--The Pagan Book of Living and Dying
In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.
Love consists of this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.
--Rainer Maria Rilke
When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
--Alexander Graham Bell"Tcha," Tibor said. "You're too limited in your scholarship. There is real religion, which is about our relationship to God, which is important. But there is another kind of religion, and the is the religion that is about identity. It is about banding together in a group and defending ourselves against what we fear, when what we fear is each other. It is about not wanting to live in a world where we are a minority, because it is uncomfortable to be a minority. That kind of religion talks about God sometimes, but it doesn't have to. It can call itself Christian or Muslim or Hindu or Communist or Libertarian or Green. I like real religion, Krekor. It's been of enormous importance and value in my life. This other stuff, I look at it and I fear for the survival of civilization."
-- from Hardscrabble Road by Jane Haddam
--Geo. Bernard Shaw