A collection of thoughts and quotations that slant, bend, twist, provoke, perplex ... Topics range widely, focusing on health, information, librarianship, technology, ethics, advocacy, accessibility and more. Collected by Patricia F. Anderson.
Merton on Politics and War
“Indignation is not enough. The world is full of people who use it to excuse everything, including the worst of actions.”
Thomas Merton, in a letter to Mark Van Doren on the subject of the arms race. As quoted in:
Lawlor, Patrick T. “Poet to teacher, Thomas Merton’s letters to Mark Van Doren.” Columbia Library Columns November 1989 39(1):18-30. p.27.
reading women like a book the way you do
seeing through their breasts
into that pea-sized death
every woman knows she owns from birth. - Kennedy, Terry. “For Hatfield, the Radiologist.” Her Soul Beneath the Bone, ed. Leatrice H. Lifshitz. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, (c)1988, p. 5.
for the morning. I work. Nothing
will come between me
and all that I love. I will never
be done with the sweeping up
of common things,
the straightening, the putting away. - Skipper, Louie. “Yes, Light.” The Fourth Watch of the Night. Davis, CA: Swan Scythe Press, (c)2001, p. 35.