Your odds of winning the lottery are like 1 in 175,000,000. Which means that it would be more rational to use any lottery spendings and apply them to a million-dollar term life insurance policy on your spouse, on the much more likely chance he or she will die in a car accident (lifetime odds 1 in 88).
Exactly two things have made air travel safer since 9/11: reinforcing the...– Bruce Schneier (via ayjay)
When God at first made man, Having a glasse of blessings standing by; Let us...– George Herbert: The Pulley (1633) (via @SlateCultFest)
The trouble is that liberals, in general, base their morality almost exclusively...– Why liberals need conservatives, and vice versa – Telegraph Blogs
In our Nature, therefore, the Lord trembled with our fear, that He might fully...– Leo the Great, Palm Sunday Sermon. CHURCH FATHERS: Sermon 54, [Sunday before Easter] (Leo the Great)
If we would return to God, and find ourselves in Him, we must reverse Adam’s...– T. Merton, Zen and the Birds of Appetite (from Your Daily Tripod: The Same Gift)
Read books. As often as you can. Mostly classics.– A Slow-Books Manifesto - Maura Kelly - Entertainment - The Atlantic
According to this study, PATCH ADAMS is a lie.
A connection between humor and health outcomes is widely assumed but has been understudied, particularly in clinical populations. The use of humor as a coping mechanism has been suggested as a potential predictor of quality of life (QOL) outcomes in chronic disease. This study assessed the relationship between humor and physical/mental health variables in a longitudinal study of individuals with...
Art is the well making of what needs making.– Eric Gill (via triadic)
Genesis 12: 1-5, 9 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your...– Genesis 12 NIV - The Call of Abram
Mike Daisey: Yeah. We have different worldviews on some of these things. I agree...– (via areasofmyexpertise)
Gently the day has passed in a sustained Low hum of harmony. The brain is...– Nabokov’s Pale Fire
I was the shadow of the waxwing slain By the false azure in the windowpane; I...– Nabokov’s Pale Fire
A methodical man, John Shade usually copied out his daily quota of completed lines at midnight but even if he recopied them again later, as I suspect he sometimes did, he marked his card or cards not with the date of his final adjustments, but with that of his Corrected Draft or first Fair Copy…There is a very loud amusement park right in front of my present lodgings…. I shall assert [with regard...
Francesca Murphy gives a rigorous defence of analogy through the thought of...– Steve Wright - “The Bloom of Time”
…nothing that Hirst does lacks an art-historical pedigree. He has recycled...– Great line from this old article on Damien Hirst in the New Yorker. Damien Hirst and the Young British Artists : The New Yorker
J. R. R. Tolkien, in response to German inquiries about his ethnic descent, prior to the publication of THE HOBBIT in German: Dear Sirs, Thank you for your letter. I regret that I am not clear as to what you intend by arisch. I am not of Aryan extraction: that is Indo-Iranian; as far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any related dialects. But if I am to...
Things to worry about: Worry about courage Worry about cleanliness Worry...– Lists of Note, F. Scott Fitzgerald to His Daughter
Our happiness is of a piece with our freedom, and cannot be separated from the...– Scruton contra Transhumanist Utopianism. Roger Scruton - Gloom merchant | New Humanist
In high school Spanish, I once asked a girl what the meaning of life was. She said, “To discover the meaning of life,” as if she had been thinking about this all her life. I nodded and nodded like this was meaningful, even though it was nonsense. Did I mention the girl was cute?
Descending Theology: The Resurrection BY MARY KARR From the far star points...– Descending Theology: The Resurrection by Mary Karr : Poetry Magazine Source: Poetry (January 2006).
Mary Karr, "Descending Theology: Christ Human" →
wesleyhill: Such a short voyage for a god, and you arrived in animal form so as not to scorch us with your glory. Your mask was an infant’s head on a limp stalk, sticky eyes smeared blind, limbs rendered useless in swaddle. You came among beasts as one, came into our care or its lack, came crying