For a thought to change the world…

For a thought to change the world, it must first change the life of the one who carries  it.

—- Albert Camus

Kensington Park, Michigan

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From Ancient Greece, For Today

The virtue of justice consists in moderation, as regulated by wisdom.

–Aristotle

Matthaei Woods, Michigan

Last Full Measure of Devotion

155 years ago today, Lincoln spoke briefly at the national cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The Civil War’s greatest battle  had taken place there several months before Lincoln’s Address, now considered perhaps the greatest speech in American history, though it lasted just over two minutes.  It was reported that a group of battle-tested soldiers wept as Lincoln acknowledged the nation’s debt to them.
“…that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom…” I’ve visited several times, and each time get a little choked up reading Lincoln’s words in the palpable presence of those who gave their last full measure of devotion.

Sunday Camus: “Awaken that Light”

When you have once seen the glow of happiness on the face of a beloved person, you know that a man can have no vocation but to awaken that light on the faces surrounding him. In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

Albert Camus

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uotes Fleming Creek, Michigan

Art of Overlooking

The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.

William James

A quote that now holds personal meaning for me, as James suggests we choose not to respond to most negativity, either in our present or stored in the attic of  the past.

Newburgh Lake, Michigan