Some conception of [evil] would be reached by thinking of measurelessness as opposed to measure, of the unbounded against bound, the unshaped against a principle of shape, the ever-needy against the self-sufficing; think of the ever-undefined, the never at rest, the all-accepting but never sated, utter dearth; and make all this character not mere accident in it but its equivalent for essential-being, so that, whatsoever fragment of it is taken, that part is all lawless void, while whatever participates in it and resembles it becomes evil…


    But let us return to the [turtle] eggs in which the formation of the yolk is just beginning. The instant the water is allowed to act upon a portion of the yolk, the hyaline masses swell slightly, and the internal portions lose their homogeneity; multitudes of faint granular particles appear suddenly; they dance about their confined sphere in a zigzag quiver, and finally their delicate boundary wall, which by this time has become unequivocally demonstrated, bursts suddenly on one side, and extrudes at a single contractive effort nearly the whole horde of its vivacious motes, assuming itself by this loss a wrinkled, unsymmetrical, much diminished shape, but still holding a few oscillating corpuscles.

—Louis Agassiz.

—Liselotte Strelow.

—Liselotte Strelow.

Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and, as a result of his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

[Gerard Manley Hopkins] felt that everything in the universe was characterized by what he called inscape, the distinctive design that constitutes individual identity. This identity is not static but dynamic. Each being in the universe ‘selves,’ that is, enacts its identity. And the human being, the most highly selved, the most individually distinctive being in the universe, recognizes the inscape of other beings in an act that Hopkins calls instress, the apprehension of an object in an intense thrust of energy toward it that enables one to realize specific distinctiveness. Ultimately, the instress of inscape leads one to Christ, for the individual identity of any object is the stamp of divine creation on it.

—Thomas Merton.

It is quite a common thing to be thus annoyed by the ringing in our ears, or memories, of the burden of an ordinary song, or some unimpressive snatches from an opera.

—Edgar Allen Poe.

noun: halcyon; plural noun: halcyons.
  1. a tropical Asian and African kingfisher with brightly colored plumage.
  2. a mythical bird said by ancient writers to breed in a nest floating at sea at the winter solstice, charming the wind and waves into calm.

In addition to the gray cloth cap and the gray trousers, he wore not only a clean white shirt but a necktie— a tiny machine-made black bow which snapped together at the back with a metal fastener. It was not two inches long and with the exception of the one which Will Varner himself wore to church it was the only tie in the whole Frenchman’s Bend country, and from that saturday morning until the day he died he wore it or one just like it (it was told of him later, after he had become president of the Jefferson bank, that he had them made for him by the gross)— a tiny viciously depthless cryptially balanced palsh like an enigmatic punctuation symbol against the expanse of white shirt which gave him Jody Varner’s look of ceremonial heterodoxy raised to its tenth power and which postulated to those who had been present on that day that quality of outrageous overstatement of physical displacement which the sound of his father’s stiff foot made on the gallery of the store that afternoon in the spring.

—William Faulkner.