alive than the man whose life flows out that money may come in; the man who loves his fellow is infinitely more alive than he

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Islam, music and the whisper of satan

Recently I was talking to a young Muslim gent about a book I was reading. The book is called The Personal MBA Master The Art Of Business by Josh Kaufman (which I would highly recommend it to anyone with a product or service to sell). At this particular point in the book I was reading

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I sit o’ercanopied with Beauty’s tent,

Through which flies many a golden-winged dove, Well watched of Fancy’s tender eyes up bent; A hundred Powers wait on me, ministering; A thousand treasures Art and Knowledge bring; Will, Conscience, Reason tower the rest above; But in the midst, alone, I gladness am and love. I was reading this on Friday, and was struck

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music > do you agree?

I was reading in Luke 15 about the prodigal son (I actually have the Durer print in my studio) and how when the profligate son returned (repentant) there was music and dancing. The lesson of the story is not actually what I am writing about, as much as the etymology path I ended up rambling

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New Song! hear the drum