“There is much pleasure to be gained
from useless knowledge.”
Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970
English philosopher and historian
“It is possible that God says every morning, ‘Do it again’ to the sun;
and every evening, ‘Do it again’ to the moon.
It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike;
it may be that God has never got tired of making them…
The repetition in Nature may not be a mere recurrence;
it may be a theatrical encore.”
G. K. Chesterton
“O GOD, we thank you for this earth, our home;
for the wide sky and the blessed sun, for the ocean and streams,
for the towering hills and the whispering wind,
for the trees and green grass.
We thank you for our senses by which we hear the songs of birds,
and see the splendor of fields of golden wheat,
and taste autumn’s fruit, and rejoice in the feel of snow,
and smell the breath of spring flowers.
GRANT US a heart opened wide to all this beauty;
and save us from being so blind that we pass unseeing
when even the common thornbush is aflame with your glory.”
“I like to express certain things that happen in my life,
the joy of spring, the birds singing
and young babies coming into the world.
You know, the whole thing
as well as the part I’m not happy with, the sad part.”
Roy Haynes, b. 1925