it is enough for me to see you

Select sayings from Abba Anthony on the eve of his feast day (with a few repeats from previous posts): 3. Someone asked Abba Anthony, “What must one do in order to please God?” The old man replied, “Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes, whatever […]

she would hearken the voice of the midnight till she heard what the gods would do

For the wisest of women she was, and many a thing she knew; She would hearken the voice of the midnight till she heard what the Gods would do, And her feet fared oft on the wild, and deep was her communing With the heart of the glimmering woodland, where never a fowl may sing. […]

wisdom is found on the desolate hillside

From “The Story of El-ahrairah and the Black Rabbit of InlĂ©” (chapter 31) in Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams: El-ahrairah went along the hedgerow to the wood and sat alone under a nut bush, looking out across the fields. As the light began to fail, he suddenly realized that Lord Frith was close […]

good at pretending to understand more than I did

I got pretty good at pretending to understand more than I did, a skill which has served me through life. …But I’ve developed a great reputation for wisdom by ordering more books than I ever had time to read, and reading more books, by far, than I learned anything useful from. From Gilead by Marilynne […]